Hoping to learn more of my Nicholas family from this marriage recorded in Shelby Co, Alabama: William Pitts married Permelia C. Nichols (Nicholas from another source)on Mar. 4, 1847.
On p243a of the 1850 Shelby Census they can be found living next door to John Nichols (who is actually John Nicholas), and Isaac Pitts, as follows:
John Nichols 22 Elizabeth 17 John 1
William Pitts 27 Caroline 19 Martha 1
Isaac Pitts 37 Mariah 25 Paralee 13 Sarah 10 Laranzy 7 John 4 Richard 3
I believe Caroline is Permelia C. Nichols of the marriage record.
On the next page (243b)is the father of John Nicholas listed as
Joseph Nichols 50 Mary 51 (Mary Loveless) Martha 12 Joseph 10
(Two other Shelby Co. marriages of Nichols women seem to be same family: Mary Ann Nichols to L. George in 1849 and Martha E. Nichols to Samuel Lyles in 1855.)
I could not find William Pitts on the 1860 census of Shelby or Jefferson Co, but in 1870 they are in the same general area, which is Township 20s, Range 4w where William Pitts took numerous land patents adjacent to the Nicholas properties in the 1850's in Jefferson Co. This township has properties in both Jefferson Co, and Shelby, with the majority of the area in Jefferson Co. It is the southernmost part of Jefferson Co.
1870 Census, Jefferson Co
Pitts, W. 47 C. 30 female M.P. 18 f Eliza 16 f Jo 14 f R. 12 m A. 9 f H. 7 m Ida 4 f F. 2 m
William Pitt's age is in line with his 1850 age of 27, wife is way off, but surely in error here since oldest child is 18. Caroline should have been 39 here.
I would appreciate help from those who are familiar with the Pitts family of William and Isaac, hoping I can locate this William Pitts in 1880. So far I have been unsuccessful looking in Jefferson & Shelby Co, Alabama. I am hoping to find Caroline in 1880 to see if she shows her parents were from Tennessee & South Carolina. This would be good proof that she was a daughter of Joseph Nicholas and Mary Lovelace / Loveless.