John NICHOLDS, born c.1863, "somewhere in Missouri". (county unknown; parents & siblings unknown).It is believed that a middle name might have been David.
One unsubstantuated storyline is that the Nicholds family raised mules for the military.Another unsubstantuated storyline is that the Nicholds family had some affilated interest in lead mining (land holdings? mineral rights? production?)
Was John's father killed in the Civil War?When and Why did John relocate to AR where he married Minnie Lee HALL in 1890, Kingsland, Cleveland County.They moved to northeast TX, presumably with other members of the HALL & CHILDRESS family line, to live and raise their children:
Harper NICHOLDS (1890-1894) William Herman NICHOLDS (1892-1959) m. Nellie B. CAMPBELL Horace Lee NICHOLDS (1896-1952) m. Martha Melinda Furguson Bertha Eola NICHOLDS (1897-1968) m. Carson Billy KEE Martha Della NICHOLDS (1899-1993) m. John Frank KEE Loran NICHOLDS (1900-1901)
Minnie Lee reportedly died 1900-1901 from childbirth complications.Date and location of burial is unknown.
John married Fannie Dora WOOD in 1901.They had one daughter, Mary Bessie NICHOLDS (1902-1977) m. Samuel Tilton GOODWIN.
John died 1901-02 (exact date unknown), reportedly from eating wild poisonous berries. and is buried in the Concord Cemetery in Troup, TX.It is unclear as to hisoccupational livlihood.
See postings for "Nicholds" in the NICHOLS FAMILY GENEALOGY FORUM
See postings for "Gratiot" in the CIVIL WAR FORUM.