DESCENDANTS OF CONRAD NICHOLSSC 1770-1816
105.MARY ALICE NICHOLS
Mary Alice Nichols, second and only surviving child of George Marion Nichols and Mary Tabitha Engram, was born in Crenshaw County, Alabama, November 11, 1889. Mary Alice married Young Lee Shackelford, December 22, 1905, in Crenshaw County. Young Lee Shackelford was the third child of John Harlin Shackelford (August 08, 1854 - December 20, 1891) and Jerusha Carrie Bonner
(August 12, 1858 - Febuary 28, 1943). Young Lee was born in Carroll County, GA.
Young Lee came to Alabama and worked in the lumber buisness where he became associated with the Nichols family, who were well known for their large acreage of timber. After Young Lee and Mary Alice married, they lived in the small community of Petrey, AL, in Crenshaw County, where Young Lee attempted farming. Due to bad buisness deals, the farm had to be relinquished in 1915. After the failure of his farm, Young Lee returned to the logging camps and brought his family with him. They settled in the Spring Hill Community near Brantley, in Crenshaw County.
In the summer of 1926, Young Lee became ill at work and was taken by train to a hospital in Montgomery, Alabama, sixty miles away. He went into immediate surgery for a ruptured apendix. He never fully recovered and died at home September 23, 1926. According to his death certificate, he died from Urinic Poision. It was also recorded on his death certificate that he was a city worker for the City of Brantley. However, no family member can recall this being so.
After her husbands death, Mary Alice, along with her two surviving children, moved to Carroll county, GA and lived with Young Lee's mother, Jerusah. They stayed there and helped her with her farm until 1929, at which time, they moved back to Brantley, AL. After her daughter, Ivera, married in 1935, she lived with them until her death September 14, 1953. Mary Alice was a diabetic and died in a diabetic coma. During WWII, she lived in Mobile, AL, where her daughter's husband, Clarence Chance, worked in the ship yards.
Young Lee Shackelford and Mary Alice Nichols had nine children, but only two survuved infancy. The infants are listed as follows:
I.Infant daughter, still born 10-1906
II.John Marion Shackelford, 2-04-1910, 2-05-1910
III.Infant daughter, still born 02-23-1912
IV.Joel Donovan Shackelford, 01-06-1914,
V.Infant son, still born 2-04-1916
VI.Infant son, ?
VII.Infant son, ?
The two surviving children were:
VIII.247.Iry Zeddie Shackleford
Young Lee and Mary Alice are buried at the Petrey Cemetery in Petrey, AL. The first five infants are buried next to them. The last two infants, twins, are buried at Cameron's Chapel Cemetery in SW Crenshaw County, Alabama. Infant daughter born in 1912, twin to Ivera.
The following is from "The Descendnats of John Shackelford" by Donnie Shackleford
Chapter III - Part IV
Generation # 14
YOUNG LEE SHACKELFORD FAMILY
Young Lee Shackelford was the third child and oldest son of John Harlin Shackelford and Jerusha Carrie Bonner. He was born January 23, 1882 in Carroll county, Georgia. Of the four children of John and Jerusha, young Lee was the only one to leave the area that his ancestors had settled many years earlier. Young Lee's father passed away one month before his tenth birthday and this must have led the way for hard times for him. His mother, two older sisters and his younger brother, John Gay, who was six years of age, and Young Lee were left to take care of the farm that John Harlin had left behind. Being the odlest son, the chores of the farm would now become one of his primary duties.
Soon after the turn of the century, Young Lee's mother, Jerusha, married Sebron Millican. This was the second marriage of Sebron. According to the 1880 census report for Carroll County, GA, Sebron was married to Mary F., last name unknown, with four children. What became of his first wife and children is not known. It is not known when Jerusha and Sebron became involved but it was most likely before 1896. What is known is that Young Lee and Sebron had extrem difficulty getting along from the start. The reasons for these misgivings is unknown and to say more would be only speculation. the family story that I have been told is as follows: One day when Young Lee was working in the fields at the age of 14, he was confronted by Sebron and a violent arguement followed. Young Lee became agitated and struck Sebron with a garden hoe. The blow was hard enough to render Sebron unconscious. Young Lee, believing that he had killed him, became frightened and ran away. The story is that Jerusha hired detectives to try and find Young Lee. He was found in Crenshaw County after he was married and had children. young Lee made two trips back to Carroll County, Gerogia to visit his mother. However, he did not make these trips until he learned of the death of Sebron. Jerusha made one trip to Alabama, to visit her son. They never saw each otheragain.
106.JOEL J. SAUNDERS
Joel J. Saunders was the only child of William Saunders and Margaret Celestia Nichols. He was born in Crenshaw County, Alabama, in 1898. He married Sue Knox Brown, born in 1897 and died 12-24-1941. Joel died 04-09-1942. Joel and sue are buried at the Little Oak Cemetery in Pike County, Alabama.
Sue's grave is unmarked. I'm not sure about Joel's grave. They had at least five children, listed as follows:
III.Janice B. Saunders
IV.Joel Daniel Saunders
V.William Hansen Saunders
Note:William Hansen Saunders was last known to be living in Cheyenne, WY in 1978.
Thanks homer of Pike Co, AL for providing me with the dates for Joel and Sue Brown-Saunders.
If anyone has any extra information and is willing to share, please get in touch. I really would like to know more of the family of Jeol Saunders.
In Part 22:
James Tharon Nichols
Abbie Ruth Nichols
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