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Conrad Gunrod Nichols (b. 1770, d. 1816)Conrad Gunrod Nichols (son of John Nichols and Unknown)298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304 was born 1770 in North Carolina, and died 1816 in Old District 96, South Carolina.He married UNKNOWN UNKNOWN305, 305.
Notes for Conrad Gunrod Nichols:
Conrad Nichols "The Legend"
When evidence of one's existence can't be found, but stories of him abound, that person
becomes a legend. So it is with Conrad Nichols. Through exhaustive research in census reports
and other various records, I have found no conclusive evidence to confirm the existence of this
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However, the stories that have been passed down from generation to generation can lead one
to this conclusion; the descendants came from someone of considerable character.
Thomas Heflin Compton, descendant and researcher of the Nichols family compiled his
research in the 1970s. His base was from research of the Nichols family by Joe Russell
Nichols in 1932. He stated, as quoted by Thomas, "The oldest relative by the name of Nichols
about which we are certain is Conrad Gunrod Nichols". I wish I could be as certain. One
should consider this; much of the information that Joe compiled actually came from close
descendants of Conrad.
According to legend, Conrad was born about 1770 in North Carolina, moving at a young
age with his parents to South Carolina. They settled in what was then known as "District 96".
In the first census of 1790, there are eighteen Nichols listed as "Head of Household" in the
state of South Carolina. Of these Nichols, nine were in the 96th District. They were; Ambrose,
Charter, James, John, Joseph, Solomon, and two by the name of William. There is no mention
of a Conrad, but these were listed as heads of household. Conrad would have been about
twenty at the time and may still have been living at home. Conrad's first son was named John,
and as was the custom to name first born sons after their grandfathers, its possible Conrad's
father may have been John Nichols.
Rumored to have been somewhat adventurous and a Indian fighter, lore has it that Conrad
was at one time captured by the Indians but managed to make good on his escape. Though
possible, I'm certain there may be a bit of exaggeration to this story. Conrad had a total of
seven children and died in 1816. This would have left little time for such adventure. There
were the Indian Wars of South Carolina but they occurred in the 1750s, twenty years or so
before Conrad was born. It is fact however, that there were a few skirmishes between some
settlers and the Cherokee.
Joe Russell Nichols stated that Conrad died from some disease and was buried at "Old Fort
96", located in Greenwood County, South Carolina.
The British occupied "Old Fort" in 1780 to squash a civil war that had been raging between
the Patriots and Loyalist since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Little
love was lost between the groups and the British offered the Loyalist some protection within
the walls of the fort. From May 22, 1781 through June 18, 1781, the Southern Colonial Army
under the command of General Nathaniel Green laid siege upon Old Fort. He failed in his
attempt to capture the fort. However, within a few weeks after the siege, the British abandoned
Old Fort, burning all that remained. A few years later the citizens who remained rebuilt it.
Maybe Conrad didn't exist, or maybe Conrad wasn't a given name, but a nickname. Whoever
this man was, there is no doubt about the descendants. There has been plenty of documentation
to verify them. Point given that there was a man with the surname of Nichols living in the 96th
District of South Carolina who was married and had seven children.
More About Conrad Gunrod Nichols and UNKNOWN UNKNOWN:
Marriage: 305, 305
Marriage Notes for Conrad Gunrod Nichols and UNKNOWN UNKNOWN:
Children of Conrad Gunrod Nichols and UNKNOWN UNKNOWN are:
- +John Nichols, b. 1795, Greenwood County, SC, d. 1865, Augusta, Richmond County, GA.
- Robert Nichols, b. 1800, South Carolina, d. date unknown.
- Simeon Nichols, b. Abt. 1800, d. date unknown.
- William E. Nichols, b. Abt. 1810, South Carolina, d. 1865, Covington County, AL.
- Ann Nichols, b. date unknown, d. date unknown.
- Sallie Nichols, b. date unknown, d. date unknown.
- Kinchen Nichols, b. September 21, 1815, Greenwood County, SC, d. July 01, 1877, Pike County, AL.