|i.||DEBORAH4 NICHOLS24, b. 1841, Pike County, Alabama; d. Unknown, Texas; m. FRANK JONES, Aft. 1880, Wood County, Texas; b. Abt. 1834, Unknown; d. Unknown, Texas.|
Notes for DEBORAH NICHOLS:|
DEBORAH NICHOLS 1841 - Unknown
Deborah Nichols, believed to be the first born of Kinchen Ellis Nichols and Hannah S. Carr, was born in Pike County, Alabama, in 1841. She is listed as being born about 1840 in the 1850 Pike County, Alabama Census. In the 1860 Pike County Census she is listed at age 19.
According to information in the book "Descendants of Conrad Nichols," by Thomas Compton, during her early adult years in Alabama, Deborah taught school in Pike County. How long she worked as a teacher and exactly where the school was located is unknown.
Deborah is found in the 1870 Pike County, Alabama Census as Deborah Nicholas, born during 1841. No occupation is listed. She is not listed in any further Alabama Census Reports. Deborah is believed to have married in Wood County, Texas after 1880 to Frank Jones. She most likely traveled to Texas with her brothers Judson C. (Jud) Nichols and Jesse Robert (Bob) Nichols and their families. They are listed in the 1880 Wood County Census. However, no one is listed as Frank Jones.
Again, per information in the research by Thomas Compton, Frank and Deborah settled on the East Side of the Brazos River near Waco. Frank and Deborah owned and operated a wagon yard located on the Chisholm Trail near the end of the Waco Suspension Bridge.
No further information has been discovered about Frank and Deborah. It is unknown if they had any children and when they may have died. Her brother Judson moved to Empire City, Kansas where he and his wife are listed in the 1900 Cherokee County, Kansas Census.
Brazo's River Suspension Bridge in Waco, Texas
In 1870, the 475-foot Suspension Bridge was opened as the first Pedestrian/wagon Bridge across the Brazos. At that time it was the longest single-span suspension bridge west of the Mississippi. It was preserved as a historical site in the early 1970s and is now a major tourist attraction.
More About FRANK JONES and DEBORAH NICHOLS:|
Marriage: Aft. 1880, Wood County, Texas
|ii.||JOEL NICHOLS25, b. 1842, Pike County, Alabama; d. 1856, Pike County, Alabama.|
Notes for JOEL NICHOLS:|
JOEL NICHOLS 1842 - 1856
Joel Nichols was the second child and first son of Kinchen Ellis Nichols and Hannah S. Carr. He was born in Pike County, Alabama, in 1842. Joel is listed as age 8 in the 1850 Pike County, Alabama Census but does not appear in later Census Reports.
Joel died in his teen age years at the age of fifteen or sixteen during the year 1856. The cause of his death or the location of his burial is unknown. He may be buried at the Good Hope Church Cemetery located near Troy in Pike County, Alabama, on Highway U. S. 29 West.
|iii.||ROSINA NICHOLS26, b. Abt. 1843, Pike County, Alabama; d. Abt. 1843, Pike County, Alabama.|
Notes for ROSINA NICHOLS:|
ROSINA NICHOLS 1843 - 1843
Rosina Nichols was born in Pike County, Alabama, during the year of 1843. She died in infancy the same year. She may have been stillborn. Where she was buried is unknown but her father, along with several in his family, are buried at the Good Hope Church Cemetery in Pike County.
|26.||iv.||ISSAC MONROE NICHOLS, b. June 11, 1845, Pike County, Alabama; d. January 18, 1920, Crenshaw County, Alabama.|
|27.||v.||JUDSON C. "JUD" NICHOLS, b. November 26, 1848, Pike County, Alabama; d. December 03, 1903, Possible Empire City, Cherokee County, Kansas.|
|28.||vi.||LITHAINIAH "NETTIE" NICHOLS, b. 1851, Pike County, Alabama; d. Unknown, Pike County, Alabama.|
|29.||vii.||JULIA ANN NICHOLS, b. November 12, 1852, Pike County, Alabama; d. 1932, Bandera County, Texas.|
|30.||viii.||JESSE ROBERT "BOB" NICHOLS, b. November 18, 1854, Pike County, Alabama; d. January 26, 1932, Red River County, Texas.|
|31.||ix.||EMMA NICHOLS, b. March 01, 1857, Pike County, Alabama; d. April 09, 1934, Wheeler County, Texas.|
|x.||CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS NICHOLS27, b. Abt. 1859, Pike County, Alabama; d. Unknown, Unknown.|
Notes for CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS NICHOLS:|
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS (LUM) NICHOLS, 1859 - Unknown
Christopher Columbus "Lum" Nichols, 10th child of Kinchen and Hannah Carr-Nichols, was born in Pike County, Alabama 1858 or 1859. There is some confusion as to the year of his birth. Trying to piece together parts of his life has been difficult because so little information has been found on him. However, there is conjecture and theory. I will urge all that see this to consider that in making any conclusions.
Christopher is listed in the 1860 Pike County, Alabama Census as Corristophen C. Nickols, age 1. Rather than saying the name is incorrectly written, having viewed the original census, it is more likely that the name was miss-interpreted. In the 1870 Pike County, Alabama Census he is listed as Christopher C. Nicholas, age 11.
As stated in the research of Thomas Compton, "Christopher left home at age sixteen and never returned." Circumstances for his departure are unknown but considering the other children of Kinchen Ellis Nichols and Hannah Carr, it's not surprising that he left. If he left home at age 16, being born during 1859, his departure was about 1875. Kinchen died in 1877 and that seems to have been the catalyst for many of his children's move. My guess is that Christopher may have left home after his father had died.
Christopher was heard from only once after he left home, that being in Florida when there was an outbreak of Smallpox. Could he have died as a result? I can find no evidence of this.
When shaking the Nichols Family Tree to see if Christopher would fall, many Christophers fell. There was a Christopher Columbus (Lum) Nichols who was living in Texas that was married and had several children in the late 1800s. This has some merit considering that many in his family had migrated to Texas. In the 1880 Copiah County, Mississippi Census there is a Columbus Nichols, listed as Collumbus Nickoles, age 21, living in the home of a Mr. Lionas. Still no evidence can be found to verify any as fact.
|xi.||JAMES A. NICHOLS28, b. Abt. 1861, Pike County, Alabama; d. Abt. 1861, Pike County, Alabama.|
Notes for JAMES A. NICHOLS:|
JAMES NICHOLS, 1861 - 1861
James Nichols, last child of Kinchen Ellis Nichols and Hannah S. Carr, was born in Pike County, Alabama, during 1861 and died the same year in infancy. Though the exact location of his burial is unknown, he may have been buried at the "Good Hope Church Cemetery" in Pike County where his father and half-brother Oscar are buried.
|xii.||OSCAR4 NICHOLS29, b. 1867, Pike County, Alabama; d. July 01, 1877, Pike County, Alabama.|
Notes for OSCAR NICHOLS:|
OSCAR A. NICHOLS 1868 - JULY 01, 1877
Oscar A. Nichols, second child of Kinchen Ellis and Martha, was born in Pike County, Alabama, about 1868. He was born during the time his father worked on the "Murphy Plantation" with his son-in-law, Tom Meadows. Oscar died along with his father by drowning on the Conecuh River in either Pike or Crenshaw County. (See Kinchen Ellis Nichols, Number 8) He is buried next to his father at the Good Hope Church Cemetery in Hephzibah Community located off Highway 29 West of Troy in Pike County, Alabama.
CONECUH RIVER IN ALABAMA
The Conecuh River winds its way through Pike and Crenshaw County on it's way to the Gulf of Mexico. This river runs through very wooded and swampy lands and is a river of narrow, sometimes very shallow size. Still many spots run deep and whirlpools are a constant danger on this river.
|xiii.||JOHN A. NICHOLS30, b. September 1868, Pike County, Alabama31; d. Unknown, Pike County, Alabama.|
Notes for JOHN A. NICHOLS:|
JOHN A. NICHOLS, 1868 - Aft. 1930
John A. Nichols, a son of Kinchen Nichols and Martha Carroll-Reeves, was born in Pike County, Alabama September 1868. He is first listed in the 1880 Pike County, Alabama Census at age 12.
John, being born invalid, never married and required care from his family members through out his life. When the 1900 Pike County Census was taken John was living in the care of his half brother Samuel Marion Reeves. Samuel was a son of Martha and her first husband, Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Reeves. In the 1920 Pike County Census he is listed as living in the home of Nettie Howard and his brother Pleasant. Nettie is believed to be Lithainiah "Nettie" Nichols, half sister of John. Though hard to read John's age should be about 51-53. In the last available Census of 1930 for Pike County John is listed at age 61 living in the home of his brother Pleasant and niece Augusta M. Howard.
The location of John's burial is unknown.
|xiv.||PLEASANT "PLEZ" NICHOLS32, b. December 1870, Pike County, Alabama33; d. September 10, 1939, Pike County, Alabama.|
Notes for PLEASANT "PLEZ" NICHOLS:|
PLEASANT NICHOLS (PLEZ) December 1870 - September 10, 1939
Pleasant Nichols, known by his friends and associates as "Plez", was born in Pike County, Alabama during December 1870. He was the 3rd child of Kinchen Elias Nichols and Martha Margaret Carroll-Reeves. Only six when his father died, Pleasant spent most of his child hood without his father working on his mother's farm. He is listed in the 1880 Pike County, Alabama Census as Pleasant Nickels, age 9.
When the 1900 Pike County Census was taken Pleasant, age 29, was living in the home with his half brother, Samuel Reeves. Samuel was Sheriff of Pike County during this period and Pleasant worked as a jailer. Sam's younger brother James was serving as Deputy. Pleasant is listed as a dry-goods salesman in the 1910 Pike County Census. He likely was working with his brother Payton, a groceries salesman, with whom he shared a room in the home of Willard and Nettie Howard. He was not working in the Sheriff's office at the time due to someone outside the Reeves family who served from 1911 through 1913. The Sheriff at that time was a McBride.
The Reeves family again took control of the Sheriff's office in 1916 and Pleasant again became jailer. He is listed as such in the 1920 Pike County, Alabama Census. In the 1920 Census Pleasant is listed at age 49, a sister to Nettie Howard. From 1927 to 1930 the Sheriff of Pike County was a Galloway. During the time he was in office Sam Reeves, feeling he was too old for office, had Pleasant run in his place. Pleasant won and served a term as Sheriff. He is listed as Sheriff in the 1930 Census. Some have his term as starting in 1931.
Pleasant never married and spent the remainder of his life with the Reeves family. He died in Troy, Pike County, Alabama September 10, 1939. He was buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, Alabama. There is no marker at his grave.
From the Research of "SONNY" William Joiner
The Reeves family has played a prominent role in Pike County politics since the 19th century. From 1892 until 1931 only two four-year terms broke the family line held in the sheriff's office. The families hold on that office began in 1892 when Marion Carroll, a great uncle of Ben Reeves, was elected. In 1896 Sam Reeves, father of Ben Reeves, took office. Since the sheriff was not permitted, under the existing law, to succeed himself, Sam Reeves alternated terms with other members of the family. Sam Reeves served three terms as sheriff. Pleasant Nichols (half-brother of Sam Reeves), Burr Reeves (son of Sam Reeves) and Jim Reeves are other members of the family who served in the office.
From the Research of the Nichols Family, 1790 -1978, by Thomas Compton
Pleasant Nichols - The Pike County Sheriff' s Office was kept in the Reeves family from 1893 to 1955, except for two terms, 1911 - 1915, when McBride held office, and 1927 - 31 when Gallaway was in office. Marion Carroll, a brother of Martha, (Pleasant's mother), started the trend in 1893, with Sam Reeves, Sicily and Fate Carroll serving as deputies. Sam served next and over the years held office for three separate terms. During one of his terms in office there was a famous murder trial that involved two men named Johnson and Hale. It seemed they broke into a private home, killed the entire family, and burned the house in an effort to camouflage their crime. A song was written concerning the incident. I have heard my mother sing it many times. A part of it was as follows:
"Johnson, oh Johnson, come see what you've done,
Killed a whole family and never fired a gun.
Johnson said to Reeves, paint the gallows white,
Reeves said to Johnson, that will be alright."
A Negro was hung along with Johnson and Hale. His only crime being that he was forced to carry a beehive to the house so the two white men could enter through a window.
Sam's son, Ben Reeves, held the Sheriff's Office for four terms. He was Sheriff during World War II and was called into military service. His wife was acting Sheriff during his absence. He vacated the office in 1955 and served one term in the State Legislature. Immediately following his term in the Legislature, he was elected Probate Judge of Pike County, a position he has enjoyed to this very day. In 1931, when Galloway's term as sheriff was expiring, Sam Reeves thought he was too old to serve another term, and decided to run his half brother, Plez Nichols, for the office. Ben Reeve's, Sam's son, who is currently Probate Judge of Pike County, tells an amusing story concerning Plez's first day of politicking.
"Plez could never drive a car and it fell upon me to act as his chauffeur during his campaign. The local ford Dealer had been kind enough to provide Pleasant with a Model-A Ford of questionable serviceability.
I was 15 or 16 years old at the time and eager to take the assignment. It turned out that Plez wanted to do his first day of politicking in a very unsavory section of the county. His first contact was a local character that we will call John Harris, who was repairing a fence beside the roadway, with the help of a Negro laborer. After the usual amities were dispensed with, Plez stated the real purpose of his visit. Mr. Harris stated his confidence in Plesant's ability to handle the job, but wanted some specific answers to pertinent questions before committing his vote. Mr. Harris stated that the incumbent Sheriff was undoubtfuly the sorriest SOB that had ever held public office. He accused the Sheriff of harassing honest moon shiners to a point where even he had to go to the next county to obtain descent-drinking whiskey. He wanted to know how Plez stood on the issue.
Plez assured him that he believed in living and let living. Said he knew the times were hard and families must be fed and clothed. He told the man as long as the moon shiners were not too flagrant in plying their trade, did not sell to minors or create a disturbance, he would leave them alone. John stated that he believed Plez was a man of his word and that he would vote for him, however, he warned Plez that he could not vote for his wife Nancy, and advised Plez to stop by the house and talk to her.
When Plez knocked on the front door Nancy was in the Kitchen making flour dough (cathead) biscuits from scratch. She came down the hall wiping her hands on her apron preparatory for the usual handshake. When Plez stated his business she said she wanted a few points cleared up before committing her vote. She stated that the sheriff currently in office was the poorest excuse for a law enforcement official the county had ever elected. She went on to state that most any morning she could walk out her back porch and see the smoke from half a dozen moonshine stills. She further stated that by going to the front porch she could see still half a dozen more. She stated that the district was literally floating in moonshine whiskey. She said that John stayed so drunk that he could not do a descent day's work. She wanted to know what Plez was going to do about this mess, if he were elected.
Without batting an eye, Plez assured her that he was fully aware of the deplorable situation that currently existed and sympathized with the good Christian people of the district who were forced to tolerate a condition caused by inefficiency and corruption exemplified by the current administration. Plez assured her that if he were elected Sheriff the district would become dryer that a desert well. With this assurance, she pledged her vote.
I learned a valuable lesson in politicking that day. Ben Reeves
|32.||xv.||PAYTON NICHOLS, b. June 1873, Pike County, Alabama; d. Bet. 1935 - 1939, Pike County, Alabama.|
|33.||xvi.||JEPTHA "JEPP" NICHOLS, b. March 07, 1875, Pike County, Alabama; d. March 21, 1907, Troy, Pike County, Alabama.|
|xvii.||CARROLL HINTON NICHOLS34, b. October 1877, Pike County, Alabama; d. March 31, 1911, Pike County, Alabama.|
Notes for CARROLL HINTON NICHOLS:|
CARROLL HINTON NICHOLS, 1877 - 1911
Carroll Hinton Nichols was the last child born to Kinchen Elias Nichols and Martha Margaret Carroll. He was born in Pike County, Alabama, October 1877, three months after the death oh his father.
Carroll is listed as Hinton in the 1880 Pike County, Alabama Census, age 2. When the 1900 Pike Count Census was enumerated Carroll was age 22, living in the home of Sheriff Sam Reeves in Troy. Carroll was employed as Deputy Sheriff. Carroll is not found listed in the 1910 Pike County, Alabama Census. Reasons for him not being listed are unknown. He died March 31, 1911 possibly in Pike County and was buried at the Oakwood Cemetery near Troy. Vol. II of the Tomb Records, the Sexton's book for Oakwood Cemetery, has records of his burial but does not indicate where in Oakwood he was buried. The Alabama Tomb Records has Carroll being buried in an unmarked grave.
Carroll never married.