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95. OLIVER NEWTON "OLL"5 NICHOLS (JOEL LAFAYETTE "FATE"4, SUSAN ELIZABETH3 WELLMAKER, ELIAS2, JOHN H.1) was born September 15, 1881 in Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died January 21, 1953 in Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama. He married (1) EULA LEE JOHNSON December 25, 1904 in Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabaam, daughter of JOHN JOHNSON and JOSEPHENE BRUNSON. She was born October 22, 1884 in Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died August 01, 1930 in Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama. He married (2) ENGRIE GODWIN Aft. 1930 in Crenshaw County, Alabama, daughter of DANIEL GODWIN and LADY ELEMORE. She was born September 24, 1889 in Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died November 1986 in Georgianna, Butler County, Alabama.

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LIVER NEWTON "OLL" NICHOLS:
Oliver was the third child of Joel Lafayette Nichols, Jr., and Mary Frances Carnes, born in Crenshaw County, Alabama, near Brantley in the Rocky Hill Community in 1881. In his younger years, "Oll," as he was known, worked on the farm of his father when he was not attending a country school in the Spring Hill Community near Brantley.
He married in December 1904 to Eula Lee Johnson, daughter of John Johnson and Josephene Brunson from Brantley. She carried out her life as a housewife until her death in 1930. She was born in Crenshaw County, Alabama in 1884. Ten children were born to the union of Oliver and Eula Nichols.
After 1930, exact year unknown, Oliver married Engrie Godwin from Crenshaw County, Alabama. She was the daughter of Daniel Godwin and Lady Elemore. She was born in Crenshaw County in 1889 and died in Georgianna, Alabama in 1986. Georgianna is located in Butler County. No children were born to this union.
During most of his adult life Oliver worked as a farmer, though he had held several other jobs during his life. During World War II, Oliver did his part for the war effort by working as a security guard at a shipyard in Mobile. This was most likely the "Alabama Dry Docks" where the primary product was "Liberty Ships." Many people from Brantley moved to Mobile during World War II where they worked in this industry.
After the war, Oliver returned to farm work in Crenshaw County where he also worked for many years on a second job as Supervisor at a Cotton Gin.
Oliver died during 1953 in Brantley, Alabama. He was buried beside his first wife, "Eula" at the Brantley City Cemetery in Brantley, Alabama at the end of Cemetery Road, off U. S. Highway 331.

The Ghost Dog
By Thomas Compton

Not too far from where Oll was born and raised, there was a place known by the locals as "Miller's Hill." This hill was named for a Mr. Miller who was killed when a "ghost dog," known locally as the "Chapel Dog" spooked Miller's horse which overturned his buggy.
The ghost dog was reportedly seen at close range by Adam Parks who claimed that when he attempted to hit the dog with his walking stick, the stick passed through the dog and hit the ground.
The story is told that Oll was riding horseback one night when the dog appeared alongside his mount. It was said that Oll emptied his revolver into the dog with no apparent damage.
It was at this point that Oll is supposed to have informed his mount that if he did not know how to run he best remove himself from between his legs, and he would show him the true meaning of the word, "speed."


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LIVER NICHOLS and EULA JOHNSON:
Marriage: December 25, 1904, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabaam

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NGRIE GODWIN:
Where Engrie was buried is unknown. She was married before her marriage to
Oliver. The identity of her first husband is unknown. It is customary though to be buried next to your first spouse.

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LIVER NICHOLS and ENGRIE GODWIN:
Marriage: Aft. 1930, Crenshaw County, Alabama
     
Children of O
LIVER NICHOLS and EULA JOHNSON are:
217. i.   FANNIE JO6 NICHOLS, b. February 02, 1906, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. December 1985, Plant City, Hillsborough County, Florida.
218. ii.   LEXTON CARROLL NICHOLS, b. November 09, 1907, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. May 1982, Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama.
219. iii.   CHARLES (CHARLIE) COLVIN NICHOLS, b. June 22, 1909, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. June 1987, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.
220. iv.   HORACE BRUNSON NICHOLS, b. December 01, 1911, Crenshaw County, Alabama.
221. v.   OLIVER CECIL NICHOLS, b. June 16, 1915, Crenshaw County, Alabama.
222. vi.   MARY FLORENCE NICHOLS, b. November 01, 1917, Crenshaw County, Alabama.
223. vii.   WILSON LAWERNCE NICHOLS, b. November 01, 1917, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. April 1982, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.
224. viii.   ABBIE LEE NICHOLS, b. October 11, 1920, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. June 15, 1994, Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama.
225. ix.   JOHNSON J. NICHOLS, b. July 20, 1923, Crenshaw County, Alabama.
226. x.   WILLIE FAYE NICHOLS, b. July 20, 1923, Crenshaw County, Alabama.


96. ALICE EUNICE5 NICHOLS (JOEL LAFAYETTE "FATE"4, SUSAN ELIZABETH3 WELLMAKER, ELIAS2, JOHN H.1) was born May 03, 1883 in Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died May 03, 1973 in Luverne, Crenshaw County, Alabama. She married JESSE JOHN SASSER November 24, 1901 in Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabaam, son of WILLIAM SASSER and REBECCA TISDALE. He was born December 24, 1879 in Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died December 30, 1966 in Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama.

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LICE EUNICE NICHOLS:
Alice was the forth child of Joel Lafayette Nichols, Jr. And Mary Frances Carnes, born in the Rocky Hill Community located in Crenshaw County, Alabama, near Brantley, on May 03, 1883. She grew up on her parent's farm in the Rocky Hill Community, which now only exist in fading memories. Rocky Hill was located West of the Spring Hill and Mount Ida Communities, the areas her family had lived since her grandfather, Joel Sr., migrated to from Georgia in the 1850s.
Alice married Jesse John Sasser in 1901. He was the son of William Sasser and Rebecca Tisdale. These families are tied in several different directions to the Nichols family. Jesse's brother, William Pleasant Sasser, was married to Susan Celestia Nichols, the daughter of Elias Nichols and Mosella Carnes. Elias was the brother of Joel Nichols, Jr. Elias' wife, Mosella Carnes, was sister to Mary Frances Carnes, the mother of Alice.
Rebecca Tisdale, mother of Jesse Sasser is related to Mary Tabitha Engram, wife of George Marion Nichols, who was the Uncle of Alice Nichols. There are other connections but they are yet to be unraveled.
Jesse owned and operated a farm on the outskirts of Brantley and Alice lived out her life as housewife. They lived within the city limits of Brantley, across the street from Jessie's parents, William and Rebecca Sasser.
Five children were born to Jesse and Alice, one dying in infancy. Jesse died in 1966. Alice died in 1973. They are buried at the Brantley City Cemetery in Brantley at the end of Cemetery Road off U. S. 331, just before the Conecuh River Bridge.


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ESSE SASSER and ALICE NICHOLS:
Marriage: November 24, 1901, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabaam
     
Children of A
LICE NICHOLS and JESSE SASSER are:
  i.   ANNIE MAE6 SASSER, b. March 18, 1903, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. January 20, 1999, Luverne, Crenshaw County, Alabama; m. ROLAND H. CLARK, July 13, 1926, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama; b. Abt. 1900, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. Unknown, Possible Ohio.
  Notes for ANNIE MAE SASSER:

Annie Mae Sasser was the first born of Jesse John Sasser and Alice Nichols, born in Crenshaw County, Alabama in the town of Brantley. She married Roland H. Clark in Crenshaw County during 1906.
After their marriage, they moved to Akron, Ohio in Summit County. The date of their move is unknown.
Ohio is where they remained until after their retirement and possibly the death of Roland. Although Roland is listed in this report with no dates attached I believe that the following information from the Social Security Death Index is in reference to the same Roland.

Roland Clark
Birth date; 19 Nov 1899
Death date; April 1965
State where ID issued; Ohio
Localities; Saint Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio

It is known that Roland died before Annie. Annie returned to Brantley, a widow. She was moved to a retirement home in Luverne, Alabama, where she died January 20, 1999. Where she was buried is unknown. There is the possibility she may have been buried in Brantley.
No children were born to this union.

Information as to the death date of Annie was from the Social Security Death Index. Her ID was issued in Ohio. The last address of her benefits was in Brantley, Alabama.


  More About ROLAND CLARK and ANNIE SASSER:
Marriage: July 13, 1926, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama

  ii.   LOTTIE B. SASSER, b. June 23, 1905, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. October 15, 1908, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama.
  Notes for LOTTIE B. SASSER:
Lottie is buried in the Cemetery Lot with her parents at the Brantley City Cemetery in Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama. The cemetery is located at the end of Cemetery Road, just south of Brantley on U. S. Highway 331 just before the Conecuh River Bridge. She was three- years-old.

227. iii.   WILLIAM LAFAYETTE (FATE) SASSER, b. October 25, 1909, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. June 25, 1993, Luverne, Crenshaw County, Alabama.
228. iv.   HARVEY EZEKIAL (ZEKE) SASSER, b. December 02, 1912, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. September 16, 1965, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.
229. v.   JESSE ALVIN (HOT) SASSER, b. February 24, 1919, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama.


97. CLERA CLARA "QUE"5 NICHOLS (JOEL LAFAYETTE "FATE"4, SUSAN ELIZABETH3 WELLMAKER, ELIAS2, JOHN H.1) was born September 28, 1888 in Rocky Hill Community near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died June 28, 1955 in Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama. She married JAMES CLIFFORD (CLIFF) COMPTON January 25, 1908 in Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama, son of JAMES COMPTON and SARAH HILL. He was born December 20, 1887 in Rocky Hill Community near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died May 11, 1966 in Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama.

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LERA CLARA "QUE" NICHOLS:
FROM THE RESEARCH OF KENDRICK SHACKLEFORD

Though I never really knew James Clifford and Clera Nichols Compton, due to my young age at the time of their deaths, their names are very familiar with me. My Mom and Dad mentioned them many times in high regards. Though still young when I lived in Brantley, Alabama, I do have fairly vivid memories of most of their children.
Clera was the sixth child born to Joel Lafayette Nichols, Jr., and Mary Frances Carnes. She was born in the now extinct Rocky Hill Community of Crenshaw County, Alabama during 1888. At the age of nineteen she married James Clifford Compton, the son of James Randolph Compton and Sarah Frances Hill. James was also born in the Rocky Hill Community in 1887.
James'sister, Susan Roberta Compton, married Marvin Nichols. He was a son of Elias Nichols and Mosella Carnes. Mosella was the sister of Mary Frances Carnes who married Joel L. Nichols; Jr. Joel was brother to Elias. Joel and Mary were Clera's parents.
A brother of James Clifford Compton, Thomas Milton Compton, married Carrie Wood. Thomas and Carrie had a son, William Randolph Compton, who married Abbie Ruth Nichols. Abbie was the daughter of Alvin C. Nichols and James Annie Sanders. Alvin was another brother of Joel, Jr., making Alvin and James Annie Uncle and Aunt to Clera.
James Clifford and Clera spent their married lives together running a farm in the Spring Hill Community in Crenshaw County, Alabama, near Brantley. According to what was posted in the "Luverne Journal" during August 1917, James was called up for the draft into the Army during World War I. This was a physical and eligibility call only and it appears he never was drafted.
Clera died in 1955. James died in 1966. They are buried at the Mount Ida Church Cemetery in the Mount Ida Community near Brantley in Crenshaw County, Alabama.
Nine children were born to this union.

Thomas Heflin Compton, a son of James and Clera, researched several different lines of our perspective families after he retired from the United States Air Force in the late 1970s. I have a great deal of admiration and respect for Thomas in his accomplishments of family research. He has been an extreme inspiration to me in my research.
The following is an exert from his book, "The Crook Family." This is an account of life at home with his parents. No one can explain it better or is in anyway more of an authority.
Thanks Thomas, for sharing those memories,

Kendrick Shackleford

JAMES CLIFFORD AND CLERA CLARA NICHOLS COMPTON BY THOMAS COMPTON

Cliff and Que were farmers as were most of the people in their section of Crenshaw County around the turn of the century. Their farm was located in the Rocky Hill Community at the intersection of what is now county road number 37 and the Old Upper Holland Bridge access road.
This couple raised eight children the hard way, I should know because I was one of them. Other people worked by the clock, my parents worked by the sun, daylight to dark. There was no rest at our farm on rainy days. Dad used the convinent time to sharpen tools, repair farm equipment, or shucking and shelling corn used to make meal for the family table or scratch for the chickens.
From Christmas to planting time every spare minute was spent shelling peanuts. Dad was not much of a cotton farmer, but he sure planted a lot of peanuts. Probably his obsession with peanuts resulted from the fact that he owned and operated a peanut-picking machine.
After the crops were "laid by" in late June or early July, Dad would cut and haul logs and/or railroad crossties until it was time to start picking cotton. In the fall of the year, after Dad had finished picking his own peanuts, he would take to the road picking peanuts for other people. After the peanut picking season was over, Dad would start clearing "a new ground" that he would use for planting sugar cane.
The syrup made from the sugar cane ranked high on the breakfast menu at our house. The trees removed from the "new ground" were converted into fuel for the family fireplaces and cooking stove. This was done with a two man cross cut saw and chopping axe. Sometime it was necessary to use a wedge and maul to split the blocks into acceptable size chunks.
Syrup, butter, biscuits and pork (ham, sausage or bacon) were standard breakfast fare at our house. Except in the late summer and early fall the pork supply would be exhausted and Dad would buy a five (5) gallon can of oil sausage, sometimes called "Army Sausage." Sometimes he would buy a kit of fish preserved in brine, or dried salt mackerel/mullet which mother would soak over night to remove some of the salt and fry them for breakfast.
It was my Father's firm belief that biscuits should be served for breakfast and a meat dish to be served at every meal. He believed that a man needed meat for strength if he worked hard, and hard work was all he ever knew. I am thankful that my Mom gave him a little religion, else he would have had us working on Sunday.
Mom died June 28, 1955; Dad died May 11, 1966. Both are buried in the Mount Ida Methodist Church Cemetery.

Thomas Heflin Compton






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AMES COMPTON and CLERA NICHOLS:
Marriage: January 25, 1908, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama
     
Children of C
LERA NICHOLS and JAMES COMPTON are:
230. i.   VIRGIE THERESA6 COMPTON, b. January 01, 1910, Rocky Hill Community near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. June 02, 1998, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama.
231. ii.   JAMES WOODROW COMPTON, b. February 08, 1912, Rocky Hill Community near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama.
  iii.   KERN VONCILE COMPTON, b. September 23, 1914, Rocky Hill Community near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama; m. SAM BEN JAYROE, January 16, 1933, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama; b. April 23, 1905, Near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. May 22, 1978, Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida.
  Notes for KERN VONCILE COMPTON:
Kern is the third child of James Clifford Compton and Clera Nichols. She was born in the area once known as "Rocky Hill," west of the Spring Hill Community in Crenshaw County, Alabama. She married at the age of nineteen to Sam Ben Jayroe. Sam was the son of Cicero Constine (Shug) Jayroe and Millie Compton.
This family is connected in a couple of marriages, such as; Millie Compton was sister of James (Jim) Randolph Compton. James daughter, Susan Roberta Compton, married Marvin M. (Marve) Nichols. Marvin was the son of Elias Nichols and Mosella Carnes. Elias was the brother of Joel Lafayette Nichols, Jr., who was the father of Clera Nichols, mother of Kern Voncile Compton.
Kern's husband, Sam Ben Jayroe, and son of Mille Compton, was brother of James William Jayroe who married Laura McNeil. They had a son, James Tolbert Jayroe that married Frances Louise Hall, daughter of Thomas (Tom) Edward Hall and Virgie Theresa Compton. Virgie was the sister of Kern.
After Sam and Kern were married they opened a Country Store near Brantley, Alabama. However, due to bad asthma and Sam's allergies to certain plants of the area they were forced to move after October 1938.
Sam and Kern settled in Tampa, Florida in Hillsborough County near the "Sulphur Springs." Sam was drafted during World War II but served less than six months. He was given a medical discharge due to his allergies. During the next several years Sam worked at several jobs until he finally started his own business. Of all things, he opened a nursery.
Kern became employed with the "Hav-A-Tampa Cigar Company' in 1946 and stayed there until she retired in 1976. Sam kept up with the nursery until his death on May 22, 1978. The cause of death is listed as "Massive Brain Hemorrhage." He was buried at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Tampa.
After Sam's death, Kern lived for a while in Tampa but eventually moved in with her sister, Lillian, in Montgomery, Alabama. Lillian passed away in 1998. There has been no records showing that Kern has since passed away and she may still be living in Montgomery.
No children were born to this union.



  More About SAM JAYROE and KERN COMPTON:
Marriage: January 16, 1933, Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama

  iv.   CARMEL KENDRICK COMPTON, b. July 17, 1916, Rocky Hill Community near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. October 11, 1916, Rocky Hill Community near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama.
  Notes for CARMEL KENDRICK COMPTON:
It has been said that Carmel died from Typhoid Fever. The worst outbreak of Flu in the United States occurred during 1916-1917 but I will go with the Typhoid.
This information has been handed down through that part of the family.
Carmel was buried at the Mount Ida Church Cemetery near Brantley in Crenshaw County, Alabama.

232. v.   MARY ELEANOIR COMPTON, b. November 05, 1917, Rocky Hill Community near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama.
233. vi.   THOMAS HEFLIN COMPTON, b. October 18, 1920, Rocky Hill Community near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. 2002, Inverness, Citrus County, Florida.
234. vii.   WALTER REX COMPTON, b. May 23, 1923, Rocky Hill Community near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. February 28, 1980, Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama.
235. viii.   LILLIAN T. COMPTON, b. April 22, 1926, Rocky Hill Community near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. April 28, 1998, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.
236. ix.   MURRELL FONSO COMPTON, b. October 11, 1927, Rocky Hill Community near Brantley, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. December 21, 1986, Crenshaw County, Alabama.


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