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Descendants of John Crook, Sr.


188. BIRDIE ALDINE6 NICHOLS (JOEL LAFAYETTE "FATE"5, SUSAN ELIZABETH4 WELLMAKER, MARGARET PEGGY3 CROOK, LEWIS (LINIS)2, JOHN1) was born February 22, 1893 in Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died Unknown in Crenshaw County, Alabama. She married CLAUDE BUSH February 27, 1914 in Crenshaw County, Alabama. He was born March 10, 1891 in Glenwood, Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died November 22, 1962 in Glenwood, Crenshaw County, Alabama.

Notes for B
IRDIE ALDINE NICHOLS:
Birdie was the seventh child born to Joel Nichols, Jr., and Mary Carnes, born in the Rocky Hill Community near Brantley in Crenshaw County, Alabama. She married shortly after her twenty-first birthday to Claude Bush from Glenwood in Crenshaw County.
This couple operated a farm west of Brantley. Birdie's parents had lived and worked their farm west of Brantley as well until Joel, her father, died during 1912. In 1924 Joel's wife moved in with Tula Nichols-Hollis, her daughter and sister to Birdie. There is some possibility that the farm Claude and Birdie worked might have actually been the farm that belonged to Joel. That has not been confirmed.
Giving up on the farm after several years, Claude and Birdie became merchants in Glenwood, Alabama where they opened a grocery store. They stayed in this business for the remainder of their lives.
The location of their burial is unknown. Claude died in 1962. The date of Birdie's death is unknown. One child, a daughter, was born to this union.
     


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LAUDE BUSH and BIRDIE NICHOLS:
Marriage: February 27, 1914, Crenshaw County, Alabama
     
Child of B
IRDIE NICHOLS and CLAUDE BUSH is:
377. i.   KATHERLIN7 BUSH, b. October 03, 1923, Crenshaw County, Alabama.


189. HENRY PEAVY "FOX"6 NICHOLS (JOEL LAFAYETTE "FATE"5, SUSAN ELIZABETH4 WELLMAKER, MARGARET PEGGY3 CROOK, LEWIS (LINIS)2, JOHN1) was born October 01, 1896 in Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died April 13, 1963 in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama. He married MATTIE SALOME PITTS April 16, 1919 in Crenshaw County, Alabama, daughter of MARTIN PITTS and SARAH RUSSELL. She was born July 08, 1901 in Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died January 30, 1990 in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington.

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ENRY PEAVY "FOX" NICHOLS:
Henry Peavy Nichols, known as "Fox," was the eigth child of Joel Lafayette Nichols, Jr., and Mary Frances Carnes, born in Crenshaw County, Alabama near Brantley in 1896. He grew up on the plantation owned by his family in the Spring Hill Community.
It is unknown if Henry was drafted or enlisted but he was serving in the United States Army during World War I. He most likely served with the 42nd Rainbow Division. The 42nd was formed in August 1917 of National Guard units from 26 states and the District of Columbia. The Infantry Regiment organized from Alabama was the 167th Infantry Regiment, formerly Alabama's 4th. The Division saw its first action in February 1918 fighting alongside the French. It is known that Henry was with the "American Expeditionary Forces" in France in 1918.
After the "Great War" Henry returned home and on April 16, 1919 he married Mattie Salome Pitts, the daughter of Martin Pitts and Sarah Russell of Crenshaw County, Alabama. She was born in 1901. Thomas Compton describes her in his research of this family as a "exceptionally beautiful young lady".
Henry made an effort to run his father's plantation but after a few years decided to pursue law enforcement as a career. His first jobs in this field was as a prison guard over-seeing prison laborers on the Bentley Plantation in Crenshaw County, Alabama and the Folmar Plantation located in Orion, a small town in Pike County, Alabama. Later on Henry joined the Montgomery Police Department in Montgomery, Alabama where he was a motor cycle patrolman. He worked with the MPD until his retirement about 1960.
Henry had made Montgomery his home for many years and died there in 1963. He was buried at the Mount Ida Cemetery in Crenshaw County, close to his birthplace and near to where his parents are buried.
After Henry died, date unknown, Mattie moved to Tacoma, Washington. She was either living with or close to her daughter, Mary Frances Nichols-Palmer. Mattie died in Washington during 1990. Her body was moved to Crenshaw County, Alabama where she was buried next to Henry.
Six children were born to the union of Henry and Mattie.

Note of thanks: I wish to express my appreciation to Betty Ward for supplying me with updated information on the Descendants of Henry Peavy Nichols.





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ENRY NICHOLS and MATTIE PITTS:
Marriage: April 16, 1919, Crenshaw County, Alabama
     
Children of H
ENRY NICHOLS and MATTIE PITTS are:
378. i.   BEAUCHAMP (BEACH) EDISON7 NICHOLS, b. February 20, 1920, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. February 04, 1999, Possible Aiken County, Georgia.
379. ii.   WILLIAM (WILLIE) ALVIN NICHOLS, b. April 09, 1921, Crenshaw, Alabama.
380. iii.   ARTHUR RAY NICHOLS, b. September 11, 1923, Crenshaw County, Alabama.
381. iv.   MARY FRANCES NICHOLS, b. February 18, 1925, Folmar's Plantation, Troy, Pike County, Alabama.
  v.   BETTY GUNTER NICHOLS, b. June 25, 1931, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama; m. HAROLD WARD, April 29, 1951, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington; b. August 23, 1923, Seldovia, Kenai Cook Inlet, Alaska.
  Notes for BETTY GUNTER NICHOLS:
Betty is the fifth child of Henry Peavy Nichols and Mattie Salome Pitts, born in Montgomery County, Alabama in 1931. Betty may have been living in Tacoma, Washington or visiting her sister, Mary Nichols-Plamer, during 1951. She was married that year in Tacoma to Harold Ward.
Harold is a Native Aleut Indian. He was born in Seldovia, Kenai Cook Inlet, Alaska during 1923. Kenai is located in the Kenai Peninsula Borough southwest of Anchorage, between Nikiski and Soldotna. It lies along Kenai Spur Highway near the Cook Inlet.
Aleuts are more closely related to Eskimo peoples than to other Native groups. The Russians gave the name Aleuts to all the Native peoples of the Aleutians, Kodiak and up along the Alaska Peninsula, resulting in some confusion. Because of this, the Yupik people bordering Unangan territory also became known as Aleuts, or in Yupik, 'Alutiq.'
(History of the Aleuts)
Betty and Harold moved from Tacoma, Washington to Kodiak Island, Alaska in 1967.
Known as Alaska's Emerald Island for it's plush greenery and somewhat mild climate, Kodiak Island has been home of the Indigenous Peoples' Alutig or Aleut, for over 7,500 years.
Betty and Harold are residents of Palmer, Alaska. Six children were born to this union.

A NOTE FROM KENDRICK SHACKLEFORD

"Betty has been extremely instrumental in providing information in her family lines, the descendants of Henry Peavy Nichols. She is very interested in family history and I wish to express my sincerest appreciation for her generosity."




  More About HAROLD WARD and BETTY NICHOLS:
Marriage: April 29, 1951, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington

382. vi.   BARBARA ANN NICHOLS, b. June 02, 1933, Montgomery County, Alabama; d. November 22, 2002, Winter Park, Orange County, Florida.


190. NEWTON GREASHAM "GRESS"6 NICHOLS (JOEL LAFAYETTE "FATE"5, SUSAN ELIZABETH4 WELLMAKER, MARGARET PEGGY3 CROOK, LEWIS (LINIS)2, JOHN1) was born September 19, 1906 in Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died 1996 in Elba, Coffee County, Alabama. He married (1) BONCILE SANDERS January 23, 1925 in Crenshaw County, Alabama. She was born April 09, 1910 in Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died July 21, 1972 in Coffee County, Alabama. He married (2) BERNICE DEVANE June 02, 1973 in Coffee County, Alabama. She was born October 29, 1919 in Unknown.

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EWTON GREASHAM "GRESS" NICHOLS:
Newton, known as Gress by family and friends, was the last child born to Joel Lafayette Nichols, Jr., and Mary Frances Carnes. He was born during September 1906 in the Rocky Hill Community near Brantley in Crenshaw County, Alabama. He grew up on the farm of his parents and helped his mother manage it for a few years before she moved in with her daughter Abbie in 1924.
When Newton's mother moved from her farm he went to work for his brother-in-law, James Compton. James was married to Clera Nichols. During this time, a period of about a year, he worked as a farm hand on James' farm and drove a log truck.
In January 1925, Newton married Boncile Sanders from Crenshaw County, Alabama. After his marriage he operated a "Rolling Store" in the Brantley area for several years. Later he and Boncile moved to Montgomery, Alabama where Newton became a mechanic for the Montgomery Fire Department. He remained on this job until he retired.
After retirement, he and Boncile moved to Heath in Covington County, Alabama. A short time later they moved to Elba in Coffee County, Alabama.
Boncile died during 1972. Newton married again during 1973 to Bernice DeVane, a widow in Coffee County. Newton died during 1996 in Elba, Coffee County, Alabama. He was buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Elba next to his first wife, Boncile. Bernice was still living in Coffee County, Alabama in 1999.
Newton and Boncile had one child, a daughter.
     



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EWTON NICHOLS and BONCILE SANDERS:
Marriage: January 23, 1925, Crenshaw County, Alabama

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EWTON NICHOLS and BERNICE DEVANE:
Marriage: June 02, 1973, Coffee County, Alabama
     
Child of N
EWTON NICHOLS and BONCILE SANDERS is:
383. i.   HAZEL JEANETTE7 NICHOLS, b. August 07, 1927, Crenshaw County, Alabama.


191. VASHTI N. "VASSIE"6 NICHOLS (WILLIAM MARSHELL5, SUSAN ELIZABETH4 WELLMAKER, MARGARET PEGGY3 CROOK, LEWIS (LINIS)2, JOHN1) was born November 12, 1879 in Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died April 04, 1963 in Crenshaw County, Alabama. She married ISHAM KENDALL MORRIS November 07, 1909 in Crenshaw County, Alabama, son of E.C. MORRIS and LAVONIA UNKNOWN. He was born November 16, 1869 in Crenshaw County, Alabama, and died March 11, 1945 in Crenshaw County, Alabama.

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ASHTI N. "VASSIE" NICHOLS:
Vashti Nichols, known as "Vassie," was the first born of William Marshell Nichols and Mariah Franklin. She was born in the Rocky Hill Community of Crenshaw County, Alabama near Brantley.
Vassie is believed to have married only once shortly before her 30th birthday. No records have been found indicating anything different. She married Isham Kendall Morris, born during 1869 in Crenshaw County, Alabama. He was the son of E. C. and Lavonia Morris of Crenshaw County, Alabama.
Isham owned and managed a water powered grist mill located on the Little
Patsalgia River in northwestern Crenshaw County, Alabama, near the Fuller's Crossroad Community north of Luverne off Highway 331. He died in Crenshaw County during 1945 and was buried at the Mount Zion Methodist Church Cemetery near the Fuller's Crossroads Community. He is buried next to his parents, his sister, and all his children.
Vassie died in Crenshaw County during 1963. She was laid to rest next to her husband.
Five children were born to this union.


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SHAM MORRIS and VASHTI NICHOLS:
Marriage: November 07, 1909, Crenshaw County, Alabama
     
Children of V
ASHTI NICHOLS and ISHAM MORRIS are:
  i.   BILLY CRAWFORD7 MORRIS, b. December 17, 1910, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. August 02, 1913, Crenshaw County, Alabama.
  More About BILLY CRAWFORD MORRIS:
Burial: Mount Zion Methodist Church Cemetery, Fuller's Crossroads, Crenshaw County, Alabama

  ii.   OPAL MORRIS, b. October 23, 1912, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. January 09, 1998, Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida; m. FLORIN JAMES RUSSELL, January 22, 1934, Crenshaw County, Alabama; b. May 01, 1910, Alabama; d. November 30, 1974, Florida.
  Notes for OPAL MORRIS:
Opal may be buried at the Mount Zion Methodist Church Cemetery next to her husband Florin. This has not been confirmed. The latest survey of Mount Zion was conducted in 1990. Opal died in 1998.

  Notes for FLORIN JAMES RUSSELL:
Florin served in the United States Navy. On his grave marker is inscribed, "WT3 US Navy." He is buried at the Mount Zion Methodist Church Cemetery in the Fuller's Crossroads Community near Luverne in Crenshaw County, Alabama

  More About FLORIN RUSSELL and OPAL MORRIS:
Marriage: January 22, 1934, Crenshaw County, Alabama

  iii.   PEARL MORRIS, b. December 31, 1913, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. February 13, 1918, Crenshaw County, Alabama.
  More About PEARL MORRIS:
Burial: Mount Zion Methodist Church Cemetery, Fuller's Crossroads, Crenshaw County, Alabama

  iv.   TAYLOR MORRIS, b. February 17, 1918, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. February 24, 1918, Crenshaw County, Alabama.
  More About TAYLOR MORRIS:
Burial: Mount Zion Methodist Church Cemetery, Fuller's Crossroads, Crenshaw County, Alabama

384. v.   LUCILLE MORRIS, b. January 16, 1920, Crenshaw County, Alabama; d. February 03, 1976, Crenshaw County, Alabama.


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