Re: Elijah McKendry, 1800s Ohio
The only Joel Nichols I have found so far is Joel F. Nichols, alias Frank Nichols. He seems to have done something like Elijah McKendry--deserted May 27, 1862 from the Ohio regiment and rejoined July 23 1863 in Pennsylvania. It looks like he applied for a pension June 9, 1865, and later his widow applied, March 7, 1892. There is a date of 5/15/1916 on the paper, and Mary was still alive in the Iowa census of 1925. I guess it might be worth ordering the file to get the widow's name and his date of death, if known.