Re: nancy jane howard and joe boone nickells
This is another case of misspelled surname by someone along the line. I have this family in my database and on my Web Page, but under the name of Joseph Boone NICKELL. "Joe" is the son of James Kash NICKELL (=Elizabeth HOWARD). I only know of one child:
Otis Smith NICKELL b.1890, possibly in Coles Co., IL.