Smith County, Texas

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The Nichols Family

 

Like most families in Georgia, the Nichols family had a difficult life following the Civil War. Probably encouraged by relatives to seek a better life in Texas, a group of families from Crawford Co., GA, including the Bundrick, Webb, Stembridge and Chapman families left Knoxville, GA by train in December 1872. They traveled by rail to the Gulf where they boarded a steamship traveling to New Orleans, then up the Sabine River to Shreveport. By way of Longview, they temporarily settled in Wood Co., TX before moving into other counties.

Benjamin and Mary McCook Nichols (and several of his children and grandchildren) traveled to Texas with his nephew Daniel Benjamin Nichols, son of his brother Vincent who remained in Georgia, joining two of his sisters already in Texas: Nancy Ann Nichols who married Abner Stripling and moved to Nacogdoches Co. in 1859 and Hannah Nichols who came to Texas with her second husband John Barnett Dickson to Smith Co., TX in 1858.

John is buried in Starrville Cemetery, Hannah's grave is probably in the family cemetery marked only by a natural stone. Nancy is buried in Nacogdoches Co., Abner in Angelina.

After losing some children "to fever" part of Benjamin's family returned to Georgia and finally settled in Florida. Most of Benjamin's descedants moved to Sabine County.

Daniel Benjamin Nichols and his wife Mary Louisa Gregory settled in Smith Co. The farm descended through their son Charley Alexander Nichols. His granddaughter still owns the farm. Daniel Benjamin NICHOLS served with the C.S.A, Co. F, 54 Regt. Georgia Infantry - FAMILY PICTURES - Deed

Contributed by Lillie Ruby

 

Daniel Benjamin NICHOLS, son of Vincent and Elizabeth McCOOK, born on 29 Apr 1831, Crawford Co, GA.; died ca 1899, Smith Co, TX; married 1 Sep 1853, Bibb Co, GA, Mary Louisa GREGORY, daughter of Thomas GREGORYand Leah ROGERSON, born 1827, Bibb Co, GA; died 1923.
Children of Daniel Benjamin Nichols and Mary Louisa Gregory were as follows:

  • 1. Martha (Mattie) E., born Oct 1857, Crawford Co, GA; married David Wesley NICHOLS, son of Benjamin NICHOLS and Mary McCOOK, 16 Dec 1879, Smith Co, TX.
    • 1. Elma Morris, born 1 Nov 1884, Smith Co, TX; died 19 Jun 1950; buried Barber Cemetery, Starrville, Smith Co, TX; married 25 Dec 1905 Eugenia HAYS.
    • 2. Norrie A, born Mar 1886 at TX; married 23 Dec 1909, Smith Co, TX, Ina Volena HOWELL. Both are buried in Ft. Worth, TX
    • 3. Clarence Bryan.
  • 2. Adophus W.; born 1858, Crawford Co, GA
  • 3. Mary F., born 8 Nov 1859, Crawford Co, GA; married Matthew B. WILLIAMSON
    • 1. Loyd; born 1881; died 1952; buried at Starrville Cemetery, Starrville, Smith Co, TX; 11 Feb 1903 married Callie WHITMAN
    • 2. Clark; born 1883; died 1953; buried at Starrville Cemetery, Starrville, Smith Co, TX; married 17 Jul 1904 Mary LANGFORD
  • 4. Thomas V; born 19 Sep 1861, Crawford Co, GA; died 1864, Crawford Co, GA
  • 5. James T; born 24 Jul 1864, Crawford Co, GA; died 29 May 1937; buried Barber Cemetery, Starrville, Smith Co, TX.; married 8 Sep 1901 Mrs. Alice McNUTT, died 5 Jun 1910; buried Barber Cemetery, Starrville, Smith Co, TX
  • 6. Charley Alexander, born 25 Apr 1866, Crawford Co, GA; died 15 Jan 1944, Smith Co, TX; buried Nichols Cemetery, Smith Co, TX; married 22 Jan 1896, Ollie Degatha RODEN, daughter of William A. RODEN and Queen Victoria PATRICK, born 2 Jan 1877, Harrison Co, TX; died 1 Jun 1961, Smith Co, TX; buried Nichols Cemetery, Smith Co, TX. - PICTURES
    • 1. Dolly, born 1901; Starrville, Smith Co, TX; died 1970; married Finis Ewing WALTERS.
    • 2. Lillie; born 1905, Starrville, Smith Co, TX; died 30 Nov 1966, Pittsburg, Camp Co, TX; buried, Ebenezer Cemetery, Pittsburg, Camp Co, TX; married 14 Jul 1923, Camp Co, TX, William Horace KELLEY, born 20 May 1900, Camp Co, TX; died Feb 1979; buried Ebenezer Cemetery, Pittsburg, Camp Co, TX
    • 3. Lucy; born 6 Jun 1909; died 31 Aug 1981; buried at Starrville Cemetery, Starrville, Smith Co, TX.

  • 7. Laurah Z.; born 10 Oct 1867, Crawford Co, GA; died 1867, Crawford Co, GA
  • 8. Robert Benjamin, born 24 Jan 1871, Crawford Co, GA; died 1956; married Sallie Ann LANGFORD.

    • 1. Mary Verna; born 14 Dec 1891; died 1964.
    • 2. Ivy Lee; born 22 Jul 1894; died 1972
    • 3. James Park; born 7 Jun 1897; died 1966
    • 4. Patsy; born 5 Dec 1899; died 19 Feb 1900.
    • 5. Daisy Blanche; born 18 Dec 1900; died 1917
    • 6. Daniel Benjamin; born 4 Jun 1904; died 1974
    • 7. Robert Leo; born 23 Dec 1907; died 1992

 

 

SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Special thanks to Lillie Ruby and Barbara Wright Mullican for their contribution of family material

Nichol Bible Records - Lillie Ruby

1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 Smith County Federal Census

Smith County Texas Marriages, Book 1

Smith County Texas Marriages, Book II

Cemetery Records of Smith County, Vol. V

Chronicles of Smith County, Vol. 23, No. 1

 

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