Posted By:Billie Nichols-Bennett
Subject:Andrew J. Nichols b.1844 TX m. Mary Miller >> Runnels Co., TX 1880 & 1900 census
Post Date:May 03, 2002 at 15:36:02
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Andrew Jackson Nichols b.1844 in Guadalupe County, TX was the son of John W. Nichols born about 1816 Franklin Co., TN and Mary M. (Polly) Day born 1816 Anderson Co., SC.

A.J. Nichols married (1)Martha Adelia Ellis (2) M.F. Ramey and (3) Mary F. Miller the dau. of Alsey Miller b.1820 NC and Permelia King b.1826 TX.

On the 1880 and 1900 census Andrew J. and Mary F. Nichols and family are living in Runnels County, TX. On the census their children are listed as: daughters Matanna, Hattie and Villa; son Jackson.

Also listed on the 1900 Runnels Co TX census is a Sam Nichols b. 1857 and wife Mauda b. 1861. Their children are daughters named Tommie, mary, eliza; sons Maxie and Sam; daughters Sephronia and Cora.

I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss information on either of these families listed on these census records.

In the publication FRONTIER TIMES in 1927 I found where Andrew J. Nichols wrote a letter to the editor of that publication discussing his family history and regional history. J. Marvin Hunter made this comment and then published the letter; "From a Real Pioneer... A.J. Nichols, whose home is now in Runnels county, writes us from Gonzales, Texas as follows:

Some comments in that letter by A.J. Nichols:
"I am a native of Texas, born when she was a Republic..... My parents came to Gonzales in 1836, and helped to found the town of Seguin in 1838. I was born in Seguin in 1844.

I saw something in your magazine about Arch Gipson being wounded in the Woll campaign on the Hondo. My father was with him at the time he was wounded; he was an old and tried friend of my father's.

I also read about the Dawson massacre. Alsee Miller, my father-in-law, and Gonzales Wood were the two men who got away. My father and Alsee Miller and two uncles, Milford Day and Jim Nichols, were in the Plum Creek fight with the Indians who burned Linville, our only seaport at that time. Alsee Miller and Jim Nichols were both wounded in that fight.

I was raised a cowboy in Guadalupe county, and now belong to the Cow-Puncher's Association of Runnells county.....

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Texas left Col. McCord one regiment to keep the Indians from raiding the frontier. He cut his company in two, McCord taking one half and his lieutenant one half, and strung them across Texas to the Rio Grande. In 1862 I hauled with ox teams for the most western camps in Neuces Canyon at what was known as Chalk Bluff. It was sure a wild country at that time; the Indians were in some where ever light moon.

Milford Day was a noted man on the frontier. He died a cripple from a Mexican ball in his hip, a wound he received at Plum Ridge, five miles above Seguin. My father was with him when he was shot.

I find very few men living today who were born in the Republic of Texas. There are three in Runnells county. Two years ago I attended a trail drivers barbecue at Seguin, and found only two men there that I knew when I was a boy. Ben Terrell and Joe Dibrell......"

The Uncle Jim NICHOLS he talked about was JAMES WILSON (Jim) NICHOLS b.1820 Franklin Co., TN. Jim Nichols was my gr-gr-grandfather. Although I knew most of this history, I found it very interesting hearing it first hand from the pen of Andrew J. Nichols and thought someone else might possibly benefit from something here.

Billie Nichols-Bennett