I think Basdale Nichols who was in the 1810-1840 Patrick Co. Va census, might be the father of Christopher. Basdale's name is also spelled Basil, Barksdale, Bazdel, Bazdale. Basdale was born abt. 1780 in probably Bedford Co. Va. He married twice: Clarissa Cannon in 1799 and Sarah Crowder in 1802. Basdale moved to Patrick County about 1804, when he bought land from John Smallman. (found deed from this John Smallman in deed records index) Basdale was deeded other sections of land from 1817 to the 1830's. I found that Christopher Nichols was first in the Patrick County tax lists in 1828. The last record of Christopher in court records is his deed to William J. Robertson in 1844. According to the 1845 Patrick Co. Va tax list (land and personal property), Christopher had died. I checked but found no will or an appraisal of the estate of Christopher. His wife, Elizabeth and son, Fleming, sold their land in 1848 and that is probably when they moved to Pike Co. Ky. Basdale deeded land to a James Stone and after that wasn't listed in any land record index. I couldn't find a will or an estate appraisal for Basdale either. He wasn't in the 1850 Patrick Co. Va census index. Its possible he moved away. It is also possible Christopher is the son of someone else. I think someone from a neighboring county such as Pittsylvania County might be his parents. Elizabeth Midkiff was probably born in Pittsylvania county because her father, John Midkiff Sr. lived there until the 1820's, when he moved to Patrick County.