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Re: John B. Nicholas wife was Mary Magdaline Collins
Posted by: Michael Carmichael (ID *****1121) Date: April 21, 2004 at 11:30:05
In Reply to: John B. Nicholas wife was Mary Magdaline Collins by Sylvia Collins Leslie of 478

From a History of the State of Oklahoma, published in 1908:
In 1866 Captain Nicholas married Mary M. Collins, a daughter of Rev. J. B. and Ruth Collins, who were born and reared in Tennessee, but died in West Plains, Missouri. Three children have been born to Captain and Mrs. Nicholas, namely: Abraham L., employed in a flouring mill at Custer City; Helen, wife of Eugene Forbes, a finely educated man, an ex-teacher and professor, and formerly editor of the Clarion; Byrd, who died when ten years old. A stanch Republican in politics, Captain Nicholas is prominent in party ranks, and has served in many positions of importance and responsibility. He was deputy district clerk four years; was sheriff two years, being forced to accept the office, as the bandits of the early day, which he subsequently captured, were much afraid of him; and was United States Court Commissioner for six years. He belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic, and served as commander of the first post organized in Oklahoma.
In November, 1907, Mr. Nicholas moved the Clarion to Tucumcari, New Mexico, where he now resides.
I think I may have sent this to you offline, but now it's here in case other cousins are interested. There's a lot more information from this book.

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