The information I have posted below comes from family history and U.S. Federal Census's for Bryan Co. OK. and Johnston Co. OK. for 1910 and 1920.
Sometime in the 1870's or possibly earlier, James Thomas Nicholas born about 1854 possibly in Tennessee, and Mary Angeline Watson born about 1854 possibly in Alabama, were married. I have been told in either Lawrance Co. Tennessee or somewhere in Arkansas.
James Thomas Nicholas and Mary Angeline Watson, setteled in Rusk County, Texas and on 17 June 1877 gave birth to my great grandmother Lillian Etta Nicholas, in Rusk County, Texas, and on 25 Feb. 1879 gave birth to my great Aunt Margaret "Maggie" Lee Nicholas, in Rusk County, Texas.
Sometime after they removed to Washington County, Arkansas. Either in Rusk County, Texas or Washington County, Arkansas they had two more daughter's Alice Nicholas birth date unknown, and Laura Nicholas birth date unknown.
In 1888 at Washington County, Arkansas. James Webster Nicholas was born. and around 1890 - 1895 James Thomas Nicholas and family returned to Rusk County, Texas.
Family Members List
James Thomas Nicholas
Mary Angeline "Watson" Nicholas
Lillian Etta Nicholas b.17 Jun. 1877 Rusk Co., TX
Margarete Lee Nicholas b.25 Feb. 1879 Rusk Co., TX
Alice Nicholas BDU
Laura Nicholas BDU
James Webster Nicholas b.1888 Washington Co., AR
James Thomas Nicholas and Mary Angeline had two other children, there sex and names are unknown to me, but I don't believe that they survived childhood.
I next find the Nicholas family at Bee, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory where Lillian Etta Nicholas married Alonzo Carruth in 1895. Alonzo Carruth died of pnemonia in 1900 at Bee, Chickasaw Nation, I.T. and Lillian Etta Nicholas married William Ross Williams b.1856 at Walnut Grove, Greene County, Missouri.
In 1899 Margarete Lee Nicholas married Curry Barnett Teel at Tishomingo, Chickasaw Nation, I.T. Margarte "Maggie" and Curry Teel I believe lived most of there lives in north Texas. Curry Barnett Teel died in 1922 in Red River County, Texas and was buried in DeKalb County, Texas, where his father had been the first Sheriff. Margaret Lee "Nicholas" Teel lived out her life and died 30 Jan. 1970 at Henderson Rusk County, Texas. Margaret and Curry Teel had the following children that I know about.
Curry Barnett Teel
Margarete Lee Nicholas
Laura Nicholas married a man named Tom Stalcup, I believe at Bee, Chickasaw Nation, I.T. before 1900. I have heard that she died in childbirth, and I don't know what happened to Tom Stalcup.
Alice Nicholas married a man named Jones, I believe after 1910, around Bee, Johnston County, OK. they had a son named George Jones who I believe died in Colorado in the 1970's.
James Webster Nicholas grew to manhood on the family farm at Bee, Johnston County, OK. and in 1912 married to Nora Wanda Brown. in 1919 the had a son, Eual Everett Nicholas and in 1921 another John Nicholas. Sometime after 1920 James Webster Nicholas and family setteled to a farm near Little City, Marshall County, OK. of about 120 acres. they raised turkeys and James Webster Nicholas was elected to the office of Marshall County Tax Assessor which he kept for some years. Being elected willingly about five time and several times after when no one would run for the office.
According to family legend, my great grandfather William Ross Williams held my great grandmother Lillian Etta Nicholas on his lap when she was two years old, this would have occured in Rusk County, Texas about 1879. The only reason I can find for William Ross Williams to have been in Rusk County, Texas in 1879 would have been to visit with two families of his uncles either the family of William Williams who I believe died in the Civil War, or James or John Williams who had moved to Texas prior to the Civil War.
One of my great grandfather William Ross Williams, cousins Segler Williams returned to Greene County, Missouri with great grandpa and in early 1880 was killed in an accident at the home of my ggreat grandfather David Kendrick Williams.
Any help in tieing together my family with there ancester's would be greatly appreciated.
Michael E. Burk
P.O. Box 781
Yucaipa CA 92399-0781
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