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William Nichols

William Nichols
b. 20 January 1831, Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana, to John and Martha (Dunn) Nichols
d. 18 May 1901, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri

m/1.
Elizabeth Salyens
b. 2 July 1829
d. 1860

m/2. 25 August 1864, New Orleans, Louisiana
Austine Jolls
b. 11 September 1841, New Orleans, New Orleans County, Louisiana
d. 26 February 1910, College Hill, Ohio

Children with Elizabeth Salyens:
• May Bruce
• Frank Barrett
• Richard Preston

Children with Austine Jolls:
• Idalie
• Edith
• William Lewis
• Henry Edgar
• Alvin B.

William emigrated from Indiana in 1848, reaching St. Louis in the spring of 1850. He then went to Sedalia, Missouri, where he prospered in various mercantile enterprises. In 1860, worried about the future of the country, he sold his store and collected all monies due him. He then found opportunity in supplying the Union forces. He followed troops to Vicksburg where he obtained permits for the cotton trade. Staying in Vicksburg after the war, he started a bank. In 1867, William moved back to St. Louis, where he became a partner and cashier in another bank and later became its president.

Submitted by:
Constance C. Roeder
St. Louis MO

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Rachel Gertrude Nichols

Rachel Gertrude Nichols
b. 11 February 1856, Rush County, Indiana, to Thomas and Jane (Brown) Nichols
d. 22 June 1910, Valley Junction, Polk County, Iowa

m. 31 March 1875, Rockville, Parke County, Indiana
William Francis Bigwood
b. 27 March 1853, Felicity, Clermont County, Ohio
d. 14 January 1906, Earlham, Madison County, Iowa

Children with William Francis Bigwood:
• Effie Jane (1876-1961) married Frank Libby
• Zena Eliza (1878-1945)
• Marjorie Frances (1881-1963) married Joe Ficklin
• James Thomas (1884-1886)
• Maggie May (1887-1931) married Henry Little
• Ellia Nichols (1891-1909)
• Maryanna Elizabeth (1897-1980) married Lyman Lyle Libby

Rachel lived in Danville, Hendricks County, and Rockville, Parke County, Indiana, before leaving the state in 1900.

Submitted by:
Robert J. Libby
Iowa City IA

Fernando Cortez Nichols

Fernando Cortez Nichols
b. 10 July 1885, Aurora, Dearborn County, Indiana, to Lewis & Sophia Adams (Hayes) Nichols
d. 6 March 1917, Rinard, Wayne County, Illinois

m. 16 November 1872, Sparta, Noble County, Indiana
Margaret Ann Richardson
b. 6 October, Aurora, Dearborn County, Indiana, to James Monroe & Mary Jane (Bruce) Richardson
d. 13 November 1929, Rinard, Wayne County, Illinois

Children with Margaret Ann Richardson:

  • Frank (1873-1922) married Sallie Burton
  • Charles (1876-1933) married Jessie Williams
  • Mary (1879-1881)
  • Edna (1882-1960) married Charles Gibbs
  • Ida (1883-1919) married John Mullen
  • Bessie (1885-1951) married David Pretsch
  • Jessie (1888-1968) married Rollie McDaniel
  • Edger (1890-1968) married Carrie Whitson

Fernando’s father, Lewis, came to Indiana from New York in 1818. Fernando was a farmer until he volunteered as a soldier in the Civil War. He enlisted with the 7th Indiana Infantry and fought in 32 battles, including Gettysburg. He moved his family to Illinois and died there in 1917.

Submitted by:
Randall McDaniel
Webster TX
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William Francis Bigwood

WILLIAM FRANCIS BIGWOOD
b. 27 March 1853, Felicity, Clermont County, Ohio, to James Henry and Eliza A. (Young) Bigwood
d. 14 January 1906, Earlham, Madison County, Iowa

m. 31 March 1875, Rockville, Parke County, Indiana
Rachel Gertrude Nichols
b. 11 February 1856, Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana or Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana, to Thomas and Jane (Brown) Nichols
d. 22 June 1910, Valley Junction, Polk County, Iowa

Children with Rachel Gertrude Nichols:

  • Effie Jane (1876-1961) married Frank R. Libby
  • Zena Eliza (1878-1945)
  • Marjorie Frances “Madge” (1881-1963) married (1) Joseph Ficklin, (2) Doc Woolfrom
  • James Thomas (1884-1886)
  • Maggie May (1887-1931) married Henry Little
  • Ellis Nichols (1891-1909)
  • Maryanna Elizabeth (1897-1980) married Lyman Lyle Libby

It is unknown when William came to Indiana, but they moved from Parke County between 1900 and 1905. William was a stonemason. He was a member of the Silliman Lodge #66 and Knights of Pythias. He and his brother John were in White’s Band, which played for the laying of the cornerstone of the courthouse. Rachel Bigwood and daughters were admitted into membership at the Earlham Monthly Meeting in 1905. The Nichols family was Quaker.

Submitted by:
Robert J. Libby
Iowa City IA