- The information below is from: The Journal of Surry County Genealogical Association, Winter 2009, Volume 29, Book 4, Pages 22-23.
I have been researching my ancestors and need your help to locate some of the descendents. The following is what I call a "Nichols" worth of Surry County history.
Dudley Nichols married Sarah Bingham Parsons in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and
came to Surry County in 1827. They brought with them children from a previous marriage as well as children from their own union. They included Dudley Parsons (married Keziah Hickman of Surry Co), Sally Nichols (married Riley White), Winnie B Nichols (married Lazarus Creed of Surry Co), Edmond I Nichols (married Jestine Parker of Surry Co), John Nichols (married Nancy Simpson of Surry Co), Joshua Nichols (married Martha Jane Simpson, sister to Nancy), Mary Ann Elizabeth Nichols (married Ira Portis of Surry Co), Mary Jane (married Richard Trigleth of Nash Co, NC), William Jefferson (married Nancy Franklin of Surry Co), Sarah C Nichols (married Joel White of Surry Co), Martha Nichols (married Tyre Simpson, brother to Nancy & Martha Jane), and possibly others. Dudley settled in the Stewarts Creek section of Surry County and the family grew to be quite large.
Dudley & Keziah Parsons moved to Morgan Co, Indiana. They had 6 children: Unknown female, William R, George W, Angeline, John H, and Edmund B.
Edmond & Justine Nichols moved to Brown Co, Kansas. They had 13 children: Nancy Emily, Eliza, Sarah A, Lucinda, Matilda, Charles E, Susan, Virginia Victoria, Florence E, James, Mary A, John D, and Ida L.
Richard A & Mary Jane Trigleth moved to Mississippi. They had 8 children: Mary Ann, Sarah, John L, George Walter, James Richard, Nathaniel Eugene, Mack, and Elizabeth.
The rest stayed and raised 'a mess of yunguns'.
Riley & Sally White: Riley died a few months after their marriage and left Sally with 1 child: Nancy White, who married William Henry Poindexter.
Lazarus & Winnie Creed had 11 children:
John, Mary E, Sarah Frances, Enoch, Dudley, Lucinda, James M, Susan, George Thomas, Peter, and Elizabeth.
John & Nancy Nichols had 11 children:
George Yancy, William A "Billy", Washington "Wash", Sarah Martha, Solomon Franklin, Ellen "Elena", Sarah Blanche, Martha E, Susan Alice, Johanna, and Winnie.
Joshua & Martha Jane Nichols had 14 children:
Lucinda, Peter, Joel, John W, James B, Ada Jeanette, Constantine (twin), William Lafayette (twin), Joshua, Mary, Laura F, William Lacy, Martha, and Celia.
Ira & Mary Ann Elizabeth Portis had 8 children:
Sarah, Rebecca, John Walter, Josephine, Thomas, Hugh K, Edward Stegall, and Mice.
Jefferson & Nancy Nichols had 9 children:
John Shelton, Sarah C, Walter Dudley, Susan, Sarah, Edwin, William Jefferson Jr, Nancy A, and Bettie.
Joel & Sarah C White had 8 children:
James, Martha, Joel T, John A, William Riley, Mary Elizabeth, Winnie G, and Sarah C.
Tyre and Martha Simpson had 10 children:
Catherine Elizabeth, Sarah Emily, Lusena, Mary M, Martha Jane, William S, Ellen M, Susie A, and John Dudley.
There were probably other children, but I have not verified them yet. I need the help of the community to help find the descendents of these families. Some of the family names united with the Nichols name are: Brintle, Simmons, Simpson, Bunker, Laffoon, Badgett, Watson, Bays, Parsons, Norman, Phillips, Owens, Poindexter, Puckett, Reece, Richardson, Jones, Scott, Shelton, Hull, Cockerham, Sparger, Stone, Taylor, Veneble, Vernon, Vestal, Watkins, Wagoner, Livengood, Marsh, Fleming, Kallam, Moseley, Hutchens, Cook, Bingham, Marshall, Marion, Key, Jackson, Johnson, Holyfield, Hodges, Greenwood, Grey, Golding, Dunbar, Dunnigan, Draughn, Atkins, and Collins, just to mention a few. Pm sorry if I missed some names, but these are all off the top of my head and the list is endless.
There will be a gathering of the descendents of Dudley Nichols on Sunday, October 11, 2009 (at the Franklin Ruitan Building in Toast (west of Mount Airy) at 12:30 pm (Autumn Leaves Festival). Everyone is invited and welcome. Bring pictures, family trees, and anything else that help put this big puzzle together. Also bring food and drinks to be shared with everyone.
If you are a descendent of Dudley Nichols or you can put me in touch with someone who could help me reach some of them, please contact me at:
Terri L Nichols or Kenneth C Kallam
1337 Pine Ridge Rd 227 Kallam Rd
Mount Airy, NC 27030 Mount Airy, NC 27030
Thank you so much for all of your help with this endeavor.
Terri L Nichols