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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Sevier County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

Dr. James M. Nichols is a practicing physician worthy of all confidence, and his name in Sevier and surrounding counties has become almost a household word. He was born in Mount Pleasant, Tenn., February 18, 1834, a son of Levi A. and Rachel (Crawford) Nichols, the former born in Kentucky October 28, 1804, and the latter in Tennessee September 12, 1800. Their marriage was celebrated October 28, 1831, and in time the following family of children clustered about their hearthstone: Daniel C. (deceased), James M., Aleck (deceased), Mary E. (wife of J. N. Spam), Margaret J., and Barton (deceased). The father was a farmer, and he and wife at the time of their deaths, which occurred January 5, 1886, and March 6, 1850, respectively, were members of the Christian Church. Dr. James M. Nichols was educated in Nashville, Tenn., and was graduated from the medical department of the Nashville University, also from the Missouri State Medical College. In 1867 he emigrated to Arkansas, and began his practice in Sevier County, but in connection with this has followed the occupation of farming and is the owner of 338 acres of good land, of which 160 are under cultivation. In both these callings he has been remarkably successful, and is now in independent circumstances. He was married to Miss Maggie I. Simms October 28, 1867. She was born in Tennessee January 4, 1846, and has borne the Doctor ten children: Frank W., Levi A. and Susan E., living, and Mary (died June 8, 1890), William L., Patsey, James M., Milton, Campbell and an infant deceased. Dr. Nichols is a member of the Masonic fraternity. During the war he served in the Confederate army, enlisting in 1862 under Gen. Forrest, in Company E, Ninth Tennessee Cavalry, and some of the principal battles in which he participated are Thompsonís Station, where he served as orderly sergeant, and was wounded in the left shoulder; Chickamauga, Knoxville, Resaca, Peach Tree Creek, and at the time of the surrender was at Gainesville, Ala. He was elected first lieutenant March 20, 1863. After the war he returned home and began his practice, and was in this State during the reconstruction period.

This family biography is one of 41 biographies included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Sevier County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Sevier County Arkansas History, Genealogy and Maps

  View additional Sevier County, Arkansas biographies here: Sevier County, Arkansas Genealogy

        

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