Leann's side of the family includes research
of the CARLSON (KARLSSON) lines from Sweden, the KROPUENSKE family lines from Centerville,
South Dakota, and the KRAUSE/RIST family - immigrants to South Dakota from Crimea, Russia.
The NICHOLSON family, Mark's grandmother's
maternal side of the family, lived in Cameron & Kearney, Missouri area in the 1930's and earlier. Family folklore had
rumored of a James gang connection for years. There was much talk in the family of a friendship with Jesse James. We
now know that the James gang had a significant connection to the Nicholson family through marriage. William
A. NICHOLSON was a grand-nephew to Mark's ggg-grandfather, Archibald NICHOLSON, and also lived in the same Missouri county as the James family. We have a newspaper obituary glued
to the pages in the old Nicholson family Bible, which belonged to Mark's grandmother, that references
William A. NICHOLSON, of Kearney, Missouri,
as a brother-in-law to Frank & Jesse JAMES, the well-known outlaws.
William A.'s sons were 1. Arch 2. Frank
and 3. Fred.
Parents to William A. were James C. & Mary
James C. Nicholson's father was Arthur NICHOLSON,
a brother to the Archibald NICHOLSON of our line.
Actually William was a half-brother-in-law
to the James brothers, since he married their half-sister, Sally. The obituary doesn't mention William A. NICHOLSON's
spouse, Sarah Louisa "Sally" Samuels (half-sister to Frank and Jesses JAMES) as a survivor, as she was deceased at the time
of the obituary.
We would like to know our family's connection
to Johnny Monroe NICHOLSON (date 1/17/1907 handwritten on a newspaper clipping glued in
the family Bible) of Lathrop, MO (d. age 95). We are guessing he could possibly be a son of Matt NICHOLSON of Lathrop, MO.
We have an old photograph of Johnny, but don't know the line from which he descends. If you can identify him, please
We have 1850 & 1860 Kentucky census information
about Archibald & Mary (WARMOTH) NICHOLSON of Garrard County, Kentucky, and want to learn more about their heritage and that of their 8 children: Thaddeus
W., Emily Jane, Gabrael, James M., Thomas S., William N., John H., Matthew, and Ellen (Mary E). Thomas S., our GG-grandfather,
and James were Civil War veterans. James served under Ullyses S. GRANT.