J. M. [James Monroe] Nichols came to Texas from Tennessee before the Civil War and was one of the pioneer settlers of Collin County. His father was George Washington Nichols and was born about 1815 in Rhea County, Tennessee, 30 miles east of Knoxville. The family first settled in Uvalde County in 1859, then moved to Missouri where George Washington Nichols was killed by the Quantrill gang.
J. M. Nichols was only 17 years old when they came to Texas. He was a Texas Ranger for 4 years under Captain Bush in Alexander's Regiment. Later he served in the Civil War with the Confederates. After the war he returned to his farm near Melissa where he lived for fifty years.
J. M. Nichols had several sons who lived in Collin County: A. M. Nichols was a Collin County merchant, Joe Nichols farmed near Melissa, Charlie Nichols was a farmer near Blue Ridge (he also served as a County Commissioner for several years), Burl Nichols of Celina, and Miss Dora Nichols a school teacher. Many of the families still live in the area.
J. M. died January 27, 1916 and is buried in the Brinlee Cemetery in Collin County.
Mrs. W. P. Nichols of Richardson Passes Away
Mrs. Mary Kathleen Nichols, 42 of Richardson died at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday in Collin Memorial Hospital. She was born December 31, 1917 in Texas, daughter of W. L. and Minnie Erwin Stephens. She was married to W. P. Nichols January 2, 1956.
Surviving are her husband, W. F. Nichols of 1024 South Abrams Road, daughter, Paula Beth Nichols, of Richardson; mother, Mrs. Minnie Stephens of Melissa; five brothers, Louis John, Wilbur, and Robert Stephens of McKinney Clyde Stephens of Melissa.
Services are 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church Richardson, where she was a member, conducted by Rev. Floyd Cloud, with burial in Restland Memorial Park, Crouch-Moore Funeral Home directing.
Pallbearers; G. M. Crittenden, Bordon, Roland, Terry Rhodes, Melvin Thornton, C. H. Bishop and G. E. Brewer.