WILLIAM NICHOLS, farmer, P. O. Ingraham, was born in Posey County, Ind., October 7, 1827, and is a son of William Nichols (deceased), a native of Bristol, England, who came with a colony that located in Edwards County, Ill., about the year 1820. He afterward removed to Posey County, Ind. Mr. Nichols came to this county in 1866, where he now lives; owns 140 acres of land, and is engaged in general farming. He was married, January 25, 1857, to Miss Sarah Byrne, a daughter of Samuel Byrne (deceased), and a sister of William P. Byrne, of this township, of whom we make further mention elsewhere in this work. Mrs. Nichols is a faithful housewife and true helpmeet to her husband. She has done her part in securing and beautifying their neat home. They have two children — Alfred L. and William A. Alfred is a prominent school teacher in northern Clay County, and resides on a part of the homestead.
Extracted 26 Jan 2020 by Norma Hass from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, page 188.