~ Deuteronomy 33:17
Benjamin Franklin Nichols
Came to Oregon Fall 1844. Became Treasurer for Crook Co. and also Sheriff. Wrote an article series for Laidlaw Chronicle, Laidlaw, Crook Co. OR Beginning on 16 Nov 1906 titled "Across the Plains in 1844: Reminiscences of Oregon. [History of the Willamette Valley (1885 Portland OR) by H.O. Lang. p. 627] Polk Co. Itemizer 7 Nov 1879 B.F.N.-Report from Prineville. History of Central Oregon p. 709-710 speaks of his role in forming Crook Co. as a state representative of Wasco Co. p. 744-745 lists offices he held. Oregon Hist. Quarterly (Winter 1984) p. 360-365 mentions his contributions to the water development for Tumalo/Laidlaw. The Bend Bulletin, 28 Nov 1917-92nd birthday/reflections The Bend Bulletin, 18 Aug 1933-"Farewell Bend & It's People"
1880 Census-Prineville, Wasco Co. OR (p. 292)
1900 Census-Prineville, Crook Co. OR (ED 11 SH 6 L 20)
1910 Census-Laidlaw, Crook Co. OR (ED 50 SH 9)
1920 Census-Tumalo, Deschutes Co. OR (ED 40 SH 12A)(Neighbor-Fred N. Wallace)
Sarah Ann Gilliam
Obituary in Scrapbook of Nellie Gilliam Day at OR Hist. Soc. on p. 154. (lists cemetery) Obituary says: Sarah Nichols was married in 1850, had 6 children, 2 surviving: Mary E. Nichols and Mrs. Kate H. Winkler of Kalama, WA. She moved to Kalama WA in 1899. She was born in 1835 in Clinton Co. MO.
1860 Census-Polk Co. OR.
1870 Census-Dallas, Polk Co. OR p. 281.
1880 Census-Dallas, Polk Co. OR p. 475 Household 178,179. Dau. Kate
1900 Census-Kalama, Cowlitz Co. OR (ED 35 SH 9 L 68) Dau's Mary & Kate
Marriage Notes for Benjamin Franklin Nichols and Sarah Ann Gilliam-3852
Divorce complaint states he left Polk Co. January 1877
Paid his own passage to America in 1638.