Martha Ann Oakes Nichols

Martha Ann Oakes Nichols; she was part Cherokee.

Birth: May 6, 1831
Virginia, USA
Death: Jul. 18, 1908
Montgomery County
Kansas, USA

Below information provided by Gayle Foster, descendant of George Washington Nichols & Martha Oakes Nichols.
Some in our branch of the family have speculated that George's mother may have been part Cherokee.

George & Martha probably married in Fentress, Tennessee, after George moved from his home in McMinn County, TN (near Athens). This area of McMinn Co. was part of the Hiwassee Cherokee Land that was purchased by the federal government in 1819.

About 1854, George & Martha, along with several other families from both counties, traveled by wagon train from TN to Benton County, Arkansas. The Nichols & Oakes families settled in Dickson Township, Benton Co, AR. Later, when the railroad came through, the community was named "Hiwasse," after their home in TN.

After George's death, Martha moved to Cherryvale, Kansas, with one of her daughters.

*See husband's page for names of their 10 children

Family links: 
John Oakes (1785 - 1870)
Elizabeth Barton Oakes (1788 - 1860)

George Washington Nichols (1821 - 1900)*

Letitia Nichols McCombs (1850 - 1926)*
Mary Jane Nichols Sutten (1852 - 1931)*
George W. Nichols (1853 - 1910)*
James Marion Nichols (1856 - 1948)*
William Ramey Nichols (1863 - 1939)*

Rama Alexander Oakes (1816 - 1880)*
Mariah Oakes Buxton (1820 - 1878)*
William Oakes (1823 - 1898)*
James Barton Oakes (1826 - 1910)*
Martitia Oakes Graham (1827 - ____)*
Martha Ann Oakes Nichols (1831 - 1908)

*Calculated relationship

Harmony Cemetery 
Montgomery County
Kansas, USA



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Martha Ann Oakes Nichols' father, John Oakes


John was the son of Daniel & Catherine (maiden ?) Oakes. John was born in about 1785 in Pittsylvania Co, VA, & died after 06/22/1870 (date 1870 census was taken) in Benton Co, AR. He was a blacksmith, farmer and a Methodist.

John moved his wife & children from Pittsylvania Co, VA, to Fentress Co, TN, in 1834; he owned 500 acres of land there. The family moved by wagon train to Benton Co, AR, in 1854, except for his eldest son Rama.

John married Elizabeth (Barton) on August 26, 1810, in Pittsylvania Co. 
Their 6 children:
1) Rama Alexander Sr., b. 1816; m. Mahala (Smith), 10 kids
2) Mariah, b. 1820 VA; m. William H. Buxton, 10 kids
3) William, b. 03/1823; 1st wife, Malinda (Wright), 9 kids; 2nd wife, Amanda (Nichols), 2 kids
4) James Barton, b. 06/20/1826; m. 1st wife, Rachel (Wright), 5 kids; 2nd wife, Charity Elizabeth (Trent), 9 kids 
5) Martitia, b. 04/18/1827; m. Edward Graham, 6 kids
6) Martha Ann, b. 05/06/1831; m. George Washington Nichols, 10 kids

1870 Census: Benton County, Osage Twp, Bentonville, AR; enumerated June 22, 1870, by John W. Stroud

John Oakes, b. 1785, included in household of his daughter, Mariah (Oakes) Buxton (census spelling is Buston) and her children: Robert Buxton, age 17, Missouri; George Buxton, age 14, Missouri; Charles Hubby, age 20, Texas; Sarah (Oakes) Hubby, age 21, Tennessee (married Charles in January, 1870); John Oaks, age 85, Virginia 


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