Katherine, How did I miss your message? I apologize. Yes you can help very much - the info I have on your dad leaves much to be diesired: son of Sr. and Hazel Nichols, he was born in Lancaster, Lancaster, SC (no date); married Mae Wilson Saffold (no info on her or date of marriage); two children: you and a sister Margaret. Could you please put together some info and send them e-mail to me at Aesopmom@bellsouth.net or PSSistare@aol.com?
I think Fred is waiting for my information (and probably others too) before he does a final draft. I was sort of shocked to hear him say that he MIGHT stop including female children once they marry and their surname changes and that he didn't know how to handle common law marriages and would probably drop them. I don't know if he will or not, but I certainly intend to continue following females lines and my goodness yes, common law or not, a relative is yours and you can't just forget him. I may do something else with all the info I have - Bruce Gardner has collected what seems to be uncountable obituaries printed in The Lancaster News over the last hundred years, census records piled to the sky (boy do they tell some stories!)and copies of Civil War documents. Fred will probably have no use for most of this as he plans (so far as I know) to list only names, DOB, DOD, Marriage date, Spouse Name. But honestly when you see some of the census records they will knock you out - what stories some of them tell - stories that I think should be told ESPECIALLY that not all of John Thomas Sistare's sons died in the Civil War and even a mix up on two of the sons as to who died in battle in VA and who died "sick". Anyway, Bruce and I MAY do something else with this information on the Southern Branch, even if its only to put it in the Lancaster and Mecklenburg County Library. Sorry to drone on - just thinking. Please send your info and if you have any pictures or documents you would like to scan it and send - please do. The more info the better.