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Mark & Leann's Carlson-McClain Family Pages

Updated February 19, 2009

The NICHOLSON family, Mark's grandmother's maternal side of the family, lived in Cameron & Kearney, Missouri area in the 1930's and earlier. Family folklore had rumored of a James gang connection for years. We now know that the James gang did indeed have a place in the Nicholson family as William A. NICHOLSON was a grand-nephew to Mark's gg-grandfather, Archibald NICHOLSON. The Nicholson family lived in the same Missouri county as the James family. We have a newspaper obituary glued in the old family Bible that references William A. NICHOLSON, of Kearney, Missouri, as a brother-in-law to Frank & Jesse JAMES, the well-known outlaws. William A.'s sons were Arch, Frank, & Fred. Parents to William A. were James C. & Mary Brockman NICHOLSON. James C.'s father was Arthur NICHOLSON, brother to Archibald NICHOLSON of our line. The obituary doesn't mention William A. NICHOLSON's spouse, Sarah Louisa "Sally" Samuels (half-sister to Frank and Jesses JAMES) as a survivor, so we assume she was deceased at the time of the obituary.

We would like to know our family's connection to Johnny Monroe NICHOLSON (date 1/17/1907 handwritten on a newspaper clipping glued in the family Bible) of Lathrop, MO (d. age 95). We are guessing he could possibly be a son of Matt NICHOLSON of Lathrop, MO. We have an old photograph of Johnny, but don't know its place in our lines.

We have 1850 Kentucky census information about Archibald & Mary (WARMOTH) NICHOLSON of Garrard County, Kentucky. Archibald and Mary left Kentucky in 1860-1861 and moved to Macon County, Illinois in a covered wagon. There they joined Mary's brother and lived briefly before Archibald died later in the year. Mary and the children then moved on to the Cameron, Missouri area in the wagon. We want to learn more about their heritage and that of their 8 children: Thaddeus W., Emily Jane, Gabrael, James M., Thomas S., William N., John H., Matthew, and Ellen (Mary E). Thomas S., our GG-grandfather, and James were Civil War veterans. James served under Ullyses S. GRANT.

Leann's side of the family includes research of the CARLSON (KARLSSON) lines from Sweden, who were immigrants around the turn of the 20th century. We have information from church records back into the 1700's and earlier from Leann's father's paternal side from Halna, Undenäs, Valla, Fredsberg, Hasslerör, and Algerås churches. Information from back into the 1800's on Leann's father's maternal side from Gärdslösa and Egby parishes on the island of Öland. Feel free to contact me by email or phone if you wish to find out more information on this branch of the family.

The KROPUENSKE (ancestry from Leann's mother's maternal side) are German immigrants to Centerville, South Dakota, as are the KRAUSE/RIST family (ancestry from Leann's mother's maternal side)from Crimea, Russia (near the Black Sea).

We have another home page with searchable South Dakota churches microfilm information listed in the links section of this web page. The web address is:
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Mark and Leann McClain
107 Tomahawk Lane
La Grange, Texas 78945-5337
A-United States

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Family Photos

  • Frederick William Krause & Clara Kropuenske (145 KB)
    Leann's maternal grandparents F.W. (Bill) and Clara Krause on their wedding day.
  • GGG-Grandma Phebe (Heckler) Jacobus & Daughters (73 KB)
    Mark's paternal GGG-Grandmother Jacobus (b. 1844 - d. 1913) with her daughters Margaret Elizabeth "Maggie" (1871-?) and Minnie Catherin(1876-?)
  • Will Jacobus (b. 9/29/1869 d.11/7/1930) (25 KB)
    Mark's paternal Great-grandfather William Henry Jacobus as a young boy
  • Arzelia Mattox (Mrs. George R.) McClain (36 KB)
    This is Mark's paternal GG-Grandmother Arzelia Mattox McClain. She was born in 1841 and died in 1922.
  • Ida (Nicholson) Jacobus (b.12/6/1878 d.6/11/1957) (20 KB)
    Mark's paternal Great-grandmother Ida Jacobus (Mrs. William H. Jacobus)
  • Martha Elizabeth Pendery (70 KB)
    Martha Elizabeth, Mark's maternal great-grandmother Pendery at a family wedding in 1942. Her husband was Jim Pendery. We don't know her maiden name. She may have been born in the 1870's, as her son Walter Carl Pendery lived 1895-1958.
  • Charles McClain (15 KB)
    This is Mark's paternal Great-grandfather, Charles McClain (born 12/1/1873 and died January 1942)
  • Emily Jane Nicholson on Dec. 4, 1922 (72 KB)
    Mark's paternal GGG-Grandparents Archibald and Mary (Warmoth) Nicholson's (Arch was b. about 1796 and d. about 1860 or 1861 and Mary was b. about 1813) daughter Emily Jane (b. in Kentucky about 1842), her daughter Callie, and Callie's 2 sons.
  • Georgie & Rhoda (Jacobus) McClain (61 KB)
    Mark's paternal grandparents, Georgie (also called Mac) and wife Rhoda. They were married on March 3, 1920. He was born 11/24/1897 and died June 16, 1984: she was born April 10, 1900 and she died October 3, 1992.
  • Thomas Shelton and Lucinda K. (Luther) Nicholson (33 KB)
    Mark's paternal GG-Grandparents Nicholson. They married Sept. 13, 1866. Thomas was a Union Civil War Veteran, serving first as a Home Guard and then enlisted in Decatur, ILL. He was born in Garrard County, Kentucky June 4, 1844 and died in Cameron, MO, Nov. 9, 1929, 5 days prior to wife Lucinda.
  • Who is this Johnny Monroe Nicholson baby? (95 KB)
    On the back of this photo is handwritten the words "Johnny Monroe Nicholson". The photograph is the hard cardboard type photo common in the early 1900's. We want to know to which Nicholson family branch he belongs. He's possibly a grandson to Thomas Shelton Nicholson. That is a guess. If you know, contact us at the email provided on this website homepage.
  • Leann's Carlson Grandparents & their 8 children (255 KB)
    Leann's paternal grandparents, Olaf Erland & Signey (Johnson) Carlson, both born in Sweden, with their American born children Morris, Erick, Marian, Helen, Mildred, Roy, Stanley (Leann's father), Clarence in 1925.
  • Leann and Great-Grandma Mary Rist Krause (82 KB)
    Taken in Mary's Home in Revillo, South Dakota
  • Leann's father, Stanley , & his brothers & sisters (287 KB)
    Taken in 1938, from rear, Stanley, Erick, Helen, Marian, Roy, Mildred, Clarence, Morris
  • Mark & Leann Carlson McClain (31 KB)
    Mark & Leann at a college choir reunion.
  • Karlsson Reunion in Sweden (487 KB)
    Olaf Erland Carlson's (Leann's grandfather) side of the family including some of his brothers & sisters Loten's husband - Lotten - Mathilda's husband - Johan - Elin - Tekla's husband; Hildur - Hildur's son John Hindrick - Mathilda - Mathilda's daughter Wilhelmina - Lotten's daughter - August - Tekla; Tekla's children are David and Margit
  • John F. Krause & Mary Rist wedding 9/25/1890 (1085 KB)
    Leann's maternal Great-grandparents, Johann Friedrich Krause, born 9/3/1869 in Zurichtal, Crimea, Russia, Rosenberg Colony, and Maria Rist, born 3/8/1873 in Hazelvanzen or Heselwangen, Wuremberg, Germany

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