Wow! I hit the jackpot! Found somebody today who has information on the Nichols line all the way back to 1736, including John Nichols b. 1736 in Va, Flayl Nichols, b. 1756 in Va, Archibald Nichols, b. 1760 in Va, William Nichols, b. 1797 in Sevier Co, TN, Alexander Carmichael Black Nichols, b. 1818 in Sevier Co, TN, and John Alexander Nichols (my g.grandfather), b. 7/25/1854 who raised one family in Sevier Co, TN and a second in Roane Co, TN. E-mail me for more info.