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Rev William Abner Nicholas
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Birth: Jun. 28, 1854
Putnam County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 4, 1949
Taylor County
Texas, USA

Source: Website online,
From about 1921 until near 1945, Reverend W. A. Nichols of Abilene operated a Child Placement Agency. He covered quite a large area which included most of the counties surrounding Taylor Co. TX. He placed many children for adoption. Some were wards of the Court and some were abandoned or given up for adoption. Very few records remain and most all adoption cases were sealed. There by creating a very difficult problem for persons wanting to know where they came from, and what their roots were.
Rev. Nicholas was know all over the state as "the man with a basket", because he sometimes carried a basket laden with a bright-eyed, chubby-faced youngster.
He was born in West Virginia in 1854 and receiving his education at Shelton college in West Virginia. His theological work was taken at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at Louisville, KY. After receiving his degree, he returned to his native state for missionary and ministerial work. In 1900 he went to Cuba for missionary work. He later went to Silver City, NM where he worked as a missionary and pastor for 16 months where he became interested in welfare work. That took him to Albuquerque, NM. His wife died in 1909 and left him with six children. In 1912 he moved to Abilene, TX.
Rev. Nicholas is buried in Babyland, Cedar Hill Cemetery, in the plot of ground given to him years ago for unfortunate children who died. He had often expressed a desire to be buried there. On his headstone is written, "West Texas Children's Aid And Welfare Association Rev. W. A. Nicholas, Supt."
At 83 years of age he said, "I shall continue my work as long as I am able. I believe the home, rather than an orphanage, is the place for children. My children are the best-loved and the worst spoiled in the world because of too much loving."
Jean Wallace
Family links: 
  Andrew Jackson Nicholas (1822 - 1897)
  Feleciana Lydia Frances Foster Nicholas (1832 - 1917)
  Demma Mitchell Nicholas (1872 - 1909)
  Vida Nicholas Burroughs (1892 - 1981)*
  Wilfred C Nicholas (1894 - 1936)*
  George Benton Nicholas (1899 - 1980)*
  Eliza J. Nicholas Johnson (1852 - 1935)*
  William Abner Nicholas (1854 - 1949)
  Mary Ann Nicholas Shanklin (1856 - 1911)*
  Alice Caroline Nicholas Eggleston (1858 - 1900)*
  Thomas Reynolds Nicholas (1861 - ____)*
  Lewis Nicholas (1866 - 1921)*
*Calculated relationship
Abilene Municipal Cemetery
Taylor County
Texas, USA
Plot: Plot #31, Sect. Babyland
Created by: Jean Wallace
Record added: Dec 12, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16999432
Rev William Abner Nicholas
Added by: Jim & Judy Harlan
Rev William Abner Nicholas
Added by: Jean Wallace
Rev William Abner Nicholas
Added by: Jean Wallace
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