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Amos Nickerson "Nick" Center
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Birth: Oct. 28, 1843
Allen County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jan. 23, 1915
Washington County
Arkansas, USA

Amos Nickerson Center, the son of Guilford and Sarah (Hatler) Center, was born in Allen County, Kentucky, on October 28, 1843. His name has been spelled variously as Amus and Amous, but the family spelling for it is Amos. He was known as Nick by family and friends.

Amos's parents were married on September 25, 1839, in Scottsville, Allen Co, KY. His six siblings were: William Riley, Francis Evaline, Celia Elmira, Mark Lindsey, Emily Jane, & Sarah Elizabeth. Amus & three other children were born in Kentucky, after which his parents moved to Sumner County, TN, where the other three were born.
The family moved to MO, settling on the MO river near Jefferson City. Descendants claim that Sarah contracted malarial fever and died in 1851. Guilford became a widower when he was about 31 and was left with 7 children, ages 11 to 1. He moved his family to Washington County, AR, where he homesteaded on Lee's Creek, near Winslow.

The Center family supported the side of the Union, so when the Civil War started, Amos, as well as his father and brothers, enlisted in Company D, First Arkansas Cavalry Volunteers. (Amos enlisted at Cassville, MO, on June 14, 1862.) By this time Amos's father was married to Laverne Freet, and they had two children, John Henry & S.J.

Amos married Mary Elizabeth Rebecca Joplin Wire Bell, the daughter of James & Caroline Bell, in Fayetteville on December 12, 1863. Their wedding ceremony was performed in the home of Mr. Zinnanon by Rev. Cox.
Amos occasionally slipped home to see Mary and was absent without leave for months at a time. Perhaps it was on one of these visits that their first son, James Guilford, was conceived. He was born on March 9, 1865, and was named in honor of Amos's father. Amos was discharged on August 3, 1865, allowing them to have a long life together.

Amos and Mary were in Missouri, possibly in Trail, when their second child, Malisa, was born in August 1866. They returned to Arkansas where they lived in West Fork Township. Mary gave birth to John Thomas in 1868, and to Amos Franklin, in 1869.
By 1871, Mary and Amos had moved to Crawford County, where their son, Herman, was born. Within three years they moved to Washington County where they lived in the Winslow area.
Their sixth son, Louis, was born in 1874. They lived in TX for a short period of time. Mary's brother, Malichi, had written to their brother, James, on August 22, 1875. In it he wrote: "Nick & Mary has got back from Texas to their old home."

On June 13, 1878, Amos went to the Harrison land office and filed a homestead claim on 80 acres in Washington County, located near Winslow, off Devil Den's road.

Mary gave birth to four more children before the summer of 1880: Matilda, 1875, dying before 1880; Martha Ellen (Matt), 1876; Mason, 1878; and Henry, 1879.

Amos's father and his step-mother,Laverne, were divorced, and on September 11, 1880, his father married Sarah Elizabeth Taylor, a woman about 21 years younger than him. They had six children (Samuel Cooper, Hannah, Mary Melvina, Martha Ellen, Mary, Willis, & Charity Myree).

Mary gave birth to Mark in December 1880. On January 15, 1883, Amos filed for an additional 40 acres, adjacent to his land. Caldonia was born in 1883, and their last child, Alvis, was born in 1885, making a total of 13 children.

Amos applied for a Civil War Pension in May 1912. Whether he received a pension is unknown. He died at home on January 23, 1915. His grave is near the fence by the road.
Much of the above information is from a book I (Virginia Brown) wrote titled "The Family of James and Caroline Bell."

At the time of his death, He was survived by his wife, Mary E. Bell Center and 12 of their 13 children, Thomas, Herman, James Gilford, Amos, Louis, Henry, Mason, Alvis, Mark, Malisa, Martha (Matt) and Callie; two brothers, Riley and Mark; a sister, Elizabeth Caughman; two half-brothers; three half-sisters; and 45 grandchildren. Services were held in the family home with Rev. G.W.C. Lasater presiding, followed by burial at Collier Cemetery. 
Family links: 
  Guilford Center (1820 - 1895)
  Sarah K. Hatler Center (1822 - 1851)
  Mary Elizabeth Bell Center (1844 - 1927)*
  James Guilford Center (1865 - 1937)*
  Malisa Center Caughman (1866 - 1958)*
  Thomas John Center (1868 - 1944)*
  Herman Henry Center (1871 - 1939)*
  Amos Franklin Center (1872 - 1953)*
  Louis Center (1874 - 1963)*
  Martha Ellen Center Dudley (1876 - 1965)*
  Henry Center (1879 - 1946)*
  Mark Center (1880 - 1964)*
  Caldonia Center Curry (1882 - 1968)*
  Alvis Center (1885 - 1973)*
  William Riley Center (1840 - 1920)*
  Amos Nickerson Center (1843 - 1915)
  Celia Ann Center Covington (1845 - 1875)*
  Marcus Lindsey Center (1846 - 1928)*
  Sarah Elizabeth Center Caughman (1850 - 1932)*
  John Henry Center (1858 - 1942)**
  Samuel Cooper Center (1876 - 1959)**
  Mary Melvina Center Poor (1880 - 1946)**
  Martha Ellen Center Lane (1882 - 1966)**
  Charity Myree Center Parrish (1888 - 1966)**
*Calculated relationship
Collier Cemetery
Washington County
Arkansas, USA
Maintained by: L Bruns
Originally Created by: Becky Patlan
Record added: Jun 01, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27240612
Amos Nickerson Nick Center
Added by: L Bruns
Amos Nickerson Nick Center
Added by: Becky Patlan
Amos Nickerson Nick Center
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Added by: Becky Patlan
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Happy to transfer Amus's Memorial to Lulu Bruns, his g-granddaughter.
- Virginia Brown
 Added: Apr. 20, 2010

- L Bruns
 Added: Jun. 20, 2009

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