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Amanda was my great-great-grandmother & her son, Wesley & Eliza Jane Goss Nichols were my great-grandparents.

Amanda Melvina Dawson Nichols
by Jacquelyn Mosher
Jackson, California

   The Mrs. Nichols was Amanda Melvina Dawson Nichols b 1824 in Georgia. Married Jackson Nichols 1842 in Cass County Georgia. Jackson was a farmer so gold wasn't the reason they headed west in 1854 or 1855, with 8 children. A ninth child was born in Missouri. Jackson was killed by Indians in the Oklahoma Panhandle & Amanda continued on with her children, the 10th child born 1857 in Jackson Valley, Amador County, CA. The 10th child was named James Jackson Nichols & was a constable in the town of Jackson for many years.

MAY 30, 1896
"Badly Injured"-Thursday evening last, Mrs. Nichols, an elderly and popular lady residing in Jackson Valley met with a peculiar accident which for a time threatened to be of a very serious nature. She was standing on the bank of a ditch near the house and without warning fainted and fell into the ditch, striking a large rock with her head and shoulder, rendering her unconscious for a time. A messenger soon had Dr. Adams administer to the injured lady and she is now able to attend to household duties.

MARCH 20, 1897
"A VALUABLE HEN"-Mrs. A. Nichols of Jackson Valley is the possessor of a wonderful hen. For some time the lady had noticed in her gatherings of the days work of her hen that there was always one remarkably large one. She found that the eggs contained double yolks and also discovered the hen which was doing such good service. Last Saturday, Mrs. Nichols sent two large ones to The Echo office and their measurements were 6 1/2 x 6 1/4 and 6 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches and each had a double yolk of perfect formation. They tasted just like everyday eggs from plain ordinary scrub hens.

These next two articles are of Amanda's son, Wesley H. Nichols & his wife, Eliza Jane Goss Nichols, & the death of two of their daughters.

Amador Dispatch
29 September 1899
Died at the home of her parents on Pioneer Creek, Amador County, Muriel Nichols, daughter of W. H. and E. J. Nichols, aged 2 years 11 months 10 days (no date of death in listing).

"Little feet have crossed the river,
We are left awhile to weep,
Mourning for our broken circle,
For our loved one at last asleep.
Fast asleep in thou's own bosom,
We will leave her to His care;
Little earth-bud blooms in heaven,
'Mongst the angels bright and fair.
Angels guard her; watch her slumbers
While our hearts are left to weep;
Fold your snowy pinions closely
O'er our darling fast asleep."
Signed, a Friend

Amador Dispatch
30 March 1900
Died at Pioneer Creek on 18 March 1900, Alice Agnes, daughter of W. H. and Eliza Nichols, aged 1 year 5 months 2 days.

"Earth could not keep the darling Alice
Angels have born thy spirit away
While we are left to mourn thy departure
Thou art happy in endless day"