William Burnet Nichols was born on May 18, 1858 in McCracken County, Kentucky. He was the third child born to William P. Nichols and Sarah A. Rice. He was raised on the family farm in Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky.
In 1880, William was living in Ballard County, Kentucky, with his Uncle, James Nichols, and helping with the farm labor. Later that year, William married Virginia Ira Belle Rudolph. Virginia was born on August 24, 1862 in Kentucky, the daughter of David C. Rudolph and Lucinda Harper. Virginia's uncle, Felix Green Rudolph, married William’s sister, Mary C. Nichols.
The couple established a farm in Ballard County, Kentucky, near Virginia’s family. They were the parents of six children:
Katie born September 1881
David Presley born December 1883
Seth B. born December 1886
William Harold born October 1891
Mern born September 1893
Felix Rudolph born January 10, 1907
Virginia Ira Belle Rudolph Nichols died on July 15, 1927 in Ballard County, Kentucky. The cause of death was chronic nephritis, or inflammation of the kidneys, from which she had suffered for about a year. She was 64 years old at her death.
Notes for William Burnet Nichols
Birth: FamilySearch.org, Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960 for William B. Nichols
Residence & Occupation in 1880: Year: 1880; Census Place: Borth Humphries, Ballard, Kentucky; Roll: 401; Family History Film: 1254401; Page: 389D; Enumeration District: 61; Image: 0794.
Marriage, Residence & Occupation in 1900: Year: 1900; Census Place: Bandana, Ballard, Kentucky; Roll: T623_507; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 1.
Residence & Occupation in 1910: Year: 1910; Census Place: Magisterial District 1, Ballard, Kentucky; Roll: T624_463; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0002; Image: 66; FHL Number: 1374476.
Residence & Occupation in 1920: Year: 1920; Census Place: Needmore, Ballard, Kentucky; Roll: T625_557; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 2; Image: 975.
Notes for Virginia Ira Belle Rudolph
Birth & Death: Ancestry.com. Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.