H. L. NICKENS, farmer, P. O. Ullin, was born in Wilson County, Tenn., July 27, 1827, and is a son of Samuel and Martha (Holton) Nickens. He was the fifth of nine children, four of whom are now living — Harvey, E. C. G., Hannah and H. L. The first named is a resident of Marshall County, Tenn., and the others of Ullin Precinct. Subject received his education in the schools of his native county, and then worked on the home farm until seventeen, when he commenced life for himself as a rafter down the Duck River, and thence to the Tennessee, and then on to New Orleans. In this connection he followed the river for about twelve years. In 1857, he came to Pulaski County, and settled near his present home. He now owns 100 acres in Section 23, Town 14, Range 1 west, of which about sixty acres are in cultivation, and eight in orchard. Mr. Nickens was married, August 13, 1862, to Mrs. Phoebe Ann Brown, nee Ellsworth, a native of Indiana. This union resulted in one child — Everett Holton, who was born June 17, 1863, and died the following monty. Subject is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. He has served his township as Justice of the Peace for the last sixteen years, and in politics he generally votes the Democratic ticket.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 329.