Thanks for looking into the family photos. I will check with my grandma too. We are descendants from Elizabeth Nichols Carli, Nephi's daughter.
I have also wondered about the Mormon connection. I met a distant Nichols descendant and he told me that Clarissa Nichols and Chester Linnell were strangite Mormons. I read about Beaver Island and James Strang but have not found any records. I also think that James and Polly must have been converted to the church because they named their son Nephi Moroni in 1839 right after the restoration of the church.
In Wisconsin the area is called Mormon Coulee and there is some history about the place online. As far as I know no other descendants are practicing Mormons anymore.
Do you know much about what county in NY they come from? I want to look for records there but with out a county it makes it difficult. I will let you know if I find anything else.
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