James F. Nicks was born at Cumberland Furnace, Dickson Co., Tenn., January 22, 1858, the fifth of ten children. December 24, 1879, he was married to Eliza H. Bartee, of Dickson County, and to them have been born three children: Jasper Newton, born January 24, 1881, and died January 11, 1885; Addie Lee, born June 6, 1883; Eula Agnes, born December 3, 1885. Our subject is a farmer by occupation, having followed that vocation since his nineteenth year. His educational advantages were limited, but he has made the most of his opportunities, and is a man highly esteemed by his neighbors. He is a member of the Democratic party, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church.