from Kentucky – A History of the State by Perrin, 1887
Nicholas M. Marks, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, was born October 6, 1844, and is the eldest son of Samuel B. and Louisa (Crain) Marks, natives of Georgia. The paternal grandfather was also named Nicholas M. and his wife was named Ann P. (Matthews) Marks, both natives of Virginia. The maternal grandfather was Spencer Crain, a native of North Carolina; the maternal grandmother was Mary (Thompkins) Crain, a native of Georgia, and all were of English origin. Samuel B. Marks was a soldier in the Confederate Army under General Johnston. Nicholas M. Marks was also a Confederate soldier and was wounded at Franklin. He entered the University of Alabama in 1862, remained one year, but was a prisoner of war when Lee surrendered. In February, 1873, Mr. Marks married Miss Lizzie Barnett, a native of Alabama. To this marriage have been born five children, viz.: Nicholas B., Sarah P., Samuel B., William M. and Elizabeth. Mr. Marks came from Alabama to Woodford County, Kentucky, in 1877, and is now engaged in farming on two farms of 360 acres, 150 of which are in Fayette County. Mr. Marks is Knight Templar.