This week my mother forwarded to me a document she received from John Nash of Utah entitled “Nash Historical Notes” written by Lyla Nash Wartenbe, probably written between 1936 & 1960 since those were the years she used the Warntenbe surname.  In December 1960 she married Granville Quakenbush and some Nash descendants refer to this document as the Quakenbush Stories.  Lyla and I are second cousins, twice removed or to put it another way our most recent common ancestors were Nathan Nash and Elizabeth Morr, who were Lyla’s great grandparents.

Some of the information that Lyla presented are stories of feelings that are interesting and help me connect with the people.  Other information she presented will have supporting documentation that can prove or disprove it.

Isabel Mildew, an English woman, inherited the land which is the present site of the city of Baltimore, Maryland, by a deed from her father, as an English noblewoman. Before the Revolutionary War (1775-1782), the land was owned by England and it is thought that the King gave this land to the father of Isabel Mildew in return for favors done for the King of England.

John Nash, born about 1749(?) with a mixture of English, Scotch and Irish ancestry, came to America from Scotland. He married Isabel Mildew at Baltimore and moved with her to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He refused, with typical Scotch independence, to claim or to live on his wife’s land under “petticoat rule.” The land was allowed to be sold for taxes a number of times. The subsequent holders of the land had only tax titles to the land instead of the usual deeds. John Nash fought in the Revolutionary War and his hip was smashed between two boats. He was blind for a number of years before his death. He and his wife are buried probably in the state of Ohio.

Years later a Baltimore lawyer came to Nathan Nash, son of John and Isabel Mildew Nash, with a proposition to regain the land which he said rightly belonged to the Nash family heirs. Nathan Nash gave the lawyer a hundred dollars to carry the case through the first court. The lawyer failed to gain his case in the first trial and came back for more money to appeal the case to a higher court but Nathan Nash had no more money to spend in this way so the project was dropped.

John Nash married another woman after the death of his first wife Isabel, and it is thought that he had ten children by each wife, making twenty in all. Nathan Nash, ancestor of the present Nash family of Iowa, was a child of John and Isabel Nash. John Nash later moved to Utica, Ohio with his second wife. Nathan Nash had a number of half brothers and sisters at Utica, the last that was known of that part of the family. John Nash was a farmer by occupation.

Nathan Nash was probably born at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. At an early age he was apprenticed to a man in Pittsburg to be taught blacksmithing, reading, writing, and arithmetic. In return for his training, he was to work for his master for a stated number of years, probably seven, receiving his board, clothing, and lodging. He was able to keep a good ledger account of his business and later taught his sons to read and to write. He probably moved with his father and step-mother to Utica, Ohio. It is supposed that he was married to Elizabeth Morr, a woman of “high” German ancestry, at this place. To this union were born eleven children…

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Nash (B. April 1, 1810) moved from the farm near Marenge, Iowa to Mitchell County, Kansas in about 1875. Mrs. Nash wished to be near her children who were all in Kansas, except John, at that time. Nathan Nash died in Kansas February 28, 1886 and was buried there. Elizabeth Morr Nash (wife of Nathan Nash) was born April 6, 1815 in Pennsylvania. She lived until July 23, 1898, several years after the death of her husband, and was very lonely without him. Mrs. John Nash of Williamsburg, Iowa, visited with Mr. Nathan Nash Junior who lived with his mother for awhile. Later she moved with him to Oklahoma where she died in 1898. She is buried in Oklahoma (probably in Stroud). Both Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Nash smoked pipes and so did all of the children, except one boy and one girl. — source: Lyla Nash Wartnebe

My journey to find documentation for some of this information has just started and I have found evidence for many of the births, deaths and marriages.  There is one piece of information that Lyla (and many other researchers) state that I think is unlikely.  Specifically, they indicate John Nash born about 1748 and Isabell Milden (Mildew) born 1750 are Nathan Nash’s parents.  That would mean that when Nathan was born in 1810, Isabell was 60 years old. Perhaps Isabell was Nathan’s grandmother or that John’s second wife was much younger and was Nathan’s mother.  Whatever the case, I’m delighted to have received the “Quakenbush stories” and am ready to learn more about Nathan Nash and Elizabeth Morr who were my biological 3rd great grandparents on my father’s side.

No Story Too Small offered a challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. 
Each of my posts for this challenge will include in the title “52 Ancestors Challenge” and will have the tag of 52Ancestors.