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John Nash born about 1749 possibly born in Scotland married Isabel Mildew or Milden.

A few months ago I obtained a copy of a document that Lyla Wartenbe nee Nash (the 3rd great granddaughter of this John Nash) wrote sometime between 1936 & 1960.   There are no sources provided and she is no longer living to be able to learn more from her.

The first few paragraphs provide details that several researchers have been trying to prove or disprove.  So far, I have not found evidence to prove or disprove any of it.  It is my hope that other Nash Mildew/Milden researchers will find this post so that together we can answer some questions.

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.

Head of household in the US Censuses:

  1. 1790 Head of household:
    1. John Nash in Patapsco Lower Hundred, Baltimore, Maryland (1 male under 16; 3 males 16 and over; 2 females).  John Nash, Sr. would have been about 42.
    2. Elizabeth Milden in Patapsco Lower Hundred, Baltimore, Maryland (1 male under 16; 1 male over 16; 1 female).  Could this have been Isabel’s mother?
  2. 1820
    1. John Nash in Elizabeth, Allegheny, Pennsylvania (1 male under 10; 1 male 10-15; 1 male 45 and over; 1 female 26-44).  John Nash, Sr. would have been about 72 or if this was John Nash, Jr. he would have been about 43.

John Nash born ca 1749 was my biological 5th great grandfather 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.
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