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Guide to the Evan Rupert Nash Collection, 1827-1945
Special Collections M0127  
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    Title: Evan Rupert Nash Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1827-1945
    Collection number: Special Collections M0127
    Creator: Nash, Evan Rupert.
    Extent: .5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Gift of Evan R. Nash, 1965.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Evan Rupert Nash Collection, M0127, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Content

    Letters primarily to or by members of the Nash family about their lives in the Oneida and Wallingford Communities, their work, activities and beliefs. A lot of geneological material on the Nash and Poole families. Excellent Civil War letters from Edwin S. Nash and a few by David Watson Knowles. Describes the life of an ordinary soldier and several important battles including Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and The Wilderness. 1827 - 1945 and a number of undated items.

    Biographical Note

    The NASH Family and its Name

    The name of Nash is of Saxon origin and was probably originally Atte-an-ash, referring to the place of residence of the person to whom it was applied, and gradually became At-n-ash, At-Nash, and finally Nash. It is sometimes found on ancient records in the additional forms of Nashe and Naish.
    The family, like its name, was of Saxon origin and was resident in England long prior to the time of the Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. It was to be found at early dates in the counties of Oxford, Worcester, London, Suffolk, and Lancaster, as well as in Ulster, Ireland, and in Wales, about the end of the sixteenth century. It is thought probable that the root stock of the family was the line of Oxfordshire. This line was represented in the early sixteenth century by one John Nash, who was the father of Michael Nash, who was living in the year 1574.
    Of the Worcestershire line, probably a branch of the County Oxford family, one Richard Nash was succeeded in the early seventeenth century by his brother Dr. Treadway Russell Nash, who was succeeded by his only child Margaret, who married John, first Earl Somers. The estates of this line later reverted to the descendants of the younger branches of the family in Worcester.
    One family of the name was early situated in London and from this line was descended the Nash who became Lord Mayor of London in 1772.
    Of the Lancaster line of the family, one Edward Nash was living in 1592 and was the father of at least two sons, Edward and John, of whom the first emigrated to New England about 1649 and will be mentioned again later, and the second is believed to have gone to Virginia and been the ancestor of the family of that colony and of the branch which was later to be found in the colony of North Carolina.
    It is thought that the first of the Nashes to emigrate to New England was James Nash, who made his home at Weymouth, Mass., in 1628. He was the father of James and Jacob Nash and probably of others as well.
    In 1630 one Gregory Nash emigrated from England to Charlestown, Mass., in the fleet with Winthrop. He and his wife both died shortly after, leaving a son named William, who was the father by his wife Mary of several children, among whom were Peter and Mary.
    Thomas Nash, who emigrated in 1637 from Lancaster, England, to Boston, Mass., is believed to have been the progenitor of the most numerous of the families of the name in America. He brought with him his wife Margery Baker and their children, Mary, John, Sarah, Joseph, and Timothy.
    About 1649 Edward Nash, before mentioned emigrant from the county of Lancaster, made his home at Stratford, Conn., and later removed to Norwalk, in the same colony. It is probable that he was related in some way to the emigrant Thomas last mentioned. His children were Ann, Hannah, and John and there may have been others but no further record has been found.
    Joshua Nash of Boston prior to 1659, in which year he married Elizabeth Porter, was the father of five children, Thomas, Elizabeth, Sarah, Robert, and Joseph.
    One John Nash was living in Boston about the same time and is believed to have been the younger brother of Joshua. He married Rebecca Smith sometime before 1667 and was the father by her of Mary and John, and possibly of others.
    Sometime before the year 1670 a Joseph Nash emigrated to New England and is said to have been first at Scituate, then at Weymouth, and finally at Boston, in the colony of Massachusetts. By his wife Elizabeth Holbrook he is known to have had one son named Joseph and probably had others, but no further record of his family is at hand.
    Francis Nash of Braintree, Mass., is recorded as serving in King Phillip's War in 1675 and is believed to have emigrated quite a time before or perhaps to have descended from one of the earlier branches of the family in America. By his first wife Elizabeth he had issue of Elizabeth, Samuel, Thomas, John, Margaret, and another child that died in early youth. In 1697 he married as his second wife Mary (Purchas) Niles, a widow, and had further issue of Benjamin, James, and Mary.
    Others of the family who emigrated during the seventeenth century but left few records of themselves and their families were Samuel of Plymouth in 1630, who is known to have had two daughters, one of whom was named Martha; Robert of Boston in 1643, who had been previously at Charlestown; Isaac of Dover in 1657, who later removed to York, Me., and is known to have had a wife named Phebe; John of Salisbury in 1660, who had been earlier at Newbury; and one William, whose date of emigration is not known, but who was living in Virginia before 1700.
    Many others of the name emigrated to America in the following century, among whom was the family of another William Nash, who settled at Bedminster, Pa. Some authorities claim that he was of German ancestry but this is not certain. He was the father of nine children, Elise, Ann, Katharine, Magdalena, William, Elizabeth, Joseph, Benjamin, and Abraham, by three wives whose maiden names are not known.
    The descendants of these various branches of the family in America have spread to practically every State of the Union and have aided as much in the growth of the country as their ancestors aided in the founding of the nation. They have been noted for their courage, energy, ambition, industry, piety, integrity, power of will, hatred of hypocrisy, resourcefulness, mental ability, and leadership.
    Among those of the Nashes who fought as officers in the War of the Revolution were Captain Clement of North Carolina, Brigadier-General Francis of North Carolina, Captain Isaac of New Hampshire, Colonel John of Virginia, Colonel Thomas of New Hampshire, and Lieutenant William of Pennsylvania.
    James, Thomas, John, Joseph, William, Edward, Jacob, Robert, and Benjamin are some of the Christian names most highly favored by the family for its male members.
    A few of the many members of the family who have distinguished themselves in various parts of the world throughout the ages are:
    • Thomas Nash of Suffolk County, English satirist and dramatist, 1567-1601;
    • Richard Nash, called Beau Nash, of Wales, English leader of fashion, 1674-1762;
    • Abner Nash of Virginia, American politician, 1716-1786;
    • Sir John Nash of London, English architect, 1752-1835; and
    • George Kilburn Nash of Ohio, American politician, 1842-1904.
    One of the most frequently recurrent of the many coats-of-arms of the family, which is sometimes found with slight variations in coloring and detail, is described as follows:
    Arms.-- Sable, on a chevron between three greyhounds statant argent, as many sprigs of ash slipped vert.
    Crest.- A greyhound courant argent.
    (Arms taken from Burke's General Armory, 1884.)

    Nash Family History

    Dwain Nash Fullerton born Oct 17 1931. Married to Patricia [UNK] Fowler July 30 1960, Pat's birthday June 30
    Sarah Fullerton born Aug. 20 1964
    IvanHalford Nash married Helen Melom Mar2 1935.
    Their children
    Martha born May 2 1938
    Carl Evan Nash born May 8, 1940.
    Marjorie Louise born June 17 1947
    [UNK] born Jan. 22 1950
    Donald O. Nash married Lorene Porter Aug 9 1930
    Their children
    Judith Ann born Jan. 25, 1936
    Linda Rene born Oct. 24 1940


    The above data have been compiled chiefly from the following sources:
    S. Nash--The Nash Family, 1853.
    E. T. Nash--Fifty Puritan Ancestors, 1902.
    Fretz--A Genealogical Record, 1903.
    Page--Page, Nash, and Peck Families, 1911.
    Savage--Genealogical Dictionary of New England, 1860.
    Heitman--Officers of the Continental Army, 1914.
    The Americana, 1934.
    Burke--General Armory, 1884, and Heraldry, 1844.