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James Nance


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 11/12/2006 at 13:07:59

James Nance, farmer, Sec 21, P O Xenia, was born in Greene county, Kentucky, August 13, 1822, and in the fall of 1830, his parents moved to Sangamon county, Illinois, in 1842 his father died, and with this mother, he moved to Menard county, Illinois, where they bought a farm and settled down, and remained there until the fall of 1858, in March 1852, he took the gold fever and crossed the plains to California, with cattle, the trip took 149 days, and he returned to Illinois in October 1854, having been quite successful, he returned from California by vessel, and when twenty-three hours out from San Francisco, was shipwrecked, and remained upon the coast from four o’clock Sunday evening until three pm the next Saturday, in 1858 he came to Iowa, and located where he now lives, owning 120 acres of land, has held the office of town trustee form several years, and holds that position at present, is also town clerk, and was elected justice of the peace, but refused to qualify, April 11, 1850, he married Miss Mary A Winstead, a native of Kentucky, they have two children: Hephzibah H (wife of C W Russel of this township) and Franklin J, both living

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