THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


  LE ROY NASH. Among the most active, alert, and successful business men of Madison County we find the subject or this sketch, who is extensively engaged in agricultural pursuits, owns and carries on a good mercantile business, and at this writing (January 1, 1894) still fills the office of Postmaster at Earlville, to which position he was appointed in June, 1889. He is the descendant of an honored pioneer of Hamilton, his grandfather, Elijah Nash, a native of Connecticut, having emigrated from there to Madison County in the early days of its settlement, when few, if any, evidences of civilization existed, and took an active part in the transformation of a wilderness into a beautiful country, rich in valuable farms and thriving villages. The long and wearisome journey from New England was made overland with teams, a part of the way following a path made by blazed trees. He bought three hundred acres of heavily timbered land in Hamilton, and at once began improving a farm. There were neither railways nor canals spanning the country; and, there being no markets near, the family had to subsist on the products of the soil or on such game as could be found in the forests. Deer, wolves, and other animals were abundant; and the native Indians roamed through the pathless woods. The wife did well her part in those early times, and worked as busily as those of the sterner sex. Her deft hands spun, wove, and fashioned the garments in which the family were clothed; and she kept the cabin table supplied with food well cooked over the large open fireplace, though oftentimes the fare was simple and homely. After many years of unceasing labor Mr. Nash improved a good homestead, where he and his worthy wife spent their declining days in comfort.
  Jacob Nash, father of our subject, was born in Hamilton. He was reared on the old Homestead, and received his education in the early pioneer schools, but, not content with a farmerís life, in early manhood learned the trade of a stone-mason, and followed the business for many years, there being plenty for him to do in those days of building and improving. He was industrious and thrifty, and spent his entire life in his native town, dying at the venerable age of eighty years. His wife, formerly Abby Ann Willie, was also a native of Hamilton, and now lives in Earlville at the advanced age of eighty-five years, spending the last days of her life in comfort and contentment at the home of her son. To her and her husband were born two children--Le Roy and a daughter who died when quite young.
  The subject of this biography was reared and educated in Hamilton, and, being an ambitious boy, with good business talent, began life as a clerk when sixteen years old, remaining in that position for five years. As soon as he attained his majority he engaged in business on his own account in Earlville, where he had formerly been employed as a clerk, purchasing a store, which he stocked with general merchandise, and has since carried on continuously. He has enlarged his operations from time to time, and, winning the confidence of his patrons, has been deservedly popular in all his undertakings. In addition to this, Mr. Nash has also engaged extensively in agricultural pursuits, and at the present time is successfully managing four different farms, following the most approved methods of the progressive modern farmer, and does a large business in general farming, hop-raising, and dairying.
  Mr. Nash was united in marriage in 1866 to Louisa E. Hecox. She is a native of Chenango County, born in the town of Sherburne, being a daughter of Jacob and Caroline (Hartwell) Hecox. Of this marriage two children have been born--Ella and Roy. Mr. Nash is an important factor in the agricultural and business interests of Earlville, straightforward in his dealings, and regarded as one of the leading spirits of the community. Politically, he is a Republican, and a stanch supporter of the principles of that party, and has served as a delegate to different county and district conventions. He has been a member of the Madison County Republican Committee for a number of years. His first Presidential vote was cast for General U. S. Grant. Socially, he is a member of Earlville Lodge, No.622, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of Hamilton Lodge, No. 120, A. F. & A. M. Both he and his wife are esteemed members of the Episcopal church, having been one of the organizers of this society in Hamilton, and a Trustee since its formation.

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