JAMES B. NASH was born at Alexandria Bay, Jefferson County, N.Y., June 27, 1856. His grandfather, Nathan Nash, was originally from Vermont, and first settled in Hamilton, subsequently removing to Jefferson County, at which time the father of our subject, Timothy, was but a boy. He died at Alexandria Bay. Timothy Nash was a sailor, and, although his home was at the Bay, followed his vocation on the Northern Lakes, as master of a merchantman. The last vessel he commanded was the "Volunteer," which foundered in a terrible gale in 1869, all hands, including the captain, being lost. He left a wife and two children, James and Alida. The mother's name before marriage was Miss Caroline Smith, and she died at Alexandria Bay in 1876.
Our subject was but thirteen years old when his father met his tragic death, and, being thrown on his own resources to make his way in the world, started out as cabin-boy in a vessel on the lakes, working his way up from the ranks, until at the age of nineteen he received his commission from the United States government as pilot. The first boat he ran, holding this position, was the "G. B. Farrington," which continued for one season, and then the "Wanwinet" and others for the
next six years. Tiring by this time of the water, and embracing an opportunity to commence farming, he removed to Brookfield, Madison County, N.Y.
His first wife was Miss Mary Funk, who lived only three years after her marriage. He then married Mrs. Lucia Talcott, daughter of J. V. R. Livermore, of Brookfield, Madison County. They have one child, Zillah. Mrs. Nash was previously married to Mr. Denslow H. Talcott, who died in Brookfield, leaving her with two children, William and Lulu. Lulu was graduated from the Brookfield Academy in June, 1892, carrying off its highest honors, and has since taken a course of stenography and typewriting at Keuka College, Yates County, New York. She is very talented, and bids fair to be a bright business woman. Her brother William finished at the Rochester Business College, and is now a telegraph operator in Greene, Chenango County, N.Y., employed by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railway Company. Alida, the sister of Mr. Nash, married a Mr. Burdick, and lives near her brother.
In early manhood Mr. Nash became identified with the Masonic fraternity, and belongs to Sanger Lodge, No. 129, the Veiled Prophets of Hamilton, N.Y., also to Lodge No. 632, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Brookfield. Politically, he is a Democrat. He and his family are earnest members of the Baptist church.
Mr. Nash began life a poor boy, but worked his way up from the humble position of cabin-boy to the high one of first pilot, and by his carefulness and capability won an enviable reputation. The same integrity and strict attention which he gave while on lake service he has brought into his affairs on land, and his energy and industrious habits have brought about a productive result for his labor on the farm. He has remodelled the houses on the place, and has proven himself an adept in the vocation he has chosen. In all matters pertaining to the improvement of his town he shows an active interest, and is looked upon as a model citizen in every sense of the word.
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