Biography of James R. Nation
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JAMES R. NATION was born in Delaware County, Ind., in 1837. His father, Enoch Nation, was born in Tennessee, in 1804, and his mother, Sophia (Thompson) Nation, was a native of Virginia; both were of English descent, and were among the early settlers in Delaware County. Enoch Nation collected the first taxes in that county and carried the money on horseback to Indianapolis; he was elected County Commissioner, and later Probate Judge, serving In the latter capacity for eight Tears, when he moved out of the county. James R. Nation was married, in 1859, to Miss Rebecca J. Paul. They have one child - Effie Curry. He remained in Delaware County until 1861, when he enlisted in the Eighth. Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was appointed Sergeant; he was discharged in September, 1862, after which he went on a faint for one year, when he recruited a company and was elected Captain; he went into camp at Camp Wayne, Richmond, Ind., moved to Camp Carrington, Indianapolis, thence to Camp Shanks, and on the 21st of January, 1864, ninety three of the company were mustered into the United States service at Indianapolis. Mr. Nation was in battle at Linnville, Tenn., Laurenceburg and Florence, Ala. He was captured at Sulphur Branch September 25, 1864; was held prisoner at Meridian, Miss., paroled and passed through the rebel lines November 14, 1864. He went to Camp Benton, St. Louis, thence to Camp Chase, Ohio, and was exchanged there January 17, 1865; he joined his regiment at Gravely Springs, Ala., and went to Vicksburg, thence to New Orleans, after which he returned to Vicksburg and was mustered out there. He held four commissions during his service, the last being that of Major. He then returned home and in January, 1866, moved to Howard County, where he purchased eighty acres of land. Mrs. Rebecca Nation died December 21, 1869, and Mr. Nation was afterward married to Miss Mary A. Clevenger, of English and German descent. They have had four children, two of whom are living - Gertie and Lloyd. Mr. Nation is now living a comparatively retired life on forty acres of his land in Jackson Township, doing a broker's business; he also owns thirty three acres in the same township, besides property in Sycamore; he is a Republican, and has always taken an active part in the politics of his county, having served on the Central Committee for a number of years. He has been a member of the Masonic fraternity for about ten years, and is a man highly respected in his community.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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