THEODORE M. NANCE, furniture dealer, of the firm of Young & Nance, was born in Franklin, Johnson Co., Ind.
His father, James H. Nance, now a resident of Indianapolis, was born in South Carolina January 23, 1819. When James
was sixteen years of age, his father removed to Johnson County, Ind.; there, in 1843, he was married to Miss Elizabeth
Lay, of that place, the mother of our subject. The issue of their marriage consists of three children, namely:
Theodore M., Mrs. Jennie Young, and Mrs. Katie Bowlin, all residents of Tipton. Theodore M. was reared in Johnson
County. In 1860, he was sent to school at Greencastle, Ind. In 1861, he enlisted in Company I. Twenty seventh Indiana
Volunteers. His company was organized under Banks, First Division, First Brigade. Twelfth Army Corps, and was afterward
under Slocum. He participated in the following battles: Ball's Bluff, Winchester, Cedar Mountain, Antietam, Chancellorsville,
Fredricksburg, second battle of Bull Run, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Goldsboro, Peach Tree Creek, and all
the battles fought during Sherman's campaign to the sea. He acted as scout from Atlanta through to Savannah, and
went to attend the grand review of all the troops at Washington, and was mustered out of service July 5, 1865.
He was also in the battle of Gettysburg, where he was wounded in the throat, which has ever since obstructed his
speech. After his discharge, he returned to Edinburg, whence, after remaining a few days, he came to Tipton. In
September of 1865, he engaged in the saloon business, and has continued it ever since, with the exception of one
or two years. In July of 1882, he connected himself with Mr. S. G. Young in the furniture and undertaking business.
They carry a stock of $4,500, and are doing a good business. Mr. Nance was married at Tipton, January 1, 1868,
to Miss Lavica E. Parker, daughter of Dr. Isaac Parker (deceased). They have two daughters, namely, Capitola and
Maud. Politically, he is a Democrat, and is a member of the I. O. O. F., both of the subordinate lodge and the
Grand Lodge at Indianapolis. He is the owner of a brick business building, two fine dwellings, and two good farms,
approximating $12,000 in value. He is also a member of Knights of Honor.
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Tipton County, IN
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