Biography of Nellis H. Carnahan
Columbiana County, OH Biographies





Nellis H. Carnahan is a substantial citizen of Wellsville and a member of one of Columbiana County's well known pioneer families. He was born at Salineville, June 24, 1888, and is the son of Samuel S. and Ida Evelyn (Pressey) Carnahan.

Samuel S. Carnahan was born at Brownville, Pa., and when a small boy removed to Columbiana County with his parents. He engaged in the pottery business at East Liverpool until 1910, when he became connected with the Wellsville Post Office. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Carnahan was married to Miss Ida Evelyn Pressey, a native of Columbiana County and the daughter of Jeremiah and Esther Pressey, who came to this county from Maine during the early days and lived at Salineville, when the coal mines opened there. In 1849 Mr. Pressey went to California, made quite a fortune in the gold mines there, and later returned to Pennsylvania, where he became an oil operator. Both he and his wife died at Salineville and are buried there. To Mr. and Mrs. Samuel S. Carnahan were born three children: Nellis H., the subject of this sketch; Olive, a teacher of music, lives in Pittsburgh; and Wilma, died in infancy.

After completing his schooling at Salineville, Wellsville, and Akron, Ohio, Nellis Carnahan entered the employ of the American Sheet & Tin Plate Company, and in 1906 became connected with the Pennsylvania Railroad as an electrician. He has since been in this company's employ. On March 23, 1913, Mr. Carnahan was united in marriage with Miss Helen Orr, who was born at West Point, Columbiana County, June 11, 1894, and the daughter of J. B. and Anna (Custar) Orr, natives of this county. Mr. Orr lives retired at Wellsville. His wife died Dec. 28, 1908. They were the parents of five children: Harry, lives at Chester, W. Va.: Clement, lives at Wellsville; Celia, married Leslie Conn, lives at East Liverpool; Ralph, lives at Columbiana, Ohio; and Mrs. Carnahan. Mrs. Carnahan is the granddaughter of James Orr, widely known tavern keeper of the early days in Columbiana County. The inn owned by him still stands on the Lincoln Highway near Lisbon. To Mr. and Mrs. Carnahan have been born four children: Margaret, born Oct. 6, 1914; James, born Jan. 28, 1916; Liberta, born Nov. 9, 1918; and Clayton, born April 16. 1925.

Mr. Carnahan is a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is an excellent citizen and holds the high regard of the entire community.

From:
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926


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