About me

Bill Nash in Union soldier garb

Bill Nash in Union soldier garb



I’ve been fascinated with Abraham Lincoln since I was five years old. I am not a professional scholar but a life-long student when it comes to Abe. He has provided me with a passion that has been fulfilling and, needless to say, time consuming. When my schedule allows, I give Lincoln presentations to whoever will lend an ear.

I discovered about eight years ago that I am very distantly related to Lincoln through marriage. I also found out while digging into my family genealogy (paternal side) that I have over twenty ancestors that served in the Civil War (both Union and Confederate).

My family lines most researched includes the Nash, Judd, and Swallows branches. Among these three lines, I have ancestors that arrived in America before the formation of the United States. The lines are also strongly represented through military service in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Indian Wars.

My ancestors eventually settled in Tennessee in the early 1800’s. They lived mostly in what are now Putnam, Overton, and White counties. I still have relatives in cities and towns like Cookeville, Monterey, Livingston, and Sparta. I lived in Monterey and Clarksville, Tennessee in the past, but currently I reside in Michigan.

I am an active member in the following hereditary organizations: The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, The Sons of the American Revolution, The General Society of the War of 1812, and The Order of Indian Wars of the United States. I am also an alumnus of the United States Army, having honorably served in the 101st Airborne Division. I am married and have four children and two grandchildren.

I started this Lincoln blog with the intention of not creating another Lincoln site filled with facts and data. There are many great blogs and websites with that information already out there. I could not compete with them and don’t want to. My goal was and is to provide interesting material, mostly gleaned from my experiences of years learning about Lincoln. Other people have and do post here as well. I like to use humor. I do hope you enjoy this blog. It is always a work in progress. If you get a chuckle and at the same time learn something, then I’ve accomplished what I set out to do. Feel free to leave comments or a posting. Check back on a regular basis please!

Feel free to email me @:  b.nash@abesblogcabin.org

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15 Responses to “About me”

  1. Hello cousin
    I wanted to let you know I have pictures of Della Nash as a young girl and I also have family pictures of Thomas Nash and I would like to share them with you I can make copies and send them to you send me your mailing address

  2. Sandra Monroe says:

    Have so enjoyed reading your blog. When researching my great grandfather Josiah Judd I literally stumbled on this blog site for the Judd’s and have enjoyed it so much. You make it come alive in your writings. Thank you.

  3. B. Nash says:

    Yes, great book!

  4. B. Nash says:

    No, I haven’t been there yet but it is on my list of “must sees.”

  5. Suzie Martin says:

    If you ever get to Lexington KY (6 hour drive from Detroit), be sure to visit the Mary Todd Lincoln house. Lexington is filled with Lincoln lore.

  6. Suzie Martin says:

    Have you read the book April 1865 by Jay Winik? Fascinating.

  7. B. Nash says:

    Good morning. Thanks for leaving a comment! Yes, the history of Grant living in Detroit is forgotten. All but a few even care. Ask the the average person on the street about U.S. Grant-and they won’t know who he is. Sad but true. You’re right about the Lincoln movie. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

  8. Suzie Martin says:

    Hello Bill Nash–Stumbled on your site looking for current info on U.S. Grant house at Michigan State Fairgrounds. I’ve lived in Michigan almost my whole life and just found out yesterday that Grant lived in Michigan and that his house still exists. I appreciate your photos!

    Bet you intend to see the Lincoln movie coming out Nov 16th! It is supposed to garner many Academy Award nominations.

  9. B. Nash says:

    Hello Elaine: What a wonderful thing! Rowland Judd is well known to the DAR folks. I am a member of the SAR. Rowland is one of my approved ancestors. I am excited for you guys to learn more of your heritage. I certainly would love to share with you sometime. It would be very possible that we are double-cousins. I am double-cousins to several people through differents lines. Take care!

  10. Elaine Terry says:

    Bill, hi. What an amazingly small world. My daughter Stefani Terry, just received an update to her family history from her Godfather (Dale “Jerry” Bennett, Canton, MI). Apparently, you all share Rowland, John and Nathaniel Judd as ancestors. I was even more surprised to find that you are in Michigan. We lived in Dearborn for many years and relocated to Bad Axe in the early ’90’s. In going through the Terry Family history book, I noticed that some Swallows family members are buried in the Terry family cemetery in Cookeville, TN. Is it possible that you are related through both the Terry and Judd lines? Even though I can’t trace my family definitively beyond my parents, I’m very excited for my husband, Ken Terry, and my kids, Kevin and Stefani, to learn their long and proud history. We are meeting Thursday, with the Bennetts in Frankenmuth, to discuss the family history. I would LOVE to hear from you, as we pass through your area quite often. Also, since learning of Rowland’s contribution to our nation, Stefani is in the process of applying for membership in DAR.

  11. B. Nash says:

    Cousin Laura:
    How wonderful. You blessed me with your kind words. We have such a great heritage. Write again soon.

  12. dear bill- thank you so much for creating this site. i am a relative- from the swallow line-andrew-jacob-isaac-isacc jefferson-laura-swallows hall- minnie hall hargis-(my great grandmother)- jane hargis holt-debibe holt edge (my mother)
    i am a homeschooling mother of three- and we are about to begin learning about the revolutionary war- wanted to drop you a line to thank you for the research you have done. it will make the history come alive for my daughters and son! we will be looking around here for next year as well- you have a wonderful blog. thanks again!
    laura warford (living in texas)

  13. […] on subjects that just aren’t discussed on other Lincoln blogs, in fact, he states on his "about" page that he blogs "with the intention of not creating another Lincoln site filled with facts and […]

  14. B. Nash says:

    Thanks guys! I welcome you to the blog and to the world of all things Lincoln. You are always welcome here!

  15. Sarah & Joe says:

    Amazing. You can see your passion in what you write. I never thought of Lincoln as interesting until now. Reading some of what you’ve written has me hooked. Keep up the great work. I will for sure be back to read about your blogs. Thank you for the time you put into this.

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