Edmond Nash: Life after the war
When Edmond Nash was discharged from the army he returned to White County. On January 23, 1867, he married Susannah Hitchcock. She was born may 4, 1851 (as listed on her grave marker)- making her only 15 years old at the time. She had her first child (Amon) a year later. The marriage ceremony was performed by Levi Perkins, Minister of the Gospel. The Hitchcock family had been living in White County since at least 1783 through her grandfather Ezekiel Hitchcock. Ezekiel Hitchcock’s father was probably Joshua Hitchcock, a Revolutionary War soldier (I have not proven his link to Ezekiel, as yet). Edmond resumed his occupation of farming, which he apparently did for the rest of his life. Although, it is interesting to note that he is listed in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census for White County, Tennessee District 7 as a “laborer.” At that time he is 35 years old and Susannah is 29. They have 6 children- all named with names beginning with the letter “A.” The sons were Amon, age 12, Almond, age 10, Albert, age 8, and Alvin, age 4. The daughters were Alice, age 4 and Ada, age 1. The four year old Alvin Nash is my direct ancestor. One can only imagine the confusion in their home with all the children’s “A” names! Edmond and Susannah must have had a great sense of humor.
Not far from the Edmond Nash homestead was the Hitchcock farm (District 7, 187-202). Elisha and Margaret (Peggy) Sherrell Hitchcock were Susannah Nash’s parents. They had seven children at home, but five of them were 18 years old or above. There surely must have been a lot of interaction between the two families as was wont for the times. Also, as mentioned already, Edmond’s parents- William and Elizabeth (with their brood) were close by (District 11, 240-243).
For some unknown reason, by 1890 Edmond Nash moved to Putnam County, Tennessee. This is evidenced in the 1890 Civil War Veteran’s Census- Tennessee. The listing is as follows:
“Nash, Edmon, Pu-144-3; Pvt D Co 8th TN Mtd Inf; 2-1-65 to 8-31-65; Hudgins PO; measles & fever fell in hips”
It is also seen in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census (1st Civil District, 69-70). So Edmond began the Nash line in Putnam County. The last Nash born there (in my direct line was Billy D. Nash in 1935- my father). There is another fascinating thing about Edmond Nash and the year 1900- he has a new wife. The census lists his spouse as “Elizabeth.” She was 44 years old at the time (born Oct. 1855). She was Tennessee born, as were her parents. The census notes that for both Edmond and Elizabeth- it is their second marriage. So what happened to Susannah Nash? She died in 1892. Her grave marker lists the date of her death as February 8, 1892. According to my cousin Julia Moseley (great granddaughter of Almond Nash), Edmond Nash married Elizabeth in 1898 (the census also bears this fact out). Why did Edmond move to Putnam County? To start a new life, perhaps- since his first wife had died. I also wonder why Edmond is buried next to Susannah (in White County), instead of with his second wife?
So by 1900, Edmond Nash had relocated to Putnam County. He had a second wife- and they had a child together: Arthur Nash, age 6 and a half months (born Nov. 1899). Edmond kept the “A” thing going. The census indicates that Edmond and Elizabeth have only been married a year- so Arthur is their only child (together) at that point. The four sons Amon, Almond, Albert, and Alvin are no longer in the home. Daughter Alice Nash is also gone. However, daughter Ada, then 21 years old, is still home- and is the oldest child of the children living at the homestead at the time. She has a 19 year old sister Altie and five brothers: Alfred, 16, Arsie, 14, Alphus, 12, Add, 9, and Arthur, 6/12. My great-grandfather Alvin Nash is listed in the 1900 Census as living “next door” to his father Edmond Nash and family. He was staying at the B. E. Phrassier farm (68-69) as a “boarder.” He was 23 years old- and working as a farm laborer. One sees that there is a Judd family living near the Nash clan. This is important to note as Alvin will marry a Judd in the near future.
There is an “Edmon Nash” listed in the 1910 U.S. Federal Census for Tennessee. Whether or not this is my Edmond Nash is unknown. It would seem that it is him. It is the only Edmond Nash listed. It notes that his father was born in North Carolina (so far so good). However, it places his age at 58, when by 1910 he was 65 or 66. The other issue is that it shows him living in Haywood County, which is in western Tennessee. If it is my Edmond Nash, he moved out of Putnam County sometime between 1900 and 1910. There is another Edmond Nash in Tennessee by the time of the 1930 U.S. Census, but it is clearly not my second great grandfather- as the age is way off.
Edmond Nash died June 8, 1940 according to his death certificate. He was 95 years old.