The name Nunn is an old Anglo-Saxon personal name and the family traces back among the oldest of the landed gentry in England, having a coat-of-arms crest and motto, translating from the latin meaning "Mildly in manner - boldly in action".
The Coat-of Arms is a shield intersected by the cross of St. Andrews, with sheaves of grain in two of the intersections, a lion's paw in the lower and a child's head and serpent in upper part of shield surmounted by the crest, consisting of bull's head. I do not know the language of heraldry and cannot explain it but will surely try to obtain that information when I return to Los Angeles - where I have access to the city library in which is a department of genealogies. I have read considerable about the family there but failed to write down much of it. Still I have notes telling some things.
We find away back in olden times a Nunn who was the friend and kinsman of Ina, king of Saxon and fought with him against Gerent, King of Wales. That was a long time before England was a United Kingdom.
Later on we find the family with property - in Southwood in times of James 1st and one Simon Nunn of Ringsfield owned an estate in Beeston in the reign of Henry 8. Four centuries ago there was a George Nunn in Hanstead. Nunns also in Essex and Suffolk, England and it is recorded the family are still represented there.
The ancient seat of the family seems to have been Stanham Earl, Co. Suffolk, also Nunns in Lancaster and Lawton Colchester.
At some time during the family history in the south of England one Mary Ann Nunn, daughter of John Nunn of Colchester wrote - the hymn "One there is above all others, well deserves the name of friend."
We find in the records that many of the family were connected with the English Church or rectors, clerks and in other capacities also held degrees from the University of Cambridge, they are also listed as in the Kings service all down through the centuries.
The Irish branch of the family known as the Nunns of St. Margarets are descended from Richard Nunn Esq., son of Joshua Nunn a London merchant. He, Richard Nunn settled dragoons in 1649, and was given a grant of 4500 acres of land in Co. Waxford and Cavan. 1653 confirmation of [????] grant was made Nov. 16, 1665. Was High Sheriff of that county in 1675. Made will which was proved in 1692. He had by his wife Elizabeth, 3 sons. Joshua, his heir. Richard Nunn of another Irish estate called Hill Castle. Later Joseph Nunn of Hill Castle died leaving his two daughters co-heirs who married their cousins Joshua Nunn and John Hickson Nunn of St. Margarets, thus uniting these two great estates.
And so the line is traced down to the present day with the marriages, births and deaths fully recorded. Noting many connections with families of good blood, and also recording civil and military services, rendered by men of our family to the English Sovereigns. The first Nunn to come to America is believed to be of whom my father tells in letters he wrote to me just before his death.
318 N Egrossed
Recorded at Perth Amboy
In Book L of Wills P. 39
Morris County is Robert Culver & Nathan Culver Two of the witneses of the written will being of the people called Bogerines and being duly affirmed according to the customs of Quakers did declare & affirm that they saw Thomas Nunn the testator therin named sign and seal the same and heard him pronounce & declare the written instrument to be his last will and testament & that at the doing thereof the said testator was of sound & disposing mind and memory as far as these affirmants know & as they verily believe & that William Cristfield the other subscribing evidence was present and signed his name as a witness to the said will together with these affirmants in the presence of the said testator.
Affirmed the 2nd day
of December 1773 Nathan Collvar
before me. Robert Collvar
Mr. Ogdin, Lawyer
Morris County is Elizabeth Nunn & Peter Wolf executors in the within instrument named being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God did depose that the within instrument contains the true last will & testament of Thomas Nunn the testator therein named so far as they know & as they veryly believe & that they will well and truly perform the same by paying first the debts of the said deceased then the legacies in the said testament specified so far as the goods chattles and credits of the said deceased can thereunto extend & that they will make and exhibit into the perogative office at Perth Amboy a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods chattles and credits of the said deceased that have or shall come to their knowledge or possession on or to the posession of any other person or persons for his use and render a just & true account when thereunto lawfully required.
Sworn this 2nd day of
December 1773 before me.
Mr. Ogden, Lawyer Elizabeth Nunn
In the name of God Amen.
The thirtieth day of October in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and seventy one, and in the twelfth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord George the Third, king of Great Britain etc. etc. I Thomas Nunn of Roxbury and County of Morris in province of West New Jersey, yeoman being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto almighty God, therefore calling unto mind the mortal of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul to God that gave it, and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian like & deacent manner at the discression of my executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. Vizt, first it is my desire the funeral charges be paid and debts fully satisfied. Item I do give and bequeath unto my true and well beloved wife Elizabeth all the money that is in the house with the bills & bonds with all my household stuff and a young grey mare and to keep two cows and to have the four part of the grain that is raised on the said place and the grain that is in the ground or in stack or barn or barrel shall be for her own use and disposal for the use of my wife and her grandchild namely Catherine Nunn and to find her my said wife in fire wood and to let her have the house to dwell in so long as she remains my widow and to keep her grandchild with her and the rest of her things to her disposal and the rest of the creatures to be sold to defray the cost of my funeral and what is left to return to my widow if any be left, it being the fourth part if any be
Item I give and bequeath unto my eldest son Joshua Nunn the sum of forty five pounds proclamation money to be paid unto him in fourteen months after my decease.
Item I give and bequeath unto my sons Thomas Nunn and Benjamin Nunn whom I do ordain my whole and sole heirs of these my lands, with proviso that they pay unto their sisters and brothers the following sums namely Bersheba, Ann and Elizabeth the sum of forty pounds proclamation money apiece after the decease of their mother. Item I give and bequeath unto my sons Solomon and Ephraim Nunn the sum of five shillings proclamation money and in case they do not see cause to pay the said legacies to their sisters then I do ordain that my lands shall be sold and each of my children to have and receive their full and equal shares as agreeable unto my will and as agreeable unto their names within mentioned.
Item I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Catherine Nunn the sum of forty pounds proclamation money at the expiration of time when she arrives to the age of eighteen years of age to be levied out of my estate and to be paid by my executor, it is my desire that after the decease of my wife she may be put out in a good careful family at the discretion of my executor and taught or cause to be learned to read, & if please God should call her before that time I leave it to my wife's disposal and I do make and ordain my beloved wife Elizabeth Nunn and Pter Wholf excutrix and executor of this my last will and testament desiring him to take care and perform the same according to my true intent & meaning, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies, bequeaths and executors by me in any ways beforenamed willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written
signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Thomas Nunn
As his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names
Nathan Collvar Thomas Nunn
William Crikfield Robert Collvar
Thomas Nunn's Inventory
Filed December 17th 1773
A true inventory taken this day bearing date this first day of December Anno Dom 1773 of the goods and chattles of Thomas Nunn senior deceased of the town of Roxbury & County of Morris and province of West New Jersey by us apparisers and each of us namely Robert Collver and John Fisher
Both of Towhship and County . . . . . .
|To his wearing apparel||6||0||0|
|To a note with intrest||15||13||7|
|To 9 sheep||3||3||0|
|To a cow||3||15||0|
|To a cow||3||0||0|
|To a heffer||2||10||0|
|To a heffer||1||15||0|
|To 2 mares||16||0||0|
|To green wheat||5||0||0|
|To wheat 7 bushel||2||6||1|
|To rye 8 bushel||1||14||8|
|To a sow and pigs||1||10||0|
|To a wagon and gear||7||0||0|
|To an old harrow||0||3||9|
|To old iron||0||1||0|
|To a bed, bedstead and bedding||2||0||0|
|To buckwheat and fan & riddles||4||0||0|
|To a man's saddle & woman's saddle||1||10||0|
|To 10 bushels corn||1||0||0|
|To 2 iron pots and some lumber||2||0||0|
|To a large Bible||1||8||0|
|To 7 books||1||2||0|
|To a gun and sword||1||0||0|
|To a bed, bedstead & bedding||4||0||0|
|To a chest of drawers, a chest, a shelf, and pewter||3||10||0|
Morris County is John Fisher one of the appraisers of the written inventory being duly sworn according to law did declare the goods chattles and credits in the said inventory set down & specified was by him appraised according to the best of his judgment and understanding & that Robert Collver the other appraiser whose name is thereunto within subscribed was present at the same time & consented in all things in the doing thereof & that they appraised all things that were brought to their view for appraisement
Sworn this 2nd day of
December 1773 before me Johannes Fisher.
Mr. Ogdin, Laywer
In the presence of God, Amen:
I, Benjamin Nunn of the Township of Gainsborough, County of Welland, District of Niagara, and Province of Canada, make and ordain this my last Will and testament in manner and form following.
I give and bequeath to my son Aaron Nun the West half of my farm, known as part of Lot number twenty eight in the [???] Concession in Township of Gainsborough, County, District and Province aforesaid, that is to say twenty five acres to him his heirs and assigns forever.
The East half or twenty five acres I give and bequeath to my son Samuel Nunn, his hers and assigns forever,
and in case either of the brothers should die in minority or without lawful issue, then in such case the remaining brother shall have the dead brothers share.
I also will and bequeath to my beloved and faithful wife Lucinda Nunn, the whole management and control of all my personal and real estate during the minority of her sons whose names are first mentioned, after which she shall have her support or decent maintainence as long as she may live on or from my real estate or as she may think best. She may take such share as is provided by law in case [????] sons should prove unkind.
To my daughter Harriett Nunn, I will and bequeath two cows as soon as she shall become of age.
To my daughter Elizabeth Nunn, I give two cows as soon as she shall become of age.
To my daughter Sarah Mariah Nunn, I give and bequeath two cows as soon as she shall become of age.
To my daughter [Innet-might be Sennet] Nunn, I give and bequeath two cows as soon as she shall become of age.
All the rest of my estate real and personal I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Lucinda Nunn, whom I nominate sole Executrix of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all others by me heretofore made or said to be made by me. In witness where I have here unto set my hand this ninteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty.
Signed sealed published and declared by the
said testator Benajmin Nunn as and for his
last will and testament in the presence of
us who have subscribed our names as witnesses
thereto in the presence of the said testator.
(filed fifteenth day of April 1862.
probated 15 day April 1862.
Benjamin Nunn, late of Township of Gainsborough,
county of Lincoln. Yeoman.)
Orin O. Nunn, beloved husband of Mrs Odessa Nunn, passed away Friday at residence of daughter, Mrs. Edward Winney, Fenwick, Ontario.
Born in Fenwick 66 years ago - Home in St. Catharines since 1922 ... member of St. Paul's United Church ... two daughters, Mrs. Fred Allan of St. Catharines, and Mrs. Ed Winney of Fenwick and one brother William of RR#6 Dunnville, also one grandchild ... funeral to be held Monday ... Interment in Hillside Cemetery at Ridgeville.
The following is probably written about Jonathon Edward Nunn. Ida Naomi (Nunn) Denton's mother immigrated from England with her parents and therefore would not be about her mother's family. Assuming that Joy Gail Magarian is a granddaughter, the granddaughter's great, great grandpa would be Jonathon Edward Nunn
Many long years ago great, great grandpa and his sisters and brothers wanted to go berry picking out in the wild berry patches. But great, great, great grandma and great, great, great grandpa had told him that if they ever went down into the woods into the berry patches they would be punished. The reason for this was because this was the favourite berry patch of the wild Indians.
But one peaceful day temptation was too great. Great, great grandpa and his brothers and sisters ran off into the woods to the berry patch. All afternoon they were so busy picking the nice fresh berries and eating them that they forgot to watch for Indians. Suddenly out of nowhere a tall Indian buck darted from the shadows of the forest, picked up great, great grandpa and darted back into the thick forest where he was shortly joined by his big, fat squaw. When great, great grandpa's sisters and brothers saw what had happened they ran back screaming to their little village, to breathlessly tell their story to the elder members of the village.
A search party of men was organized and made up of volunteers. In the meantime, great, great grandpa was carried further and further through unknown trails. On the second day of his capture they at last came to a large river where a canoe was hidden in the bushes. Great, great grandpa thought that surely their journey had ended. But they travelled for a third day, where they at last came upon the Indian's village. Now all that he could do was to wish with all his heart he had listed to great, great, great grandpa and great, great, great grandma.
Meanwhile, great, great, great grandpa and the other men were slowly following the trail. They didn't dare take time out for rest or sleep. When necessary, they went by lantern light. Finally after several days they came upon the Indian settlement. After a short discussion it was agreed upon to go straight to the Indian chief, which they did. After certain formalities, they were allowed to search every tepee for a blond haired, blue eyed boy which these Indians had a fondness for (which was one of the reasons great, great, great grandpa had stressed to him not to ever, ever go down to the berry patch). The men searched every tepee with extreme care and yet no sign of great, great grandpa was found.
Great, great, great grandpa was about to give up but something told him to go back and search even more carefully. Once more they searched the village and its surroundings with extreme care. They were almost finished when one of the men decided to take a look at one particular tepee again. Something seemed wrong to him. Yet there was nothing there but a big fat squaw sitting near the centre of the tepee with her skirts spread out all around her. As the man turned to go, he heard the squaw let out a piercing scream. Startled he turned around to see great, great grandpa darting out from under her skirts. He had waited for the right moment and then bit her on the leg with all his might.
Laughingly the man said he had never seen such a fat squaw move so fast.
When great, great grandpa got home he willingly promised great, great, great grandpa and great, great, great grandma that he would never go berry picking in the woods again.
Jonathon Nunn - born March 31, 1811
Charlotte Taylor - born June 30, 1816
Jonathon Nunn & Charlotte Taylor were married in the township of Clinton, Canada West, Sept 8, 1835 by Rev George McCluchy, Presbyterian minister
Isaac Brock Henry Nunn and Rachel Adaline Rankins were married in Carroll Co, Mo by the Rev J.W. Maddox, E. Methodist Minister Oct 28, 1858.
Rachel Adeline Rankins was born in East Tenn, June 26th 1829
Rachel Adeline Nunn wife of I.B. Nunn died in Carroll Co Mo. Sep 15, 1859 at 8:30 pm, age 30 yr, 2 mo, 19 days
Isaac B Nunn and Mary Ann Hanstead were married in Waterford, C.W. Jan 20, 1864 by the Rev James McAlister, N.C. Methodist Minister
Mary Ann Nunn was born in England Nov 18, 1841
Charlotte Nunn, mother of I.B. Nunn died in Middleton, Ont, June 26th, 1868, aged 52 years
Jonathon Nunn, father of I.B. Nunn died in Merrill, Mich. of La Grippe, Jan 5, 1892 aged 80 yr, 9m, 4 days.
Joshua Colburn Nunn, son of Jonathon and Charlotte Nunn died May 19th, 1849 from drowning, age 2 yrs, 9 mo
William Jonathon Nunn, son of Jonathon and Charlotte Nunn died Jan 21, 1870 of fever in Norwich, C.W. age 13 yrs, 3 days
Mary Ann Nunn died in Hale Mich, Oct 11, 1912 at 10 pm of Brights disease age 71 years, 11 months 23 days
Isaac B. Nunn died at Hale Mich of concussion of the brain caused by a fall Oct 2, 1913, age 76 years
Henry Eugene Nunn died July 11, 1922 at Hale Mich of Apolplexy age 56 years.
Albert H. Nunn died at Fenton Mich. of T.B. Mar 1, 1943
Lewis Nunn died July 27, 1943 of heart failure.
Ida Naomi Denton died Nov, 1942
Isaac Llewellyn Nunn married to Edith May Smith
Isaac Brock Nunn, an ordained Baptist minister, accepted a call to Hale, Michigan, in 1890 to organize and build a church there. He was Hale's first minister.
The congregation was inter-denominational and their donations plus contributions from lumbermen in the Township supplied the funds. Stacy B. Yawger, an expert carpenter, designed and built the church. It was dedicated in 1895.
Isaac B. Nunn was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, June 23, 1837. His parents were Jonathan Nunn (born June 30, 1811) and Charlotte Taylor (born June 30, 1816). Both were born in Brantford, Canada, of English descent.
Mr. Nunn attended the Theological Seminary in Carroll County, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Missouri. He married Rachael Adaline Rankins on October 28, 1858. Their child, Mary Elizabeth, was born September 11, 1859. Rachael died of complications of child birth on September 15, 1859, and the infant died a month later.
Mr. Nunn preached in Carroll County, Missouri, until the Civil War broke out in 1861. His wife's family was loyal to the Confederacy and her brothers enlisted in the Confederate Army. Isaac did not believe in slavery and at that time made the difficult decision to enlist as a chaplain in the Union forces. He served with the Medical Corp until 1862 when he was taken prisoner and sent to Andersonville Prison in Georgia. In 1863, he was exchanged and returned to Canada.
Isaac Nunn then preached in Waterford, Canada, and while there met and married Mary Ann Hanstead on January 20, 1864. Mary Ann Hanstead was born in Harefield, England, near Windsor, November 19, 1841. Her parents were Henry Hanstead and Charlotte Brown Hanstead. The family moved to Canada from England in 1851. There were seven children born to Isaac B. Nunn and Mary Ann.
Ida Naomi, the first child was born in Aylmer, Ontario, November 19, 1864. She married Edwin Denton in 1882 and they had five children: Lloyd, Winnifred, Morris, Stanley, and Marian. Ida died November 15, 1942.
The second child (Henry) Eugene was born in Aylmer, Canada, July 11, 1866. Eugene joined his parents at Hale in 1892 and married Maud Esmond. They had three children: Ainsley, Ashley (Jack), and Morley. Morley died in infancy and his mother died January 1903.
H.E. Nunn married Victoria Sauve in 1904 and three children were born to them: Carvil, Mina, and Wallace (Mike).
Eugene established a hardware business in Hale in 1895 which he operated until his death in 1922. Two sons, Ashley and Wallace, also engaged in the hardware business.
The third child of Isaac and Mary Ann Nunn was Isaac Llewllyn, known as Lewis. He was born in Aylmer, Canada, February 16, 1868. He came to Hale in 1901 to engage in the carpenter trade. He also served as Plainfield Township supervisor for 18 years. He married Edith Smith in January 1905 and they had five children: Ronald, Lewis, Winnifred, Charles, and Henry. Winnifred married Paul Labian in 1927 and still survives. Henry Nunn now lives in Flushing, Michigan. Lewis Nunn died July 27, 1943.
The fourth child, William Brock Nunn was born in Aylmer, Canada, May 31, 1870. He died July 4, 1953. He married Eliza Peters in Argyle, Michigan, April 1892. They had nine children: Hulda, William Glenn, Perry, Erma, Opal, Donald, Constance, Geraldine and Vere. Three of the children survive. Erma Zielter of Clearwater, Florida; Constance Dake now living in Ontario; and Vere Nunn of North Street, Michigan.
Edwin C. Nunn, the fifth child was born in Flint, Michigan, October 11, 1871, and died May 7, 1949. He married Ellen Carroll January 27, 1897. They had five children: Zella, Thomas, Alta, Geneva, and James. Geneva married Cecil Westervelt July 6, 1931, and is now living in Flint.
Nellie May Nunn was born in Oakley, Michigan, September 4, 1875. She died January 8, 1954. She married Fred Jennings July 27, 1898, and they had three children: Clayton, Rex, and Marian. Marian now lives in Alabaster Township.
Albert Hanstead was the seventh child and was born in Argyle, Michigan, January 1, 1883. He died March 1, 1943. He was known as a pianist and accompanist.
Seven grandchildren of Isaac B. Nunn still survive. His name is carried on by several great grandsons and their sons, some of whom live in Iosco County.
Isaac Brock Henry Nunn first child of Jonathon and Charlotte Nunn was born June 23, 1837 in Brantford, Canada.
Rachel Adaline Rankins was born in East Tenn., June 26, 18241
Isaac Brock Henry Nunn and Rachel Adaline Rankins were married in Carroll Co. Mo. Were married by the Rev. J.W. Maddox. E. Methodist minister, Oct 28, 1858.
1st child - Mary Elizabeth born Sept 11, 1859 at 6:30 A.M. in township 53, Carroll Co. Mo. and died Oct 13, 1859.
Rachel Adaline Nunn died in Carroll Co. Mo., Sept 15, 1859 at 8:00 o'clock p.m. aged 30 years, 2 mo., 19 days.
Isaac B. Nunn and Mary Ann Hanstead were married in Waterford Canada. Jan. 20, 1864 by the Rev. James McAlister - Methodist minister
Mary Ann Hanstead was born in Middlesex Co., England, Nov 18, 1841. She was the first child of Henry and Charlotte Hanstead.
Children of Isaac Brock Nunn and Mary Ann Hanstead:
Mary Ann Nunn died at Hale Mich. Oct 11, 1912 at 10:00 p.m. from Bright's disease, Age 71 years, 11 months, 23 days.
Isaac Brock Henry Nunn died at Hale Mich. from the effects of a fall, Oct 2, 1913, Age 76 years, 3 mo, 8 days.
Henry Eugene Nunn died at Hale, Mich. from Apoplexy, July 11, 1922, age 56NOTES:
Mrs. Cora M. Beach
I will now endeavor to reply to yours of the 8th of June. In the first place, all I can tell you about my forefathers is what my grandfather told me when a very small boy. Had I known the importance of records and particulars at the time, I could have had them, but at present they are beyond reach, as at my grandfather's death they fell into my Uncle Benjamin's hands; and have been destroyed, for they were thought to be worthless.
There is a large book store in London, England1: the business is entaillerd to the Nunn family. My great grandfather was one of the younger sons, and of course was paid a certain sum of money, and sent adrift in the year 1758. He sailed with his wife and family to America. My grandfather, Joshua Nunn, was born on the Atlantic Ocean2, when they were coming over; he had three brothers, Benjamin, Jonathon, and Isaac; and two sisters. One married a man named Sinyer; the other a man named White.
My great grandfather settled on the Hudson River, opposite Manhatten Island, and lived to be one hundred six years old (106). He was in the Revolutionary War, on the American side3, but I do not know either the Company or the regiment. All I know is he fought under Washington. I was too small, when my grandfather told me these things, to know about or inquire about them, or I might have had the entire particulars.
Grandfather grew to manhood in New York State, where his father first settled, and married a Miss Betsy Cline, who lived on the opposite side of the Hudson -- in the state of New Jersey. She was of old Dutch descent, her forefathers having settled on Manhatten Island when it was New Amsterdam.
Grandfather was in the war of 1812, on the American side4, -- I do not know either his regiment or company. He told me much of his experiences, but it was all in New York state.
Our family on father's side were all mechanics. Grandfather was a good mill wright; and some time after the war of 1812 he went to Canada to build mills. He built a grist mill at the mouth of the Little Otter, between Richmond and Vienna; and more down about Port Dover. He finally settled on Talbot Street about two and a half (2 1/2) miles above what is now called Courtland. He had a farm of 200 acres, with a fine orchard. He had five sons: Jacob, Jonathon, Peter, Benjamin, and Clament. And one daughter Catherine, who married David Ribble. He was 96 years old when he died.
My father, Jonathon, was born March 31, 1811. And married Charlotte Taylor, September 8, 1833. He was a carpenter by trade. He had five sons:
And five girls as follows:
Father died January [???], 1892, aged 80 years, 9 months, 4 days.
All I know about my mother was that she had a large number of sisters, and one brother named William, who died young. They claimed mother's grandfather was a Colonial Judge, and left a large amount of property, that went to one, Durham, through William's death and a marriage. My great grandfather's widow to this Durham --- they were continually trying to regain the property --- but failed. My mother's folks were very aristocratic, entirely too much so for poor folks, yet they claimed 'blue blood' --- and I disdain it; so there was a perpetual estrangement between us.
One thing I will say: my mother was blond, and as I remember her, in her youthful and palmy days, was extremely beautiful! In fact, you would not find one in a thousand, who exceeded her [?????]
I have now told you all I can remember, as it was told to me. So you see on our father's side we have had a representative of the family in every War the United States have had except the Mexican War, and if it is possible for any white person to be thoroughly American by birth and education, it is us.
Although the information I have been able to impart may not prove sufficient to admit you to the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; you are, in fact, a Daughter of the Revolution!
I received your marriage notice5, and wrote a letter in reply to your mother, but never got an answer. When you come to Saginaw this fall, be sure and come and see us, as we will be very glad to see you. We live only a short distance from the Railroad station. My house is in plain view from Main Street; and everybody knows where I am. Our house is very large and showy.
I have lost track of all the girls (your aunts), I wrote Lib last at St. Louis, but she never answers; none of them has answered my letters. Do you know where they are? All I know about any of them is that your mother lives in Saginaw, but I don't know her address.
Give my respects to your husband, and tell him I should be very much pleased to make his acquaintance. My wife joins in sending respects to all.
P.S. Bring your mother when you come to see us; we have plenty of room. They told me the London, England Book Store has been in existence in the family for at least a hundred years!
I will tell you all I know about my family. All I know I got from my grandfather after he was ninety years old. He lived to be 96. My great grandfather lived to be 106 years. My first recollection of him was being brought to his place. He lived on a 200 acre farm in a double long house with a great fire place afront 12 ft. long. He was a kind, smiling old man and took a great interest in me. I was with him a great deal and he would talk to me. He said we were the only family of that name in the west (Canada, Ontario.) Many things he told me that I did not at that time comprehend. The first Nunn was a great book publisher and the King gave him his name and entailed his property which was in London, England1. At grandfather's death the property which was a great book and publishing house had been entailed about 1000 (?) years, which was a long time.
By the terms of the entail, that is the property and business reverted to the oldest living male heir, the rest of the family received a stipend and shifted for themselves.
My great grandfather was a younger member of the family and received his stipend and was so disgusted that he left Londan and with his family sailed for America. Grandfather was born on the Atlantic Ocean2 on the way over. As near as I can know they landed in New York in 1756. They settled on the Hudson front where Jersey City now stands.
My great grandfather was with General Washington in the Patriot Army. Grandfather was at home and helped his mother fry doughnuts for the barracks. After grandfather was married he was in the war of 1812. From what I can remember of what he told me he must have been among that part of the Army that would not follow the British into Canada. After the war closed the people of Canada were in great straights. They had neither money nor ability to do business. It made a great opening for the Yankees and they were not slow to improve it. Grandfather was a great millwright and came over to build mills. Canada was a great wheat and timber country, which was useless to them, only the Yankees developed it.
This branch of the family were all good mechanics. Grandfather had three brothers who also came over. Grandfather and Isaac built mills. They could build grist mill then run it. Benjamin built houses and barns. Jonathon was a shears maker. When grandfather was about 90 years old he quit milling and settled on a 200 acre farm in Middleton. He then put his time in making wooden pails, wash tubs, barrels and sugar tubs. He had a venetion red bed on his place and painted all his cooper work red. This he followed until a short time before his death. Grandfather had five sons - all mechanics. Jonathon, Benjamin, Peter, Jacob, and Clement. Clement was a noted edge tool maker. Any axe or drawing knife that had the stamp C.C. Nunn on it was considered superior.
C.C. Nunn has a son Charles who is one of the best mechanics in the Sagamore Valley.
Grandfather said "Whenever you find a Nunn cast him a line for he is a cast away, member of the great London House."
Now I will tell you all I know of other members of the family but none of them are of near kin. (all my brothers are now dead). There is one Nunn in London, Ontario, keeping a book store. One family in Cleveland, Ohio, keeping store. Dr. Nunn in Vasser, Mich., married a Nunn of the Cleveland family. There are quite a number of musicians in the family and some Baptist ministers listed in the Baptist year book. There was a branch in New Orleans who had a music store. I had not heard of them but once and that was through the Day City Nunn branch. There was a branch living at Louisville, Ky. I was acquainted with the son, Robert, he wove and cut clothes and made my first wedding coat. All I know about the old man was that he lived about three miles out of Louisville and had three miles of stone wall fence along the Louisville State road. I saw by the papers later that one of the boys was Secretary of state in Kentucky.
There was a branch living in Bay City, Mich., I only got acquainted with some of the young people after the old people died. They are fine musicians. They build and kept the first store in Bay City. They had a fine residence and asked me out. I went and met a young Jim, a musical director and one Jonathon, a publisher. The last time I was there none of the boys were home. They were in Chicago. The girl is a beauty, red haired girl, very lady like and a great conversationalist, keeps you at ease and has no foolishness to talk about, but something that is pleasant and interesting. She also told me that the ;;war placed the New Orleans family in straightened circumstances but her mother sent them money and set them on their feet.
Now I will tell you about Grandmother Younger. They came over from Holland a long time before the English came and settled on Staten Island near Manhatten. The saying goes that when the Duke of York made the Dutch run, our ancestors drowned his pride long enough to jump in surprise and exclaim "Mine Got, who comes in Mit der red breeches."
After the British troops took grants to Manhatten, they left the island where Jersey City now stands. They lived there in the same Dutch style they did when they came from Holland. Grandmother was as dutchy as old Fred Valers. You see the Netherlands blood is as abundant in our branch of the Nunns as in the English.
Grandmother Younger's maiden name was Climb. Probably some of them are still on New Jersey. She had a brother who came to Canada and died there. I think he had no family.
You will bear in mind that all of my forefathers have been in this country since 1756 or 175 years at the present date of [1931 ?????].NOTES:
The Christmas after the Stuart's visit our grandparents expressed the wish that all of the family would meet at the big house for Christmas.
A sheet was laid on the carpet in front of the bay window in the parlour and a Christmas tree was put up there. It was tall and its tip touched the ceiling. Decorations were all home made in those days so the children strung popcorn on long threads interspersed with red cranberries. We made paper chains of bright coloured papers and an angel was placed at the top of the tree.
Each family was to bring the gifts for its members and were placed on the tree the day before. Grandma made certain that each child was remembered.
In those days there were not many gifts for each child. Usually one gift of about $1.00 value was on the tree for each one.
During the Stuart's visit Grandma Nunn had said she wished that her china had not been so old. Even some cups were cracked. The family went in together and bought Grandma 12 place settings of fine china for our grandparents' Christmas gift.
Grandpa gave each one of us a testament and Grandma hung peppermint candy canes on the tree for us. With so many children, 20 in all as the Denton five lived in California and of course remembered in the conversation were not present.
There were seven in Uncle Will's family, Hulda, Erma, Glen, Perry, Opal, Don and Constance.
Five in Uncle Eugene's, Ainsley, Ashley, Carvel, Mina, and Wallace (Mike).
Three in Uncle Ed's, Zilla, Tommy, and Alta.
Two in Uncle Louis': Roland and Winnifred.
Three in the Jennings family: Clayton, Rex and Marion.
Charlie, Geneva, Geraldine and Vere had not yet arrived.
Each family brought food for the Christmas dinner and there were two tables set for us. Each family brought their own dishes.
Chicken was stewed until partly done then fried down in butter. We had squash, mashed potatoes, gravy with biscuits swimming in the gravy, a big bowl of cranberry sauce, mince and pumpkin pie and Grandma's plum pudding with hard sauce.
Grandma was a diabetic but she ate heartily of all the goodies not knowing that it was a dangerous thing to do.
We all waited for the Christmas tree and the time when the parlour door would be opened.
The women cleared away the dishes and packed their own in their baskets. The children played outside. It was a beautiful sunshiny day with no snow on the ground.
At about 2:00 pm the door opened and we took our places in the parlour. The hard coal burner was lighted and the warmth spread all around. Candles were lighted on the Christmas tree. The children sat on the floor and the grownups sat on the sofas and easy chairs. Grandfather Nunn took the presents off the tree and Hulda the oldest grandchild then passed them around. If the Dentons had been there Lloyd would have had that honour.
Each child received his gift and was totally satisfied.
Winnifred got a story book and to the delight of Grandpa who had been teaching her, could read some of the words. She was three years old. She also received a silk bonnet lined with blue taffeta, with blue ribbon ties.
Uncle Albert Nunn played the organ and Grandma led the singing. They sang the Christmas Carols and then at the end sang "Till We Meet Again".
Grandma sang a song for us on request. It was "There is a Land that is Fairer Than Day, and By Faith I Can See it Afar".
Grandpa said a prayer and then we said our farewells. Grandma's last Christmas was over.
The next Christmas Grandma was gone. You lived in the big house but your father did not have a Christmas tree. Your folks and Grandpa came across the field to our house. We had a tree and Christmas dinner but it was not the same.
Year after year you yearned for a repeat of that one marvellous Christmas. Grandpa died and you moved back to your little house.
Your father did not put you on his knee. He did not make you feel wanted and exceptional as Grandpa did.
I think knowing this you can understand yourself. You never really got Christmas back.
The happy Christmases in your own family were close. When you had a family you were determined to have happy Christmases and you did.
There was one thing missing for you. Grandma and Grandpa were not there - that of course is a subconscious memory but every memory affects us and our feelings.
You have needed always to be the one especially loved and cherished. What happens to a child at age three is a deciding factor in his life. A traumatic experience at age 4 leaves a lasting scar.
You lost Grandpa when you were four. You were his adored little granddaughter at age three. No one ever took his place.
I can still remember when I took you to church and Sunday School those times that Grandpa preached. How you would make a ... [only have part of the account]
Wallace D. 'Mike' Nunn was born in Hale, Michigan, attended Bay City Central High School, Ohio State and Michigan State Universities. From 1931 to 1941, he was employed by the Michigan Department of Conservation as a towerman, a law enforcement officer and later as Assistant District Supervisor at Roscommon. He left the Department to establish a hardware store at East Tawas and operated it until his retirement. During this time, he served in many civic capacities, as a member of the County Road Commission from 1950 to 1965 and as chairman several times. Nunn Road from Bridge Street in East Tawas to M-55 was named in his honor.
He was an organizer of Silver Valley, Michigan's original family winter Sports Park, also Perchville, USA. He served on the Tawas Harbor commission and was a member of the Iosco Republican Party. He was a charter member of Kiwanis, a member of Lions, and chairman of the Grace Lutheran Church building committee from the time the new site was chosen and until the structure was dedicated in 1956.
During his service on the County Road Commission, he was a director of the Michigan Good Roads Federation ad President of the County Road Association of Michigan in 1961. In 1967, he was chosen by the Michigan Retail Hardware Association to receive the Governor's Minuteman Award for outstanding effort and achievement in promoting Michigan. He served twice as Hospitality Day Chairman for Michigan Week Observance, three terms as president of the local Chamber of Commerce, and was Executive Director at the time of his death.
In 1964, he was appointed by Governor George Romney to the four man Department of State Highways Officials and the Upper Great Lakes Regional Commission on Tourism and Recreation. In June 1972, the Department of State Highways dedicated the Mackinac City Travel Information Center in his name.
The billboard at the Chamber of Commerce Office was dedicated in his memory in June 1977. He was a dedicated man to his family, friends, and country and lived a meaningful life until his death in our Centennial year of 1976.
EAST TAWAS - Funeral services for one of NorthEastern Michigan's biggest tourism backers, Wallace D. (Mike) Nunn, 67, of East Tawas, will be held today (Wednesday) at 2:00 p.m. from Grace Lutheran Church, East Tawas, with burial in Gerrish Township cemetery, Roscommon.
Mr. Nunn died suddenly Sunday at his hunting camp where he and his family had gone for the day.
Born in Hale April 21, 1909, Mr. Nunn graduated from Bay City Central High school before attending Ohio State University and Michigan State University. From 1931 to 1941 he was employed by the old Michigan Department of Conservation where he covered the northern half of the Lower Peninsula as a towerman, conservation officer, assistant supervisor at Region II headquarters in Roscommon and as an oil field inspector for the Mt. Pleasant region. It was while at Roscommon he met and married the former Edna Ostling, who survives.
In 1941 the Nunns moved to Tawas where Mr. Nunn owned and operated Nunn Hardware and where he became deeply involved in promotional activities for this region of Michigan. He was an organizer of Silver Valley, Michigan's original family winter sports park and also was named to the Iosco County Road Commission where he served for 15 years from 1950 to 1965 and where he saw Nunn Road, from Bridge Street in East Tawas to M55 named in his honor. He retired from the hardware business in 1969.
Mr. Nunn served three times as president of the Tawas Chamber of Commerce and was a charter member of the Tawas Kiwanis Club, a former member of the East Tawas Lions club and, as well as his association with Silver Valley, was an originator of Perchville, USA. He was active with the Tawas Harbor Commission and the Iosco County Republican party.
On the state level, Mr. Nunn was a member of the East Michigan Tourist Association, the Michigan Retail Hardware Association, and served as president of the County Roads Association of Michigan in 1961.
He was appointed to the Michigan State Highway Commission by Governor George Romney in 1964 and was reappointed in 1967 and served that state board as its vice chairman. He left the commission in 1971. Mr. Nunn also served on the Upper Great Lakes Commission on Tourism and Recreation, an appointment received from Governor William Milliken in January 1974.
Mr. Nunn received the Michigan Minute Man Governor's Award in 1967, but one of his proudest moments came in 1972 when the Michigan Department of State Highways dedicated the Mackinaw City Travel Information Center in the name of Wallace D. Nunn.
At the time of his death, Mr. Nunn was Executive Director of the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce and was responsible for organizing the US23 Improvement Committee from Standish to Alpena and had hand carried documents for various signatures to insure initiation of the joint Tawas City-East Tawas-Baldwin Township water project.
Surviving are his wife, Edna, a son, Michael E., of East Tawas; a daughter, Mrs. Shirley Parkinson, a Cadillac; a grandson, Mathew Parkinson, and a sister Mrs. Mina Fuhrman, of Apache Wells, Arizona.
The Rev. Robert Haskell will officiate at funeral ceremonies and friends may call at the Jacques and Kobs West Chapel in Tawas City prior to the 2:00 p.m. service Wednesday.
My father told stories of his father similar to the other stories told here so I'll not repeat them. His first memories were of being in Flint. They moved from Canada here when he was four years old. He thinks they had a house close to the Flint River on what is now the corner of Paine and 3rd street. He told me many times of his delight to ride logs up and down the Flint River and how he would get spanked for getting wet. His older sister Ida he remembers as being so afraid to go and get the milk from the Hamiltons' farm. There were wild cats along the road and they would follow her. Their father Isaac Brock Nunn was a teacher and a Baptist minister, and also had studied to be a carriage painter. He was a circuit rider and rode horse back many miles. His territory took him into the woods as far as Tuscola. He buried, married and baptized many people in these areas. Two or three years later they moved from Flint to Sanilac County in the Thumb area. There they started farming and clearing land. My Father told me many stories of life there. He tells of the great fire that swept across the Thumb area in 1872. The sky first grew black, then the sparks and hurling piece of branches in the air. The trees would bend and scream. On their farm they had just ploughed about 20 acres of land close to their house. This is what saved them. About 20 people, neigbours, ran to Grandfather's house (my grandfather, my father's home). They laid on the ploughed ground as the fire swept over them. My Father who was only nine years old had to tear most of his clothes off as the sparks and pieces of wood flew around him. It was hard to breathe. You had to lay close to the ground. One Chris Armstead begged my grandfather to pray for him. He said the end of the world was coming. Grandfather said, "No time for prayers, get a shovel and go to work." The men there tore most of the shingles off the roof of the house to keep it from burning down. Eighty-nine people in Sanilac County lost their lives that day. The first relief they had after the fire was a father of 4 coming through from Bay City with a wagon load of supplies. He went berserk when he found his wife and four children all had perished.
He told the funny one about digging their well. They had to hand dig it and line it with rock as they dug. The night before they had dug about 20 feet hauling the mud and sand and rocks down with a bucket. The next morning grandfather looked down and saw what he thought was surface water. My grandmother and father (a boy of six) lowered him down in the bucket with a kitchen chair and a water pail to dip the water out. Grandfather carefully put the kitchen chair in the water where it stood perfectly. He stepped out of the bucket and on the chair only to find there was about 8 feet of water in the well. They had hit a spring the night before. As grandfather always wore a white shirt and coat the sight of him bellowing, screaming and hanging on to the bucket sent both my grandmother and my Dad into peals of laughter. They laughed so hard they couldn't pull him up. It took a neighbour to finally get him out. They had the best well in the county.
They lived their young life in Argyle, Sanilac County on the farm. Close neighbours were the Peters and Armsteads. Grandfather was the teacher and preacher. The boys did most of the farm work. Eugene was 21, my Dad 19, and Will 17. After prayers were said this particular evening Grandfather said, "You three boys don't think you are going to go upstairs and crawl out the window, go down that tree and go to that dance. I know where you went last night. Eugene you are all right. You had a Baptist Church girl but you Lew had one from the Methodist Church and Will you had Eliza Peters, a Catholic. I'll have no more of it. Either be home every night or pack your clothes and leave." My Dad (Lew) and Will packed their clothes and left. My Dad (Lew) went to Bay City and hired on the boats. Will was too young to get work so he bummed around and ended up by marrying Eliza Peters. He went to Hale where he homestead a 160 acre farm. Some of their 10 children are still on it. My Dad (Lew) followed the boats until he was 36 years old. He got to be a wheelsman on the sailing boats. Sailing from Duluth, Minnesota with wheat down through the locks and into Buffalo. They usually tied up there for winter. The winter of 1900 they had a strike. They struck for 18 hours of work per day and $20 a month. They lost the strike (men were brought in from Italy to man the boats) and they were black listed. My Dad had an English bicycle and he rode that all the way from Buffalo to Emery Junction. He was going to Hale. His father had sold the farm in Sanilac County and with Eugene, Ed, Nellie and Albert had moved to Hale. There Eugene had bought 80 acres and Grandfather had over 260 acres. Gene had plotted the town. He had started a hardware store on the corner of Hale and sold lots, named streets after his wife and children. Grandfather had helped establish the Baptist Church and was preaching the gospel. They owned all the land from the corner of Hale for one mile east, south side of the road. Nellie had married Fred Jennings and owned 260 acres across the road from her father. Here my father met and married my mother. He bought the 40 acres just east of Eugene's piece and here he lived his life out. He was a politician and I never saw him without a white shirt and suit coat on. He served on the school board and built or worked on many of the schools in the Hale area. He was supervisor of the Plainfield Township for many years. He built the first community building during the depression. He built it in cooperation with the WPA (Work Progress Administration) getting the lumber by cutting trees and building from scratch. The cemetery established there was largely done through his efforts. Roads were built and land surveyed and mapped through his ability. He was as he said, the man of the community and people (a second Jesus Christ) while in office. He died of a heart attach when he was 73 years old. He is buried in the cemetery he helped establish.
Of the Nunn family I have great respect. They were all for education. Many of them were teachers, some judges, lawyers, preachers, surveyors, and excellent mechanics. I was proud to be one of them. From them I got my love of mathematics, my keen mind and ability to lead a life of service. I was well equipped to deal with life's problems when I was born a Nunn.
I am Grandma Nunn to many of you here. I'm Aunt Edith to some of you, and I'm "Mom" to the rest. I'm glad to welcome you to my 80th birthday party, and to this family gathering of Isaac B. Nunn's descendants. Although I was not born a Nunn, I've been in the family for nearly 65 years.
I was born in Genesee Co., Sept 3, 1889. My parents were Homer E. Smith and Isabell McElroy Smith. When I was seven years old my parents and my brother Guy and I drove up to Hale in a one-seated buggy. It took us three days and two nights to come up to see my Grandpa McElroy at Hale. Later on that year we moved to Hale. That was in the year 1896. In 1901 Lewis Nunn, the man that brought me into the Nunn family, stopped at my Grandpa Smith's place on his way from Delhi, Canada. He asked Grandpa for a drink of water and a chew of tobacco. He was on his way home to visit his parents, Rev. Isaac Nunn and Mary Ann Nunn. He had ridden his bicycle all the way from Delhi, Ontario.
I kept company with Lew for a long time, and never saw him chew tobacco and I was put out at Grandpa Smith for saying such a thing. It wasn't until after I married Lew that I believed Grandpa Smith's story.
Lew and I were married in 1905. We had five children, Roland, Baby Lewis who died in infancy, Winnifred who is your hostess today, Charles and Henry. Roland passed away Sept 26, 1953. My living children, most of my grandchildren and great grandchildren are here today.
At the time Lew and I married, his father, Rev. Isaac Nunn was the acting minister at Hale. He organized Sunday Schools and started Baptist churches in the outlying lumbering towns of Curtisville, Loth, Glennie, and South Branch. He was the first minister of the Hale Baptist Church which was being built by S. B. Zawger in the year 1891. He served as minister of the Hale Baptist Church from 1891-1898. Then he went into Sunday School work, preaching at Hale only when there was no regular minister.
Grandma Nunn, as we all called her died in November 1912 and Grandpa Nunn died the next October. There were seven children born to that union. Ida Nunn Denton, Henry Eugene Nunn, Lewis Nunn, William and Edwin Nunn, Nellie Nunn Jennings and Albert Nunn. The descendants of all of the seven except Ida's who moved to California early in this century have been invited to be here today. Of that family, Eugene was the first to die. He passed away in 1922. Next was Albert who died March 1, 1943. Lewis died July 27, 1943 and Ida in November 1943. Edwin died in May 1949. Next to go was William who died July 3, 1953 and lastly Nellie who died Jan 8, 1954.
I first met my husband at a party in the Old Town Hall which we called a Social. It was a place where we danced, sang songs, played games and sometimes had a program. Every one took part. Children spoke pieces and sang songs too. Lewis was a good singer. One of his most popular songs was "Susie is a Zum-Zum - Susie is a Zum-zum". It sounds like the young folks of today doesn't it? We had box socials too. That raised money for church purposes.
Lew bought my box at a box social and that was the beginning of our courtship. Lew was active in community work. He served on the school board, township board and was the supervisor for 16 years. He was the instigator in getting built the community building and township hall for Hale which was dedicated in 1942. It replaced the old Town hall built in 1891. During the depression he worked for the Iosco County social agency distributing food and clothing to the needy under the direction of the Red Cross. Even his children got into the spirit of this service. Henry, then a teenager, hearing of a family needing help, came all excited to his dad urging him to get baby clothes to the expectant mother in that family - and his dad didn't fail him.
I spent 38 happy years with Lew. We had our ups and downs, some adversities, but many, many good times together and in fellowship with the Nunn family. I am proud to be a Nunn - spelled with a double 'n'.
Thank you all for coming. May you have as many wonderful years as I have enjoyed.
PLAINFIELD FARMER PASSES AWAY (July 3, 1953)
Rites for W.B. NUNN Held Monday Morning
William B. Nunn, farmer in Plainfield township for many years, passed away last Friday at his home in Hale after a lingering illness.
Born in Aylmer, Canada, May 31, 1870, William Brock Nunn came to Michigan with his parents when but a small child. The family were pioneer settlers in Argyle, Michigan. There he met and married Eliza Peters. To this union nine children were born: Hulda, Glen, Perry, Erma, Opal, Donald, Constance, Geraldine and Vere. Perry and Opal preceded him in death after reaching young manhood and womanhood.
Mr. Nunn came to Hale in 1892 where he engaged in the lumbering business for a time. In 1898 he purchased the Putham farm where he continued to reside for 55 years.
He was one of seven children, three brothers and two sisters. Only one sister, Mrs. Nellie Jennings, of Royal Oak survives him.
Besides his wife and seven children he leaves ?? children, 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Rosary service for Mr. Nunn was held Sunday evening at Forshee Funeral Chapel. Funeral services were held Monday at St. James Catholic Church, Whittemore, with Rev. Dr. Henry [????] officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Hale.
ALBERT H. NUNN, Laid to rest in Hale Cemetery
Funeral services for Albert Nunn who died in Fenton last week, were held in Hale last Thursday, and burial was made in the Hale cemetery.
Albert Nunn was born in Argyle, Michigan, January 1, 1883, the youngest son of Rev. Isaac B. Nunn and Mary Ann Hanstead Nunn. He died March 1, 1943, at the age of 60 years and two months. He was a member of the First Methodist church of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. Nunn was graduated from the Michigan State Normal College and from the Ypsilanti Conservatory of Music in 1926. For the past 15 years he has lived with Arthur Davis, his partner and closest friend.
He leaves to mourn his loss three brothers - Lewis Nunn and William Nunn of Hale and Edwin C. Nunn of Rose City, and two sisters - Mrs. Ida N. Denton of Los Angeles, Calif. and Mrs. Nellie M. Jennings of Hale.
Card of Thanks - We wish to thank the friends of Albert H. Nunn for their beautiful floral offerings and sympathy at the time of his death; also for the kindness of the Dorcas Society in serving dinner to the relatives and friends.
My father, Isaac Brock Nunn, was a descendent of William Nunn1, who fought in the Revolutionary War2, and lost both feet by freezing at the Battle of Trenton.
He was born on the ocean3 in 1752-1753, while his parents were coming from England. His uncle was a Levin Nunn, head of a book publishing Co.4 The Nunn Book Publishing Co. of London. Clayton Jennings was in their offices when he was there, a number of years ago.
My grandfather Jonathan Nunn was the grandson of Wm. Nunn. His father, Joshua Nunn. My grandfather was born in Oswego, New York in 1812, while his father was in the army in the war of 1812.
Joshua was one of eight children, five boys and three girls. One of the three girls married a man named Meridith, and their son Abe was a close friend and cousin of my father. He took his team and moved us sixty miles, from Imlay City to Argyle, Mich. He told us many stories of bears, wolves, and Indians.
My Grandfather was a Carpenter, and a Lumber Camp Cook; and spent his summers at Carpenter work and Bridge building in Canada; and his winters as a camp cook in the lumber woods of Michigan. His wife's maiden name was Lucy Taylor5, and she always claimed she was a direct connection of President Taylor6, but I don't know. Father always seemed to doubt it. Taylor being a common name.
They were the parents of ten children: five boys and five girls. This is a peculiar coincidence that for five generations, the oldest son had five boys, ending with my brother Eugene Nunn; and whether his oldest son Ansley has five boys or not, I do not know. My father was the eldest of my grandfather's five boys; and Gene was the eldest of us.
Father's name was Isaac Brock, and his brothers and sisters were as follows: Jacob Edward, lived in Flushing, Mich. and died in Montana. He had ten children, four of whom are still living. Isaac, born June 23, 1837; Elizabeth, born August 27, 1841; Martha, born June 18, 1843; Chito, born July 10, 1846; Marich, born August 23, 1848; Sarah, born Dec. 25, 1857; Harriet, born July 6, 1854; William, born Jan. 18, 1857; David, born Sept. 8, 1859. All born in Brantford and Dorchester, Canada; except Sarah, Harriet, William, and David, who were born in Malahide, Canada; or Springfield, Bayham, or Vienna, Canada.
Sarah Brown who lived in Saginaw, Mich. for many years but died in Wyoming. She had four children. Cora Beach; Fred Brown, Mabel Stewart; and a boy who died when very young. Cora Beach's children lived in and around Merrill, and St. Louis. Mich.
David Nunn also lived in Merrill; had two children. Vere who was Cashier in the St. Louis Bank; and Iva who lives there also. The rest as I knew them were: Maria Miller, had no children; Elizabeth Anderson, whose husband was a blacksmith, had one daughter, Emma Hawley.
Martha Nunn, married Hugh Shipman, and moved to Kansas, the last I knew, and had two children.
Hattie Nunn married Fred Christopher, and moved to Alberta7, Canada. Had twelve children. Owned a wheat Ranch out there. Lew worked for them in 1898.
There were two younger boys, Benjamin, who drowned at the age of five in a cistern. And William, who died at the age of twelve, of typhoid fever.
Their mother, my grandmother, died at the age of fifty-six8, also of typhoid fever. My grandfather lived to the age of eighty-four, died of the flu, probably pneumonia. He is buried at Merrill, Mich.; and my grandmother Nunn is buried at Delhi, Canada. As are my mother's father and mother, grandfather and grandmother Handsted.
My father, Isaac Brock Nunn, left Canada at the age of fourteen. He ran away from home and went to Missouri; there he apprenticed himself to a Carriage Painter; and served three years, and learned the trade thoroughly. In the meantime he studied nights and when he was eighteen, entered a State College at Lexington, Mo. Where he graduated three years later, paying his way by working at his trade. He taught School two terms, and in 1859 married Charlotte Brotherton. They had one child, a girl, and both the mother and child died soon after the child's birth.
Father taught School the next winter and spring, but the Civil War was on by then, and he was driven out and his house burned by the Confederates; because he favoured the North. After being driven out of his home, he went to western Missouri, and began teaching again. But was soon traced by the Confederates, was taken out of the School and nearly hanged. But then was rescued by Union soldiers who were passing by. He joined with them, as a noncombatant Chaplain. He was with the 26th Missouri Infantry, and was with them at the Battles of Wilson Creek, Springfield, and Lexington. At Lexington, he and his regiment were taken prisoner, and sent south to a Prison Camp: the Arkansaw Pen, or Libby Prison. They were placed in the stockade, with no shelter, with a small stream running across one end which gave them water. They were lined up each morning and each given a cup with corn meal. They could eat it with water or dry. Cold weather set in in November, and also the rains; many died of the cold and malnutrition. In Jan. the cornmeal gave out; they were taken out, loaded on flat cars, parolled, and shipped North across the Union Lines, to St. Louis, Mo., Where they spent several months recuperating. Although on parole he re-enlisted, and acted as a recruiting officer, in Southern Illinois, for a time. He was then sent South to join General Grant's Army, on its march down the Mississippi. He was in the Battle of Shiloh, and Memphis. Then he contacted typhoid fever. He was in a Field Hospital for a time, then sent North, to Cincinnati. And was discharged as unfit for Military Service.
He returned to Canada, after around eleven years. He met my mother, Mary Ann Hanstead, and was married the following January 27th, 1864. They lived in Aylmer, Canada. He worked as a Carriage painter again, and they lived there seven years. Their children, Ida, Eugene, Lewellyn and William were born there.
In the spring of 1871 they moved to Flint. Where he worked for the Randell Carriage Works, and also preached. And where I was born, Oct. 11, 1871.
During all this time he had been studying for the Ministry, and early in 1875 he was appointed as Pastor at the Baptist Church at Oakley, Mich. And was ordained that Spring. Nellie was born Sept. 4, 1875. Then we moved to many different places: Unionville, Attica, Imlay City, and finally Argyle. He bought a wild 80 acres, prepared to clear it up, and make a permanent home; while he also acted as a missionary preacher, and taught school, for parts of the year. I don't think he could have done it, except for us boys' help. We had all grown and tho we were still young, we went ahead, and soon learned to clear land, and farm, as they did in those days. It was a hard life, and we had very few pleasures, none of the sports of modern times.
I was seven years old when we moved to that farm, and from then till I was seventeen, and began teaching myself, I never was allowed to do anything but work.
When I was fifteen, father was appointed Postmaster. He could not attend to the Office himself being away teaching and preaching most of the time. Therefore he had me appointed Post Office Clerk, and put me in charge. The work was not hard yet I was tied down every day of the week, for two years. I never knew what a Holiday was, except for Sundays. During this time, the other boys had left home, and in the Fall of 1888 we turned over the Post Office to the new successor. Then I started in to teach School on a five-month term, and studied to take a Teacher's examination. In March 1889 I began teaching my first School.
At this time my father rented the farm, and went back into regular pastoral position. He moved from Argyle, Mich. and shortly thereafter sold the farm, and became the pastor of Churches at Rankin, Tuscola, and Hale, Mich. Where at the latter place he bought a wild piece of land, and built a house, and they settled down, for the rest of their lives.
When I wasn't teaching or working out, until I was twenty-five, I stayed at home. And Albert was born in Argyle, Jan. 1, 1883, and stayed at home until mother died, when Albert was 30, Oct. 11, 1912. Father died the next year, Oct. 2, 1913. Mother died of diabetes at the age of 72. Father was killed by a fall from a scaffold about 8 feet from the ground. Hit on his head, causing a fractice of the scull. He was 76 years of age.NOTES:
WESTERVELT, Geneva (Jean) M. - age 71, passed away Friday, December 21, 1984 at Flint Osteopathic Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Monday, December 24, 1984 and Committal Services will be at 4 PM at Hale, Michigan. The funeral will be at Reigle Funeral Home, Sunrise Chapel, Rev. George B. McMican officiating. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Hale, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Westervelt was born in Turner, Michigan, March 29, 1913. She was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church and at present was doing volunteer work in the library at Buffey School. She worked at Smith Bridgman's in the 1950's and on the desk at YWCA in the 1960's. Surviving are: husband, Cecil C.; 2 daughters and sons in-law, Mrs. Shirley A. and Richard Shaw of Flint, and Mrs. Judith A. and Edwin Valley of Billings, Montana; 3 granddaughters, Karilynn and Kelly Shaw, and Courtney Jean Valley; 2 sisters-in law, Mrs. Thelma Nunn of LaPorte, Indiana, and Mrs. Gladys Craddock of St. Helen, Michigan; Many nieces, nephews and friends. A son, Douglas Clyde and 2 sisters, Alta Michael and Zilla White, and 2 brothers, James Nunn and Thomas Nunn preceded her in death.
One of the most spectacular events of the early days was the barn raising. It was a great honour to be invited to a barn raising. Four skilled carpenters were needed and Uncle Lewis Nunn was always chosen to be in charge.
Uncle Lew had learned his skill in Ontario, Canada where he had assisted in many barn raisings. It took a crew of men with four teams on each side of the barn. The frame work of the barn was in place and scaffolds erected, one for each carpenter. The high roof had to be pulled up to position by the eight teams of horses and had to be done in unison. Uncle Lew directed this effort.
The men who were asked to bring their teams to raise the barn brought their wives and children to help with the meals and to see the event. Each wife brought the food assigned to her and helped set up the tables in the yard where dinner and supper would be served. The owner of the farm supplied the meat, potatoes and a vegetable. The guests brought the rest. Each family brought its own serving dishes and napkins. there were no paper plates or paper napkins available in those days.
There were many big barns going up in the years from 1907 to 1912 and Uncle Lew was in charge of all of them. In 1909 our family was invited to the barn raising at John LeClairs near the Londo Lakes.
Early that summer, I had begun to rebel at the rigid schedule we kept. None of my friends had to get up at 5:00 am and do everything at a set time. I began to be late getting up, late for breakfast, late for church and Sunday School and behind time all day long. I found I got a lot of attention and I also found that it gave me a power over a situation that I hadn't had before. It seemed impossible for my mother to keep me from dawdling.
Therefore, on the day of the barn raising my father warned that he would get up earlier than usual and the rest of us must do our chores and be ready by 8:00 am. The work on the barn would begin at 9:00 am. My mother urged me to hurry but I was stubborn. I wondered what it would be like to be late at a barn raising so I dawdled and was not ready when father drove up to the door promptly at 8:00 am. Father drove the double buggy and used his work team of Percheron horses. Both boys were in the back seat and mother and father loaded mother's pies and baked beans into the buggy. I did not appear. Mother called to me again, but when I did not come running, father flicked the horses with the buggy whip and they were off.
I ran out just as they left the yard. I shouted "Wait, I'm ready" but father never looked back. He was never late and he needed the hour to drive the five miles to the LeClairs farm.
At home, a long day stretched ahead of me. I was 6 1/2 years old and, of course, no food was provided for me. After an hour or more of crying I heard the door open and Edith Buch walked in. Mother gave music lessons to both Edith and Vera Buch and in return, they baby-sat with us whenever necessary. Vera was a loving sympathetic girl, and probably would have taken me on her lap and consoled me. Not so with Edith. She was strict and uncompromising and had had enough of my dawdling. Father had chosen Edith to look after me for that reason. I did not see the big barn go up or hear Uncle Lew call the commands that synchronized all of the teams and brought the roof to the right position at the right moment.
I was not there to help set the table with the other children or to partake of the feast laid out for the workers. I was a chastened little girl that saw the buggy drive into the yard in the late afternoon. There would be no supper served at our house that night and I had to eat bread and milk.
I was not to hear a word about the barn raising and I did not dare ask. It was a week before I got my lecture from father. He explained to me that I had been developing a very bad habit that would ruin my life. "Time is as valuable as money", Father said. "No one should waste anyone's time". It was a hard lesson, but one never forgotten.
I now have an obsession about being late. Since that early experience I have never kept anyone waiting and to my knowledge have never been late. When asked to write an account of a barn raising for the Historical Society, I could not because I had never seen one.
JACOB EDWARD NUNN , son of JOHNATHAN EDWARD NUNN and CHARLOTTE TAYLOR, was born on August 27, 1841 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. The date and place of his marriage to MARY MINERVA TEW is not known but it is thought that it took place in Flint, Michigan about 1865-18661. This union resulted in a family of ten children, five boys and five girls, as follows:
GRACE INEZ NUNN born in Venice City, Shiawassee County, Michigan on February 26, 1867, She married FREMONT CRANE, a civil engineer, the date and place of this marriage is not known. GRACE INEZ, passed away in Spokane, Washington on October 13 and is buried in Fairmont Cemetery, Spokane, Washington. There were no children of this marriage. FREMONT CRANE died in the Masonic Home, Minneapolis, Minnesota, date unknown.
JENNIE EMMA NUNN was also born in Venice City, Michigan on October 31, 1868. She married CHARLES FRANKLIN HOOVER, the exact date and place of this marriage is not known but it is thought to have taken place in either Buffalo, New York or Flint Michigan about 1895-18962. This union produced three children: MARY GRACE LUZELLA NUNN3, born in Flushing, Michigan on July 27, 1896; ROY AFTON HOOVER, born in Flushing, Michigan on April 17th, 1899 and HELEN AILENE HOOVER, born in Flushing Michigan, April 11, 1902. CHARLES FRANKLIN HOOVER passed away on April 5, 1904 and is buried in the Hoover plot near Flushing, Michigan. Following his death, JENNIE EMMA joined her father and mother in or around Sand Coulee, Montana. JACOB EDWARD NUNN passed away in Sand Coulee and is buried there. The date of his death is unknown to me but it must have been about 1905 or 1906.
On June 11, 1911, JENNIE EMMA NUNN married MICHAEL JOSEPH O'MALLEY, in Spokane, Washington. MICHAEL JOSEPH O'MALLEY was born September 30, 1860 on Clare Island, County Mayo, Ireland and came to America with his parents and two brothers about 1862. This family settled, along with many other Irish immigrants, on Goose Island in the Chicago River near Chicago. This union produced one son, the writer of this summary, WILLIAM THOMAS FRANCIS O'MALLEY who was born in Spokane (Glenrose Station) Washington. MICHAEL JOSEPH O'MALLEY passed away in Spokane on April 22, 1929 and is buried in Fairmont Cemetery, Spokane, Washington. WILLIAM THOMAS FRANCIS O'MALLEY was born on July 4th , 1913.
The following is the history of the children of JENNIE EMMA NUNN HOOVER O'MALLEY.
MARY GRACE LUZELLA NUNN was first married to HAROLD OWEN. They were married in Coeur d'alene, Idaho on December 27th, 1913. This union ended in divorce but produced one daughter GRACE AUDREY OWEN, born in Spokane, Washington on February 26, 1915.
GRACE AUDREY OWEN married THOMAS LAWSON MCCALL who later was to become the Governor of the State of Oregon. THOMAS LAWSON MCCALL was born in Egypt, Mass. on March 3, 1913. Governor McCall passed away January 8, 1983 and is buried in the family plot at Redmond, Oregon. This union produced two sons: THOMAS LAWSON MCCALL, JR., born in Portland, Oregon March 15, 1944 and SAMUEL WALKER MCCALL, born in Portland, Oregon on April 25, 1949.
MARY GRACE LUZELLA NUNN (OWEN) married MAURICE E. SWEENEY, born September 21, 1896, the son of MICAHEL SWEENEY and CARRIE LEWIS of Milford, Ohio. MAURICE SWEENEY passed away in Spokane, Washington on January 21, 1946 and is buried at Fairmont Cemetery, Spokane, Washington. This union produced two daughters: PATRICIA NADINE SWEENEY, born in Spokane Washington May 10, 1921 and PHYLLIS MAURICE SWEENEY, also born in Spokane on October 24, 1923.
MARY GRACE LUZELLA OWEN SWEENEY later married HENRY CECIL WAYNE who was born in Oak Bay, Victoria, British Columbia Canada on August 27, 1907. This wedding took place in Ellensburg, Washington on February 16, 1950. HENRY CECIL WAYNE passed away in Spokane, Washington on October 26, 1971 and is buried at Fairmont Cemetery, Spokane, Washington
GRACE WAYNE nee NUNN now resides at 2825 S. Howard, Spokane, Washington.
ROY AFTON HOOVER, born in Flushing, Michigan on April 17, 1899. He was married to EDNA MONTIETH in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 5, 1919. This marriage resulted in the birth of seven children: FRANCIS LEONARD, born in Philadelphia, Pa. on January 17, 1920, VIRGINIA HOOVER, born in Philadelphia, Pa. in August 1921; CHARLES HOOVER, born in Everett, Washington in 1922; DOROTHY HOOVER, born in Seattle, Washington, July 17, 1924, ROBERT LYNN HOOVER, born in Seattle on March 27, 1926; HELEN AILENE HOOVER, born in Seattle on November 29, 1929 and MICHAEL HOOVER, born in Seattle on July 9, 1941.
HELEN AILENE HOOVER, born in Flushing, Michigan on April 11, 1902. First married LYNN NICEWONGER in Spokane, Washington in 1924. This marriage resulted in divorce. there were no children.
HELEN AILENE NICEWONGER, nee HOOVER married ARTHUR SIEVERT in Spokane, Washington in 1930. ARTHUR SIEVERT passed away in 1934 and is buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Spokane, Washington. There were no children by this marriage.
On September 6, 1941, HELEN AILENE SIEVERT, nee HOOVER married LOUIS J. WAVERLY in Spokane, Washington. LOUIS J. WAVERLY passed away on November 4, 1982 in Portland, Oregon. His body was cremated and the ashes rest at Riverview Abbey, Portland, Oregon.
HELEN AILENE WAVERLY now resides at 3425 N. E. 88th Portland, Oregon
WILLIAM THOMAS O'MALLEY, married LEE M. DAVIS in Spokane, Washington on December 30, 1936. LEE was born in Heppner, Oregon, the daughter of WALTER HARVEY DAVIS and LOLA MAUDE BROWN, on November 10, 1914. This union has resulted in the birth of two children: SHARON LEE O'MALLEY, born in Spokane on July 22, 1939 and MICHAEL BRIAN KEVIN O'MALLEY, born in Compton, California on September 25, 1944.
SHARON LEE O'MALLEY married ROY WILLIAM RYAN in Seattle, Washington on December 12, 1959. This union resulted in the birth of two children: JILL MARIE RYAN, born July 16, 1960 in Seattle, Washington and CHRISTOPHER WILLIAM RYAN, born in Seattle on September 12, 1962. As of this date, January 15, 1984, CHRISTOPHER WILLIAM RYAN remains single.
MICHAEL BRIAN KEVIN O'MALLEY has been married twice. He first married MARGARET LUCUS in Portland, Oregon. This marriage resulted in the birth of one daughter, HEATHER MICHELLE on July 30, 1966 in Spokane, Washington. His second marriage took place on August 16, 1975 to KAREN KIRKING in Coeur d'alene, Idaho. Karen was born March 27, 1952 in Coeur d'alene, Idaho. This marriage has resulted in the birth of two sons: SEAN MICHAEL JOSEPH O'MALLEY, born in Portland, Oregon July 5, 1979 and AARON CLIFTON THOMAS O'MALLEY, born in Eugene, Oregon on April 23, 1981.
JILL MARIE RYAN was abandoned by her first husband before their first child was born. She was given back her maiden name RYAN. Their daughter SABRINA SHREEE4 was born in Portland, Oregon on September 23, 1977. Jill was remarried to JOHN COMSTOCK on June 16, 1978 in Portland, Oregon. This union produced another daughter, KATRINA LYNN COMSTOCK, born September 30, 1979. KATY LYNN passed away in Seattle, Washington of Meningitis Toxemia on September 4, 1982 and is buried in the Children's Plot at Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. Her marriage to JOHN COMSTOCK resulted in a divorce shortly after KATY LYNN's death.
JENNIE EMMA O'MALLEY, nee NUNN, passed away in Spokane, Washington on March 26, 1945 and is buried in the family plot at Fairmont Cemetery, Spokane, Washington.
FRANCES AMELIA NUNN, the third child of JACOB EDWARD and MARY MINERVA NUNN, was born in Venice City, Michigan on December 1, 1870. The place and date of her marriage to FRANK WALKUP is unknown to me. FRANCES AMELIA WALKUP, nee NUNN passed away in Spokane and was buried at Fairmont Cemetery, Spokane, Washington on March 7, 1953. There were no children by this marriage.
DANIEL ELTON NUNN was born in Venice City, Michigan on September 11, 1872. He married CHARLOTTE CORNMEIER, date and place of marriage not confirmed. CHARLOTTE was the daughter of FRANZ CORNMEIER and MINNA HEGELMAN and was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 2, 1874. This marriage resulted in the birth of three children: ANTHONY ELTON NUNN, born in Sand Coulee, Montana on November 14, 1902. This union produced one son, ROBERT NUNN, born in Detroit, Michigan on January 1, 1926. He now resides in Burley, California. DANIEL ELTON NUNN passed away on February 10, 1961 and is buried in Tacoma, Washington. His wife CHARLOTTE passed away on April 11, 1965 and is also buried in Tacoma, Washington. ANTHONY ELTON NUNN passed away in Seattle on November 24, 1982 and his wife, GLADYS HOLRIDGE who was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1904, passed away on Memorial Day, 1982, her body cremated and the ashes returned to Detroit.
The second child of DANIEL ELTON and CHARLOTTE NUNN was LAVERNE NUNN, born in Giltedge, Montana on August 5, 1904. Her first marriage was to HERMAN RIESAU, place and date unknown to me at this time. This marriage resulted in the birth of two children: DONALD, born in San Francisco, California on October 23, 1931 and MARILYN5, also born in San Francisco on March 12, 1933. This marriage was dissolved and LAVERNE later married EUGENE HANSEN. This marriage resulted in the birth of two children: DANIEL HANSEN, born in Tacoma, Washington on July 28, 1942 and DIANE HANSEN, also born in Tacoma on July 17, 1944.
LAVERNE HANSEN, nee NUNN now resides with her husband at 910 51st Ct., N.E. Puyallup, Washington.
The third and last child of DANIEL ELTON NUNN was JUANITA NUNN, born in Spokane, Washington on July 10, 1908. Her first marriage to RALPH MCKIBBEN resulted in the birth of one son, KENNETH MCKIBBEN, born in Spokane, Washington on March 13, 1926. Her second marriage to DELBERT THEODORE BASHOR, born in Council Grove, Kansas on October 9, 1902 produced no children. "TED" BASHOR passed away in Vancouver, Washington. He was cremated.
JUANITA BASHOR, nee NUNN now resides at 305 E. 27th, Vancouver, Washington.
HANNAH ELLA NUNN was born in Venice City, Michigan on June 22, 1874. Little is known about her husband, JOHNATHAN SEWELL except that he was employed by the State of Montana as an Inspector of Mines. This union resulted in the birth of one son, JOHNATHAN SEWELL, JR. I have not been able to locate him since the death of his parents so have little to report about him. It is known that he was a career army man and that he retired from the service at Fort Lewis, Washington. HANNA ELLA SEWELL, nee NUNN passed away in Spokane and was buried at Fairmont Cemetery on December 17, 1952. Her husband also passed away in Spokane and was buried at Fairmont Cemetery on August 27, 1947.
DAVID ALBERT NUNN was born in Venice City, Michigan on August 6, 1876. He married LUCINDA GOETTER, born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, date unknown. This marriage resulted in the birth of twins, VERNON and VIVIAN and one other son, VIRGIL ALBERT. DAVID ALBERT NUNN passed away and was buried on September 18, 1922 at Fairmont Cemetery, Spokane, Washington. His wife LUCINDA was killed in an automobile accident in Albany, Oregon in 1927 and her body was shipped to Los Angelos, California for burial.
VERNON NUNN was born in Kellogg, Idaho on May 22, 1904. His wife's name was JEANNE but her last name is unknown to me. VERNON NUNN passed away in Bell, California but the date of his death and his place of burial is unknown to me at this time. His wife resides at 1136 E. Meda, Glendora, California. This marriage produced three children, all born in Bell, California but the dates of their births are not known to me. They are DAVID A. NUNN, the eldest; SHIRLEY NUNN and JAMES NUNN all living in the Los Angelos area.
VIVIAN NUNN, the other twin, was also born in Kellogg, Idaho on May 22, 1904. Very little information has been given to me about Vivian but I do know that she was married twice, her first marriage producing one daughter, ROSE MARIE who I think was born in Spokane, Washington. Her second marriage was to WILLIAM FROELICH, a building contractor in Bell, California. This marriage produced one son, WILLIAM FROELICH, JR. Although I know that VIVIAN and her husband have both passed away, I have no idea when they died or where they are buried.
VIRGIL ALBERT NUNN was born in Spokane, Washington on June 21, 1906. As far as I know, he has no children and now lives at 5639 Pearl Drive, Sun Valley, Nevada (near Reno).
FRANK ELIAS NUNN was born in Venice City, Michigan on July 11, 1878. He married ALICE JOHNSON who was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, date unknown. They were probably married in Spokane, Washington but I have no knowledge as to when this marriage took place. They had one son who died at birth but had no other children. FRANK maintained quite a large stand of cedar timber on Sherman Creek between Republic and Kettle Falls, Washington. FRANK passed away in Colville, Washington sometime in the early 1930's and is probably buried there. His wife, ALICE passed away in Spokane, Washington and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, date unknown. However, it was after my mother died in 1945.
NOTE: FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF MY MOTHER, THERE WAS A FAMILY SQUABBLE AND MY SISTERS AND I HAD LITTLE CONTACT WITH ANY OF THE NUNN FAMILY UNTIL I BEGAN MY RESEARCH IN 1979. THIS WILL HELP TO EXPLAIN WHY I AM UNABLE TO GIVE MUCH ACCURATE INFORMATION ON DATES PERTAINING TO THEIR DEATHS AND PLACES OF BURIAL.
THIRZA OLA NUNN was born in Flushing, Michigan, October 26, 1881. Her first marriage to GLEN CLEARWATER resulted in the birth of one son, GAIL G. GAIL was born in Spokane, Washington in 1902. Evidently he was adopted by THIRZA OLA's second husband, WARD G. MARSH as GAIL always carried the name of MARSH as long as I can remember him. My wife and I were living in California at the time of the death of WARD G. MARSH so I am unable to give any details as to when he passed away or where he is buried. However, I believe that he is buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Spokane, Washington. THIRZA OLA and WARD G. MARSH had no children. THIRZA OLA MARSH, nee NUNN was buried at Fairmont Cemetery, Spokane, Washington on January 4, 1961.
GAIL G. MARSH now resides at 14140 S.E. Madison, Portland, Oregon.
PLINY EDWARD NUNN was born in Flushing, Michigan on July 21, 1884. PLIN was the "loner" of the NUNN family and little is known about him, his life, death or where he is buried. It is known that he left no children. The last time I ever heard of him was when my wife and I bumped into him in Renton, Washington in the mid-forties. I understood that he died shortly after that time and is probably buried in or around the Renton area.
CLYDE LE ROY NUNN was born in Flushing, Michigan on November 12, 1887. I remember visiting his home in Everett, Washington and of meeting his wife "NETTIE" and his son GERALD. CLYDE was the "black sheep" of this part of the NUNN family. His occupation and whereabouts were always unknown to most of the family. He would show up occasionally and always unexpectedly at our home in Spokane while my mother was alive but that was the last time I ever saw or heard about him. I do know that he and his wife were divorced and that she and her son moved to Berkley, California where Gerald was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad. I saw NETTIE on the street when I was driving by but did not get to stop to talk with her. This was in 1941 when we lived in Oakland, California during the war. Since then, I have tired to locate them but have not been successful. However, it is rumoured that they are both dead. My sister, GRACE, did see CLYDE in Everett, Washington sometime in the late 1950's or mid 1960's but tells me that he is no longer alive. When and where he died is unknown to any of us.
In reviewing what I have written I find that I have left out one important item. That concerns the death of MARY MINERVA NUNN, nee TEW, the wife of JACOB EDWARD NUNN. As nearly as I am able to determine, she passed away in August, 1909 in Spokane, Washington and is buried at Fairmont Cemetery, Spokane, Washington. This took place prior to the time that my mother and father were married and long before I was born. Obviously, I never knew her.
When the Nunns pulled up stakes and came to Spokane from Montana, I do not know. Evidently they came as a group and many of them lived there for many years. My mother and her sister Ola remained in Spokane until their deaths. Frank and Elton moved north to Kettle Falls and Meyers Falls, Washington. Elton became a farmer until he sold his property and moved to Tacoma. Evidently Ella and Frances Amelia married and lived in Montana; however, Frances Amelia, following the death of her husband, moved to the Seattle, Washington area until she moved back to Spokane to live with her sisters Ella and Ola following the deaths of their husbands.
As time goes on, I will probably be able to add additional information about the Nunn family and will be only too happy to send on what I find.NOTES:
Once a year for the past three years at least, Newcastle and vicinity has been called upon to assist in the joyous celebration of a Golden Wedding Anniversary.
First it was the Madison Stanley's on Sheep creek, then the David Kirkwood's then the John C. Cullum's and now on Monday of this week, the James Emerson Brown's living near the L.A.K. ranch.
Announcements of the coming event were sent out last week and all day Monday, the date of the anniversary, many friends were calling on the splendid old couple who were holding open house at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Valdemar Jessen.
During the day and evening the number of guests who called and offered congratulations, ran into hundreds. The fine old couple appeared to be very hale and hearty and we predict will live to celebrate a good many wedding anniversaries in the future.
They received many beautiful and precious gifts, among which were many golden dollars in denominations of five and ten dollar pieces.
All of the five children together with their families, with the exception of a son living in Michigan, were present at the celebration.
Mr. and Mrs. Brown have been residents of this county for nearly twenty years coming first to Newcastle in 1909 and filing on the homestead where they still live. They had been preceded here by a son, Elwood J. who lived with them until his marriage and their daughters, Mrs. Alfred H. Beach of Caspar, Wyo., Mrs. Valdemar Jessen of Newcastle, Wyo., and Mrs. William W. Edmundson of Lusk, Wyo. One son Fred, still lives at the old home in Saginaw, Michigan.
Mr. Brown was born in West Oxford, Ontario, September 6, 1854 and Mrs. Brown was born in Malahide, Ontario, December 25, 1852, her maiden name being Sarah Ann Nunn. They were married at Ingersoll, Ontario, March 21, 1877. Both Mr. and Mrs. Brown were related to all the old and substantial families of Oxford County, where their families had lived for three generations. These ancestors, of original American Stock, moved to Canada after the Revolution and War of 1812, being attracted there by the British Crown lands being sold in those days for twenty-five cents per acre. These estimable people can truly claim to be Americans, although born on foreign soil, for their ancestors fought in every colonial war in which this country was engaged while yet a British Colony and in the war for Independence on the side of the colonies. About 1890 Mr. Brown and his family moved to Saginaw County, Michigan, where they lived until they came to Wyoming.
They have five children and eleven grandchildren. The son Fred who is married and has two daughters, Lillian and Hulda, were not able to be present but the others, Elwood J., and wife and their children, Ruth and Robert; Mr. and Mrs. Edmundson and their son, James Valdemar of Lusk and Mr. and Mrs. Beach and their six children, Alfred Homes, Jr., Ann Harriet, Stewart Middleton, John Elwood, Mary Elizabeth and James Hatten, of Casper, beside Mr. and Mrs. Jessen were all present.
Fred Jennings came to Plainfield Township in 1888. He bought eighty acres of timber land. A forest fire swept it in 1900 and he cleared the land for a farm. It was located one mile east of Hale.
Fred Jennings was born December 17, 1868, in Ionia County. His parents were Lemuel Backus and Penelope Abbott Jennings. Lemuel Backus' parents were John and Elizabeth Blach Jennings. They came to Michigan from Geneseo, New York, in 1837.
Fred Jennings married Nellie Nunn July 27, 1898. They had three children: Clayton, Rex, and Marion.
Fred Jennings was an active member of the Grange and served many years on the Hale Board of Education.
He was interested in the education of his children and inspired them to finish high school and go on to college. He set up a college fund for them by buying sheep in each child's name and putting the sheep "out to double". The sheep doubled every three years until the child was twenty-one years of age.
All three children attended college and graduated from the University of Michigan.
Clayton represented Iosco county at the Michigan State Fair September 15-18, 1913. He enlisted in the Army in June 1918 and served as First Lieutenant in chemical warfare.
He received an L.L.B. from the University of Michigan June 1923. He served as president of his law class and was admitted to the bar in 1924. He associated with the law firm of Thomas, Shield and Silsbee in Lansing, Michigan. At the time of his death, August 1963, he was senior partner of Jennings, Fraser, Parsons and Trabilock, Attorneys at Law.
Among his many law memberships were the Judicature Society, International Association and Insurance Counsel, National Association Railroad Trial Counsel, Fellow in American College of Trial Lawyers.
As a member of the Civil Procedure Committee of the American Bar Association he worked with the Supreme Court to revise civil procedures in federal courts. He was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in October 1928. He is listed in Who's Who in the Midwest.
He married June Perry June 1, 1925 and they had three children. He died August 1963.
Their first child Elaine Barbara was born April 14, 1926. She married Robert Martin December 1948 and they had four children: Kathleen, Carol, Judith Ann and Janice.
The second child Dean was born July 4, 1927. He married Patricia Nichols in 1949 and four children were born to them: Pamela, Danfred, Patricia and Susan.
Beverly, the third child was born May 6, 1932. She married Richard Davies in September 1950 and they had three children: Holly Jo and twins Lee and Jill.
Rex Jennings, the second son of Fred Jennings, was born September 8, 1901. He died March 6, 1972. He married Dora Kirkpatrick of Costa Rica October 5, 1929. They had two children: David who died in infancy and Joyce.
Joyce married Stuart Pond in May 1954 and they had three children: Sheila, Cynthia, and Stuart. Cynthia is now a law student in the University of Michigan.
Rex Jennings graduated from the University of Michigan in 1926. He became Chief Accountant for the United Fruit Company in Costa Rica and Guatemala until 1936. He became a CPA in 1936 and was associated with Ernst and Ernst in Detroit.
He became a member of the American Institute of Accountants and the National Association of Accountants in 1952.
He served the United States government when they were called on to help settle financial disputes between Central American Nations. He was the Spanish Speaking Representative for the United States in these disputes. His last assignment of this nature was to the Santo Dominican Republic in 1958. Rex, also was listed int he Who's Who of the Midwest.
Marion Jennings, the third child, was born November 12, 1902. She graduated from Michigan State Normal in 1925 and received her Masters degree in education from the University of Michigan in 1938. She received a Masters degree in Social Work from Wayne University in 1940.
Marion taught school for 44 years - 35 of those years in Royal Oak and one in Edinburgh, Scotland. She finished her teaching career in Oscoda, retiring in 1965, and now lives in Tawas City, Michigan.
Alfred Holmes Beach (9) was born in Bridgeport, Michigan, March 31, 1877, the son of Middleton Summer (8) and Elnora Cynthia (Smith Beach-Hatton Middleton (7) Noah (6) John (5) Gershom (4) Gershom (3) Thomas (2) John (1). Through the Beach line he traces his ancestry to Elder William Brewster and Isaac Allerton of the Mayflower, Gov. Thomas Prence, Rev. John Mayo, Thomas Cushman and many other prominent colonial families. On his mother's side of the family the ancestry runs to the Smiths and Woodruffs of New Jersey, Burhans, Davis, Wheeler and many other early New York families.
His education was received in the public schools of Birchrun, Clio and Flint, Michigan, and at the University of Michigan where he received the degree of L.L.B. with the class of 1903. On Dec. 6, 1906, he married at Lakin, Kansas, Cora M. Brown, of Saginaw, Michigan, born Aug. 3, 1878, in West Oxford, Ontario, the daughter of James Emerson and Sarah Ann (Nunn) Brown. Mrs. Beach is descended from John Howland, Stephen and Giles Hopkins of the Mayflower and many old colonial families, among them those of Major Simon Willard, of Cambridge and Concord, David Sage of Middletown, Conn., John Hopkins of Hartford, Benjamin Hammond and wife, Elizabeth Penn, sister of the Admiral Sir William Penn, and of the Taylors of Monmouth, N.J.
In 1907 Mr. and Mrs. Beach took up their residence in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where Mr. Beach began the practice of law and Mrs. Beach accepted the position of Superintendent of the Cheyenne Private Hospital. Here on January 23, 1908, was born to them their first child, Alfred Holmes Jr. Mrs. Beach had, prior to her marriage, been a graduate nurse, a member of the class of 1900 at St. Mary's Hospital, Saginaw, Michigan.
In the autumn of 1908 they moved to Newcastle, Wyoming, where Mr. Beach entered the practice of law, and where he was appointed City Attorney, which position he held from 1908 to 1914. IN the spring of 1910 they homesteaded 320 acres of land eight miles from Newcastle and an additional 320 acres when six hundred forty acre law was passed. This ranch is still in possession of the family. Mr. Beach continued to practice law at Newcastle, and as his children grew to school age they accompanied him daily the eight miles to town. There were born to them at the ranch the following children.
During these years Mr. Beach had been active in the National Guard of Wyoming, having held the rank of 2nd Lieut. and Major of the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Regiment of Infantry but when the Regiment was reduced to 2 Battalions in 1914 he resigned his commission. At the entrance of the United States into the World War he volunteered as a private and was placed on recruiting duty. He visited the more important towns of the state, holding public meetings and recruited 456 men. On July 24, 1917 the following order was issued:
In September, 1917, the Wyoming Regiment was sent to Camp Greene, Charlotte, N.C. where it became a part of the 41st Division and on September 20th the regiment was divided. Part of the companies went to make up the headquarters and 1st Bn. of the 148th F.A. and the balance were organized as the 116th Ammunition train. Of this latter organization, Capt. Beach became the Adjutant and Supply Officer. In October the organization followed the 42nd division to Camp Mills, L.I., N.Y., to equip for overseas duty and embarked for overseas December 11, 1917. The organization was transported on the U.S.S. Antigone, a converted German freighter, and arrived in St. Nazaire, France, Dec. 30, 1917, and were immediately entrained for La Courtine, in the Southern Vosges, where they remained until Feb. 14, they were sent to the area of the 1st Replacement Depot afterwards called by that name in the central part of France, where headquarters were established at St. Aignon-Noyes, L. et C.
In March Capt. Beach was transferred to Division headquarters as division supply officer and when the Motor Transport Corps was organized was made assistant to the Division M.T.O. and charged with the duty of furnishing replacements for the front. On August 19th, 1918, he was promoted to be a Major of F.A. and on September 10th assigned to duty as M.T.O. of the 89th division.
He served throughout the St. Mihiel drive and Argonne offensive and on Nov. 20th was returned to the infirmary at Bar-le-Duc under treatment for "Flu" and later to Base Hospital No. 46, near Neufchateau.
On Dec. 21, 1918, he returned on leave to the 1st Depot Division, his former station, and on Jan. 8, 1919, assigned to duty with the 41st division, then reorganizing to return to the United States. He was given command of the 3rd Bn. 163 Inf. They left his area for Brest, Feb. 1, 1919 where they embarked on the U.S.S. Huntington. Major Beach was placed in command of the entire army personel on board, consisting of 1979 officers and men on the homeward trip. Arriving in New York February 16, 1919, and transferred to Camp Dix where Major Beach was placed in command of the men of the 116th Ammunition Train and entrained for Fort D.A. Russell, Wyoming on March 3, 1919, and here he was discharged from the service on March 10, 1919. At the present time he holds the rank of Major in the O.R.C.
In March 1919 the family took up their residence in Lusk, Wyoming, where Major Beach resumed the practise of the law. He was one of the persons to whom the Congress granted the charter for the American Legion and was the organizing chairman in the Department of Wyoming and elected at the first caucus to be commander for the balance of the year and until the first annual convention of that organization.
In 1920 the family returned to Newcastle and in 1921 Major Beach was elected to the 16th State Legislature. Among other laws, he introduced and secured the passage of the Soldier's Tax Exemption Law which is still on the statute books.
In the fall of 1923 they moved to Casper, Wyoming, where Mr. Beach is engaged in the practice of the law.
Major Beach is a member of George Vroman Post, of the American Legion; of LaSociete 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux; Disabled American Veterans of the World War; A.F. & A.M.; A.&A. S.R. 32nd degree and A.A.O.N.M.S.; Reserve Officers Association of the United States; Sons of the American Revolution; Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. The family church affiliation is with the Episcopal Church.NOTES:
While there are many books coming from the presses of the country every day, there is none of greater importance and interest to the woman of the west than one now on the press, compiled by Mrs. Cora. M. Beach, of Casper, Wyo., entitled "Women of Wyoming". Beginning with Sacajawea, the heroine of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805, without whose help the expedition would have failed, the author comes down thru the years showing the part women had, and who they were, in making possible the Wyoming of today and the centuries to come. It is a story of those who gave their best, that others might have better.
Not only is Mrs. Beach the author of a book that will become more valuable with the years, but she is the only genealogical expert in the state of Wyoming. She has been interested in genealogy for the past 20 years. Last year this culminated in the issue of a magazine known as the Beach Family magazine, published quarterly at Casper, and it is purely what the name indicates.
In the study of the family genealogy Mrs. Beach became interested in the importance of records of all kinds in the compilation of history, whether of family, community or state. This she brought to the attention of the D. A. R. organization of which she was a member. About $200 was raised to defray the expense of copying the census of 1870 of the state of Wyoming, and Mrs. Beach was appointed chairman of the committee to bring this to pass. Thru her indefatigable labor, this census, taken when there was but 9,000 population in the territory, was brought to the state, the work requiring six months for its accomplishment and for which she received no remuneration.
It was a task to obtain the photostat copies of the records from the archives at Washington and type and index the names of the 9,000 men and women whose names appeared as citizens at that time, but at last it was finished, and now typed, indexed and suitably bound, will be found at the state historian's office in Cheyenne; the State University, Laramie; the Congressional Library, Washington, and the D. A. R. National Library, copies of this most interesting and valuable census, the men and women of whom, in great part, are now names in history, few of them today being residents of this planet.
Such work as that rendered by Mrs. Beach will be looked upon in time to come as invaluable to the state. Records in most new countries are to say the least, negligible and unimportant to those, in great part, who are opening the way for the many to follow, it being difficult, indeed, many times to produce some which are invaluable at a later date in the history of a country, place, or thing. Mrs. Beach travelled 11,000 miles in her car to procure the information which she has reduced to black and white regarding the makers of history of Wyoming, and many hardships as well as pleasing experiences were encountered.
Realizing the importance of the work done by this woman and its value in the history of the state, $2,000 was appropriated by the last legislature for the procuring of the records and material and copying the census of 1880, and Mrs. Beach was appointed to do the work.
by her daughter Alta Ina (Christopher) Kerr
My mother's ancestors came from England. They were among the earliest settlers of the United States, coming to America during the reign of the British King George III. There were many hardships among the settlers. They had many trials in clearing and breaking up the land with their meagre tools and machinery. But, they had formed into a good progressive colony with suitable laws to govern themselves. Then, when the English king tried to force his laws and taxes on them to pay for his wars with other nations, they refused and rebelled against England.
They broke all ties with England and set up a republic which became a nation of their own - The United States of America.
However, some of the people did not care to fight against England. These consisted of a large group living in the northern part of this new Republic (U.S.A.) This group was known as the United Empire Loyalists. The United Empire Loyalists were hated by the Yankees, so, many of them left their homes and most of their possessions in the United States, and came to Canada to make themselves new homes.
The United Empire Loyalists settled in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Ontario.
My grandma Nunn's maiden name was Taylor. Her father was a distinguished army officer in the U.S. Army1. Grandma Nunn was born near a little place called Delhi, which is near Brantford. Both she and Grandpa Nunn were of United Empire [Loyalist] parentage.
The Nunns had five daughters of whom my mother was fifth. Their names were Maria, Elizabeth, Martha, Sarah ,and Harriet Bethia. The last named - Harriet - was my mother. She was born in July of 1854.
The boys of this family were Isaac and David2. David passed away quite early in his life. None of us remember much of his life.
When Isaac was about two years old, he was stolen by a band of Indians. A search party was made up and the searchers found him in an Indian teepee covered by a blanket. One squaw sat on the pile of blankets, some of which covered the child. When this boy became a man, he proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ through his ministry as a Baptist minister. He continued his God-given work on into his eighties3.
Rendered motherless at the age of eleven, my mother earned her own living by working for others, doing all manner of housework, garden and orchard work, and caring for children. She spoke of living in a Quaker settlement for a time, though her work may have been elsewhere. She spoke very kindly of the Quakers.
At the age of seventeen, she married (Charles) Frederick Christopher. They rented a farm near Aylmer. Our small, nearest village was Orwell, when I was born in 1889. The older children went to Maple Grove School. For holiday trips and for fishing they went to Port Stanley and Port Bruce. Often my sister Anna, who was never shy, stayed for a week with friends at Port Stanley.
My mother had a market stall at the market in Aylmer, and would always have vegetables, fruit or chickens to sell. She would ask us what she should bring home for us, and we would reply "Crackers". Soda biscuits were our real treat.
I remember one place where we lived we seemed to have a lot of chairs. I think it was called the Penwarden farm. It was probably the last place where we lived before we came to the North West Territories (now called Saskatchewan). I still remember the chairs. Perhaps I played with them as I was just three that winter before we came west. I also remember a swing that we had. I could not reach from one side of the ropes to the other. Perhaps they had a smaller swing board also. If Anna wanted the swing when I had it, she only needed to say "Here comes Laffe Hotchkins". I would jump off the swing and run to the house and hide. I was afraid of this man. I also believed what people said, and Anna was always quick witted and clever.
Well, our family had grown. The two oldest girls, now yong ladies, were able to work out. Albert was the oldest son. Carrie was older than Albert, and Martha was younger. Ed was next, and he was very clever in school.
Mother was a very faithful and helpful partner for my dad in all of his undertakings, being a good strict mother to the children, a good manager of household duties, and a wonderful cook.
The homesteading days were often difficult. With us from Ontario, were brought two horses, a few chickens, and a cow. One other family shared the freight car with us. Laden with the animals and household effects. Also, the older boys and our neighbour's boy Emerson McGinnis were stow-a-ways in the freight car with my father. My mother and the five younger children travelled 2nd class train. When we arrived at Oxbow, Mrs. McGinnis claimed the feather tick, which my mother said was hers. It was strongly disputed, until my mother said, "Well, my feather tick has my alarm clock wrapped inside". The tick was unbound and there inside was the alarm clock, which was the proof of ownership. My parents had shared largely in the cost and we could not bring all of our belongings.
The first year we rented a farm. The next year we grew a very little grain crop, and we had a garden. The grain sheaves were placed on our table in our one room house, and the grain was flailed out by means of pounding with a heavy stick. Boiled wheat, vegetables and rabbits formed a good portion of our food that year. The next year we had a little more wheat. It was placed on the ground and the horses were made to trample it. Then, the straw was carefully gathered together. The next few years, grain was threshed by a threshing machine powered by horse power. Teams of horses went round and round to turn the shaft connected to the machine. Next came the steam engine and threshing machine with a blower to blow the straw.
After my father bought the property at Fish Lake, my mother went in the summertime to cook for the many who came for meals. She baked large quantities of bread which was sold to campers at $.10 per loaf. Flour could be obtained at less than $3.00 per cwt in those days. The charge per meal was $.25. Fresh fish was a delicacy, and my mother cooked it just right. We would go out on the lake early each morning and catch a good supply.
During the first few years, after my father had bought the property at Fish Lake, the men folk would go and live at the lake, cutting and selling dry logs. Mother would then bake quantities of food to last them for a week at a time.
Anna was not very strong and spent her time mostly at home, helping as much as possible. While Edith and I attended Moosomin High School, Jim also was home helping dad with logs and farm work.
In 1913, they retired from Fish Lake, as I mentioned in another article. My father died in 1918, and mother carried on, with different ones there from time to time. Her granddaughter Edna Christopher stayed with her most of the time. She insisted on keeping cows, and splitting her own wood for a long time. She spent her last few years with her oldest daughter Carrie (Mrs. Jack Reed), who was a widow, and they lived with Mrs. Cora McCrindle - Carrie's daughter, who kept a nursing home in Nipawin at that time. Here, although her memory had greatly failed, she had very good health and was happy. She was made to feel that she was in her own home, and always welcomed visitors. She always knew each of us. Both Cora and Carrie were very kind and considerate of her welfare. At the last, in April or early May in 1947, after a few days of illness she passed away. Cora and I accompanied her body to Wawota, where she was buried in the family plot in Wawota North Cemetery in 1947. In just a few moths, she would have been 95 years old. She was always faithful, loving, kind, and true. She never used any slang or foul language. She was held in high esteem by all of her children.NOTES:
Stanley Nunn of RR 2. Courtland, passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 1977, at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital in his 68th year.
Born in Middleton Township September 20, 1910, he was a son of the late James Nunn and the former Margaret Mabee. He was a member of Guysboro Orange Lodge No. 757.
Surviving are his wife, the former Olive Alberta Stover; two daughters, Mrs. Gerald (Ella Margaret) Tupper of Burgessville and Mrs. Robert (Meta Rose) Manary of Wilberforce; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one sister Mrs. Ureal Hopkinson of Birmingham, Mich.; one brother Carleton Nunn of Tillsonburg; and one sister-in-law Mrs. Ida Nunn of Courtland.
Resting at the H.A. Ostrander and Son Funeral Home where service will be held Friday September 30 at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. James. Twinem of Fellowship Baptist Church.
Interment in New Road Cemetery.
Olive Nunn of Lochlin Retirement Home, Haliburton, formerly of RR2, Courtland, passed away at Haliburton Red Cross Hospital on Wednesday April 1, 1987 in her 75th year.
Mrs. Nunn was born in South Norwich Township on Sept. 1, 1912, the daughter of the late Thomas Stover and the former Ella Secord.
Predeceased by her husband, Stanley Nunn on Sept. 28, 1977.
Survived by two daughters, Mrs. Gerald (Ella) Tupper of Burgessville and Meta Menary of Bancroft; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Clarence Stover of Springford and Bruce Stover of RR 3, Tillsonburg.
Resting at the Ostrander Funeral Home, Tillsonburg where service will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. conducted by Pastor James Twinem of Fellowship Baptist Church, Courtland.
Interment in New Road Cemetery.
Visitation will begin on Friday (today) at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetic Association, Goshen Baptist Fellowship Baptist Church or Haliburton Red Cross Hospital Building Fund would be greatly appreciated by the family.
COURTLAND (C) - Mr. and Mrs. Jake Nunn celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at the Orange Hall on Saturday evening. There were 200 friends and neighbours present. Cards and dancing were enjoyed with music supplied by an orchestra from Belton.
John Babbey, a neighbour of 20 years, was master of ceremonies and spoke highly of Mr. and Mrs. Nunn who have lived in this vicinity all their lives. Mr. Nunn has farmed most of his life. He plays the violin while Mrs. Nunn plays the piano. They have entertained at many places.
Many lovely gifts were received, including a studio couch, two chairs, tri-light, potted plants, a certificate and telegram from Hon. John Robarts, messages from Hon. John Diefenbaker and Mr. James Allen, treasurer for the province of Ontario. Suitable replies were made by the bride and groom.
The bride's parents were Mr. and Mrs. Albert Clark and the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Nunn. Both Mr. and Mrs. Nunn were born in Middleton Township. They were married at the Baptist parsonage in Tillsonburg on April 8, 1914, by Rev. W.D. Dewey and were attended by the late Arthur Carson and Edith Clark (Mrs. Anthony Scott).
Lunch was served including a decorated wedding cake.
Funeral service for the late Jacob B. Nunn of R.R. 2, Courtland, who passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1969, was held at the H.A. Ostrander and Son Funeral Home on Friday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. O. Glen Taylor of St. Pauls United Church.
Pallbearers were Camiel Assel, Deloss Sandham, Ross Ronson, Henry Hewer, Foster Haley and John Babbey.
Interment in Tillsonburg Cemetery.
I certify that Benjn Nunn has taken and subscribed the Oath of Allegiance as required by law, before me, this 7 day of September in the year of our Lord 1801
To his Excelency Francis Gore Esquire Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Upper Canada & & &
York 5 Mar 1811
I Certify that the Bearer Benjn Nunn of Clinton has been in this province for upwards of ten years and has always Behaved him self as industrius Sober Man to the Best of My knowledge and Belief.
York 5th Mar 1811.
Order issued to the Surveyer Genl. 15 May 19. Ent in Lands Book J.
The Editor: For Mrs. Sarah Nunn, 26 Hardy Ave, 96 years old.
Grandma was just a tiny redhead; Never weighted a hundred it is said. Even yet at 96, she's full of pep and trims the candlestick.
As a child she was Benny's sweetheart. And they lived several miles apart; By horse buggy they did court. In winter horse and cutter was great sport.
In the early 80's, the land they cleared. Ben cut the trees while Sarah cheered. They burned the brush and pulled the stumps To build the fence across the humps.
They hauled the logs by ox and horse to build for them a house, of course, And Ben shaped a mortar box To side the house with cement blocks.
Ben and Sarah had their fights, But they also had so many happy days and nights, children they had four, And they didn't need any more.
Harvey was trapper, farmer, carpenter, and fiddler, too And love him - you just had to! Cause he could just make that old fiddle talk up a storm, From late evening to early morn.
Harvey played at the square dance, Whether well dressed or just shirt and pants. Everyone enjoyed the party you can bet, Cause folks talk about enjoying him yet.
Then there's Asa - cowboy, woodchopper, decorator too. He makes old homes look like new. He's a powerful man for his size, And always speaks of Grandma's pies.
Now Elizabeth is the only girl. For Ben and Sarah she was their pearl, She worked so hard in house and field, Also she the fork could wield.
Last their's Will - Sometimes somewhat of a pill - farmed a bit, then went on electric lines. He found this work game him better times.
Now Grandma is the sweetest kindest soul. She'd give anything she had to gain her goal of making everyone of us happy here. And many a time she's shed a tear.
For each one of us, her slogan was Mother: "Do unto yourself as you would do to the other." What a wonderful world this could be if we would live for others as has she.
Funeral service for the late Sarah A. Nunn, who passed away Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Duncan Herron, 26 Hardy St., Tillsonburg, with whom she resided, was conducted at the G.A. Barrie Funeral Home on Thursday at 2 p.m. by Rev. J.A. Parson of Bethel Temple.
A solo, "Under His Wings" was sung by Mrs. J.A. Pearson accompanied by Miss Ruth Ann Pearson.
Pallbearers were grandsons Earl Nunn, Ray Nunn, Larry Nunn, Ben Nunn, R.H. Nunn and Harvey Nunn, Jr.
Flower bearers were Leo Nunn, Ira Nunn, William Hart, Stanley Webster, Grant Nunn, W.R. Burnett, W.H. Pleefer, Emerson Ryan, Robert Manarey, Edgar Welsh, Harley Everett and Jacob Nunn
Interment in Jackson Cemetery.
One of the oldest residents of Tillsonburg, Mrs. Sarah A. Nunn, who resided with her only daughter, Mrs. Duncan Herron, 26 Hardy St., Tillsonburg, passed away at home on Monday in her 97th year.
Born at Norwich on September 10, 1865, deceased was the daughter of the late William Ryan and Margaret Willey. In Bayham Township, on November 25, 1883 she married Benjamin N. Nunn who predeceased her on February 18, 1942.
Surviving are three sons, Harvey Nunn, Asa, William and one daughter Mrs. Elizabeth Herron.
Buried Thursday at Jackson Cemetery.
Veldron (Schott) Nunn of RR 1 Courtland passed away at the University Hospital, London on Sunday, November 10, 1991 in her 65th year.
Born in North Walsingham Township, July 11, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Gordon Schott of USA and the late former Charlotte McGrath of Ireland.
Mrs. Nunn was adherent of Glen Meyer Baptist Church, a lifelong resident of the area, and an avid minor sports supporter.
Predeceased by her husband Harvey J. Nunn (August 31, 1989).
Survived by two sons Randy and his wife Judy Nunn of RR 4 Langton, and Tom and his wife Robin Nunn of Kitchener. Dear sister of Albert and his wife Violet Schott Wyecombe, Roy and his wife Judy Schott of Port Rowan, Bill and his wife Velma Schott of RR 6 Tillsonburg, Leigh and his wife Frances Schott of RR 4 Langton, Jean (Mrs. Howard Clifford) of RR 6 Tillsonburg. Dear grandmother of Jon Nunn, Jamie Nunn, Carrie Nunn, Jesse Nunn and Kevin and David Nunn.
Predeceased by a son Gordon Harvey Nunn (March 1, 1975), two sisters Lucy Carruthers (1988) and Anna May Staley (1976), two brothers Leonard Schott (1987) and Gordon Schott (1943).
Rested at Verhoeve Funeral Home, 262 Broadway St., Tillsonburg for service on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Rev. James Taylor of Tillsonburg officiated.
Interment in the Tillsonburg Cemetery.
Funeral service for Veldron Nunn of RR 1, Courtland was held in the chapel at the H.D. Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Wednesday Nov. 13, 1991 at 1:30 p.m. conducted by Rev. James Taylor of the Glen Meyer Baptist Church.
Interment in Tillsonburg Cemetery.
Flower bearers were Keith Freeland, Ralph Lassel, Bob Hodges, Barry Carruthers, Vic Rapai.
Pallbearers were Gordon, Stan, Daryl, Jim and Rick Schott and William Carruthers.
Life-long area resident, Veldron Nunn of RR 1, Courtland, died on Sunday, Nov 10, 1991 at University Hospital, London. She was 64.
Mrs. Nunn was born in North Walsingham Township, July 11, 1927 the daughter of the late Gordon Schott and the former Charlotte McGrath. She was an adherent of the Glen Meyer Baptist Church and an avid minor sports supporter.
Predeceased by her husband Harvey J. Nunn, Aug. 31, 1989.
Survived by two sons, Randy and his wife Judy of RR 4, Langton and Tom and his wife Robin of Kitchener; six grandchildren, Jon, Jamie, Carrie, Jesse, Kevin and David; four brothers, Albert Schott and his wife Violet of Wyecomb, Roy Schott and his wife Judy of Port Rowan, Bill Schott and his wife Velma of RR 6, Tillsonburg and Leigh Schott and his wife Frances of RR 4, Langton; one sister, Jean Clifford and her husband Howard of RR 6, Tillsonburg.
Predeceased by one son, Gordon Harvey Nunn, March 1, 1975; two sisters, Lucy Carruthers in 1988 and Anna May Staley in 1976; two brothers, Leonard Schott in 1987 and Gordon Schott in 1943.
Resting at the H.D. Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg where service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. conducted by Rev. James Taylor of the Glen Meyer Baptist Church.
Interment in Tillsonburg Cemetery.
- from the Clennell collection of newspaper clippings at the London Stake Family history Centre
COURTLAND (C) - Mr. and Mrs. Asa Nunn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, September 30, and held open house from 2 to 4 p.m. at their home for relatives and friends.
Mrs. Nunn was the former Irene Dunn of Delhi, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dunn, and Mr. Nunn was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Nunn of Courtland. They were married in Detroit by the late Rev. Lawrence Kelly of First Baptist church. Bridal attendants were Mr. and Mrs. George Evans of Detroit.
Following their marriage, they resided in Courtland. Mrs. Nunn is a member of Fellowship Baptist church, was a founder member of the Baptist Church choir in Delhi; is a member of the Golden Age group and the Women's Institute.
They have seven children, four sons, Jack Earle of Delhi, Ben Nunn of Springford, Larry Nunn of Brantford and George Nunn at home; three daughters, Mrs. Don Ryan of Brantford, Mrs. Ralph Lockstein and Mrs. Lawrence Anderson; 24 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Mr. Nunn was a painter and decorator for 52 years. He also walked 13 miles in the 1967 Walkathon.
Receiving guests were their daughters, Mrs. Lockstein and Mrs. Anderson. Hawlly Nunn of Brantford and Lisa Weins of Delhi, great-granddaughters, were in charge of the guest book. Pouring tea were Mrs. Ben Nunn of Springford, Mari-Ann Lockstein and Betti-Ann Lockstein, and Kiedi Nunn of Springford.
Guests were present from Brantford, Simcoe, Delhi, Springford, Tillsonburg, and the area. Ninety signed the guest book.
The following poem was composed by their son, Larry of Brantford, for Mr. and Mrs. Nunn.
SIPLE, Mabel Maude - At St. Elizabeth Nursing Home on Thursday February 15, 1973. In her 83rd year, Mabel Maude Nunn, wife of the late Harry Siple dear mother of Mrs. Fred Holden (Margaret), Hamilton, James, Toronto; Mrs Norman Evans (Lillian), Hamilton; Mrs David Skinner (Betty), Ancaster also survived by seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Resting at Truscott Bros. Funeral Home 1309 King St. East (at the Delta) from Saturday at 2 p.m. Funeral service on Monday February 19 at 3:30 p.m. Interment Woodland Cemetery.
Mrs. Erie Nunn of R.R. 6, Tillsonburg, passed away Friday at Victoria Hospital, London in her 63rd year.
Born in Middleton Township on July 20, 1889, deceased was the daughter of late Aquilla O. Sandham and Mae Rydall. She was a member of the Baptist Church, Goshen and director of the Missionary Society for Norfolk County. Her husband, Bruce A. Nunn predeceased her on February 23, 1956.
Survivors are one son, Robert Nunn of R.R. 4 Tillsonburg; one daughter Mrs. Ray (Mae) Claus of Eden and five grandchildren.
Rested at the H.A. Ostrander and Son Funeral Home where service was conducted Monday at 2 p.m. by Rev. P.D. Augustine of the Baptist Church, Goshen.
Pallbearers were Alex Bolton, Roy Stringer, Percy Cornell, Dick Rokeby, John Babbey and Ernest Anderson.
Donations were received for Baptist missions, Heart Fund, Canadian Cancer Society and also Gideon Bibles.
The funeral was very largely attended.
Interment in Tillsonburg Cemetery.
Robert B. Nunn of RR 2, Tillsonburg passed away on Sunday, October 8, 1978 at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, in his 55th year.
Born in Middleton Township, September 27, 1924, he was a son of the late Bruce A. Nunn and the former Erie L. Sandham. He was an active member of Goshen Baptist Church; and a member of Tillsonburg Rotary Club.
Surviving are his wife, the former Anna Salcak; one daughter, Mrs. Gary (Naomi) Rochus of Aylmer; one son, Gregory Charles Nunn at home; and one sister, Mrs A. (Mae) Claus of Tillsonburg.
He was predeceased by one brother, Ross Nunn, in 1934.
Rested at the H.A. Ostrander and Son Funeral Home where service was held Tuesday, October 10, at 1:30 p.m. conducted by Rev. Ron Evans of Goshen Baptist Church.
Pallbearers were George Buchner, Lorne Taylor, Maurice DeBuck, Max Alton, Henry Harley and Robert Montgomery.
Interment in Tillsonburg Cemetery.
Memorial donations to the Ontario Heart Foundation or the ICU at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.