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  • Genre:FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:568
  • Format:Hardcover
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781098390884

The Nash Family of Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

A Study of the Ancestors and Descendants of Daniel Nash and Maria Shaffer

by Joseph Palme Myers

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Overview
This book is an in depth genealogical study of the ancestors and descendants of Daniel Nash and his wife Maria Shaffer who lived and raised their family in Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in the 19th century. The family history is told through biographical sketches and anecdotal stories of direct ancestors and descendants of Daniel and Maria, tracing each generation back to the earliest known ancestor of each branch, and forward to descendants in current latest generations. In addition to the personal stories, there are also chapters that provide context with a history of events that involved some of the family members, and other chapters that explore the places where they lived. Relationships of the Nash family to other families are included, with chapters on ancestral relations by marriage to surnames Colley, Clark, Carter, Dietrich, Evans, Heebner, Hoffman, Huston, Johnson, Ottinger, Prichard, Schultz, Urffer, Yeakle, Yarnall, and of descendant relations by marriage to surnames Bishop, Brown, Castor, Duran, Esbester, Fox, James, McMullin, Myers, Palme, Palmer, Parry, Tippin and Trumbore. Some of the historic events explored include Schwenkfelders and their persecution and migrations from Silesia to Pennsylvania in the early 18th century; the Society of Friends; the founding and settling of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania; Cresap's War; the Battle of Whitemarsh; the first settlers of Roanoke, VA; the settling of Nashville TN and the Cumberland Compact; and much more. The book is illustrated with numerous maps and photos of family members, artifacts, documents and residences, as well as images of family record pages from several family bibles. Chapters with descriptions and histories of places where family members lived include Fort Washington, PA; Flourtown, PA; Erdenheim, PA; Oreland, PA; Norriton Township, PA; Springettsbury Manor, PA; Broad Axe, PA; the Shenandoah Valley; Harpersdorf, Silesia; Carmarthenshire, Wales.
Description
This book is a genealogical study of the ancestors and descendants of Daniel Nash and his wife Maria Shaffer who lived and raised their family in Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in the 19th century. The family history is told through biographical sketches and anecdotal stories of direct ancestors and descendants of Daniel and Maria, tracing each generation back to the earliest known ancestor of each branch, and forward to descendants in current latest generations. In addition to the personal stories, there are also chapters that provide context with a history of events that involved some of the family members, and other chapters that explore the places where they lived. Relationships of the Nash family to other families are included, with chapters on ancestral relations by marriage to surnames Colley, Clark, Carter, Dietrich, Evans, Heebner, Hoffman, Huston, Johnson, Prichard, Schultz, Urffer, Yeakle, Yarnall, and of descendant relations by marriage to surnames Bishop, Brown, Castor, Duran, Esbester, Fox, James, McMullin, Myers, Palme, Palmer, Parry, Tippin and Trumbore. The Nash family lineage is traced back to John Nash, a resident of Philadelphia within the first decade of its founding, and his wife Anne Colley, a Quaker who came to Philadelphia with her parents in 1683. Historical context is provided in chapters about the persecution of Quakers in England and about William Penn and the founding of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Daniel Nash, at the center of the study, was born in 1775 near Edge Hill on his parent's farm in Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County, PA. His parents were Joseph Nash who was a grandson of John Nash and Anne Colley, and Sarah Evans, a daughter of Methusalem Evans and Ann Evans. When Daniel Nash was a year old, the Nash homestead found itself in the middle of the Battle of Whitemarsh, and the Nash home suffered damage by the British during that encounter. Historical background is provided in a chapter about that Revolutionary War battle. The family history of Methusalem Evans, Daniel Nash's grandfather, is also documented. Methusalem came to Pennsylvania from Carmarthenshire, Wales with his parents and brother, Mark, in 1711. There is a chapter on the story of Methusalem's brother Mark Evans, an adventurous pioneer who was involved in Cresap's War and who was an original settler of what became Roanoke, Virginia. Another chapter relates the story of Methusalem's son John Evans, a pioneer who left Pennsylvania and became an original settler of Nashville, TN and a signer of the Cumberland Compact. Daniel Nash's son Joseph Nash married Emily Yeakle who was a descendant of Christopher Yeakel, a Schwenkfelder who came to Pennsylvania from Silesia in 1734. There is a chapter that provides a brief history of the Schwenkfelders, their persecution in Silesia and the six migrations that brought them all to Pennsylvania in the early 18th century. The book is illustrated with numerous maps and photos of family members, artifacts, documents and residences, as well as images of family record pages from several family bibles. Joseph Nash Myers, one of the descendants, was on PT191 in World War II. An appendix of the book includes a transcription of his journal written during his time on the PT boat from May 1944 – July 1945, including participation in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. There are chapters that provide descriptions and histories of places where family members lived include Fort Washington, PA; Flourtown, PA; Erdenheim, PA; Oreland, PA; Norriton Township, PA; Springettsbury Manor, PA; Broad Axe, Pa; the Shenandoah Valley; Roanoke, VA; Nashville, TN; Harpersdorf, Silesia; Carmarthenshire, Wales.
About the author
Joseph Palme Myers (Joe) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 6, 1949, the second of three children of Winifred Palme Myers and Joseph Nash Myers. He grew up in North Wales, Pennsylvania, Dedham, Mass. and Atlanta, Georgia, and then back to Massachusetts, graduating from Duxbury High School in 1966. Joe graduated from Georgia Tech in 1970 with a BS in Applied Math. He taught High School Math and Science for two years before embarking on a career in computer software. Throughout it all he made time for painting, drawing and writing. In 1969 while still in college, Joe married Valerie Ann Walker of Atlanta Georgia. They are currently living in Marietta, Georgia. They have two children and two grandchildren. Joe attended art classes at the Architecture Department while at Georgia Tech, studied watercolor painting under Marshall Joyce of Marshfield Mass in 1976 and studied etching at the Atlanta College of Art in 1978-1979. I n 2016 he wrote and illustrated the children's book "Joseph and the Bumble Bee or Be Bee Careful". He has been doing genealogical research since 1995 and has written "The Nash Family of Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania - A Study of the Ancestors and Descendants of Daniel Nash and Maria Shaffer" and "The Love Letters of Otto Palme to Eleanora Lamprecht Wallner". He is continuing to work on several other books.

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