Submitted by Deb Thormahlen
21 Jun 2008
PORTRAIT & BIOLOGICAL ALBUM OF WHITESIDE COUNTY, IL 1885
Eli O. Nash, contractor and builder, residing at Unionville, is a son of Samuel and Lydia (Mixer) Nash, natives of Vermont. The parents were married and settled in Vermont, and afterwards removed to Jefferson Co., “York State,” where they resided until their deaths. Their family comprised nine children, namely: Rufus, Almira, Emma, Asa, Eliza, Whitney, Unity, Nelson and Eli. O.
Eli O., subject of this biographical notice, was born in Jefferson Co., N.Y., March 13, 1826. He lived at home, assisting in the working of the farm and received the advantages afforded by the common schools; and on attaining the age of 20 years he engaged to learn the trade of carpenter and joiner, which he followed until the spring of 1868, in York State. During the year last names, he came to Kane County, this State, and in the fall of that year to this county, and has resided here ever since, almost continually engaged in working at his trade.
Mr. Nash formed a matrimonial alliance in Jefferson Co., N.Y., Jan. 5, 1851, with Miss Parmelia Albro. She is a daughter of Alanson and Parmelia (Brooks) Albro, natives of Vermont, whose family consisted of four children, Oliver, Olive, Henry and Parmelia. Mrs. Nash was born in Jefferson Co., N.Y., June 24, 1831. Their family consisted of three children, only one of whom survives, Bert E. Alanson, De F. and Nettie P. died in infancy.
Politically, Mr. Nash is a believer in the tenets of the Republican Party. Socially, he is a member of the I.O.O.F., belonging to Grove Lodge, No. 257