Information on a citizen.

John Nash is left of center foreground (fifth from left) - July 4th(?) 1898

The sketch of this citizen of Columbia starts with his parents. Ignacia and Warren Nash lived in Yerba Buena (S.F.) for several years. They eventually moved to San Jose with two children who were Ignacia's from a previous marriage; Laura and Armand Hansen. John was born 7 June 1852, in San Jose California. While John was still young his family moved to Sonora. His father was self employed, hauling frieght from Sonora to Stockton. Then he was carrying goods from Stockton to Carson City until he died soon after moving his family there. They returned to Sonora. (from family history and census reports)

1866 John moves to a ranch (to work?) and pays room and board at $20 a month.

1867 John is employed at a lumber company near Columbia, to haul logs over rough mountain roads.

1878 19 January - John married an Irish girl from New York, Ellen Costello.

John Nash with bull whip - c1870s

1880 John built a small house on a portion of the first Catholic church lot, assessed to Marvin Mathos, in 1871. (E1:4:2) Listed as a teamster in 1880 census.

1884 John is listed as a screwtender at George W. Hale's Lumber Mill in Columbia.

1892 Sept. 2 - John W. Nash was listed as 40 years of age, 5'10", dark complextion with black eyes and a scar on lower jaw.

1898 July 4 - John belongs to the Columbia Coronet (Brass?) Band. The image at the top of the page shows him with a small baratone horn or euphonium. Other members from left to right: Bert Yuill on a tuba, George Nash on a "trumpet", Ed Kress on a coronet, Frank Nash (almost hidden), John Nash on Euphonium, Albert Kress on drums, Frank Pedro on coronet, Arthur Napoleon on a "trumpet", William Koch, jr. on a coronet, John Nash, jr. on a smaller euphonium. (Names of instruments may be different) NOTE: Take notice of the dirt street and the "holiday" bunting.

1900 June 7 - John W. Nash. The census shows him as a Miner, born in (San Jose, Ca.) (7) June 1852, married (19 Jan 1879) to Ellen T. (Costella) born (New York) Feb. 1857 and married 21 years! John's father was from Maine and his mother from Mexico (Spanish heretage). Ellen's parents were from Ireland. They have six children. (parenthesis are mine and not on census)

1934 Ellen Nash died.

1951 30 April - John W. Nash died in Columbia or Sonora. He is buried in Columbia. His suvivors were: Carrie Nash of San Francisco, Rose Webb of Columbia, Laura Stage of Tehama County, John Nash junior of San Jose, George Nash of Willows. (Obt of 1 May 1951)

Some sources from
Eastman douments
family history
census reports
Sherrin Grout

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