Obadiah  Nail

            Obadiah Nail, a pioneer of Shelby County, and an old resident of Brandywine Township, was born in Rowan Co., N. C, September 22, 1818.  He was next to the youngest of thirteen children, born to Henry and Mary (Keller) Nail, both natives of Pennsylvania, of German descent.  His brothers and sisters in the order of their ages were:  John,  Dorthea,  Katie,  Daniel,  Samuel,  Lydia,  Henry,  Martha,  Emily,  Greenberry,  and two others that died in infancy.  In 1824, while the subject of this sketch was yet a young child, he came with his parents to Shelby County, where he grew up to manhood and where he has almost ever since resided.  He was reared upon the farm and at the age of nineteen, on March 28, 1838, he was married to  Jane Allison,  who was born in Franklin County, this State, May 11, 1819.  She was the daughter of  Timothy and Nancy (Walker) Allison,  the former a native of Ohio, of German descent, and the latter a native of Georgia, of English descent.  Her paternal grandparents were  John and  Sarah Allison.  Mrs. Nail was the eldest of fourteen children as follows:  Jane,  Martha M.,  Sarah W.,  La Fayette,  Eliza Ann,  George W.,  Eunice,  Thomas,  Elizabeth,  Elbert,  John,  Isabel,  James  and  Ellen,  of whom Eliza Ann,  George W.,  Eunice,  Elizabeth,  Elbert  and  James, are deceased.  After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Nail continued to reside upon the former's old home place in Brandywine Township for about ten years.  They then removed to another farm in that township, but in May, 1851, they went to  the State of Illinois, but in the following November they returned to this county and again settled in Brandywine Township, in which they have ever since resided.  They located where they now reside in March, 1878.  They are the parents of seven children as follows:  Mary E., born December 10, 1841, died October 15, 1841;  Lottie, born October 30, 1843;  Martha A., born November 15, 1845;  William H., born March 25, 1849;  Nancy E., born March 14, 1851;  Warren, born March 26, 1855, and  James A., born June 22, 1858.  Mrs. Nail is a member of the Protestant Methodist Church.  In politics, Mr. Nail is a staunch Democrat.  He and wife have a comfortable home where they reside in a quiet, happy way.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Brandywine [Township] Sketches", page 622, Brant & Fuller, Chicago, 1887.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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