Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville News
Monday, Jan. 14, 1991
          Mary Katherine Nail,  94, Indianapolis, died Friday.  A homemaker, she was a member of the Meridian Street United Methodist Church.  Mrs. Nail was born Dec. 20, 1896, in Sardinia, Ind., daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Aylet Jones.  She was married June 1, 1916, in Fairland to Samuel Nail, and he preceded her in death May 14, 1984.
          Surviving are sons,  Roland S. Nail,  Indianapolis, and  John W. Nail,  Mission, Kans.; a daughter,  Mary Ann Williamson,  Baton Rouge, La.; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
          Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Leppert and Hurt Mortuary, Indianapolis, where friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday.  Burial will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Fairland Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Meridian Street United Methodist Church, Indianapolis.
Contributed by Carolyn Hoffman

The  Shelbyville News
Monday, May 14, 1984
Samuel Nail
          Services for former Shelby County resident Samuel Nail, 89, will be in the Meridian Street United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, at 1 p.m. on Friday. He died Monday at the Carmel Care Health Center.  A member of the Meridian Street United Methodist Church, he retired in 1970 from Mosley Lab, where he worked in the milk products division. Prior to that, he owned Velvet Ice Cream in Oklahoma City. He was also a dairy inspector for the Indiana State Board of Health.
          He is survived by his wife  Mary Katherine Nail; a daughter,  Mrs. Mary Ann William; and sons,  Rolland S. Nail  and  John W. Nail.
          Friends may call from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Leppert and Copeland Mortuary, Indianapolis. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Fairland Cemetery.
Contributed by Carolyn Hoffman

The  Shelbyville News
Monday, October 28, 1968
Rites Tuesday for Retired Carpenter
Roy Nail, 85, died Sunday, October 27, 1968, Major Hospital.
Lived 212 N. Pike St., Shelbyville.
Born October 30, 1882, Jackson Township, s/o  John and  Ida Chambers Nail.
Married  June E. Conger on October 1, 1919;  she survives.
Also surviving:  daughters, Mrs. Richard (Jacquelyn) Finke, R.R. 2, Hope,  and  Mrs. Randall (June Rose) Coomer, Shelbyville;  six grandchildren.
One daughter, Geraldine, died in 1949.
Retired carpenter.
Services:  Murphy Mortuary with Rev. A. M. Hamilton officiating.
Burial:  Patterson Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville News
Saturday, May 4, 1968
Mrs. Clara E. Nail, 81, Indianapolis, died Friday, May 3, 1968, Winona Memorial Hospital.
Born March 19, 1887, Shelbyville, d/o  William  and  Rose Ziegler Higgins.
Married  Lytle W. Nail  October 22, 1913;  he survives.
Moved to Indianapolis in 1923.
Member of St. Monica Catholic Church, Indianapolis.
Also surviving:  sister, Mrs. Helen Curson;, brother, Maurice Higgins, both of Indianapolis.
Feeney-Kirby Mortuary, Indianapolis.  Ewing Mortuary, Shelbyville.
Services:  St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Rev. Luerman, St. Monica's, officiating.
Burial:  St. Joseph Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
March 24, 1952
          Funeral services and burial will be held Tuesday in Seattle, Wash., for  William O. Nail,  former resident of Shelby County and brother of  Mrs. George Briney  of this city.
          Mr. Nail died at ahospital in Seattle Saturday following an illness of a year.  He was born inShelby county, the son of  William and Alice Nail,  about 77 years ago, and had resided in Seattle for many years.
          Surviving with the sister is a son, Homer Nail,  of Seattle.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, May 20, 1950
Page 1, column 2
Rites For Lifelong County Woman
To Be Held Monday
Mrs. Laura Nail, lifelong resident of Shelby County, 89 years of age.
The d/o James and Eliza Gray, born in Shelby County on May 27, 1860.  Member of Brandywine Methodist Church and of the Woman's Society of Christian Service.
June 26, 1883, married John W. Nail (he died 1936).  Five children, three survive.  A daughter and son, Lottie Mae and Francis, preceded.  Surviving:  Mrs. Maude Bassett of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Mrs. Nellie Chadwick at home and  Samuel Nail of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, sister, Mrs. Rose Bassett, this city, 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Interment Center Cemetery.
Submitted by Barb Huff for Carolyn Hoffman, summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, January 17, 1936
Man, 80 Years Old, Dies At
His Residence in Brandywine Twp.

          John W. Nail, 80 years old, died at his home, three and one-half miles north of this city on State Road 29 in Brandywine township, about 4:30 a.m. Friday.
          He was born in Shelby county April 27, 1856, and was the son of  Samuel and Cherry Nail.  Mr. Nail was the last of a family of seven children.  His marriage to Miss Laura Gray, who survives, took place June 26, 1883.  Three of five children born to the union survive.  They are Mrs. O. E. Bassett, of Waukesha, Wisconsin;  Mrs. Frank Chadwick, of Shelby county, and  Samuel Nail, of Indianapolis.  Other survivors besides the widow and children are twelve grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
          Mr. Nail was a member of the Center M.P. church.  He had lived at the home where he died his entire married life.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the late home.  The Rev. O. W. Wyant, pastor of the Marietta M. P. Church, and the Rev. Charles R. Query, pastor of the Fairland and Brandywine M. E. Churches, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Center cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards, funeral director.
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat

Thursday, September 17, 1925
          Hortense Arlene Nail,  6 years old, daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Nail,  residing three miles north of Shelbyville, on the Michigan road, died at 6 o'clock Sunday evening at the William S. Major Hospital in this city, form injuries she suffered a half hour earlier when she was struck by an automobile while she was crossing the road to her home from the home of her grandparents,  Mr. and Mrs. John Nail.
          The automobile in the accident was driven by  Chandis Bates,  22 years old, son of  William Bates,  residing three miles east of here on the Cynthiana pike.  Mr. Bates was on his way from Indianapolis to Shelbyville and accompanied by  Miss Freda Crossman.  None of the members of the Nail family witnessed the tradegy in which the little girl was a victim.
          Mr. Bates stated following the accident that he did not see the girl until she had dashed into the road too late for him to stop without striking her.  He swerved his car in an effort to avoid the tot but the front fender of the automobile hit the child in the head causing a fracture of the skull.  Witnesses of the accident declare that Mr. Bates stopped his car within thirty feet after the accident and attempting to avoid the child ran the automobile into the ditch at the side of the road.  Members of the family are said to have exonerated Mr. Bates from any blame in the accident.
          The child was picked up unconscious in the road and was brought to the hospital here in an automobile driven by  William Skinner  who was behind the automobile driven by Mr. Bates.  The father of the girl accompanied her to the hospital where she was given immediate medical attention but her death occurred in a half hour without her regaining consciousness.
          Mr. Nail, father of the child, siad that his daughter had been visiting at the home of her grandparents, who live directly acorss the Michigan road from his home.  The little girl started home shortly before 6 o'clock and is believed to have waited a few minutes to make sure there was no cars coming.  She probably failed to note the automobile and ran into the road in front of the machine.
          Last Thanksgiving day the little girl suffered injuries in a similar accident that occurred at almost the same point in the road.  She was alighting from a car when she was struck by a passing automobile.  At that time she was brought to the hospital here but her injuries were not serious.  She had been warned against crossing the road and had been very careful since the accident almost a year ago.
          Following the accident, Mr. Bates was affected to such an extent that he was on the verge of a nervous collapse.  He grieved continually to day and overcome at the tragedy.
          The family has the deepest sympathy of many friends throut the county in the great loss.  The little girl was born in Brandywine township August 18, 1919.  Her bright and sweet disposition made her a favorite in every circle and the sorrow over her death extends to many homes in the community.  She is survived by the parents, two brothers,  Rilland  and  John Nail,  by the grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Nail, of Brandywine township and  Mrs. Betty Jones,  of this city.
          Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Fairland M.E. church.  The Rev. E. A. Boston,  pastor of the church, will officiate and burial will be in the Fairland cemetery.  Chas. M. Ewing is the undertaker in charge of the arrangements.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, January 1, 1909
          Scarlet fever claimed a victim in Brandywine township Thursday afternoon, when the nine years old daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. John Nail closed her eyes for sleep eternal.  Little Miss Francis strived for days to cast the tentacles of death, but each succeeding day until finally the end she weakened in the struggle.  Two sisters and one brother and her parents are members of the immediate surviving family.  State health rulings prevent the holding of public funeral services.  The remains will be interred Saturday at 10 a.m., in charge of Edwards & Hageman.
[Buried Center Cemetery]
Submitted by Barb Huff for Carolyn Hoffman

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Monday, August 7, 1905
Herbert Nail.
          Herbert Nail,  son of  Mr. and Mrs. Harry Nail,  of Brandywine township died at 11 a.m. Sunday, August 6th, aged fifteen years, 7 months and 20 days.  He was the only child in the family and his death is deeply felt by all who knew him.  The funeral will be from the M. E. church at Center at 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Rev. E. M. Chambers officiating assisted by Rev. E. R. Vest.  Interment in Center cemetery in charge of Edwards & Hageman.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
April 19, 1900
          Daniel Nail** died at his home at 12:10 a.m., Thursday, April 12, after an illness of several weeks.  Mr. Nail was born in Roann county, North Carolina, September 1, 1809, making him at the time of his death 90 years, seven months and eleven days old.  He was the sixth son in a family of thirteen children born to Henry and Mary Nail.  They were natives of Germany, the family emigrated to Indiana and Shelby county in 1824, first settling in Brandywine township and continued residents of this county until the father died.  The mother survived him a few years and died in Illinois.  The immediate subject of the biography remained at home and assisted his parents on the farm until he attained the age of 22 years.  January 8, 1832, his marriage with Cherry Wray was solemnized.  He had always made farming his occupation and had been uniformly successful.  Himself and wife were the members of the Methodist Protestant church and have alwas tried to live true and consistant christian lives.  His wife and six children survive him.  The children are  Mrs. Malinda Heiston,  Mrs. Rebecca Thomas  and  James H. Nail, of this city,  Mrs. Hattie Malpas, of Indianapolis,  Mrs. Nancy E. Francis  and  John W. Nail.  He also leaves twenty-two grandchildren and twenty-six great-grand-children.  The funeral service were held at his late home, No. 136 South Harrison st. at two o'clock p.m. Saturday, April 14, Rev. John Heim officiating.  The interment will be made in the Center cemetery.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming
** Please note: Per the Nail/Ray book,  Daniel Nail married Cynthia Watts and died in 1891;  Samuel Nail married Cherry Wray and died in 1900.

The  Shelby  Republican
Tuesday, February 28, 1899
Page 2, column 1
          Halla, daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. William Nail, died at their residence, on South Meridian street, at 8:15 a.m. Friday, aged 18 months and 6 days, of brain trouble.  Funeral services were held at the Ray M.E. Church at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 25. M. G. Tindall.
(Buried Ray Cemetery)
Submitted by Barb Huff

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