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Jeptha Dudley Nall
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Birth: Aug. 4, 1817
Forks Of Elkhorn
Franklin County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jun. 18, 1898
Lewis County
Missouri, USA

Jeptha Dudley Nall was born near the historic Elk Horn, in Franklin county, Kentucky, Aug. 4, 1817. He imigrated to Missouri and located near Palmyra, with his parents, Martin and Lucy Nall in 1829, coming by way of St. Louis, which was at that time but a small trading post. In 1830 his father moved to this then unorganized territory, and located on a tract of land 4 miles southeast of Monticello. But few settlers lived in this section at that time, and the broad prairies were the feeding grounds of herds of wild deer; the primitive forests were the homes of the bear, panther, wolf and wild turkey, while the nomandic red man smoked the pip of luxurious indolence around the wigwan fire. Amid these frontier scenes, your Nall the the battle of life. There were no public schools in those days and he obtained the greater part of his education by the light of a "hickory bark" torch at night, after his day's work was done. In 1832, owing to anticipated trouble with the Indians, his father and himself assisted by Coleman Ammerman, D. W. Overton, Silas Reddish, Daniel Easley and a few other neighbors built a block house on the south bank of Bear branch, a small stream running through the Nall farm. In this "fort" the few settlers gathered their families for protection from the savages should they make a hostile demonstration. During these exciting times, the subject of this sketch, though only 15 years of age, shouldered his Kentucky rifle and bravely took his place in battle line to help defend his mother, sisters and neighbors, from an attack by Indians. Happily the incident passed without trouble.

Our Nall Forefathers
The progenitor of the Nall family in the United States was Martin Nalle, who was born in England sometime between 1675 and 1680. He was in the United States by 1702, when he married Mary Jane Aldin, who was born in Middlesex Co., VA, 21 August 1681. Mary Jane was descended from an old English family, the de Honiwoods, whose ancestry can be traced back to the 13th century in Co. Kent, England.

Martin and Mary Jane's son Martin II was born about 1707, in Tappahannock, VA, and married Isabelle about 1730, in Essex Co. Martin and Isabelle both died in Essex Co., in 1788.

Martin and Isabelle's son Martin III was born in Orange Co., VA, about 1736, and fought in the Revolutionary War. He married Winifred Yancey in Culpeper Co., about 1766. Four Yancey brothers, Charles, William, Joel, and Robert, had emigrated together from Wales in the 17th century and settled in the James River region and prospered. They traveled with William Berkeley who later became governor of Virginia. One of them became Winifred's paternal grandfather. Winifred's maternal grandfather was Philemon Kavanaugh, whose ancestry can be traced back to the 11th century and the kings of Ireland. King Dermot MacMurrough, who died in Dublin in 1072, was a direct ancestor of Winifred Yancey. King Dermot lived at Ferns Castle in Co. Wexford, Ireland, much of which is still intact. He was the 47th Christian king of Leinster and reigned from 1006-1014, and upon the death of Brian Boru, he became the 177th Milesian monarch of Ireland. It is said that when he became supreme monarch, it was amid much opposition because he was of the Clan of the Strangers, who had come to Ireland from Greece in the 2nd century.

Martin and Winifred had migrated to Kentucky, where their son Martin IV married Lucy N. Finnell. Martin and Lucy migrated to Missouri and located near Palmyra, with their children in 1829, coming by way of St. Louis, which was at the time but a small trading post. In 1830, they moved to the then unorganized territory of Lewis Co., MO, and located in a tract of land 4 miles southeast of Monticello, and they are buried in Nall Cemetery at Ewing, MO.

Martin and Lucy's son Jeptha Dudley Nall married Mary Jane Abell whose parents had also migrated from Kentucky. Mary Jane was probably descended from the early Abells of Maryland, who were originally Catholic but who changed their religious affiliation for political expediency. During the Blackhawk War, Jeptha served as a Corporal in Captain James Richardson's company of volunteers. Jeptha and Mary Jane resided in Lewis Co., MO, and here they farmed and raised their children.

It is through our Nall line that we can claim kinship with former Vice President Dan Quayle.
According to Carole Gregory, Mary Jane Aldin was the granddaughter of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, both were passengers on the Mayflower that landed in 1620. This is not what my records show. 
Family links: 
  Martin Nall (1772 - 1835)
  Lucy N. Finnell Nall (1779 - 1851)
  Mary Jane Abell Nall (1820 - 1853)
  Viola English Nall (1818 - 1857)
  Elizabeth Blair Nall (1825 - 1904)
  Samuel Martin Nall (1842 - 1847)*
  Sarah Catherine Nall Jones (1844 - 1871)*
  Lucy Evaline Nall Dunlap (1847 - 1893)*
  Mary Emeline Nall (1847 - 1847)*
  Rosanna Foreman Nall McDaniel (1850 - 1911)*
  Robert William Nall (1850 - 1887)*
  James Abell Nall (1852 - 1856)*
  John Lemuel Nall (1857 - 1931)*
  Jeptha Porter Nall (1859 - 1926)*
  Roland Nall (1861 - 1861)*
  Benjamin Franklin Nall (1862 - 1942)*
  Anna Eliza Nall Routt (1864 - 1899)*
  Joseph Nall (1868 - 1868)*
  Stanley Nall (1871 - 1871)*
  Stephen Nall (1871 - 1871)*
  Mary Nall Shannon (1806 - 1885)*
  Dulcena V Nall Overton (1812 - 1880)*
  Rosannah M Nall Forman (1815 - 1874)**
  Jeptha Dudley Nall (1817 - 1898)
  Martha Ann Nall Porter (1819 - 1878)*
  Thomas Nall (1822 - 1830)*
*Calculated relationship
Nall Cemetery
Monticello (Lewis County)
Lewis County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Lillie Riney
Record added: Oct 17, 2000
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