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James Luther Nall
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Birth: May 10, 1830
Hardin County
Kentucky, USA
Death: May 22, 1901
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

James L. Nall is shown on the right in an old sketch first published many years ago in THE PRESS in company with a biographical series on leading citizens of Carthage. A cousin of Abraham Lincoln, he was superintendent of the *Jasper County Farm, home for the aged and infirm which has since become *Fair Acres, at the time of his death. Maude Clary Steward, 731 Olive Street was his grand-daughter.

Second Photo on right is microfilm archive photo from January 4, 1916 edition of the Carthage Evening Press showing building of new almshouse, later known as Fair Acres in Carthage, Missouri
Mr. Nall was the superintendent of this facility.

MARCH 31, 1892

Facts About Lincoln
Henry C. Whitney, a lawyer of chicago, who was an associate of President Lincoln in the practice of law, is writing a book entitled "Life in the Circuit with Lincoln," and has written Mr. J. L. Nall of this city, for some important facts which go to make up the history of the Lincoln family. Mr. Nall's grandmother and the president's father were sister and brother, and all are native Kentuckians. It has been generally believed that the presidents grandmother's name was Hannah Winters, but it was in reality Mary Shipley. The mistake occurred through a confusion of two senior Abraham Lincolns, who were cousins. The president's grandfather was killed at a spot on which a portion of the city of Louisville now stands, though it was formerly supposed he was killed in Washington or Mercer counties.
He was in Bear Grass Fort sowing hemp seed when an Indiana slipped up on him and killed him, at the same time grabbing Lincoln's father, Then a six year old boy, and starting away with him. Mordecai Lincoln, a seventeen year old brother of the boy, came to the rescue just at this moment and shot the Indiana dead, thus saving the life of the father of the nation's great deliverer. Mr. Nall's grandmother, Nancy Lincoln, was in the fort at that time. Mr. Nall's connection with the Lincoln family and his knowledge of many important facts became known through a letter he wrote some time ago to the Lebanon, (Ky) Standard and which was widely copied by all the leading dailies. Since then Mr. Nall has furnished valuable to a half dozen compilers of Lincoln's life, and in every case the historian has found, after careful investigation, that Mr. Nall's information is correct, though he is perhaps the only living man that has all the facts in his possession.

Special Edition to the Carthage Press Civil War Centennial


Illinois furnished the Union a president, while joining with Missouri and Ohio to provide the president with his foremost general. Neither man ever visited Jasper county during the 1861-1865 holocaust which engulfed the nation. But both Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant have had relatives here who have caused Jasper countians to feel closer to the dramatic decisions made in the White House and on the major battlefields.
Descendants of the Lincoln family now living in Jasper county include Mrs. Horace K. "Maude" Steward, 737 Olive St., Mrs. Maude Sullinger Magers and Art Sullinger, Joplin, and Dorothea James of Joplin.
Mrs. Steward, the former Miss Maude Clary, is a grand-daughter of J. L. Nall, longtime Carthage resident who was a first cousin twice removed of Lincoln. Nall's mother was Elizabeth Brumfield Nall, daughter of William and Nancy Lincoln Brumfield. Nancy Lincoln Brumfield was a sister of Thomas Lincoln, father of the President. A former Kentucky state legislator, Nall came to Jasper county in 1879 and established an implement business with offices in Carthage, Kansas City and St. Paul, Minnesota. He later engaged in grocery and coal distributorships here and from 1897 until his death, May 22, 1901, was superintendent of the Jasper county farm, now Fair Acres.
J. L. Nall was born May 10, 1830 on a farm in Hardin county, Kentucky. On an adjoining farm his uncle, Thomas Lincoln, and family, among whom was Abraham, had made their home until 1816, when they moved to Indiana. It was on that farm on February 12, 1809, that the sixteenth president of the United States was born. When J. L. Nall was born the hand of destiny had not yet fallen on his cousin Abe, who was then a 21 year old axe-wielding farmhand on Thomas Lincoln's newly acquired farm in Illinois.
The future president already had served as a flat-boat workman on the first of two trips down the Mississippi to New Orleans. The second trip and employment as a clerk in a store at New Salem, Illinois lay just ahead for the raw-boned, lanky young man who would lead the nation through its darkest hour.

Paternally, Nall was descended from a German family. His grandfather, John Nall, was a native of Culpepper county, Virginia who in 1780 moved to Kentucky, where he was engaged as an Indian fighter some three years in a frontier fort. He was one of 96 persons who located at Fort "Knalle." J. L. Nall's father, William P. Nall, was born in Washington county, Kentucky in 1798 and remained there until, at age 17, he moved with his parents to Hardin county, Kentucky where he lived until his death at age 82. He was a farmer and cabinet maker, active member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and an early member of the Democratic party who eventually joined the Whig party.
Elizabeth Brumfield Nall was born in 1894 in Mercer county, Kentucky and went with her parents at an early age to the Kentucky area where she spent the remainder of her days. J. L. Nall was one of 16 children born to William P. and Elizabeth Brumfield Nall.

He attended public schools in Hardin county, under circumstances similar to those in which Lincoln had gained his early education. Later, Nall attended the University of Indiana and the Hardin County Academy, Elizabethtown, Kentucky where he eventually served 10 years as a teacher. At age 33 he left the teaching profession to become a farmer.

Nall served four years as Hardin county surveyor, 13 years as deputy county clerk there and two terms, 1871-73 in the Kentucky state legislature. He came in 1879 to Jasper county, entering into the implement business. Nall had been married, September 18, 1856, to Laura A. Nall, daughter of Martin and Elizabeth Nall, both of whom eventually made their permanent homes in Carthage.
Emma Nall became the wife of A. W. Clary, Webb City, MO and they were the parents of Mrs. Steward.

*Note Fair Acres was razed in the 1980's to make way for a new YMCA, now named Fair Acres Family Y to be built on the north end of the property. The south end of the property facing Grand Avenue is still vacant as of 2011. In the back of the property between Garrison and River is a sports complex for ball and soccer. 
Family links: 
  William Parker Nall (1798 - 1878)
  Elizabeth Brumfield Nall (1804 - 1874)
  Laura A. Nall Nall (1842 - 1923)
  Mary Emma Nall Clary (1860 - 1958)*
  Irvy Martin Nall (1865 - 1935)*
  James Luther Nall (1830 - 1901)
  Louisa Nall Hardaway (1833 - 1922)*
  Sarah Frances Nall Bennett (1843 - 1923)*
  Ann Mariah Nall Friedhof (1847 - 1915)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Traditional Sector Bl 7 Lot 1 Sp 5
Created by: NJBrewer
Record added: Oct 17, 2009
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James Luther Nall
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James Luther Nall
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James Luther Nall
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