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Nathan W Commons
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Birth: Sep. 5, 1839
Wayne County
Indiana, USA
Death: May 8, 1916
Oregon, USA

Information below is from: Jamie D Paul.

BORN 5 Sep 1839,
in Wayne County, Indiana
DIED 8 May 1916,
in Portland, County, Oregon.

BIO - Nathan was the first born son of Enos Commons and his first wife Delilah Sanders. He was named after his grandfather Nathan Commons. I found an 1840 census record for Enos Commons who was living and farming in Jefferson, Miami County, Indiana. It lists One free white male age 20 to 29 - (20 yr old Enos), with one free white female 15 to 19 - (19 yr old Deliliah), one free white male under 5 - (1 yr old Nathan) and one free white female under 5 - (Maybe be new born Louisa?), Persons Employed in Agriculture - 1 (Unknown person).

Sometime after the 1840 census, Nathan's father moved the family from Indiana to Mercer County, Illinois when the Beard's migrated there. [The Beard's were the family of Enos's mother, Martha (Beard) Commons]. After arriving in Mercer County, Enos & Delilah Commons had additional 4 children; *Louisa J. Commons, b. 5/27/1841, d. 8/12/1841; Twins, John Commons & Martha Commons, b. & d. 10/17/1849 (they share one small tombstone); and Jasper Commons, born 11/31/1843. *NOTE: It's possible Nathan's sister Louisa was born in 1840 and not 1841, which would make her the female under 5 in the 1840 census.

In the 1850 census the family is recorded living in the Mannon area of New Boston Township, Mercer Couny, IL; Enos 30 Farmer, wife Delilah 30 keeping house, son Nathan 11, son Jasper 6 and William H Sanders 16 farm laborer. This could be a younger brother of Nathan's mother Delilah? Just two years after the census Delilah dies on 3 June 1852 leaving Enos with two young sons; Nathan 12 and Jasper 8. His father Enos then marries widow Margaret (Myers) Clark on 28 Sept 1852. She brought one daughter into the family; 7 year old Ida Caroline Clark.

On 10 July 1860 the census records the family still living in Mannon; Enos Commons 40 Farmer, wife Margaret 36, son Nathan W 20, son Jasper 16, step daug Ida C Clark 15, daug Orpha 11, son Levi M 7, and son Andrew M 4.

Nathan married Emma Hannah Sisk, on 1 Sep 1860, in Mercer County, Illinois. She was the daughter of Mary Ann (Johnson) of Wayne County, Indiana and Alfred David Sisk, of North Carolina. Emma came from a family of eight siblings, she had a sister named Emeline. Many times in history reports, census records, etc. Emma and Emaline were confused. Emma was born 8 Aug 1840, in Indiana and She died 5 Apr 1916, in Portland Multnomah County, Oregon.

Nathan & Brother Jasper both Enlisted in Company G, Illinois 124th Infantry Regiment on 29 Jul 1862, residence listed as New Boston, Mercer County, IL. They mustered in on 10 Sep 1862. Nathan was taken prisoner but paroled during the Civil War. He Mustered out on 15 Aug 1865 at Camp Douglas, Chicago, IL.

After the Civil War Nathan returned to his family and once again engaged in farming with his father. In the 1870 Census they are listed in New Boston, Mercer County, IL; Nathan 30 farmer, wife Emma 29 and children Bion 8, Della 7 and Daisy 3. By 1871 Nathan's father Enos has sold all his farm land in Mannon. Nathan and his brother Jasper joined their father and moved their families to Harvey County, Kansas. Many other Mercer County families left the area at the same time with the great "Prouty Wagon Train".

In the 1880 Census they are still in Kansas but have moved to El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas; Nathan 40 Farmer, Emaline H. 39 Keeping House, Bion 19 helping on the farm, Della D 17, Daisey D 13, Earl E 8, Maybel M 2.

1 March 1885 they are found in the census records living in back in Emma, Harvey County, Kansas; N W Commons 45 Farmer, wife Emma 44, Children; Broie 23, Della 21, Dary 18, Earl 13, Mable 7, Robert 4 & Frank 1.

By the 1900 Census they have moved again. This time to Borings, Clackamas County, Oregon; Nathan W. 61, b.Indiana, farmer, Emma H. 59, b.Indiana, Children; Della 37, b.Illinois, Robert G. 18, b.Kansas laborer and Frank 16, b.Kansas, laborer; all listed as being single.

Nathan died in 1916 just one month after the death of his wife Emma. He was 76 years old. They are buried in the Multnomah Park Cemetery in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. 
Family links: 
  Enos Commons (1820 - 1895)
  Delilah Sanders Commons (1819 - 1852)
  Emma Sisk Commons (1840 - 1916)*
  Della D Commons (1863 - 1949)*
  Earl Commons (1871 - 1892)*
  Mabel Commons Lovelace (1877 - 1948)*
  Nathan W Commons (1839 - 1916)
  Louisa J. (Infant) Commons (1841 - 1841)*
  Jasper Alexander Commons (1843 - 1923)*
  Martha (Infant) Commons (1849 - 1849)*
  John (Infant) Commons (1849 - 1849)*
  Levi M. Commons (1853 - 1941)**
  Andrew Myers Commons (1857 - 1935)**
  Orpha M. Commons Wilson (1858 - 1916)**
  Fred Grant Commons (1899 - 1969)**
*Calculated relationship
Multnomah Park Cemetery
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: B,74,5
Created by: Invenio Sepulchrum
Record added: Feb 20, 2010
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Nathan W Commons
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