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Lieut Nathaniel “Natty” Grigsby

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Lieut Nathaniel “Natty” Grigsby

  • Birth 11 Oct 1811 Nelson County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 16 Apr 1890 Attica, Harper County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Attica, Harper County, Kansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 25400862

2nd. Lieutenant CO. G.
10th Ind. Cavalry

Nathaniel GRIGSBY. Son of Reuben Davis GRIGSBY Sr. & Nancy BARKER. Born 11 October 1811 in Nelson Co., KY. Died 16 April 1890 in Attica, Harper Co., KS. Buried in Attica, Harper Co., KS. He was a Civil War veteran, a 2nd Lieut., of Company G, 10th Indiana Cavalry. He was a farmer.

Nathaniel was a dear friend of Abraham Lincoln.

After Lincoln moved to Illinois in 1830, Nathaniel moved with his father to Carroll Co., MO in 1855.

In 1860, he was living in Norborne. He wrote to Lincoln and received an appointment as Republican Precinct Committee Man. He placed Lincoln's name on the 1860 ballot. All of Natty's neighbors were Southern sympathizers. He had been talking about electing Lincoln for president in town. One morning at about 2 or 3 a.m. a neighbor rode up and told Natty not to light any lights. The neighbor wanted to warn him that his neighbors were planning to murder him and if he wanted to live he should be on his way.

After the warning, Natty moved back to Spencer Co., IN where he and four of his five sons enlisted in Company C 10th IN Cavalry (Richmond Davis did not enlist). Natty was named 2nd Lieutenant.

The family apparently returned to Carroll Co., MO but in 1885 they moved to Harper Co., KS and settled on a farm in the extreme northwest corner of the county. In 1890, they moved to Attica, KS. Nathaniel was buried in Attica.


WENT TO SCHOOL WITH LINCOLN'S, BROTHER TO AARON GRIGSBY WHO MARRIED ABE LINCOLN'S OLDEST SISTER. VISITED IN WHITE HOUSE.

"Through this inscription I wish to enter my dying protest against what is called the Democratic party I have watched it closely since the days of Jackson and know that all the misfortunes of our nation has come to it through this so called party therefore beware of this party of treason.
Put on in fulfillment of promise to Deceased. Reprinted as posted on one side of the monument of N. Grigsby."


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Nathaniel “Natty” Grigsby (11 Oct 1811–16 Apr 1890), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25400862, citing Attica Cemetery, Attica, Harper County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Trish (contributor 46981111) .