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 Adam Nightingale

Adam Nightingale

Death 7 Dec 1932 (aged 76)
Oklahoma, USA
Burial Caddo County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 40451652 · View Source
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In Memory Of Adam Johann Nightingale
A Poem Titled, 'Waiting at Heaven's Door'

Death beckoned him with outstretched hand
And whispered softly of an unknown land,
But he was not afraid to go
For though the path he did not know
he took death's hand without a fear
For God who safely brought him here
Had promised He would lead the way
Into eternity's bright day.

For none of us need go alone
Into the valley that is unknown,
But, guided by our Father's hand
We journey to the promised land.

He was your special loving Husband
You shared your lives with one another,
And you'll find comfort for your grief
In knowing his death brought sweet relief.
For, now he is free from all suffering and pain
And your great loss became his gain...

You know that his love is with you still
For he loved you in life and always will.
Love like his can never end
Because it is the perfect blend
Of joy and sorrows, smiles and tears,
That just grew stronger with the years.
Love like his can never die
For he's taken it with him to the sky...

So think of him as living above
No farther away than your undying love,
For now he is happy and free once more
And he's waiting for you at Heaven's door.

~Helen Steiner Rice~


The Carnegie Herald, Wed., Dec. 14, 1932

Adam Nightingale Dies At Home Of His Daughter

Our father, Adam Nightengale was born March 19, 1854 in Polen, Russia. There he spent the days of his childhood with his parents. Early in life he was converted and baptized upon the confession of his faith by Elder Tobis Unruh and united with the Mennonite church in Russia. About 1874 he came to America with his parents and made his home in McPherson county, Kansas, where he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Koehn. To this union five children were born. The wife and two children preceded him in death.
May 13, 1888 he married Miss Lena Schultz. To this union nine children were born, six sons and three daughters. Two of the children preceded him in death. In 1889 he moved with his family from Kansas to the Chickasaw nation. In 1904 he moved to Ft. Cobb where he lived about four years and from there he moved to Alden on the farm which he bought.

July 22, 1914 his wife died and he was left a widower with seven children. He lived on his farm until 1929; since then he has lived with his children.
In 1914 he united with the Greenfield Mennonite church near Alden where he remained a faithful member until the end.

Father Nightengale was a true and faithful Christian he believed on Jesus as his personal savior and was ready to meet his god. His last words were"Jesus come, come soon." He died on Dec. 7, 1932 at 9:00 p.m. at he home of his daughter, Mrs. John Unruh, 78 years, 8 months and 17 days of age. He leaves 10 children, 54 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. The loss of our dear father is his eternal gain.

Funeral services were held at the Greenfield Mennonite church Saturday by Rev. Froese, the pastor, assisted by Rev. J.W. Morris, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Alden. Interment was made in the Greenfield cemetery under the direction of Ralph E. Harvey, funeral director.

Added by Find A Grave Contributor, Lillian


Adam Johann Nachtigal, born March 19, 1854 in the Village of Antonofka Province of Ostrog, Poland Russia, was the fourth child of Johann Nachtigal and Catherina Schultz*.
At the age of 20, he and his parents came to America on the ship Vaderland, a 21 day journey, they landed at the port of Philadelphia on December 28, 1974. After clearing customs they boarded the train for Kansas and settled in Moundridge Kansas.

Adam and Anna Koehn grew up in the same village and attended the same church. They married in Kansas .........1875. They had five children: Tobias, Helena, Elizabeth, Carrie. Anna Koehn Nachtigal, died in 1884 two weeks after giving birth to her last child, a son named (?).

Adam, then a widower with a houseful of children and needing a wife, married on May 13, 1888, young seventeen year old neighbor, Helena Schultz, daughter of Abraham and Elisabeth Voth Schultz. They, later had nine children: Fred, Dan, Edd, Dean, Sam, Minnie, John, Marie and Albert.

In 1893 Adam and Lena heard of the opening of Indian Territory in Okla.
They packed up his three daughters and their three sons and headed south. When they reached their destination they found a not too friendly group of ranchers, open range, no fences and became pioneers in an unwanted land. They then heard that there was land to be had in Texas, They headed south again and this time found good land in the panhandle area of Littlefield Texas. Sandy brush land was all they could afford. So they headed north, back to Oklahoma and settled in the vicinity of Pauls Valley to farm. Adam's brother, Jacob and his family, would also settle in Pauls Valley and remain there.

But by 1909, the pioneeer spirit was moving Adam, so the family headed west to Fort Cobb. The family farmed cotton, broom corn and small grains. Life was hard and they skimped for a living. Finally, Adam bought his first piece of land north of Alden, Oklahoma and this became known as the
Nightingale homestead**.

*Catharina Schultz (daughter of Christian Schultz and Anna Christina Palman) was born on March 1, 1909. She was baptised in 1936. She immigrated in December 25, 1874 coming to America on the Vaderland. She died about 1894.
Johann J. Nachtigal and Catharina Schultz had the following children: Tobas, Eva, Jacob and Adam.

**(Sometime after Adam married Lena they changed their name to Nightingale).

Sources contributed and typed by Janet Milburn, Great Niece of Helena Schultz Nightingale:
Descendant's of Jacob Nachtigal ( GreatGrandfather of Adam Nachigal/Nightingale.
Typed copies sent by Patricia Jantzen; Bill Ikerd
Notes from Nightengale family reunion, Shawnee, OK.

FYI:Please send me any corrections or additions that you
might find. I strive for accuracy.

Janet Milburn #47529757





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 40451652
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