Home of Mr. & Mrs. Nase built in 1870      

Few men according to their means and opportunities have made for themselves a more worthy record than the subject of this notice, late a resident of this county, and who for many years was prominent in its business, political, and social circles. At the time of his death, Oct. 16, 1879, he held the office of Internal Revenue Collector for the Fifth District of Illinois, having his headquarters at Sterling, Ill. His decease occurred very suddenly of apoplexy in his office when there was with him only his clerks.

Maj. Nase was born in Marietta, Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 12, 1825, and lived there until about twenty-five years of age. He acquired a practical education and was employed for a time as a mechanic. From the Keystone State he emigrated to Ohio, where he sojourned a number of years, then crossed the Mississippi into Burlington Iowa, where he operated as an architect and contractor two years. We next find him in Savanna, this county, whence he associated himself in partnership with David Bowen, and in 1859 having been elected Sheriff of Carroll County, took up his abode in Mt. Carroll, in order to enter upon the duties of his office. He held this two years, and until the outbreak of the Civil War. Upon the organization of the first company in Mt. Carroll - Co K - he was elected Captain, and assigned to the 15th IL Infantry, and went with his regiment to the Southwest, serving first in Missouri. Later, at the battle of Shiloh, April 7, 1862, he was wounded seriously, and captured by the rebels, and at this own request conveyed to Memphis. There he suffered eighteen days, when amputation was performed, and later he was removed to Jackson Tenn. In October following he was exchanged for a rebel Brigadier-General, and returned home. While in the army he only succeeded in getting two letters to his friends. He had written one just after his leg had been amputated, when he was very low, and which did not reach its destination until after his own arrival. He remained two months in Mt. Carroll, and obtained an artificial limb, and in the meantime was promoted to the rank of Major. Later, having determined upon remaining with his regiment, he accompanied it to Vicksburg, where he remained until the capture of the city. He experience so much difficulty in mounting and dismounting his horse, that he was obliged to send in his resignation. He had performed much good service in behalf of the Union, was the recruiting officer for this district, and did whatever came in his way to favor the cause which had his deepest sympathies.

Major Nase in the fall of 1864 was elected by the Republican party Clerk of the Circuit Court and Recorder of Carroll County, which offices he held a period of four years. So well had he discharged his duties, that he was then elected to the Legislature, and in this body, as in all the other positions of trust and responsibility where he had been placed, he acquitted himself in the most creditable manner, and served on many important committees. In 1872 he was appointed by President Grant to the office of which he was the incumbent at the time of his decease.

He was a regular attendant upon the services of the Baptist Church to which he gave a liberal support and in his private, as well as his public life, ever maintained the character of the honest man and the true gentleman. He was upright in his business transactions; socially, he belonged to the G.A.R. and the post in Mt. Carroll was named in his honor. He also stood high in the I.O.O.F. having passed all the Chairs of his lodge. A self-made man in the strictest sense of the word, he had arisen to his position solely through his own efforts, having been thrown upon his own resources at an early age, his only capital a determined will and a courageous spirit.

The marriage of our subject with Miss Rebecca J. Hastings was celebrated at the brides home in Galion Ohio Dec. 2, 1851. This lady was born in Cumberland County, PA and is the daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Pague) Hastings, who were natives, respectively of England and Germany. Mr. Hastings emigrated to America with his father's family when a young man, and settled in Cumberland County, PA where he engaged in the dry-goods trade. The wife and mother died when her daughter Rebecca was a mere child, and the latter was reared by her mother's sister at Shippersburg PA. Mr. Hastings finally removed to Indiana where he spent the remainder of his days, dying in 1862. Of this union there were born five children,only one of whom is living, a daughter, Hattie M. who is now a student in Mt. Carroll Seminary; Samuel died at the age of two years; Alice when eighteen months old; Mina when an infant of six months, and Frank when twenty-six years old.

Samuel Nase, the father of our subject, together with his excellent wife, was born in Pennsylvania, and spent their entire lives in their native State, the father engaged as a business man.

Portraits & Biographical Pg 819

Harriett Nase Scrapbook
Daughter of Major Adam Nase

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