Columbiana County, Ohio
Columbiana County, Ohio
Obituaries and Death Notices
County Name: Meigs
Newspaper: Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday,
Date: November 20, 1873
Submitters Name: Kathy McDaniel
Obit: [From the Middleport News.]
Death of Melzer Nye.
The deceased, Melzer Nye, whose sudden death we are called to mourn, was born in Warren township, Litchfield county, Connecticut, March 11th, A. D. 1785, where his parents continued to reside until he was about five years old, at which time they with family and goods loaded into wagons, drawn by oxen, started westward to find a home at a new settlement then commenced at Marietta, Ohio. They journeyed with teams until reaching the headwaters of the Ohio, where they built a rude boat, and continuing their journey thence by water, and in due course of time landed at Marietta, their destined home. The deceased remained with his father for some five years; about that time he returned to Marietta, where he lived for about five years, learning the silver smith's trade. Having an opportunity about this time, he went out with a party headed by B. Tupper, to survey public land, at or near New Lisbon, Columbiana county, Ohio, after which time he lived and worked with various persons, at or near Putnam, Ohio, until the year A. D. 1810. He was then married to Miss Phebe Sprague, and removed to a farm then owned by him in Fairfield county, (now Perry,) where he continued to reside for three years. November, A. D. 1826, he moved his family and goods in a flat-boat, landing at the mouth of Leading Creek, December of the same year and moved into the house now occupied by his son-in-law, Thomas Fesler, and took possession of the property purchased of the widow and heirs of Hamilton Kerr, where he continued to reside until his death, Nov. 7, A. D. 1873, aged eighty-eight years, seven months, and twenty-seven days. A day or two previous to his death, he went to visit his daughter Mrs. M. S. Titus; on Thursday he drove, in company with her, over to Rutland, meeting and talking with several old acquaintances; returning to her house, he spent a pleasant evening with the family, retired about nine o'clock in the evening, apparently in perfect health. About twelve, feeling unwell, he called his daughter, Mrs. Titus, who assisted him in getting up, when he walked out to the fire; at that time complaining of a pain about the heart. Immediately after sitting down in a chair, he closed his eyes in death.
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