My name is Laurie Nash.My great-great-great grandfather, Samuel L. Nash, was married to an Annis, last name unknown.The 1860 Census for Winslow, Pike Co., Indiana, shows Samuel with "Ann" and two of their three children.It states that "Ann" is 26 years of age and was born in New Jersey.I doubt very much that New Jersey is the correct place of birth - that census also says that Samuel was born in New Jersey, and he was actually born in Livingston County, New York.I know from Samuel's Civil War pension papers that "Ann" was really "Annis," and that she died on May 1, 1864.
I have a hunch that my Annis may be the Annis Adams who was in the 1850 Branch County, Michigan census, and who, it seems, may have been a daughter of Chester Adams and Lavinia Sperry.My reasons for thinking this is a possibility are:
1.Rual Nash, who I believe was my Samuel's brother, married Mercy Adams about 20 March 1853 at Coldwater, Branch County, Michigan.Mercy was born in 1832 in New York, and died 19 June, 1903 at Holt, Missouri.Places where they lived were Steuben County, Indiana; Branch County, Michigan; Allegan County, Michigan; and Clay County, Missouri.There is a published record of Steuben County cemeteries which shows that Rual and Mercy's daughter Eva Lavinia (1858 - 1864, buried at Jamestown Cemetery, Jamestown Twp., Steuben County), is on the same grave marker as Chester Adams (d. Apr. 21, 1851 ae 46y, 6m, 24d) and Lavinia Nash Adams (d. Apr. 14, 1851, ae 47y, 3m, 21d).Curious that Lavinia has "Nash" in her name - I would love to know who her parents were.I deduce from this data that Rual's wife Mercy must have been Chester and Lavinia's daughter.
2.It was very common for siblings to marry siblings, and Annis is not such a common name.The Annis Adams in Branch County in 1850 (living with the Sylvanus and Lyman Cutler families) was approximately the right age (15) to be my ancestress, and I suspect she must be connected to the Chester/Lavinia Adams family.
Does any of this ring a bell with you?I would so love to find where Samuel's wife Annis came from.I'd appreciate anything you may be able to add, and I'm happy to share anything I know with you also.I do have more on Rual and Mercy's family if you are interested.