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Henry County >> 1888 Index

Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Iowa 
Chicago: Acme Publishing Company, 1888.


Unless otherwise specified, biographies submitted by Pat Ryan White.


EDWIN N. NELSON, Steward of the Iowa State Hospital for the Insane, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. The subject of this sketch was born in Lowell, Middlesex Co., Mass., Oct. 18, 1848, and is the son of Henry N. and Mary G. (Holbrook) Nelson. His father was born in Gilmanton, N.H., and is of English descent. His mother was born at Garland, Me. Edwin N. was educated at Gilmanton Academy, N.H. He went to Illinois in 1869, and was connected for thirteen years with the Central Illinois Hospital for the Insane at Jacksonville, and held the responsible position of Supervisor of that institution for many years.

Mr. Nelson was married at Winchester, Ill., in October, 1876, to Miss Mary McEvers. Three children were born of their union, two sons and a daughter. The daughter, Bessie H., is the eldest. The sons are Fred H. and Clarence E. The two elder were born at Jacksonville, Ill., the youngest at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Mr. Nelson came to Mt. Pleasant from Jacksonville, Ill., in October, 1882, to accept the position he now holds, that of Steward of the Iowa State Hospital for the Insane. He has proved a most efficient and trustworthy officer, and by his fairness and gentlemanly bearing has won hosts of warm friends at Mt. Pleasant during the five years that he has so ably filled the responsible position at the hospital. He is a Republican in politics, and is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity. He is a Knight Templar and a member of Mt. Pleasant Lodge No. 8, R.A.M., and of Jerusalem Commandery No. 7, K.T., all of Mt. Pleasant. He and his wife are both members of the Congregational Church.

Jarrett Nugen

A farmer residing on Sect. 36, New London Twp., he is a pioneer of 1840. He has several well-improved farms aggregating 595 acres, postoffice, New London. He is a native of Virginia, and born in Kanawha County, now West Virginia, in Feb. 1813. His father John Nugen, Sr. was born near Richmond, VA in 1775 of Irish parents and was a soldier in the War of 1812. He married in Kanawha Co., to Mary C. Lee. They had 16 children, thirteen who grew to manhood and woman- hood. Four sons: David, Jarrett, Charles and Silas, came to Iowa and settled in New London Twp. Charles came in 1838, Jarrett and David in 1840, and Silas in 1855. David and Jarrett are still residents of this County, and Silas resides in Dakota Terr. Charles is now deceased.

There are now living, eleven of the twelve children who reached maturity. The oldest was born in 1804 and is now 83 years of age, the youngest is 57 years old.

John Nugen, Sr., came from VA to KY, and to Wayne Co., IN in 1818. He resided there, engaged in farming until his death in 1859. He wife was of an old VA family of Colonial times. Her father served in the Revolutionary War as a soldier of the Continental Army.

Jarrett Nugen, our subject married in Wayne Co., IN to Miss Melinda Butler, daughter of Samuel Butler. She was born in Wayne County, IN, and her father was a native of Georgia, emigrating at an early day. Seven children were born of their union, 5 sons and 2 daughters, five now living: William H., born in Des Moines, Co., IA, Jan.6, 1841, served in the late war with Co K, 25th Iowa Vol. Inf.. He was engaged in the mercantile business at New London for 12 years, 4 in company with Capt. Richard, and 8 by himself; Mary, b. Apr. 6, 1843 is the wife of Gad Lyman of New London; John Z., born Apr. 25, 1845, married Zora Belle Newell, resides New London; Lizzie, born May 28, 1847, resides with her father; Josephus, born Apr. 27, 1850, died at age four; Ellwood died in childhood; the other being an un- named infant.

Mr. Nugen first came to Iowa Oct. 18, 1839, purchasing a claim in Des Moines, Co., and soon returned to Indiana. In 1840 he returned with his family arriving at their home in Pleasant Grove, Oct. 8. On March 2, 1841 he moved to Henry Co., and on Nov. 16 he established a permanent home where he has since resided. He was a Whig, but is now a Democrat. He is a Master Mason of New London Lodge #28, A.F. & A.M.