N. A. NIGHBERT, a prominent and influential citizen of Barr Township, has his pleasant home on section 10. He is of Southern parentage: his father, George, having been born in Botetourt County, Va., October 27, 1789, and his mother, Nancy Albright by name, being born in Virginia in May, 1795. She died in Botetourt County, June 9, 1831. Mr. Nighbert emigrated from the Old Dominion to Eastern Tennessee and after a residence of six years there came to Illinois in the fall of 1840 and settled in Scottville Township, where he died October, 1865. They had a large family of children, of whom our subject is the youngest, being born in Botetourt County, Va., September 29, 1827.
Young Nighbert was but seven years old when he journeyed on foot with his father from Virginia to Eastern Tennessee. The family carried with them their household utensils, and this little fellow's share of the burden was the family coffee pot. It was in 1846 when he came to Macoupin County, and since then he has been a resident here with the exception of one year which he spent in California, in the mines at the time of the gold mining fever.
The marriage of this young man, September 11, 1851, took place in Scottville Township to Miss Margaret Ann Crum, daughter of the late Gordon Crum who was born in Clark County, Ind. Her mother was Sedonia Rucker, a native of Woodford County, Ky. They were married in Morgan County, Ill., and from there came to Macoupin County early in the ‘30s and settled in Barr Township, where they lived the remainder of their lives. Of a family of nine children, Mrs. Nighbert was the eldest, being born in Morgan County, Ill., March 26, 1834. Since their marriage our subject and his wife have always resided in Scottville and Barr Township's
Mr. and Mrs. Nighbert were blessed by the birth of seven children, all but one of whom have lived to prove a comfort and joy to their parents. They are: George G.; James D., who married Miss Lillie Malone; Joseph W., who married Miss Flora Cline; Louie S.; Ella L., who died in infancy; Adah B., and Erasmus Manford. Our subject has filled the office of Highway Commissioner in Scottville Township for three years, and being a Republican in politics and a public spirited man of decided opinions, takes a lively interest in political movements. He is an active and earnest member of the Universalist Church. He has a fine farm, well improved, comprising five hundred and forty-eight acres and he has devoted himself largely to agricultural pursuits, his judgment and experience making him more than ordinarily successful in his life work.