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About Alfred Gifford Nye
Alfred G. Nye, a retired farmer now residing in Mitchellville, was born in Barnstable county, Mass., on the 1st of December, 1813. His parents, Moses and Chloe (Gifford) Nye, were also natives of that State. The father was of English descent, and the mother traced her ancestry back to Walter Gifford, who emigrated to this country in 1643, and became the founder of the family in America. Moses Nye followed the sea throughout his life, and for a a number of years commanded a vessel. His death occurred on the water, he having shipped from Philadelphia, and it is supposed that the vessel with all on board were lost. His wife survived until 1861, when she too passed away. They were the parents of four children: Clementina became the wife of John Bagley, a resident of Catskill, N.Y., and died in 1889, at the age of eighty-two years; the second child died in infancy; and Valentine is also deceased. Our subject is the youngest, and the only surviving member of the family. In 1835, having attained to mature years, he started westward, and located in Cincinnati, then Indiana, Illinois, then Burlington and Jefferson County, Iowa. Finally he came to Mitchellville, Polk County. He was married to Olivia Loring, near Danville, Ill., in 1841. She is a daughter of the Rev. Daniel Loring, a Presbyterian minister, a native of Massachusetts. His wife was Mary Stuart, of New York. Mr.Nye has held a number of local offices, and has been a candidate for the State Legislature. Mr. and Mrs. Nye have no children, their only child dying in infancy.
Portrait and biographical album of Polk County, Iowa