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Abner Nash

Birthplace: Templeton Manor, Prince Edward Co, VA;
Death: Died in New York, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of John Nash, Sr., and Ann Nash
Husband of Mary Nash and JUSTINA Nash
Father of Maria Burgwin and Frederick Nash
Brother of Anne Haskins; John Nash, Jr.; Thomas Walker Nash; Elizabeth Read; Lucy LeGrand and 2 others

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About Gov. Abner Nash

FRANCIS and his brother Abner moved to Hillsborough (Halifax County NC) in late 1762 or early 1763. Francis invested in a merchantile store. He held , as did his brother Abner, many political offices. He was trained in military affairs by the British government. He was Captain of a militia for a number of years, then passed through the grades until be became colonel of the county.

ABNER3 NASH (JOHN2, AB ER1) was born 08 Aug 1740 in Templeton Manor, Prince Edward Co, VA, and died 02 Dec 1786 in New York.

He married (1) JUSTINA DAVIS Abt. 1768. She was born in North Carolina.

He married (2) MARY WHITING JONES Abt. 1773 in Craven Co, NC. She was born in Craven Co., New Bern North Carolina.

Trained as a lawyer and third son of John Nash I, Migrated to NC Served as Govenor and was representing the state in the Continental Congress at the time of his death in NY in 1786

Took care of Brother Thomas's son John Nash after Thomas wife died in 1765

Virginia House of Burgess 1761-1765

Moved to Halifax NC then to New Bern NC

Studied Law and practiced in Halifax NC

NC Provincial Congree 1774-1776; Member of the State House of Commons in 1778, 1782, 1784, 1785. Member of the State Senate in 1779; Govenor of NC in 1780 and 1781; Member of the Contential Congress 1782-1783.

Buried in St Paul's Churchyard Reburied in family burial ground at Pembroke near New Bern NC

Abner Nash (August 8, 1740 – December 2, 1786) was the second Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina between 1781 and 1782, and represented North Carolina in the Continental Congress from 1782 to 1786.

Nash was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia. He read law and was admitted to the bar in Virginia. He also began his political career there, serving in the House of Burgesses from 1761 to 1765, before moving to New Bern, North Carolina. He married the widow of former colonial governor Arthur Dobbs.[1]

Nash was an active supporter of the revolutionary cause. He represented New Bern in the rebel "provincial congress" assembled from 1774, and in 1776 was a member of the committee that drafted the state's new constitution. He became a member of the North Carolina House of Commons in 1777 (serving as the first Speaker of that house) and the State Senate in 1779.

He was elected Governor by the legislature in 1781. During his brief tenure as governor, North Carolina saw some of its worst conflicts as a battleground in the American Revolutionary War. Unlike his brother Francis, his temper and poor health were poorly suited to the needs of war. This brought him into difficulty with the legislature. The assembly appointed Richard Caswell as commander-in-chief of the militia, even though the constitution assigned this responsibility to the governor. Then in December of 1781 they named a Council Extraordinary that further encroached on his office. Consequently, Nash resigned and went home in the spring of 1782. Thomas Burke was named to replace him.

Later in 1782, North Carolina eased political tensions by sending Nash as a delegate to the Continental Congress. He would serve there the rest of his life, as he died at a session in New York City. Abner was originally buried in St. Paul's Churchyard in Manhattan, but his body was later returned for burial in a private, family plot in Craven County, North Carolina.

His son, Frederick Nash, was also a lawyer and political leader. He would serve as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

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Templeton Manor, Prince Edward Co, VA;
Age 46
Age 46
New York, New York