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John Cotton Nye

Birthplace: Leigh, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Washington, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: St George, Washington, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Cotton Nye and Anne Nye
Husband of Harriet Nye and Charlotte Emline Nye
Father of John Sylvestus Nye; Emma Nye; Alfred Thomas Nye; James Nye; Charles Ashton Nye and 4 others
Brother of Ann Nye; Thomas Cotton Nye and Sophia Nye

Managed by: John H. Nye
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About John Cotton Nye

John and Charlotte Nye and the first six children left England to find a better life in Australia, landing in Portland, Victoria in 1851 after 3 months at sea. Osborne, their seventh child, was born at Mt. Rouse, Victoria where the family worked on a sheep station owned by Matthew Gibb.

During the Australian gold rush, the family leased a home in Warrnambool and a farm in Wangoom, Victoria and began hauling goods from the port to the gold mines in Ballarat and Bendigo, becoming quite prosperous.

Suddenly, in 1858, the family made the momentous decision to sell everything they owned and start walking to Sydney with a goal of migrating to the USA. Halfway to Sydney they became bogged down by the weather and spent the winter in Beechworth, Victoria. Misfortune befell them, the family split up, and some headed for South America while the others made plans to go to California.

Two years later the family was reunited near San Francisco, California, and travelled by wagon train to Utah.

Their extraordinary adventures have been thoroughly researched and compiled in a compelling book. Readers have said they cannot put it down and descendants of the family should not be without their own copy.

THE NYE FAMILY Mormon Converts in Victoria 1852-1859 by Michael C. Bouy and Janice Nye Lutz

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John Cotton Nye's Timeline

July 12, 1807
Leigh, Kent, England, United Kingdom
October 28, 1835
Age 28
Leigh, Kent, England, United Kingdom
September 28, 1837
Age 30
St. Mary, Middlesex, England
Age 31
Horsmonden, Kent, England
April 21, 1840
Age 32
Wiltshire, Kent, England
December 17, 1842
Age 35
Tonbridge, Kent, England
August 6, 1845
Age 38
Ashford, Kent, England