|Notes for Col. Thomas Jefferson NASH|
|In 1816, his family moved to Kentucky where he buried himself in schoolwork. He attended Lebanon Seminary in 1825 and continued reading and learning throughout his life. Thomas was a devout Methodist and, although he owned slaves, was an abolitionist. He preached for the gradual abolition of slavery in the South and advocated government programs to compensate slaveowners to make it easier for a peaceful transition to abolition.|
Thomas served as a Colonel in the Kentucky state militia, and the nickname Colonel stuck with him throughout his life. He resigned during the Mexican War when the Whig Governor refused to select any Democrats to be officers in the war. He then served in the Kentucky legislature from 1847 to 1854 when he moved to Texas.
He purchased about a square mile of land from W. W. Keene in present day Lake Highlands in Dallas County, TX in 1859. He served as Dallas County Commissioner in 1860-1861, and again from 1876-1878. In 1861, he gave up his job as County Commissioner to serve on the Texas Secession Convention. Although he felt slavery was wrong, he voted in favor of secession.
Thomas Jefferson Nash died on the family homestead near present day Shiloh Road and Northwest Highway. He and his wife were buried on the farm, but were disintered after the farm was sold years later. Now his is buried in a common grave with other family members at Garland Pioneers Cemetery on Miller Road.
In the fall of 1854 Colonel Nash left with his large family and connections to settle in Texas. Besides his immediate family, the party included the colonel's mother, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, three sons-in-law and their families, several neighbors, and a number of slaves...it took nine weeks to make the trip to Dallas County. In 1861 he was named a Dallas County delegate to the Secession Convention in Austin, along with Pleasant Taylor, E.P.Nicholson, and S.J. Adams.
Signer of the Articles of Secession -
To dissolve the union between the State of Texas and the other States, united under the compact styled "The Constitution of the United States of America." Adopted in Convention, at Austin City, the first day of February, A.D. 1861.
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Thomas J. Nash 41 Farmer VA
Eliza 32 VA
L. J. 17 KY
Martha 15 KY
Isabella 13 KY
G. W. 12 KY
C. L. 8 KY
Josephus 6 KY
Matilda A. 4 KY
Mary E. 2 KY
|Last Modified 3 Dec 2002||Created 7 Dec 2002 by P. J. Wigington Mahan|