05 June 2010

Lewis F. Nance, a Biographical Sketch

From Memoirs of Georgia, Volume II by The Southern Historical Association, 1895.
Transcribed by S. Lincecum 2004

Lewis F. NANCE, a county commissioner and prominent citizen, Rochelle, Wilcox Co., Ga., was born in Robeson county N.C., Dec. 29, 1846, the son of Joshua Nance, deceased in 1873. The latter was a man of fine influence in his county, a member of the legislature, and county commissioner for years prior to his death. Lewis F. Nance was hardly of proper age to do much service in the late war, but he gave all he had, and that was himself. While a member of the Seventh battalion of junior reserves, stationed at Fort Fisher, he was captured by the enemy on Christmas day, 1864, and spent the remaining days of the war in a Yankee prison. Agriculture had been his occupation in North Carolina until 1882, and since in Wilcox county, Ga. He has a good six-horse farm, and also operates a two-still turpentine farm. Mr. Nance is a gentleman who has always commanded the respect of his fellow-citizens, and does his duty patriotically in filling important offices, which, while the pay is only the consciousness of duty well-done, must be held by men of standing and integrity to insure good local government. He married in North Carolina Miss Rebecca, daughter of Henry and Matilda Howell, and has reared a family of six children, of whom he is justly proud, as follows: William O., aged twenty-four, married to Miss Claudia Jackson of Dooly county, Ga.; Ella E., aged twenty; Julius A., aged eighteen; Almon J., aged fifteen; Mary A., aged twelve; and James F., aged ten years.

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