John Huyler Nye 1831-1896 was for many years a well known and highly esteemed citizen of Ogle County, Illinois. He was a native of England, born near Dover, and was the son of James and Harriet Nye, both of whom were natives of same country. The father spent his entire life in England..he was a pipe maker of trade. After his death, his widow, Mrs. Harriett Nye came to the U.S. afterward marrying a Mr. Marsh. John received his education in the common school of his native land. At the age of 19 years he came to the U.S., landing in New York where he spent 3 years learning the carpenter trade apprenticing himself to a Mr. Beebe. John came to Ogle County, Illinois in 1853. He commenced farming in Mt. Morris township on a farm comprising of 225 acres. He later purchased a farm of 160 acres in Lincoln township which he rented, while still remained upon the farm in Mt. Morris Township. In 1867, he left the farm with his family and removed to Mt. Morris and lived a retired life until 1882. In November 1882, he moved with his family to Beadle County, South Dakota and entered a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres and a tree claim of one hundred and sixty acres. In 1893, they left South Dakota and returned to Illinois and located in Maywood, a suburb of Chicago where they remained until January of 1896 when they went to Los Angeles where John died.

Submitted by Jane Edson

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