Fisher/Nash Ancestry

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According to Clyde Ratcliffe, the Nash "family can be found in Norfolk, Va in the 1850 & 1860 census... but I can't find him in the 1870 census." Joseph Nash was an auctioneer and later a bookkeeper. He lived with his brother Nathaniel (3 yrs older) after his wife's death. He died of "Disease of the Heart" and is buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, VA. The funeral service was at Granby St. M.E. Church.
Joseph Nash
 
Evelina Harwood
  William Miller   Rebecca McMullen  
  b. 1817/18
Norfolk Co., VA
d. 23 Oct. 1879
Buried at Elmwood, Norfolk, VA
m. 17 Oct. 1842
Norfolk Co., VA
b. 1821/22
d. 9 June 1859
Norfolk Co., VA
  b. Dec. 1826
Malmsbury, England,
(near Wilshire
NW of London)
d. Feb. 17, 1891
outside of
Baltimore, MD
m. 13 May 1845
New Castle, DE

Lived in
Shenandoah Co.,
VA, 1848
b. 29 Dec. 1822
New Castle Co., DE
d. 21 June 1900
buried in
Reierstown, MD
 
                 
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Charles Florence Fisher


(picture)
May 12, 1922, letter from Ernest Fisher
to his mother Mary Elizabeth (Pifer) Fisher: envelope
page 1
page 2
page 3
page 4

(picture w/ Charles and Mary)
(picture - reunion)
(picture - tomb)
(picture - tomb close-up)

Charles and Mary (Pifer) Fisher are third cousins via their shared great great grandfather John Funkhouser, Sr. (Johannes Fankhauser, Sr.).

Mary Elizabeth Pifer


(picture - as a young girl)
(picture)
(picture - birthday)

According to a letter written to "Gee Gee" on October 11, 1977, "Mary Liz" went to Dayton College. Further, the letter states that her brother, who lived across the river from her, was a Northern sympathizer during the Civil War whose land was spared when the Northern troops invaded the Shenandoah Valley.


(picture - quilt square she made in 1930s)
  Wadsworth "Wads" H. Nash   Mary Frances Miller
(called "Mollie" at age 11)
Mary Frances Miller had a brother John born circa 1846.

Wadsworth Nash served in the Confederate Navy and be stationed in Norfolk or Newport News, VA. He was a Private in Young's Harbor Guards at the outbreak of the War Between the States. On April 22, 1861 he was transferred to Captain Grandy's Company, VA Light Artillery (Norfolk Light Artillery Blues). He was captured on April 2, 1865 during the fall of Petersburg, Virginia, and was transferred to Point Lookout Yankee prison, Maryland, and was released on May 21, 1865 (Source: FindAGrave). His family reportedly came from England. According to Clyde Ratcliffe, in 1868, Charles Nash, Wadsworth's younger brother and also an ancestor to Clyde's son-in-law, wrote, "I was born in Norfolk, Va., Jan 4, 1854 My parents were Joseph and Evelina Nash...When about fourteen years, I went to Baltimore to live with my brother Wadsworth, ten years my senior."
b. 17 Oct. 1855
d. 6 June 1917
m. 29 April 1879 b. 16 April 1858
d. 12 Feb. 1936
  b. 31 August 1841
Norfolk Co., VA
d. 22 November 1920
Buried in MD and later moved to Dayton, VA after wife's death
Tombstone
m. 1869/70
Baltimore, MD
b. 31 July 1848
Shenandoah Co., VA
d. 27 September 1940
Tombstone
   
               
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A letter written to "Gee Gee" on October 11, 1977, indicates that Homer, the second eldest child of Charles and Mary (Pifer) Fisher, worked in a machine shop and put his oldest brother "Ottie" (Otto Keiter Fisher) through medical school in Baltimore. As a child, Otto only went through 7th grade but read books during a lengthy recovery from an appendectomy and dissected dead animals. Further, the letter states that Homer had 4 brothers, 3 who went to school: "Ottie" (Otto Keiter Fisher) who was a doctor in Dayton, VA; Ernest who went to Altoona, PA; and Austin who was a boxer at Washington and Lee. It also indicates Lester who died when he was one year old.

His sister Eva Fisher was a nurse:
Eva Fisher, RN
Eva Fisher, 2nd row far right
Eva Fisher with-nursing class at Rockingham Memorial Hospital Harrisonburg, VA (Which nurse is Eva?)
Eva Fisher resignation letter from The Pottsville Hospital 1 June 1930

Austin Fisher, brother of Otto Keiter Fisher. Girl with puppy is his daughter Gail Fisher
Otto Keiter Fisher

(Picture)

(As A Young Man)

(2nd Row with pipe)

(Med School photo - Same photo: enlarged)

(Otto Keiter Fisher, med school graduate)

(as a young doctor)

(Otto Keiter Fisher, M.D. with signature)

(on horseback)

(with his dogs)

(with dogs on porch)

(Older years photo)

(named for Philip William Otterbein)
  Mollie Clara Nash

(picture)
(postcard with Mollie holding onto son Otto with sister Amelia sitting and holding baby Clara | back of postcard)
(portrait in later years)
Some records have Mary. "Mollie" may have been a nickname just as her mother, Mary, went by "Mollie" at a young age.

Mollie Clara Nash Fisher ca. 1970 with infant great-grandson William Marshall Johnson and toddler great-grandson Neil Fisher Johnson

Mollie Fisher with great-grandsons(L to R): Neil, Jamie and Billy Johnson

Mollie at a later birthday
 
Milk Home Delivery 101 by Leroy Henry who worked for Otto Keiter Fisher's brother J.H. (John "Homer") Fisher b. 14 Feb. 1880
d. 6 Dec. 1942

gravestone at Clover Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery, Clover Hill, VA
m. 14 August 1909 b. 18 March 1880
d. 28 June 1978
obituary
   
         
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Carolyn Fisher Johnson wrote the following of her father Otto W. Fisher: Daddy was known as "Buddy" as a boy and always by friends and family. He was called "Doc" by those he met in the public and who he worked with. His father was a doctor, maybe "Doc" came from that. His name was often written as O. W. Fisher, Jr., but he was not a Jr. His middle name was Woodrow. His father was Otto Keiter Fisher. My understanding that my grandfather was named for Phillip Otterbein who traveled by horseback, ministering in the Strasburg area. My great grandmother was so impressed with Phillip Otterbein that she named her baby in his honor. "Bow Wow" was the name given by my oldest son. Daddy rocked him and made sounds to the baby. Think the baby was trying to imitate his sound, which sounded like Bow Wow. All 9 of his grandchildren called him that special name.


Sales Award 1963
Sales Award 1964
Sales Award 1965
Business card for Highway Motors

Otto "Bow-Wow" Woodrow Fisher with grandsons: William "Billy" Marshall Johnson, Nelson Wade Bourne, James "Jamie" Johnson, Christopher Lynn Bourne and Neil Fisher Johnson



Otto Woodrow Fisher, or "Bow-Wow" as he was known to his grandchildren, was a model train aficionado and he gave his HO-scale PA engine to his grandson James "Jamie" Arthur Johnson. Jamie played with the train as a child and on up into his high school days. When Jamie went to college, "Bow-Wow" passed away and the train remained safely in a box for years to come. Nearly 25 years later, Jamie would see the train run again with his own children on March 14, 2016.

Fisher genealogy notes from the 1960s
  Otto Woodrow Fisher Hazel and Otto as a younger couple

Otto Woodrow Fisher at Highway Motors

Hazel and Otto in a sweet moment

Otto Woodrow Fisher in the 1970s

Otto with grandson James "Jamie" Arthur Johnson

in his favorite chair

50th anniversary portrait (article)

With grandchildren at their 50th anniversary
(back of photo)

With Hazel's siblings at their 50th anniversary
(back of photo with siblings' names)

Additional pictures of Otto and Hazel

Their house in Harrisonburg, VA

Otto Woodrow Fisher with his Yorkie "Missy"

Hazel Jane Eckard
       
Pictures of Otto Woodrow Fisher and siblings:
Otto with his sister Amelia (Back of Picture)
Fisher Children: Clara & Otto W.
Otto and Mary F. (back of picture)
1923 State Fair (words on back of picture)
Otto Woodrow Fisher and his prize pigs, age 9 in 1923
Picture of Otto W. Fisher as a teen (tall on the right) (Writing on back)
Picture of Otto W. Fisher as a young man
Picture of Otto W. Fisher with car
Fisher siblings: Mary Frances Fisher, Otto Woodrow Fisher, Clara Fisher Hester and Amelia Fisher Ritchie
Mary Frances (Fisher) Spurling, baby sister of Otto Woodrow Fisher - Carol Spurling, daughter of Mary Frances (Fisher) Spurling and Chester Spurling
Fisher siblings with mother: Otto Woodrow Fisher, standing. Front (Left to Right): Clara Fisher Hester, Mollie Clara Nash Fisher (mother) and Amelia Fisher Ritchie
Otto Woodrow Fisher eating a favorite: watermelon
Otto Woodrow Fisher with cousins and sister (note on back of picture)
Picture of Otto W. Fisher as a grandfather
Obituary for Otto's sister Amelia Harriet Fisher Ritchie

Remembrance: Amelia Harriet Fisher Ritchie

Obituary for Otto's sister Clara Fisher Hester
  b. 6 Feb. 1914, Medley, WV
d. 21 Feb. 1992, Harrisonburg, VA
(Obituary | Memorial service by Rev. Zig Volskis)
Burial: Eastlawn Cemetery, Harrisonburg, VA
m. 6 Apr. 1936 b. 24 Sept. 1911
d. 3 July 2008, Harrisonburg, VA
Burial: Eastlawn Cemetery, Harrisonburg, VA
       
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descendants
 
                              John R.   Susanna H.
                              Harwood + Gilbert
                                      |
                        +-------------+--------------+
                        |b. 1790-1800 | b. 1790-1800 |
                        |Norfolk Co.VA|Norfolk Co.,VA| 
                        |d. pre-1840? |d.1842-1850   |
                        |Norfolk Co.VA|Norfolk Co.,VA|
                        +-------------+--------------+
                        |m. Feb.1, 1811 Norfolk Co.VA|
                        +-------------+--------------+
                                      |
                                      |
                                      |
                                      |
                                      +           William  +  Rebecca
                          Joseph + Evelina        Miller   |  McMullen
 According to Clyde        Nash  | Harwood    +------------+------------+       
 Ratcliffe, the Nash             |            |m.5/31/1845 New Castle,DE|
 "family can be found  +---------+---------+  +------------+------------+
 in Norfolk, Va in the |b.1817/18|b.1821/22|  |b. Dec. 1826|b. 29 Dec.  |
 1850 & 1860 census... |Norfolk  |d. Jun 9 |  |in Malmsbury|   1822 in  |
 but I can't find him  |Co., VA. |   1859  |  |ENGLAND near|New Castle  |
 in the 1870 census."  |d.Oct.23,|Norfolk  |  |Wiltshire,  |County,     |
 Joseph Nash was an    |1879     |Co., VA  |  |NW of London|Delaware.   |
 auctioneer and later  |   m.Oct17,1842 in |  |            |d. 21 June  |
 a bookkeeper. He      |   Norfolk Co., VA |  |d.Feb17,1891|   1900.    |
 lived w/his brother   +---------+---------+  | outside of |Buried in   |
 Nathaniel (3 yrs older)         |            | Baltimore, |Reistertown,|
 after his wife's death.         |            | Maryland.  |Maryland.   |
 He died of "Disease of the      +------+     +------------+------------+
 Heart" and is buried at Elmwood        |     |Lived in Shen.Co.,VA 1848| 
 Cemetery, Norfolk, VA. The             |     +------------+------------+
 funeral service was at Granby          |                  |
 St. M.E. Church.                       |                  |
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                 Charles    Mary        Wadsworth  +    Mary
                 Florence + Elizabeth   Nash       |  Frances 
                 Fisher     Pifer       b.1843/44  |  Miller (Age 11, called "Mollie")
                +------+------+-----+   NorfolkCo. |  b. ca.1848 Shenandoah Co., VA
                |b. 17 |m. 29 |b. 16|   VA. Buried |  m. 1869/70 in Baltimore, MD. 
                |Oct.  |April |April|   in Dayton, |  (Had a brother John b. ca. 1846)
                |1855  |1879  |1858 |   VA.        |  d. 1941
                |d. 6  |      |d. 12|            +-+
                |June  |      |Feb. |            | Wadsworth Nash was said to have
                |1917  |      |1936 |            | served in the Confederate Navy
                +------+--+---+-----+            | and be stationed in Norfolk or 
                          |                      | Newport News, VA.  His family 
                          |                      | reportedly came from England.
                          |                +-----+ According to Clyde Ratcliffe, 
                          |                |       in 1868, Charles Nash, Wadsworth's
                          |                |       younger brother and also an
                          |                |       ancestor to Clyde's son-in-law,
                          |                |       wrote, "I was born in Norfolk,
                          |                |       Va., Jan 4, 1854 My parents were
                          |                |       Joseph and Evelina Nash...When
                          |                |       about fourteen years, I went to
                          |                |       Baltimore to live with my brother
                          |                |       Wadsworth, ten years my senior."
                          |                |
     Otto Keiter Fisher   Otto        Mollie (Some records have Mary, "Mollie" may
     was a doctor in      Keiter      Clara   have been a nickname just as her mother,
     Dayton, Virginia     Fisher   +  Nash    a Mary, went by "Mollie" during childhood) (Picture)
       Picture           +---------+---------+
       Med School photo  |b. 14 Feb|b. 18 Mar| 
      Older years photo  |1880     |1880     |
                         |d. 6 Dec |d. 28 Jun|
                         |1942     |1978     |
  Milk Home Delivery 101 +---------+---------+
  by Leroy Henry who     |m. 14 August 1909  |
  worked for Otto Keiter +---------+---------+
  Fisher's brother J.H. Fisher     |
                                   |
                      Hazel      Otto
                      Jane    +  Woodrow
                      Eckard     Fisher
                                 (Feb. 6, 1914-Feb. 21, 1992) (Obituary)    
                                 Otto with his sister Amelia (Back of Picture)
                                 Fisher Children: Clara & Otto W.
                                 Otto and Mary F. (back of picture)
                                 1923 State Fair (words on back of picture)
                                 Picture of Otto W. Fisher as a teen (tall on the right) (Writing on back)
                                 Picture of Otto W. Fisher as a grandfather