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An Apple Named After Me?
Well not me really. It was my 6th generation grandfather, James Naylor. I found this story submitted by jblackowens in ancestry.com. This is an excerpt from it:
At the close of the war, James Naylor settled near Cumberland, Maryland, and later passed over the mountains and located on Beaver creek, Pennsylvania, about 40 miles below Pittsburg. In moving over the Alleghany mountains, his wife rode one horse with four children–two before and two behind her, while he, with all their household effects loaded on another horse, led the way. Mr. Naylor remained but a short time on Beaver creek. He and a neighbor named Mehafey built a flat boat and with their families and household goods, together with a boy named David Young started down the Ohio river. This was about the year 1792. It may be well to state here that the boy, David Young, settled at Youngsville, Ohio and for him the town was named. Naylor, Mehafey and Young were among the earliest pioneers of Adams County.
The trip to Limestone (Maysville) Kentucky, was made in three days, owing to the exceptionally high stage of water. It usually took from six to nine days to make the distance on a flat-boat. The members of this party were novices in the boating business and did not know how to land when they reached their destination. They were afraid of the Indians also. Hence they made fast their boat with grapevines and awaited for something to develop. Finally the citizens came to their relief and assisted them to land.
Mr. Naylor now located his family at Washington, Kentucky, four miles south of Maysville. He remained there until the spring of 1796, when he moved to Gift Ridge, Adams County, about five miles northeast of Manchester, Ohio. When Mrs. Naylor left Beaver creek, she brought with her a jar of apples, and while living at Washington, she planted the seeds from those apples. The scions were transplanted on the farm at Gift Ridge, and from this sprung the “Naylor” apples, well-known throughout the state and country.
Mr. Naylor was married twice, his first wife being a Miss Bunket. The youngest daughter, Hannah, by the first wife, married John Washburn, a brother of the wife of Zephaniah Wade. His oldest daughter, Ann, (Nancy Ann?) by his second wife, Margaret Parker, married Mark Pennywitt. His other children were: Benjamin, Samuel (grandfather of our subject), David, James, and Jane.. Hannah, Ann and Benjamin came down on the flat-boat. Samuel was born at Washington, Kentucky. The others were born on Gift Ridge. Benjamin, David and James moved west about the year 1828. Benjamin and David located in Vermillion County, Indiana. David settled in Edgar County, Illinois. Samuel Naylor lived and died on the old homestead. He married Sallie Tucker and to them were born a family of seven sons and four daughters. The descendants of these children are scattered throughout the West.
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