John Thomas Nourse

Posted: May 19, 2008, 17:05:22 pm by jim

This is my great-great grandfather

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Born: Milroy, Pennsylvania PA February 24, 1845
Died: Presidio of San Francisco February 17, 1933

John Thomas Nourse, 88, Called By Death

A veteran of the Civil War, who when a boy of 16, talked about the war with President Lincoln at the White House, answered the last roll call yesterday. He was John T. Nourse, for many years an active member of Lincoln Post, G.A.R., of this city, who passed away at Letterman Hospital, aged 88.

Shortly after war was declared in 1861, the lad left his mother's home in a little Pennsylvania village and went alone to WAshington, to ask for an oppointment to the Naval Academy. When he arrived at the White House the cabinet was in session, but Lincoln sent word by an attendant to have the boy wait.

After the cabinet session, he was ushered into the study, and Lincoln sat beside him on an old-fashioned hair sofa and began talking earnestly about the great civil conflict. The President was particularly eager to find out what the boys of that age thought about the war.

The young man was so fired with enthusiasm by Lincoln's talk that he forgot to ask for the appointment; he returned home and enlisted, first in the Thirteenth Pennsylvania Calvary, and later in the Twentiety Calvary, serving throughout the way.

Son of the Reverend James Nourse, a Presbyterian clergyman, Nourse was born in Milroy, Pennsylvania., February 24, 1845. He was said recently to be the oldest living graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, having received his law degree there in 1867. He practiced in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In 1886 he moved to Santa Ana, California and in 1890 was appointed postmaster of that city by President Harrison. In 1899 he moved to San Francisco.

He was a lifelong Republican and was identified with the Progressive movement in California. He belonged to the Masonic order and several years ago was presented with a gold button signifying fifty years of membership in the order.

His children were Sarah Harvey, deceased; Major Joseph P. Nourse, James R. Nourse, John T Nourse., Jr., and Bayard E. Nourse.

There are fourteen surviving grandchildren.

A sister, Mrs. Annie C. Marks resides at Chico.

John T. Nourse, 88, Who Talk Over War With Lincoln, Dies

SAN FRANCISCO, February 15 -- (Bee Bureau) -- John Thomas Nourse, 88, father of several well known Californian's, died yesterday from the infirmities of old age at Letterman General Hospital.

His Children are: Judge John T. Nourse of the California Appellate Court; James R. Nourse, editor of the San Francisco Examiner; Mrs. Annie C. Marks of Chico; Major Joseph P. Nourse, principal of the Galileo High School here, and Bayard Nourse of Alameda. He had fourteen grandchildren.


TALKED WITH LINCOLN -- He was a veteran of the Civil War and one of the most active members of the Grand Army of the Republic. He served as senior vice commander for the department of California and Nevada. When a boy of 16 he talked about the war with President Lincoln at the White House.

He went to Washington shortly after the war was declared to ask President Lincoln for an appointment tot he naval academy, President Lincoln asked him what the boys of the nation thought about the war.

Nourse was so excited that he forgot to ask for the appointment, but returned to his home at Milroy, PA., and enlisted in the cavalry.

He was said to be the oldest living graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He came to California in 1886, settling in Santa Ana. In 1899 President Harrison appointed hiim postmaster there.

Nephews and nieces included George N. Marks, Aberdeen, WA; Will J., James Harvey, and Miss Anna L. Marks, Chico, and Mrs. Reba W. Goodwin, Sacramento.

Services will be held at 10am Thursday at Gray's funeral parlors, Post and Divisadero Street, San Francisco>

MARRIED:
Eleanor Maclary Pomeroy, born February 15, 1848 in Concord, Franklin Co., PA
Married on June 7, 1871

CHILDREN:
Sarah Harvey (Sally), born July 2, 1872 in PA
Joseph Pomeroy Nourse, born November 15, 1873 in Academia, Juniata Co., PA
James Rittenhouse, born August 19, 1875 in Academia, Juniata Co., PA
John Thomas Nourse, born March 3, 1877 in Academia, Juniata Co., PA
Bayard Everhart Nourse, born January 10, 1880 in Academia, Juniata Co., PA

PARENTS:
Reverand James Nourse
Sarah North Harvey

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