Nathaniel Grigsby; Friend of Abe Lincoln
Posted May 1, 2009
We should take the wisdom of our elderly. This gentleman was very smart. Please note the message he wished to leave us that is inscribed onto his tombstone (Pictured)
Nathaniel GRIGSBY. Son of Reuben Davis GRIGSBY Sr. & Nancy BARKER. Born 11, October 1811 in Nelson Co., KY. Died 16, April 1890 in Attica, Harper Co., KS. Buried in Attica, Harper Co., KS. He was a Civil War veteran of the 2nd Lt. Co. G, 10th Indiana Cavalry. He was a farmer.
Nathaniel was a dear friend of Abraham Lincoln.
After Lincoln moved to Illinois in 1830, Nathaniel moved with his father to
Carroll Co., MO in 1855.
In 1860, he was living in Norborne. He wrote to Lincoln and received an appointment as a Republican Precinct Committee Man. He placed Lincoln's name on the 1860 ballot. All of Natty's neighbors were Southern sympathizers. He had been talking about electing Lincoln for president in town. One morning at about 2 or 3 a.m. a neighbor rode up and told Natty not to light any lights. The neighbor wanted to warn him that his neighbors were planning to murder him and if he wanted to live he should
be on his way.
After the warning, Natty moved back to Spencer Co., IN where he and four of his five sons enlisted in Company C 10th IN Cavalry (Richmond Davis did not enlist). Natty was named 2nd Lieutenant.
The family apparently returned to Carroll Co., MO but in 1885 they moved to Harper Co., KS and settled on a farm in the extreme northwest corner of the county. In 1890, they moved to Attica, KS. Nathaniel was buried in Attica.
His tombstone reads as follows:
(Front) N. Grigsby Died Apr 16 1890 Aged 78 Yrs 6 Mo 5 Days 2nd Lieut. Co. C 10th Ind. Cavy
(Side)Went to school with Lincoln. Brother to Aaron Grigsby who married Abe Lincoln's oldest sister. Visited in White House.
(Shown Side) Through this inscription I wish to enter my dying protest against what is called the Democratic Party. I have watched it closely since the days of Jackson and know that all the misfortunes of our nation has come to it through this so-called party, therefore beware of this party of treason.
Information copied from; http://www.angelfire.com/in2/kwitina/family/Grigsby.html