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Nabb, Charles, W. (of Coles Co., IL)

Born: 1794-12-06 Pennsylvania

Died: 1875-01-08 Coles County, Illinois

Flourished: Coles County, Illinois

Charles W. Nabb was a farmer, landowner, merchant, postmaster, and early settler of Coles County, Illinois. Nabb lived for a time in Lawrence County, Illinois, before moving to Coles County in 1832. In 1834, he purchased seventy-nine acres of public land near Paradise, southwest of Mattoon. Nabb acquired an additional forty-seven acres in 1836. Between 1837 and 1853, he also acquired approximately 318 acres in and around Mattoon. In July 1837, Nabb married Polly Ann Hendricks. In addition to farming, Nabb operated a mercantile establishment in Richmond, three miles southwest of Mattoon. From September 1841 to July 1843, he was postmaster of Paradise. He served a second stint as postmaster, from April 1851 to December 1854. In 1860, Nabb was living and farming in Mattoon and owned real property valued at $15,000 and a personal estate of $1,500.

Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Coles County, 145:45, 108, 147, 146:45, 147:148, 819:60, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; The History of Coles County, Illinois (Chicago: Wm. Le Baron, Jr., 1879), 334; Portrait and Biographical Album of Coles Co., Ill. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 259; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Shelby County, 8 July 1837, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971, NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls, Records of the Post Office Department, RG 28, 1832-1844, 12B:486, 1845-1855, 18:32, National Archives Building, Washington, DC; Register of all Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, from the Thirtieth September, 1841, to the Thirtieth September, 1843 (Washington, DC: J. & G. S. Gideon, 1843), 552*; Register of all Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1851 (Washington, DC: Gideon, 1851), *543; Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1853 (Washington, DC: Robert Armstrong, 1853), 514*; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Mattoon, Coles County, IL, 67; Gravestone, Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon, IL.