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Nash, Alonzo P., Captain (1881-?) | Maine Maritime Museum Manuscript Collection Online Catalog

Name: Nash, Alonzo P., Captain (1881-?)

Historical Note:

Alonzo P. Nash (Junior?) was born May 15, 1881, to Alonzo P. and Emily Nash, probably at Harrington, Maine, in Washington County. The 1900 Census shows him living in Harrington with his mother and older brother Henry, and Alonzo Jr. giving his occupation as Sailor (2nd Mate). On August 10, 1903, aged 22 and giving his occupation already as master mariner, he married Mary A. Hall of Addison, Maine, also 22. The 1910 Census shows Alonzo and Mary living still in Harrington, married six years, with 3 children: Alonzo, 5; Andrew H., 4; and Sarah E., 6 months. His occupation at that time was given as sailor, merchant vessel. In this period he was in command of the three-mast schooner William E. Downes, as shown by the documents in this collection. In 1918 he shows up on a crew manifest at New York in command of a steamer Evelyn arriving from La Pallice (FRA). The 1920 Harrington Census, sure enough, lists him as a captain, steamship.

            Between 1920 and 1930 something happens to the family, and Alonzo and Mary are divorced. The 1930 Census shows an Alonzo Nash living in Harrington, but he is 25 and a blueberry farmer. This is the son – he is a homeowner, and head of household. His mother Mary is living with him, listed as divorced. His younger brother Andrew, occupation steamboat seaman, is also listed in the household. The father Alonzo P. Nash is probably the Alonzo Nash who shows up in the New Orleans Census, occupation Underwriters Surveyor, approximately the right age, living in a rooming house. Evidence for this identification is the name of someone else living in the same rooming house: Andrew Nash, 23, Mariner. This would mean that Andrew was listed twice in the same census, his mother and brother back in Maine not thinking that he might be staying in a rooming house somewhere the day the census taker came.

            Whether Captain Nash left the sea permanently at this time is not known. No death date has been found for him. His wife Mary H. Nash died December 30, 1973, aged 92, at Ellsworth, ME.

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