Pioneers of South Benton County Oregon

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  • ID: I23284
  • Name: John J. NYE
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 02 JAN 1831 in Plain Twp., Wayne Co., OH 1
  • Census: 1870 Newport
  • Military Service: Pvt Co.A1 OR Inf BET 1864 AND 1866
  • Event: Came to Oregon 1860 Corvallis
  • Event: Homestead Act 1882 Benton [now Lincoln] Co, OR
  • Death: 1911 in Newport, Lincoln Co., OR
  • Census: 1880 Newport
  • Census: 1890 Yaquina Bay
  • Note:
    NYE, JOHN J. State: OR Year: 1870 County: Benton Township: Sub. Div. No. 5 Page: 074
    1870 CENSUS: #465,
    NYE, John J. 38, farmer, OH
    The Benton Democrat, 13 July 1871, Corvallis, Benton Co, OR
    At the residence of the bride's brother, in Warsaw, Indiana, 25 May 1871, by Rev. J. S. Stabler, John J. NYE of Corvallis, Oregon, and Mrs. Olive J. STINSON of Warsaw, Indiana
    NYE, J. J. State: OR Year: 1880 County: Benton Township: Newport Pct Page: 101
    State: OR Year: 1880 County: Benton Township: Newport Pct Page: 100
    #35,35 NYE, J. J. 50 Farmer OH OH OH
    Olive J. 31 wife OH VA OH
    Soa f 8 dau OR OH OH
    Earl 4 son OR OH OH
    Andrew L. 2 son OR OH OH
    Patentee: JOHN J NYE Acres: 160 Issue Date: 4/10/1882 Land Office: Oregon City Authority: May 20, 1862: Homestead EntryOriginal (12 Stat. 392) Document Nr.: 1330 Accession/Serial Nr.: OROCAA 034522 BLM Serial Nr.: OROCAA 034522
    SWSE 2/ 11-S 11-W No Willamette OR Lincoln
    WNE 11/ 11-S 11-W No Willamette OR Lincoln
    NENW 11/ 11-S 11-W No Willamette OR Lincoln
    - - - -
    Patentees: JOHN LOUGHRIDGE, JOHN J NYE Acres: 160 Issue Date: 12/11/1871 Land Office: Oregon City Authority: March 3, 1855: ScripWarrant Act of 1855 (10 Stat. 701) Document Nr.: 49337 Accession/Serial Nr.: OROCAA 034360 BLM Serial Nr.: OROCAA 034360
    SSW 5/ 11-S 11-W No Willamette OR Lincoln
    NNW 8/ 11-S 11-W No Willamette OR Lincoln
    NYE, JOHN J. Year: 1890 Township: Yaquina Page: 001
    NYE, John J. Pvt A 1 OR Inf 12/2/1864-8/13/1866 1-6-11 Yaquina
    John T. Nye was one of the earliest settlers at Yaquina Bay. He took up a homestead along the beach and was instrumental in the development of the area. His property is now occupied by motels and houses facing the beach in front of Newport. Nye was just 13 years old when his father, Michael Nye, died in 1844. John became an apprentice tailor, presumably to help support the family. He continued working in this trade in his home state of Ohio until 1859, when he crossed the plains with a team of oxen. At Pikes Peak, County, he opted to turn around and retrace his steps to Atchison, KA. During his second attempt on the trail, he stopped in Salt lake City, UT, where he traded his oxen for horses. Completing the trip without major incident, Nye spent the winter of 1860 in Corvallis. The following spring he left for the Rock Creek mines in British Columbia. He spent a few months mining before returning to Corvallis, where he remained for about six months before enlisting in the Union Army as a tailor in Company A, First Oregon Volunteers. In his 19 months of service, he was stationed at Fort Vancouver, Fort Yamhill and Camp Polk. After being mustered out of the service in 1863, he returned to Corvallis to work as a general store clerk for nearly two years. He also worked on the construction of what eventually became Highway 20. In 1865, Nye headed west and took out a claim on the land we know today as Nye Beach. His cabin sat at the present-day intersection of Brook and Third streets. Nye's obituary states this was the second house to be built in Newport. Apparently he did some mining in Nye Creek, which ran right next to his cabin. According to a biographical sketch written on Nye in 1904, he was a fulltime resident of Nye Beach for must 19 months while he 'proved up' on his claim Nye retained ownership of his claim, however, until 1880, when he sold it 'at a large profit' to developer Sam Irvin. In 1871, Nye traveled to Indiana to marry Olive Kist, a native of Ohio. When Nye platted Nye Beach, renamed Olive Street for her. When the newly weds returned from Indiana, they settled down in Corvallis, where they remained for about three years. In 1874, the Nyes returned to this area when they took up another 160-acre homestead, this time east of Newport, near the present-day intersection of Fruitvale Road and Highway 20. Together John and Olive farmed their land and raised eight children. John Nye spent the rest of his days on his Fruitvale ranch. He died in 1911. Olive Kist Nye (1849-1936) lived out her days on the nearby farm owned by her son, Andrew. Frail and aging, she seldom made a trip to Newport. On a rare visit in 1925, she returned to the site of the Nye cabin. She told a newspaper reporter, "While the city is very nice... you have no idea what a beautiful sight this little valley was in the old days." Olive Kist Nye died in 1936 at age 87.59 In 1893, Fall Street was completed. It was then a wood plank road which covered the area from the Bayfront to Nye Beach. At this time, Nye Beach and Bayfront were separate communities, each with its own identity. This walkway was replaced by a road two years later as Newport began to grow.61 In 1975, Wave Leslie Belt and Margaret Peterson wrote that there were plank roads laid by the government engineer who was building Cape Foulweather Lighthouse. One went over the hill to Nye Beach where supplies for the lighthouse were taken to Jump-Off Joe and along the beach to Agate Beach and Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Nye Beach was one old tumbled-down shanty marking the ground that had been taken some years ago by one Johnny Nye, and abandoned for a claim further inland that was more of a success as a farm.
    2. John Jay NYE (Sophia L CLARK1) was born Jan. 2, 1831 in Warsaw, Ind.. He married Olive J. KIST, daughter of John KIST and Nancy P. MARSHALL. She was born in Harpers Ferry, VA.
    Children of John Jay NYE and Olive J. KIST are:
    4 i. Zoa NYE was born Mar. 25, 1872.
    5 ii. Jay NYE was born Mar. 19, 1874, and died July 13, 187
    6 iii. Earl H. NYE was born Oct. 16, 1875.
    7 iv. Andrew NYE was born Oct. 5, 1877.
    8 v. Franklin B. NYE was born June 7, 1881.
    9 vi. Otto Perry NYE was born Sept. 7, 1883.
    10 vii. Arthur Clark NYE was born Oct. 5, 1885.
    11 viii. John Royal NYE was born Oct. 28, 1887.

    Father: Michael Nye b: 08 MAY 1808 in Beaver Co., PA
    Mother: Sophia L. Clark b: 06 APR 1810

    Marriage 1 Olive J. KIST b: 1849 in OH
    • Married: 25 MAY 1871 in Warsaw, IN 2
    1. Has No Children Zoa NYE b: 25 MAR 1872 in Benton [now Lincoln] Co., OR
    2. Has No Children Jay NYE b: 19 MAR 1874 in Benton [now Lincoln] Co., OR
    3. Has No Children Earl H. NYE b: 16 OCT 1875 in Benton [now Lincoln] Co., OR
    4. Has No Children Andrew L. NYE b: 05 OCT 1877 in Benton [now Lincoln] Co., OR
    5. Has No Children Franklin B. NYE b: 07 JUN 1881 in Benton [now Lincoln] Co., OR
    6. Has No Children Otto Perry NYE b: 07 SEP 1883 in Benton [now Lincoln] Co., OR
    7. Has No Children Arthur Clark NYE b: 05 OCT 1885 in Benton [now Lincoln] Co., OR
    8. Has No Children John Royal NYE b: 28 OCT 1887 in Benton [now Lincoln] Co., OR

    1. Title: 1870 Benton Co, OR Census
      Source Medium: Book
    2. Title: Benton Democrat
      Publication: Name: Newspaper, published in Corvallis, 1871;
        Name: Knight kibrary, U of O, Eugene, OR

      Source Medium: Microfilm

      just OK

      Text: The Benton Democrat, 13 July 1871, Corvallis, Benton Co, OR
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