Nason, Elias

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Nason, Elias Gender: M
born on 21 April 1811 at 14:00 (= 2:00 PM )
Place Wrentham, Massachusetts, 42n04, 71w20
Timezone LMT m71w20 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 00°44' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 14°22 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 05°45'

Elias Nason (1874)


American writer, a Massachusetts Congregational clergyman, educator and editor who authored twenty-one religious, history and biography books.

He started working for a paper mill in Framingham, Massachusetts, in 1826, and attended school on the side. After five years, he left to study for a year with Chauncey Colton and Justin Perkins at Amherst College. Then he entered Brown University and taught on the side to finance his studies. He graduated from Brown in 1835.

He spent five months as principal of Cambridge Latin Grammar School, and in 1836 married Myra Anne Bigelow. They had six children. After leaving Cambridge Latin, he sailed for Charleston, South Carolina, with naturalist John E. Holbrook. From 1836 to 1840, he taught in Augusta, Georgia, edited the Georgia Courier, and lectured throughout the state of Georgia on the flora of the south.

Returning to Massachusetts, he settled in Newburyport, edited the Watchtower, became master of the Latin school, and subsequently of the high school, and in 1852 was ordained pastor of the Congregational Church in Natick. He officiated at a church in Needham in 1858-1860. During the American Civil War, he served on the Christian Commission, writing and lecturing in support of the Union. From 1865 until his death, he resided in North Billerica, and officiated in adjoining churches.

He was a successful lecturer, spoke several languages, was a member of many learned societies, and at one time edited the New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1866 and 1867). He was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1865.

Elias Nason died on 17 June 1887 at age 76 in North Billerica, Massachusetts. His cousin Henry Bradford Nason was a noted chemist.

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  • Relationship : Marriage 1836 (Myra Anne Bigelow)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from Memoir of Rev. Elias Nason, A. M. by William Blake Trask (D. Clapp & Son, 1899), page 3:

"ELIAS NASON, son of Levi and Sarah (Newton) Nason, was born in Wrentham, Massachusetts, April 21, 1811. 'In looking over the genealogical papers in our old family Bible,' he says, 'I discover that I was introduced into this bright and beautiful world at two o'clock in the afternoon of the first Sunday after Easter.'"


  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Six)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Groups (American Antiquarian Society)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Christian)
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator (School principal)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Pastor)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Biographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor