|About Semm / Naser Family Tree
Semm/Naser,Parker, Brown and Nusbaum Families
THE NUSBAUM (NUSSBAMER)FAMILY
Four Nusbaum brothers imigrated to America from their home in Pery, Berne,
Switzerland around 1818. At least two, Peter and John, and perhaps all four, settled
in Ashland County, Ohio. Christian and John moved to Elkhart County, Indiana shortly
after their arrival.
Christian was born August 5, 1799 and died on Feburary 8, 1881 at the home of his
daughter Anna Nusbaum Holdeman and her husband Joseph. He lived and raised ten
children with his wife Catherine Elizabeth Weiss Nusbaum in Elkhart County.
Christian served in the Swiss Army in France for two years and was 23 years old when
he imigrated in about 1822.
Catherine was only eleven when she arrived in America. Her father, Johann, worked in
France to aaccumulate enough money for passage to America for his family.In England he
paid a ship's Captain for the family's passage. But, not speaking English, he was
dupted only to have the Captain of the real ship demand passage. The money being gone
the family was sold as Bonded-Servents once they reached port in Pennsylvania.
The parents and children were sold seperately. Catherine served as a servent to a
Pennsylvania family by the name of Hershie. The remainder of the family made their way
to Ashland County, Ohio then to Indiana, Where Johann was said to have died from a
heart attack brought on by the grief he had caused his loved ones.
When Christian arrive in Pennsylvaina, he met Catherine Weiss and fell in love, He
paid off the Bond to the Hershie's ending her indentureship and the two moved to
Elkhart County, Indiana to raise a family.
Children of Catherine and Christian Nusbaum were:
Elizabeth Nusbaum Brubaker
Anna Nusbaum Holdeman
**Catherine Nusbaum Brown
Barbara Nusbaum McClintic
Frances Nusbaum Kronk
THE BROWN FAMILY
Jacob and Lydia Stump Brown were a part of the "Plain Church" Germans who migrated
to Eastern Pennsylvania from Europe. Jacob was born born there on June 15, 1803. He
died in Elkhart County, Indiana on May 8, 1887. Lydia Stump Brown was born on Janurary
6, 1804 in Canada, near Ontario. She Died Feburary 14, 1888 in Elkhart County,
They were both of English decent. From this union, John Brown was born on March 1,
1827, in Mann County Canada. Their families had moved to Canada after the American
Revolition as they preferred to live under the English Crown.
They moved to Indiana in 1830 to an area more suitable for wheat farming. They
purchased land in section 36 (now Union Township) Elkhart County, Indiana. They
developed their land and raise their family of ten children.
Children of Jacob and Lydia Brown were:
Sarah Brown Whitehead
It was there in Elkhart County that John Brown met Catherine Nusbaum. They were wed
on December 15, 1850 by Justice of the Peace John Ferguson.
By 1874 they were living in section 16 of Harrison Township, Elkhart County and had
land running west into section 17. In addition to the farm John operated a saw mill on
Yellow Creek in section 16.
The children of John and Catherine Nusbaum Brown were:
Lydia Ann Brown Overholt
James A. Brown
Abraham Lincoln Brown
Jacob H. Brown
Joseph Eaton Brown
George Washington Brown
Rufus Melvin Brown
David Franklin Brown
**Lucretia May Brown Naser
John and Catherine were my mother's Grandparents.
THE NASER FAMILY
Seth Beadress Naser and Lucretia May Brown Naser were married on June 8,1898 In
Seth had gone from his home near Graymont, Illinois to visit his Uncle John Good
who resided near Goshen, Indiana. It was there he met my Grandmother, Lucretia Brown,
sometime prior to Feburary 1895. His uncle's wife, Catherine Holdeman Good was a
cousin to Lucretia.
Lucretia and Seth first lived near Graymont, Livingston County, Illinois where he
farmed, traded horses and worked as a butcher for a year. In 1905 they moved to a
rented farm one mile south of Mitchell, South Dakota in Davidson County. With them
came their first three children who had been born in Illinois: Cleo, Carroll, and
Lela. Then in 1906, daughter Alice was born. In 1907 with the four kids they moved to
a farm four miles East of Mitchell, Hanson County. They rented this farm near
Riverside by the James River where White's flour mill was located. They lived there
four six and a half years and added four more children to their family, Audrey,
Gladys, Mabel and Howard. The family farmed and raised milk cows, hogs, sheep, horses
In 1913 Seth Naser bought 320 acres of land in Plano Township, Hanson County,
about six miles NW of Fulton South Dakota. There he built a two story house with eight
rooms, a bathroom and full basement. The house was built on a plan the same as
Lucretia's brother's home in Indiana. Late Seth added three barns and a silo.
In this home the last three children, Harold, Helen and Ruth Elizabeth were born.
In June of 1924, a twister leveled the barns and silo. Six of the children were
milking in the barn absement when the twister hit which saved the twelve cows and six
horses that were in the barn with them. Seth continued to buy land as he felt one
should never pass up a good deal. Most of this land being in Hanson county and some in
Buffalo and Hand Counties.
In the spring of 1947 Seth and Lou bought a home in Mitchell and retired to the
city. Grandma Lou died in June 1948 from a blood clot which was the result of an
automobile accident. They celebrated their 50th wedding aniversary just sixteen days
before her death.
The children of Seth and Lucretia May Brown Naser were:
Cleo Catherine Naser Graves
Carroll Abbott Naser
Lela Marie Naser Easton
Dorothy Alice Naser Bender
Audrey Caroline Naser Wilson
Mary Gladys Naser Rogers
Mable Irene Naser Mahoney
John Howard Naser
Seth Harold Naser
Helen Lucretia Naser Minard
***Ruth Elizabeth Naser Semm (My Mother)
Seth and Lucretia May Brown Naser were my Grand Parents.
THE GOOD FAMILY
Caroline Good was the third of six children of Daniel and Sarah Gaster Good of Ohio. She also had
two halr-brothers and two half-sisters by Daniel's second wife.
THE PARKER FAMILY
THE SEMM FAMILY
************I am still working on the histories of the Good, Parker and Semm Family*******
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