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Biography of Nathaniel Frost

The following excerpt comes from
An Illustrated History of Jackson County, Minnesota
by Arthur P. Rose
Northern History Publishing Company, Jackson, Minnesota, 1910

p. 336

Nathaniel Frost, deceased, was one of the very first residents of Jackson County, having located here when the country was a part of Brown County. He took part in many of the stirring events of the early days and after the county became settled, became a prominent citizen.

Mr. Frost was born in Pipe Creek, Tioga County, New York, 14 Jan 1832. During the first year of his life, the family moved to Covington, Tioga county, Pennsylvania and there our subject spent his youth and early manhood. In 1854 he came west, locating in Michigan, where he lived 8 months. He then moved to Hardin County, Iowa where he lived nearly two years. Going to Webster City in Hamilton County, Mr. Frost met an old friend, Jareb Palmer, and with him drove to the future Jackson County, settling near the present site of the village of Jackson. He arrived in the county in company with Jareb Palmer and Bartholomew McCarthy on the 27th day of November, 1856 Some of the life history of Mr. Frost during these early days is told in the historical section of this work, and in a brief biographical sketch of this kind, we can only touch on the principal events.

The massacre of 1857 drove Mr. Frost temporarily from the county. In 1862 he enlisted in Company K of the 4th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. He was ordered to St. Louis where he was about two years. After his tour of enlistment had expired, he re-enlisted as a veteran and served until the close of the war. He took part in sixteen important engagements of the Civil War and was with General Sherman on the march to the sea. With the exception of the four years spent in the army, two years spent at Kasota, Minnesota, and four years at Caldwell County, Missouri, Mr. Frost was a resident of the county until his death, which occurred at Jackson Dec. 21, 1899.

Mr. Frost was married Jan. 2, 1861 to Maryette Root of Benson, Vermont and to them were born three children: Flora J. (Mrs. Wagner), John and Moses.

Transcribed and submitted by Lucille Gano
May 24, 2002

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