Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 5th ed., 1887, Jessamine Co.
MICHAEL NAVE (or NEFF) was born in 1734 in Wurtemberg, Germany, and immigrated to this country about 1755, settled in Juniata County, Penn., and died in 1866. His son, Leonard Nave, was born in Juniata County, Penn., in 1768, and removed to Estill County, Ky., about 1790. He was a
blacksmith by trade, and subsequently carried on the business in Lexington. He had two sons: Dr. Peter Nave and Jonathan Nave. Later in life Leonard removed to Jessamine and lived with his son Dr. Peter Nave, and was engaged
in business at that place. He died in 1842 at the home of his son, Peter. Leonard had four sons: John, Dr. Peter, Michael (who settled in the neighborhood of Dayton) and Jonathan; four daughters: Mrs. Corman (of Jessamine County, Ky.), Mrs. Peter Hoover (of Jessamine County, Ky.), Mrs.
John Dickerson (of Indiana) and Elizabeth Woodward. Jonathan Nave was born February 14, 1799, and was also a blacksmith. He settled in Jessamine County, about two miles from Nicholasville on the Lexington Pike. He
purchased a farm where his son Jacob A. Nave now resides, engaged in the business of blacksmithing and continued in the business until about twelve years before his death, November 21, 1862. In 1829 he married Miranda Springer, of Kentucky, who was born in 1803 and died October 1, 1882.
They had seven children: John L. Nave, who now resided in Pulaski County, was the first child. Jacob A. Nave, the second child, was born in 1832, and was reared on the old homestead where he still resides. At the death of his father he entered into partnership with his mother in managing the farm until her death, in 1882, when his brother James associated himself with him, and they are now engaged in working two farms, which contain 325 acres, and they are also extensively engaged in raising stock of
various kinds, paying special attention to Shorthorn stock. He is a progressive man, and a gentlemen of genial manners. Huldah J. Nave, the third child, was born August 16, 1833, was reared on the homestead, and, November 23, 1854, married Samuel H. Arnett, a native of Jessamine County, who died September 16, 1869. By this marriage Mrs. Arnett had four children: Millard F., Maggie (Mrs. William Lowen), Samuel and Virginia. Mrs. Arnett resides upon her farm containing 100 acres, which adjoins her brother Jacob's, and which is managed by her son, Millard F. Amanda M. Nave, the fourth child, married Merritt S. Barkley, resides in Sherman, Tex., and has three living children: John, Charles and Miranda. James M. Nave was the fifth child, born January 30, 1837, on the homestead. He
has always been engaged in farming and is now associated with his brother, Jacob A., and resides upon one of the farms owned by himself and brother, situated about a half miles west of his brother's residence. He was married, May 4, 1875, to Miss Judith Rice, daughter of Squire James Rice,
of Madison County, Ky. She died August 13, 1877, and October 7, 1879, he married Miss Nannie Randolph, daughter of Moses Randolph of Fayette County. She died October 16, 1881. James M. Nave is a member of the Christian Church. Michael H. Nave, the sixth child, was born March 20, 1839. He was reared on the old homestead and in 1872, purchased his present home, containing 375 acres, which is located about one mile and a half east of the homestead. He was married, in 1869, to Miss Mattie Harbaugh, of Jessamine County. He has six living children: Jesse B., Ida M., Moses L., Sallie B., Jennie June and William Harvey. Virginia Nave, the seventh child, was born July 3, 1842, and married Robert Duncan in 1864. To this union have been born five children: Maggie F., Robert J., Elizabeth H., Miranda S. and Mary Emma. The grandfather, Jacob
Springer, was of Swedish descent and a native of Maryland. He came to Jessamine County about 1790 and died June 21, 1852. His mother was Christina Anderson, a native of Delaware. His wife was Sophy Rice of Jessamine County.