This will be the hardest ancestor biography I have written, but I wanted to give it a go and see where my gaps are. If you are reading this and have a connection to Nancy Mast Graf, I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment or feel free to email me.
Nancy D. Mast was the 14th of 17 children raised by David Samuel Mast and Anna Nancy Livengood. I say raised because David and Anna Nancy Mast raised two children, Alexander Saylor and Eli Frey, that weren't their own. Eli Frey is listed as adopted in the 1880 Census.
Nancy Mast was born in Walnut Creek, Holmes, Ohio on 23 February 1871. The Mast family were members of the Amish Church and later, the Mennonite church. Sometime before the 1870's Nancy moved with her family to Walnut Creek, Holmes county, Ohio. Holmes County, Ohio is the oldest and largest Amish community in Ohio. Many of the early settlers of Holmes County came from Somerset County, Pennsylvania. I believe the family migrated to Holmes county with other Somerset county members of the Amish Mennonite faith.
Nancy Mast can be found living in Walnut Creek Township, Holmes, Ohio in the 1880 United States Census. Other names on the page include Miller, Hershberger, Troyer, Schrock and Yoder. I have come across those surnames in my Somerset County, Pennsylvania research.
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- Mary Ann Graf (1894-1981)
- Willie Graf (1896-1896)
- Pearly Mae Graf (1897-1898)
- Maggie Jane Graf (1899-1986)
- Nina Belle Graf (1901-1990)
- Martha Beulah Graf (1905-1993)
- Infant Graf (1907-1907)