Biography of
Nathan Edward Ide
of St. Cloud, Osceola county, FL

Researched and written by Lisa K. Slaski

Nathan Edward Ide was born 12 Oct 1843 in Friendship, Alleghany county, NY, the only son of Edward and Mary Ide. Nathan had two older sisters, Elizabeth A. (b. about 1840) and Nancy M. (b. about 1842) and one younger sister, Sarah (b. about 1847), all born in NY. As a young child Nathan's family moved to Snow Shoe, Centre county, PA and are found there in the 1850 census. His father, Edward, was a millwright and was listed once as a mechanic in census records.

As a young man of 19 years Nathan enlisted as a private on 16 Aug 1864 in Company A of the 199th Infantry Regiment of Pennsylvania. The regiment was ordered to the field in October, but soon after arriving and taking up position the Army of the James went into winter quarters. On 27 Mar 1865 the division received marching orders and the 199th faced the Confederates on the 29th. Nathan was wounded soon after on 9 Apr 1865 at Appomattox Court House, Virginia and he was discharged on 16 Jun 1865. The 199th was mustered out of service on 28 Jun 1865 though the recruits were transferred to the 188th and finally mustered out of service on 14 Dec 1865.

After his discharge Nathan returned to his parents in Snow Shoe, PA and is found in the 1870 census as a law student. On 5 Sep 1876 he was married to Frances ("Fannie") Isabella Graham in Lacross, Izard county, AR. Fannie was born 22 Dec 1856 in IL and was the daughter of James H. Graham and Elvina Van Valkenburg. James was an attorney and a printer editor presumably for a newspaper and was born about 1831 in Richmond, VA. Elvina was born about 1831 in NY and was previously married to a Mr. Mason. The Graham's were living in Olney, Richland county, IL in 1860, near Hartville, Wright county, MO in 1870 and in Mill Creek, Izard county, AR in 1880.

Soon after his marriage, Nathan and Fannie moved to Texas where in Nov 1878 their daughter Pearl was born (possibly in Chico; m. Eli Evans). Shortly after her birth they moved to Missouri where their son Edward G. was born in March 1880 and they are found in the 1880 census in Ava, Benton Twp, Douglas county, MO with Nathan listed as a lawyer. Grief struck the young family when Edward G. died in infancy. They had four more children born in MO; Walter (b. Mar 1882), Inez (b. Oct 1885, m. Robert Fry), Elmer (b. 16 Dec 1886 in Ava) and Lillian Ida (b. Jan 1890, m. Robert White). The family then moved to West Virginia in 1890 and Nathan applied for a pension there on 6 Nov 1890. Three more children were born in Charleston, WV; William (b. 4 Jul 1892), Grace (b. 24 Mar 1896, m. Edward Annable) and Robert (9 Jul 1900). They celebrated the marriage of their daughter Pearl to Eli Evans and both families are found on the 1900 census living in Big Sandy, Kanawha, WV. They next moved to Black, AL leaving their married daughter and her family behind. Living there for only a short time, they moved on to Florida in 1902 and are said to have resided in Holmes county. The city of Saint Cloud was established in 1909 and by 1910 Nathan had moved his family to this Civil War Veteran's colony. He was soon established as a merchant dealing in retail groceries and owned a store he called "Ide's Grocery" located at 112 South NY Ave. His sons Walter and Elmer went into business with him. He was a member of the L. L. Mitchell Post #34 of the GAR in St. Cloud.

Nathan was a good citizen and a kind loving husband and father. He passed away quietly and peacefully on 31 Dec 1924 at the age of 81. The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church and he was laid to rest in Mount Peace cemetery on 2 Jan 1925 in section A, lot 85, block C.

After his death Fannie applied for a widow's pension on 12 Jan 1925. As most of her children continued to reside in Saint Cloud she had a supportive family around her. Several of her single children continued to live with her and she enjoyed being a grandmother. She died at her home on South Ohio avenue in Saint Cloud on 17 Feb 1936. She is buried with her husband at Mt. Peace cemetery.

The following year there was a true tragedy in the family when Nathan and Fannie's son, William, and his 13 year old son William Nathan jr., both died on 18 Jul 1937. The article in the Saint Cloud News is very detailed on what happened, but the essence of the tragedy is this, William, his son, a niece and a nephew were wading in shallow water along the beach when the three children stepped into a dredge hole unexpectedly. His nephew was able to scramble back to shallow water. His niece was saved by passers-by, but William junior and his father were lost, the son by drowning and the father by other causes, not stated. Their bodies were later found. William was a justice of the peace and a photographer and so well regarded that the local businesses in Saint Cloud closed their doors for his funeral service.


  • Orlando Sentinel - Obituary of Robert Ide (d. 18 Jun 1985)
  • Saint Cloud Tribune - Obituary of Nathan Edward Ide
  • Saint Cloud News - Obituary of Fannie Graham Ide, William Ide and son William Ide.
  • 1850, 1860 and 1870 Federal Census - Snow Shoe, Centre county, PA
  • 1860 Olney, Richland county, IL
  • 1870 Hartville P.O., Wright county, MO
  • 1880, Mill Creek, Izard county, AR
  • 1880 Federal Census - Ava, Benton Twp, Douglas county, MO
  • 1900 Federal Census - Big Sandy, Kanawha county, WV
  • 1910, 1920 and 1930 Federal Census - St Cloud, Osceola county, FL
  • 1930 Federal Census - Elk, Kanawha county, WV
  • 1936-1998 Florida Death Index -
  • Fisk Funeral Record of Nathan Ide
  • Death Records from the Historical Society of Osceola County - Nathan, Fannie, William and William Nathan jr.
  • Civil War Service and Pension records index -
  • 1913 Roster of L.L. Mitchel GAR Post #34
  • 1921-22 City Directory of Saint Cloud
  • GenForum message by Ed Annable
  • 199th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers
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