A Hendricks County homeowner recently found the tombstone for Civil War veteran Christian A. Nave (1849-1886) on their property. The tombstone has been missing from his grave in Danville East Cemetery since the 1970's and was discovered being used as part of a fence line. The tombstone was turned over to the Indiana National Guard, who got in touch with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology. The tombstone will be cleaned before being restored to his gravesite.
The Indiana National Guard is planning a rededication ceremony at his gravesite in November and is seeking descendants of the Nave family to participate. If you recognize the Nave family detailed below, please contact:
Special Projects Coordinator
Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology
402 W. Washington St., W274
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739
Phone (317) 234-1268
Christian A. Nave (born December 1849 in Indiana; died 7 October 1886 in Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana; buried in Danville East Cemetery) was a private in Company I of the 9th Indiana Cavalry (121st Regiment), serving under Colonel Eli Lilly. According to The History of Hendricks County (1885), he mustered in January 15, 1864 and mustered out August 28, 1865. He became an attorney in Danville and was admitted to the bar in 1870.
Christian A. Nave married Ella M. Mathers (born about 1846 in Indiana; died after 1880) on 20 August 1867 in Hendricks County. They had children:
--Lurena R. Nave (born about 1869 in Indiana; died after 1880)
--Katie A. Nave (born about 1871 in Indiana; died after 1880)
--Frederick A. Nave (born about 1875 in Indiana; died 24 October 1897 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana)
--George M. Nave (born about 1877 in Indiana; died after 1880)
Christian A. Nave was the son of Christian C. Nave (born 22 August 1803 in east Tennessee; died 3 August 1884 in Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana; buried in Danville East Cemetery) and Lurena Rich (born about 1817 in Connecticut; died 12 June 1852; buried in Danville East Cemetery), who were married 2 December 1838 in Tennessee. Christian C. Nave was a colonel in the Mexican-American War and an attorney in Danville. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Nave.
Christian C. and Lurena (Rich) Nave had children:
--Elizabeth J. Nave (born about 1839 in Indiana)--married Isaac O'Haver (born in Virginia?) 29 September 1859 in Hendricks County. They apparently had a son, Edward O'Haver (born about 1861 in Indiana) who was in the household of his uncle Hubbard B. Lingenfelter in the 1880 census.
--Mary L. Nave (born December 1842 in Indiana; died about August 1920; buried in Danville East Cemetery)--married Hubbard B. Lingenfelter (born 26 September 1841 in Clark County, Kentucky; died 24 October 1938; buried in Danville East Cemetery) 21 October 1862 in Hendricks County.
--George Webster Nave (born about 1846 in Indiana; died after July 1895)--he was also a Civil War veteran, serving in Company B of the 117th Infantry (he mustered in as a private on 23 July 1863 and mustered out as a corporal on 23 February 1864) as well as a private in Company H of the 132nd Infantry (he mustered in as a private on 18 May 1864 and mustered out 100 days later with the rest of the regiment). He married 1) Nancy Jane Chambers (born 1847 in Indiana; died 13 October 1884 in Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana; buried in Danville East Cemetery) on 29 November 1866 in Hendricks County. He married 2) Lizzie Marie Davenport on 17 July 1895 in Marion County, Indiana.
--Christian A. Nave
--Henry L. Nave (born December 1851 in Indiana; died after 1910)--he was a Presbyterian minister who was in the 1880 census in Huntington, Huntington County, Indiana and the 1900 census in Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana before moving to Portland, Oregon for the 1910 census. He married about 1879 to Florence Cora ?? (born January 1850 in Indiana; died 1900-1910).
Note: More information on the descendants of Christian A. Nave's siblings has been posted at