Thursday, June 27, 2013

Buckeye State

The Marietta Register, January 30, 1879

Mr. Editor:

In answer to your query as to the origin of the word Buckeye, as applied to the State and people of Ohio, I have the following in the handwriting of my father, Ichabod Nye, pioneer of 1788:

"The name Buckeye is given to the people of Ohio.  It denotes the first growth of the forest.  As a sprout in the spring season the buckeye shows itself before any other in this country.  So the first settlers and their descendants are called Buckeyes."

I think the above is the correct origin of the name.

Jan. 23, 1879.
A. T. N.

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