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.