The story of Nathaniel McHorney's 1901 trip to Ecuador.

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Who was Nathaniel McHorney, Sr?

I mean, besides my great-grandfather?

Nathaniel Joseph McHorney was born on March 21, 1863 at 21 Mercer Street in Jersey City, New Jersey. His parents were Edward Thomas McHorney (1836-1888) and Margaretha (Karl) McHorney (1842-1878).  Edward McHorney was a captain in the Jersey City police force.

He married Sarah Waldeman Wademan and after their marriage they lived in Jersey City. They had several children (at least five), but only one, Nathaniel Joseph McHorney Jr. (b May 16, 1885) survived to adulthood. Sarah died in 1897.

In 1901, Nathaniel took a job working for the Playa de Oro Mining Company in Ecuador; and he kept a diary of his travels.

Getting ready to begin…

I will be scanning a my great-grandfather’s diary, one page at a time, and posting the image here along with a transcript of the writing at the rate of about one page/day.

I will start posting about the first of July.

Until then, if you have questions, comments, stories about Nat Sr, his life, his trip, etc, please put them here in the comments.

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