Hugh Nesbitt
Privacy Level: Open (White)

Hugh Smith Nesbitt (1897 - 1943)

Hugh Smith Nesbitt
Born in Mound City, Pulaski, Illinois, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 26 Jan 1921 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died in St. Louis, Missouri, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Jun 2019
This page has been accessed 154 times.


Hugh Smith Nesbitt was born April 22, 1897 in Mound City, Pulaski, Illinois, United States.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] He was a son of John Porter Nesbitt and Ethel Hope Smith.[9]

In 1924, Hugh became founder and President of Nesbitt Fruit Products, Inc., bottlers of Nesbitt orange soft drink.[10]

On January 26, 1921 Hugh married Marie Hermine Clippert in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States.[9]

1933-38 Hugh was field manager and vice president of Gobel Brewing company.

Hugh was nationally known as a breeder of horses.[10]

On November 14, 1943, Hugh came to St. Louis, Missouri to attend the second wartime meeting sessions of the bottlers' group. On the 18th he went to the Jefferson for a party with friends. A fight began when Hugh took a glass of liquor from Bernard Oonk's table and drank it. Hugh was knocked to the floor by a strike to the head from Bernard Oonk and died without regaining consciousness. He died November 18, 1943 at the Missouri Baptist Hospital of an intracranial hemorrhage in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.[10][11][12] Hugh's body was taken to Detroit, Michigan.[11]


  1. United States Census, 1900, FamilySearch. Hugh Nesbit in household of Hester M Smith, Mound City Precinct Mound city Ward 1-3, Pulaski, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 70, sheet 14B, family 217
  2. United States Census, 1910, FamilySearch. Hugh Nesbitt in household of John P Nesbitt, Mounds Ward 1, Pulaski, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 88, sheet 33A, family 201,
  3. United States Census, 1920, Hugh S Neabitta, Detroit Ward 2, Wayne, Michigan, United States; citing ED 76, sheet 15A, line 43, family 206,
  4. United States Census, 1930, FamilySearch. Hugh Nesbitt, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 820, sheet 14A, line 48, family 275
  5. United States Census, 1940 FamilySearch. Hugh P Nesbitt, Tract 381, Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 19-40, sheet 11B, line 54, family 209
  6. United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, FamilySearch. Hugh Smith Nesbit, 1917-1918; citing Detroit City, Michigan, United States.
  7. Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919, FamilySearch. Hugh Smith Nesbit, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States; citing Military Service, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States, Michigan Department of State, Lansing
  8. U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947. [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, FamilySearch. Hugh S. Nesbitt and Marie Clippert, 1921.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Nesbitt Soft Drink King Killed in Fight. The Times (Munster, Indiana). 18 Nov 1943, Thu. Page 1.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Death Certificate of Hugh Nesbitt Missouri Death Certificates, 1910 - 1968. Missouri Digital Heritage.
  12. Fight Ends Life of Sportsman Hugh S. Nesbitt. The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California). 19 Nov 1943, Fri. Page 1.

See also:

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Is Hugh your ancestor? Please don't go away!
 star icon Login to collaborate or comment, or
 star icon contact private message the profile manager, or
 star icon ask our community of genealogists a question.
Sponsored Search by

No known carriers of Hugh's ancestors' DNA have taken a DNA test.

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Sponsored by Ancestry ®

Family History Search.


Enter a grandparent's name. Just one grandparent can lead you to many discoveries.


Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.