August Nil was born in Sweden on May 2, 1834. Census records indicate that he arrived in the United States in 1856 or 1857. He enlisted in Company H, 4th Minnesota Volunteer infantry and was discharged . He married Christina Lund on June 11, 1865. Depending upon which family tree you look at, they had either ten or twelve children. Mr. Nil died from heart disease in Battle Mountain Sanitarium in Hot Springs, South Dakota on May 5, 1914; he was 77 years old.