Cephas Charles Nelson

Brief Life History of Cephas Charles

When Cephas Charles Nelson was born on 28 July 1821, in Eulalia Township, Potter, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Silas Nelson, was 30 and his mother, Cynthia Felt, was 25. He married Martha Ann Haseltine on 6 November 1850. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Sweden Township, Potter, Pennsylvania, United States in 1870 and Sweden, Sweden Township, Potter, Pennsylvania, United States in 1880. He died on 21 September 1901, in Potter, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Swede Hill, Hempfield Township, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Cephas Charles Nelson
Martha Ann Haseltine
Marriage: 6 November 1850
Bertha Nelson

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  • Cefus Nelson, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Cephas C. Nelson, "Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials, 1720-1999"
  • Cephas A Nelson, "United States Census, 1880"

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Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Nell or Nele, either of which might be a pet form of Elias or less commonly of Niel (from Latin Nigellus). See also Neal .

Americanized form of Swedish Nilsson and also of the Danish, Norwegian, and North German cognates Nielsen and Nilsen (compare Nelsen ). Compare also Neilson and Nielson .

History: The Nelson name was an important one in 18th-century VA, starting with Thomas ‘Scotch Tom’ Nelson, who emigrated to VA at the close of the 17th century from Penrith, Cumbria, where the Nelsons were numerous. Scotch Tom settled c. 1700 at Yorktown, VA, where he became a successful merchant and landholder. His son was sheriff and a member of the VA Council, and his grandson, Thomas Nelson (1738–89), a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was governor of VA.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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