Alvin Nelson

Male2 February 1843–24 May 1926

Brief Life History of Alvin

When Alvin Nelson was born on 2 February 1843, in Ashe, North Carolina, United States, his father, Abner Nelson, was 49 and his mother, Nancy Elinore Vanover, was 27. He married Martha Emeline McFarland on 13 February 1874, in Knox, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Franklin Township, Bourbon, Kansas, United States in 1880 and Allen, Lyon, Kansas, United States in 1895. He died on 24 May 1926, in Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Big Timber, Sweet Grass, Montana, United States.

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Family Time Line

Alvin Nelson
Martha Emeline McFarland
Marriage: 13 February 1874
William Lee Nelson
Ellen Darnall
Thomas Marion Nelson
Sarah Ellen Nelson
Joel Green Nelson
Mary Amanda "Mandy" Nelson
Lena Catherine Nelson
Charlie Nelson
Nora Jane Nelson
Alvin Nelson Jr.
John Franklin Nelson
Olive Nelson
George Madison Nelson

Sources (29)

  • Alvin Nelson, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Allvin Nelson, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • Alvin Nelson, "United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 February 1874Knox, Kentucky, United States
  • Children (13)

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    Siblings (15)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 3

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


    Age 11

    Historical Boundaries: 1854: Unorganized Federal Territory, United States 1854: Kansas Territory, United States 1855: Breckenridge, Kansas Territory, United States 1861: Breckenridge, Kansas, United States 1862: Lyon, Kansas, United States


    Age 22

    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

    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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