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.
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.