Nelson Jolly Sr

17 February 1741–after 19 November 1817 (Age 76)
Middletown Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America

The Life of Nelson

When Nelson Jolly Sr was born on 17 February 1741, in Middletown Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America, his father, Samuel James Jolly, was 31 and his mother, Letitia Nelson, was 19. He married Mary Graham about 1760, in Middletown Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He died after 19 November 1817, in Cloverport, Breckinridge, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in United States Minor Outlying Islands.

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Family Time Line

Nelson Jolly Sr
Mary Graham
Marriage: about 1760
Alice Jolly
James Graham Jolly
Nancy Jolly
James Jolly
Samuel Jolly
Elizabeth Betsey Jolly
James Jolly
Nancy Jolly
Nelson Jolly Jr

Spouse and Children

about 1760
Middletown Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America



    James Graham Jolly


    James Jolly



    Nancy Jolly


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World Events (6)


Age 35

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 35

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 40

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and French: nickname for someone of a cheerful or attractive disposition, from Middle English, Old French joli(f) ‘merry’, ‘happy’.

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

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Story Highlight

Jolly Family of Breckenridge Co, Kentucky

ID: I839 Name: NELSON JOLLY SR. Given Name: NELSON Surname: JOLLY Suffix: SR. Sex: M Birth: 17 FEB 1740 in MIDDLETOWN TWP, BUCKS CO., PA Death: ABT 1818 in BURIAL:WILLIAM HARDIN PIONEER CEM. (HARDIN # …

Sources (3)

  • Nelson Jolley in entry for Abam McClellan and Elizabeth Jolley, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • Nelson Jolly in Nelson County, Kentucky Tax Books, 1785
  • Nelson Jolly, "Find A Grave Index"

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