When Annie Nancy Nelson was born in 1870, her father, James T. Nelson, was 25 and her mother, Margaret Elizabeth Colter, was 22. She married Samuel John Aitkens on 16 March 1891, in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Shubenacadie, East Hants, Hants, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1891. She died on 1 December 1950, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, 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.
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