James Nelson

29 October 1707–1748 (Age 40)
Erskine, Renfrewshire, Scotland

The Life of James

When James Nelson was born on 29 October 1707, in Erskine, Renfrewshire, Scotland, his father, James Neilson, was 26 and his mother, Mary Fortune, was 23. He married Jannet Sclater on 18 February 1732, in Erskine, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He died in 1748, in Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 41.

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Family Time Line

James Nelson
1707–1748
Jannet Sclater
1707–1761
Marriage: 18 February 1732
Jannet Neilson
1732–1734
Mary Neilson
1735–
Margaret Neilson
John Neilson
1737–
James Nelson
1740–1839
Robert Neilson
1742–
William Neilson
1745–1831

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
18 February 1732
Erskine, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
children

(7)

    Female1732–1734Female

    Mary Neilson

    Female1735–Female

    John Neilson

    Male1737–Male

    James Nelson

    Male1740–1839Male

    Robert Neilson

    Male1742–Male

+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    James Neilson

    Male1681–Male

    Mary Fortune

    Female1684–1754Female

siblings

(5)

    David Neilson

    Male1704–Male

    Male1707–1748Male

    Alexander Neilson

    Male1709–Male

    Mary Neilson

    Female1713–Female

    David Neilson

    Male1716–Male

World Events (1)

1720 · South Sea Bubble

Age 13

The South Sea Bubble Bill was passed by the House of Lords in 1720. This allowed the South Sea company to monopolize trade with South America. The company underwrote the English National Debt which promised 5% interest from the government. As shares rose exponentially, many companies were created and many fortunes were made. The stocks crashed and many people lost their money which caused them to become destitute overnight and suicide was common. Robert Walpole took charge of the South Sea Bubble Financial Crisis by dividing the national debt between the Bank of England, the Treasury, and the Sinking Fund.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: patronymic from the medieval personal name Nel or Neal, Anglo-Scandinavian forms of the Gaelic name Niall ( see Neill ). This was adopted by the Scandinavians in the form Njal and was introduced into northern England and East Anglia by them, rather than being taken directly from Gaelic.2 Americanized spelling of the like-sounding Scandinavian names Nilsen , Nielsen , and Nilsson .

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

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Sources (3)

  • James Nielson in entry for James Nielson, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • James Nilson in entry for Mary Nilson, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • James Nielson in entry for James Nielson, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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