Helen Beryle Nelson

Brief Life History of Helen Beryle

When Helen Beryle Nelson was born on 5 April 1892, in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States, her father, Joseph Benson Nelson, was 29 and her mother, Marion Edna Rowe, was 25. She married John Burgh on 21 June 1915, in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. She died in October 1973, in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.

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John Burgh
1890–1954
Helen Beryle Nelson
1892–1973
Marriage: 21 June 1915

Sources (11)

  • Helen B Nelson, "United States Census, 1940"
  • <Unknown>, "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900"
  • Helen B Nelson, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"

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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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