Zachary William Henry Nelson

Brief Life History of Zachary William Henry

When Zachary William Henry Nelson was born in 1845, in Florida, United States, his father, Andrew Jackson Nelson, was 25 and his mother, Mary Massengale, was 21. He married Sarah Mary Wyatt on 14 February 1871, in Santa Rosa, Florida, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 9 daughters. He lived in Shelby, Shelby, Alabama, United States in 1850. He died on 1 March 1914, in Brewton, Escambia, Alabama, United States, at the age of 69.

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Zachary William Henry Nelson
Sarah Mary Wyatt
Marriage: 14 February 1871
Jane Nelson
Charles H Nelson
Patience Nelson
William Henry Nelson
Mary Nelson
Daniel A Nelson
John W Nelson
Thomas H. Nelson
Sidney Nelson
Josephine Nelson
Sallie Nelson
Josephine Nelson
Lula Nelson
Ethel Nelson
Leona Nelson

Sources (9)

  • William N Nelson in household of Andrew J Nelson, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Zackery Nelson, "Florida Marriages, 1830-1993"
  • William Nelson in entry for Dan Nelson, "Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974"

World Events (8)


Florida is 27th state.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

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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