Francis Marion Nelson

24 July 1840–30 May 1920 (Age 79)
Surry, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Francis Marion

When Francis Marion Nelson was born on 24 July 1840, in Surry, North Carolina, United States, his father, John Nelson, was 41 and his mother, Sarah Ann Yarborough, was 32. He married Martha Ann Champion on 4 March 1859, in Tallapoosa, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Daviston, Tallapoosa, Alabama, United States in 1870 and Election Precinct 4 Poplar Springs, Tallapoosa, Alabama, United States for about 40 years. He died on 30 May 1920, in Tallapoosa, Alabama, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Tallapoosa, Alabama, United States.

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Family Time Line

Francis Marion Nelson
Martha Ann Champion
Marriage: 4 March 1859
Elisha McWhorter
John Henry Nelson
Francis Marion Nelson
Hannah Evangeline Nelson
Charles Ebenezer Nelson
Berry Ward Nelson
Manuel Champion Nelson
Martha Elizabeth Nelson
Norman Dacosta Nelson
Leonard Jefferson Nelson

Spouse and Children

4 March 1859
Tallapoosa, Alabama, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 6

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1853 · First State Fair

Age 13

The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.
1862 · Battle of Roanoke Island

Age 22

On February 7, 1862, General Burnside's expedition started with the Battle of Roanoke Island. The battle was mostly fought by the Union and Confederate Navy's. This was a Union victory.

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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Story Highlight

History of Hog Mountain Gold Mine

Researched by Karen Reynolds Daniel and Annie Mae Nelson Belyeu [I, Sheralyn Schofield Belyeu, transcribed this account from the only known manuscript. My daughter, Bethany Ann Belyeu, found the manu …

Sources (3)

  • Marian Nelson, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Marion Nelson in household of C E Nelson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Francis Marion Nelson, "Alabama, Census of Confederate Veterans, 1907, 1921, 1927"

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