When Elizabeth Nelson was born on 5 March 1787, in Truro, Colchester, Nova Scotia, Canada, her father, David Nelson, was 32 and her mother, Margaret Archibald, was 28. She married James Dunbrack in 1814, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She died on 28 October 1848, in Meaghers Grant, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the age of 61, and was buried in Meaghers Grant, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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.