William Fredrick Nelson

27 January 1895–23 February 1980 (Age 85)
Preston, Oneida, Idaho, United States

The Life Summary of William Fredrick

When William Fredrick Nelson was born on 27 January 1895, in Preston, Oneida, Idaho, United States, his father, John Williamson Nelson, was 49 and his mother, Karen Jensine Lund, was 20. He married Gladys Leona Bucknam on 7 October 1916. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Preston, Franklin, Idaho, United States in 1920 and Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States for about 10 years. He died on 23 February 1980, in Gardena, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Gardena, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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William Fredrick Nelson
Gladys Leona Bucknam
Marriage: 7 October 1916
Winfred Owen Nelson
Beatrice Nelsen

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  • Marriage
    7 October 1916
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Age 1
    A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
    1898 · Paper Money Becomes Sole Currency
    Age 3
    Paper money had been scarce in Preston until the year 1898. Script currency was used which contained the promise of goods or services rather than paper money. In 1898, script was discontinued and “a lithographed article, much resembling the greenback” was used instead. At first the transition was awkward as nearest bank was located in Logan, Utah. Paper currency became plentiful soon after.
    1918 · Attempting to Stop the War
    Age 23
    To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.

    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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    Sources (16)

    • William Nelson in household of Emma Nelson, "United States Census, 1910"
    • William F. Nelson, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
    • William Fredrick Nelson, "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"

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