John Williamson Nelson

22 January 1846–17 March 1921 (Age 75)
Oakley, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of John Williamson

When John Williamson Nelson was born on 22 January 1846, in Oakley, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, John W Neilson, was 26 and his mother, Catherine Williamson, was 29. He married Martha Jane Laird about 1865, in United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Newton, Cache, Utah, United States in 1920. He died on 17 March 1921, in Elgin, Union, Oregon, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, Union, Oregon, United States.

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John Williamson Nelson
Emma Christine Andersen
Marriage: from 1903 to 1904
Nettie C Andersen
Leo Fredrick Anderson
Isabella Nelson
Wallace M Nelson
Matthew Nelson

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    from 1903 to 1904United States
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    World Events (8)

    1859 · Oregon Becomes a State
    Age 13
    Oregon became the 33rd state admitted to the Union on February 14, 1859. 
    Age 17
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1866 · The First Civil Rights Act
    Age 20
    The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.

    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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    Black Jack Nelson

    BLACK JACK NELSON I can report on the Ghost of Black Jack Nelson from firsthand knowledge, for the house he haunts is mine. Black Jack Nelson was Cache Valley’s most famous outlaw. He settl …

    Sources (30)

    • John W Nelson in entry for Nelson, "Utah, County Birth and Death Records,1892-1951"
    • John W Nelson, "United States Census, 1920"
    • Mr. John W Nelson, "Utah, County Marriages, 1871-1941"

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