Emma B. Nelson

Brief Life History of Emma B.

When Emma B. Nelson was born on 23 June 1905, in Wister, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Charles Edward Nelson, was 31 and her mother, Sadye May St Clair, was 21. She married Forrest Edward Smith on 28 June 1921, in Driftwood, Cameron, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in East Keating Township, Clinton, Pennsylvania, United States in 1910 and Driftwood, Cameron, Pennsylvania, United States in 1920. She died on 29 June 1985, in Olean, Cattaraugus, New York, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Allegany, Allegany, Cattaraugus, New York, United States.

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Forrest Edward Smith
Emma B. Nelson
Marriage: 28 June 1921
Franklin Robert Smith

Sources (7)

  • Emma Smith in household of Forrest Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Emma B. Nelson - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Emma B. Nelson
  • Emma B Nelson Smith, "Find A Grave Index"

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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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