Rebecca Nelson

Brief Life History of Rebecca

When Rebecca Nelson was born on 4 March 1850, in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, her father, Mr Nelson, was 40 and her mother, Mrs Nelson, was 40. She married James William Thaxton about 1864, in Utah, United States. She lived in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States for about 10 years. She died before 15 June 1867, in Utah, United States.

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Elijah Averett Jr
Rebecca Nelson
Marriage: 1866
Andrew Jackson Averett

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  • Rebecca N Avert in household of Elijah Avert, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Rebecca Nelson Averett - Church record: death: before 15 June 1867; Utah, United States
  • Rebecca Nelson Averett, "Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868"

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1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

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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