Elizabeth Mary Jane Nelson

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About Elizabeth Mary Jane Nelson

Elizabeth Mary Jane Nelson was born February 19, 1854, in Willow Creek, Utah, to parents, Thomas Billington Nelson and his wife, Mary Catherine Welker. Her father was a member of the LDS Church and had a plural wife, Dorthea Christina Sorensen. With Mary Catherine he had eleven children, and with Dorthea Christina he had nine children. In the 1860 U.S. Federal Census for Box Elder, Utah, Elizabeth was 6 years old, living with her parents, Thomas, 24, and Mary, 23, and two brothers, Thomas J., 4, and Charles E., 2. Her father was working as a farmer with real estate valued at $500 and his personal estate at $310. Her father was born in Illinois, her mother in Ohio, and all 3 children were born in Utah Territory.

By 1870, Elizabeth was married to Anton Madsen, and they were living in Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, which at that time was actually located in Rich County, Utah Territory. Anton was 19 and Elizabeth, listed as Jane in the census, was 16 years old. Anton was working as a farmer and his personal estate was valued at $200. On the same census page was Alexander Roswell Stephens, a 37-year old widower, and his sons, Alexander, 16, and James Roswell Stephens, 14. Alexander was working as a farmer and his real estate was valued at $200 and his personal estate at $250.

Alexander's wife, Rebecca Welker Stephens, was Elizabeth Mary Jane Nelson Madsen's aunt, and the sister of Elizabeth's mother, Mary Catherine Welker. Sadly, Rebecca had passed away in 1863 not long after the birth of her 5th child, and her three daughters were sent to live with other Welker families in the Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, area after her mother's death. Her oldest daughter, Rebecca Malinda Stephens, was living with her uncle, John Welker, and his wife, Roxana Mahala Dustin Welker, during the 1870 census. Another daughter was living with Adam Welker and his family, and the third daughter lived with her grandmother after her mother's death.

By the 1880 U.S. Federal Census for Bloomington, Idaho, the family was listed as follows: Anton, 29, E.M. Jane, 26, Mary J., 9, Samantha, 6, Leah D., 3, and Affalona, 1 year old. Anton and Elizabeth Mary Jane had been married for 10 years. By the 1900 census, they were listed as: Anton, 48, Elizabeth M.J., 46, Anton E., 18, Asa, 16, Ezra, 14, Martha A., 11, and Nyel L., 8, and Naomi L., 5. They had been married for 30 years and had 11 children, 9 of whom were still living. Anton was working as a farmer, and the census record indicates he came to America from Denmark in 1855, and had been naturalized for 45 years. He owned his farm free from a mortgage. His three sons, Anton, Asa and Ezra, were all working as farm laborers on the family farm. Although the census record indicates he came to America in 1855, it was actually 1857, according to LDS records.

Living next door was Anton's brother, Jacob, the only son of their parents, Jacob and Dorthea Madsen who had been born in Utah and not Denmark. He was born in 1960. He was listed with his wife and children as follows: Jacob, 40, Mary C., 34, Vera M., 10, Hilda G., 7, and Jacob N., 2. They had been married for 13 years and had given birth to three children. Jacob was also working as a farmer, and he owned his farm free from a mortgage.

In the 1910 census they were listed as: Anton, 58, Jane E., 55, Asa, 26, Martha A., 20, and Naomi L., 15. They had been married for 40 years, had 11 children, 7 of whom were still living. Anton was still farming, and his son, Asa, was still working as a farm laborer on the home farm.

Three years later, Elizabeth Mary Jane Nelson Madsen passed away on February 18, 1913 in Bloomington, Idaho. She was buried in the Bloomington Cemetery, Plot: 17-28. Her husband, Anton Peter Madsen, passed away eleven years later on April 19, 1924, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was buried next to his wife, Elizabeth in the Bloomington Cemetery, Plot: 17-27.

One of Elizabeth and Anton's children, Samantha, married Heber Christian Nelson, the son of Soren Christian Nelson and Ann Josephine Evans, and one of their grandsons was Wilford Brimley, who was actually named Anthony Wilford Brimley, who was born September 7, 1934, in Salt Lake City. here is some information about Wilford Brimley:

Birth Name: Anthony Wilford Brimley

Ethnicity: English and Scottish (father), Danish, Welsh, English, and German (mother)

Wilford Brimley is an American actor. His father was of half English and half Scottish descent. His mother was of half Danish ancestry, with her other roots being Welsh, English, and German.

Wilford’s paternal grandparents were William Jedediah Brimley (the son of Richard Brimley and Ann Southworth) and Margaret Kirk (the daughter of Samuel Kirk and Margaret Cameron Fisher). William was born in Blackrod, Lancashire, England. Samuel and Margaret were born in Glasgow, Scotland.

Wilford’s maternal grandparents were Herber Christian Nelson (the son of Soren Christian Nelson and Ann Josephine Evans) and Samantha Madsen (the daughter of Anton Peter Madsen and Elizabeth Mary Jane Nelson). Soren was Danish. Ann was of Welsh ancestry. Anton was Danish, born in Rostrup, Aalborg, Nordjylland. Elizabeth had deep roots in the United States, and was of English and German ancestry. She was the daughter of Thomas Billington Nelson and Mary Catherine Welker Nelson.

Sources: Genealogies of Wilford Brimley – http://www.geni.com and http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Wilford’s parents – http://www.findagrave.com

SOURCE: http://ethnicelebs.com/wilford-brimley

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Elizabeth Mary Jane Nelson's Timeline

February 19, 1854
Willow Creek, Utah, USA
March 10, 1871
Age 17
Bloomington, ID, USA
November 18, 1873
Age 19
Bloomington, ID, USA
August 10, 1875
Age 21
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
March 10, 1877
Age 23
Bloomington, ID, USA
April 6, 1879
Age 25
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
July 16, 1881
Age 27
Bloomington, ID, USA
March 1, 1884
Age 30
Bloomington, ID, USA
August 7, 1886
Age 32
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
June 2, 1888
Age 34
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA