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Priv. Thomas Nelson, Jr., of Westmoreland, PA

Also Known As: "This is NOT the same man who signed the Declaration of Independence."
Birthdate: (31)
Birthplace: Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: circa 1778 (23-39)
Immediate Family:

Son of Corp. Thomas Nelson, Sr., of Westmoreland, PA
Husband of Nellie Barr
Father of David Nelson and Nellie Nelson

Occupation: private in the Pennsylvania Riflemen
Managed by: Noah Tutak
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About Priv. Thomas Nelson, Jr., of Westmoreland, PA

I have the documentation that this Thomas Nelson, Jr., a private in the American Revolution who enlisted in Westmoreland County, PA Oct. of 1776, is not the same man as Thomas Nelson, Jr. who signed the Declaration of Independence and was from Virginia. Their death dates as well as birth locations are different. I cannot figure out how to disconnect all the erroneous relationships. has records of death date as 12 Oct. 1777, just shy of his original enlistment anniversary (25 Oct. 1776). He was 31 years old at death, according to payroll records and muster rolls in the National Archives.

This Thomas Nelson, Jr. was married to Nellie Barr, but not to Sally.

There are about 5 Thomas Nelson, Jr. similar names in the same time period. This one is not related to the Armisteads. There are also several John Nelson names in the American Revolution. Captain John Nelson of the Pennsylvania Rifleman is this Thomas Nelson, Jr.'s uncle.

Thomas Nelson, Jr. of the Pennsylvania Rifleman out of Westmoreland County, PA also had a father with a common name, Thomas Nelson, Sr., who fought in the same regiment. He was promoted to corporal the same time his son enlisted.

Thomas Nelson, Jr. of Westmoreland County also had a son named David Nelson and a daughter named Nellie Nelson. But, to my research, did not have any other children. When he died, Nellie Barr Nelson (the wife) remarried. But due to the laws at the time, her son was raised by his uncle, John Barr.

He does not have relationship to Thomas Cary Nelson or Gov. William Nelson.

Additionally, his son (David Nelson) has a common name. So he's often confused with a compatriot who lived in another state, but at about the same time. Because all the names are the same, it's really important to check locations and dates.

I would love to learn of any documentation that proves why this record is continually attached to a man who died many years later and was born in a completely different place. Help with understanding that is gratefully appreciated.

Please see attached documents as to why I believe this man is my 4th X great grandfather and why he is not the same person as the man who signed the Declaration of Independence. I hope it's helpful to those trying, like me, to figure out the correct lineage in their families too.

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Priv. Thomas Nelson, Jr., of Westmoreland, PA's Timeline

Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 26
Cumberland, PA
Age 26
Age 31