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Elizabeth Nelson (Burwell)

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Lancaster County, Virginia
Death: 1798 (80)
Yorktown, York County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Grace Episcopal Churchyard, Yorktown, York County, Virginia USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Colonel Nathaniel Bacon Burwell and Elizabeth Nicholas
Wife of Gov. William Nelson
Mother of Gen. Thomas Nelson, Jr., signer of the "Declaration of Independence"; Dr Nathaniel Nelson; Rel to above unconfirmed Keranhappuch Nelson; Colonel Hugh Nelson; Robert Nelson and 2 others
Sister of Nathaniel Jr Burwell; Lewis Burwell, III; Carter Burwell, of The Grove, near Williamsburg; Col. Robert Burwell and Judith Burwell
Half sister of John Nicholas, "Of Seven Islands"; Judge Robert Carter Nicholas, Sr. and Jane Nicholas

Managed by: Christopher Gordon Totsky
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About Elizabeth Nelson

Birth: 1718 Lancaster Lancaster County Virginia, USA Death: 1798 Yorktown York County Virginia, USA

"Mrs. William ("President") Nelson, who was Elizabeth Burwell, only daughter of Nathaniel Burwell (1680-1721) of "Carter's Creek," Gloucester Co., Va., and his wife Elizbeth Carter (c. 1690-liv.1732), who was the eldest daughter of "King" Carter (1663-1732) of "Corotoman, " and Judith Armistead (16 -1699), his first wife. Her father died when she was a child and her mother married, c. 1723, Dr. George Nicholas. The supervison of her education fell to her aunt, Mrs. Mann Page, of "Rosewell," who was Judith Carter, third child of Robert and Judith Armistead Carter."

"She married President William Nelson probably in March, 1738 (Feb 2, 1737/38). Her first and most illustrious son was born the day after Christmas of the same year and became one of the most famous of all Virginians. He was Thomas Nelson, Governor of Virginia, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a Major General of the Revolutionary Army."

"According to Bishop Meade (Old Churches, etc.), President and Elizabeth Burwell Nelson had many sons and many daughers, but none of the latter lived beyond the age of twelve years. One of their sons was burned to death. These and other misfortunes made Mrs. Nelson "a woman of sorrowful spirit." The same authority asserts: "She was a truly pious and conscientious woman. Her private and public exercises of religion, her well-known frequent prayers for her children and pious instruction of them, and exemplary conduct in all things, established this beyond all contradiction.""

"The father of Mrs. Nelson was the grandfather of Col. Nathaniel Burwell (1750-1814), who built "Carter Hall" in Clarke Co., Virginia. Her son, Col. Hugh Nelson, of Yorktown, at one time owned much land in what is now Clarke County, and offered o give the land on which the Old Chapel now stands to the Church. The same two acres he offered was later given the Church by Col. Burwell. A number of her grandchildren have lived and died in Clarke County among them being Philip Nelson, "The Patriarch," who owned "Long Branch" and "Roseney," and Betsey Nelson who married Nathaniel Burwell of Saratoga and lived and died there. Both of thees rest in the Old Chapel grave yard." (Ref: Clarke County Historical Association website)

Family links:

 Nathaniel Burwell (1680 - 1721)
 Elizabeth Carter Burwell (1688 - 1721)

 William Nelson (1711 - 1772)

 Elizabeth Nelson Thompson*
 Thomas Nelson (1738 - 1789)*
 Nathaniel Nelson (1745 - ____)*
 Hugh Nelson (1750 - 1800)*
 Robert Nelson (1752 - 1818)*
 William Nelson (1754 - 1813)*

 Lewis Burwell (1711 - 1756)*
 Elizabeth Burwell Nelson (1718 - 1798)
 Robert Carter Burwell (1720 - 1777)*
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Burial: Grace Episcopal Churchyard Yorktown York County Virginia, USA

Maintained by: Thomas Originally Created by: P Fazzini Record added: Oct 17, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 43206825

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Elizabeth Nelson's Timeline

Lancaster County, Virginia
December 26, 1738
Age 20
Yorktown, York, Virginia
Age 24
Blount, Tennessee, United States
Age 27
Yorktown, York, Virginia
Age 32
Yorktown, York, Virginia
Age 34
Yorktown, York, Virginia, United States
Age 36
Yorktown, York County, Province of Virginia
Age 75
Yorktown York County Virginia, USA
Age 80
York County, Virginia, United States