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John Burrell Nelson

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: Died in Reedfountain, Chalumna, Division of East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: St Andrew's Church Cemetery, Chalumna, Division of East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Nelson, Snr, SV/PROG and Mary Ann Nelson, SM/PROG
Husband of Maria Nelson
Father of John Reckless Nelson; Sarah Maria Atkin Holdstock; George William Nelson; Robert Thomas Nelson; Georgina Nelson and 3 others
Brother of William Nelson; Matilda Ann Hayward; Joseph Nelson; Thomas Nelson; Benjamin Nelson and 4 others

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Private User
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About John Burrell Nelson

Photograph from : Date: 29 Dec 2011 Contributed by: Richard Seddon


"South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004," images, FamilySearch (,44975802,49887301,49891401 : accessed 27 Jun 2014), South Africa > Cape of Good Hope > Grahamstown, Bathurst, St John the Evangelist > Baptisms, marriages, burials 1829-1849 > image 1 of 108; citing William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.

"Reedfountain", Chalumna was/is in the Keiskamma Mouth District. Source: RootsWeb/South-Africa-Eastern-Cape-L Archives/Anne Clarkson/Cory Library MS 18 626.

"Reedfountain" was described as Farm no 1156 in the Warrendale Ward 1, East London District (originally Farm no 11). A quitrent farm of John Burrell Nelson 1829-1901. Grant made 1st October 1864. The annual rental was four pounds, six shillings and sixpence. It was described as being situated on the Lekuani River/Zabu River. The extent of "Reedfountain" was 2,163 acres. It was bounded on the north by Farm no 9, east, Farm no 9 and outspan ground, and west, Farm no 12. Details of "Reedfountain", Post Office, Chalumna, are from the Deeds Office, (Archives) in Cape Town. Info received with thanks from Peter Tuson Still.

Baptism of John Burrell Nelson, a son of Thomas and Mary Ann Nelson, in the English Episcopal Church (Anglican), Bathurst, Sunday 18th October 1829, by the Rev. W Wright MA Chaplain, (born 18th August 1829). Sponsors; William and Catherine Lyall and Thomas Foden. Entry no.1. Take note; this entry mentions the son of Thomas and Mary Ann Nelson being baptized as William Burrell Nelson. This is an obvious error as his name was John Burrell Nelson and not William Burrell Nelson. Source: Register of Baptisms in the English Episcopal Church (Anglican) at Bathurst in the District of Albany, Cape of Good Hope by the Rev. William Wright M.A. of Trinity College, Dublin, Chaplain.

Witnesses at the marriage of John Burrell Nelson to Maria Hodgkinson were; John Hodgkinson and Arabella Hodgkinson. Consent given by her father, George Hodgkinson. Source: Marriage Register for marriages solemnized at Bathurst in the Parish of Bathurst in the Division of Albany in the year 1855. Entry no. 22.

John Burrell Nelson died aged 71 years 8 months and 11 days. Burial Ceremony was preformed by Albert Shewring, (acting priest in charge). Entry no. 32.

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John Burrell Nelson's Timeline

August 18, 1829
Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
October 18, 1829
St John the Evangelist, Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
December 1, 1856
Age 27
Beka Mouth, District of Fort Peddie, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 20, 1858
Age 29
September 13, 1860
Age 31
Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
October 12, 1863
Age 34
Chalumna, Eastern Cape, South Africa
October 11, 1868
Age 39
Reedfountain, Chalumna, Division of East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
September 30, 1870
Age 41
Reedfountain, Chalumna, Division of East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
May 14, 1873
Age 43
Chalumna, Division of East London, Cape Province, South Africa