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Thomas Nelson

Birthplace: Bathurst, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: Died in (Richmond Farm), Ward 1, Peddie District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Cause of death: pneumonia and bronchitis
Place of Burial: Wesley, Ward 5, Peddie District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Nelson, Snr, SV/PROG and Mary Ann Nelson, SM/PROG
Husband of Mary Jane Nelson
Father of James William Nelson; Louisa Jane Nelson; John Nelson; Thomas Nelson; Elizabeth Anne Keen and 7 others
Brother of William Nelson; Matilda Ann Hayward; Joseph Nelson; Benjamin Nelson; John Burrell Nelson and 4 others

Occupation: Farmer at Dryer's Hoek (Farm 21 Ward 1), East London District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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About Thomas Nelson

Thomas, a son of Thomas and Mary Nelson, born: 29 May 1824, baptised: 25 March 1827 by Thomas Ireland - Chaplain. Residence: Thomas and Mary Nelson - Albany. Occupation: Farmer. Source: "South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004." Images, FamilySearch,$dist?ctx=CrxCtxPublicAccess&header=Content-Disposition&headerValue=attachment%3B%20filename%3Drecord-image.jpg: accessed 2014. Citing William Cullum Library, Wits University, Johannesburg. (Grahamstown - St George's Cathedral (Anglican), register), 1826-1836, page 48 entry number 396.

"South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004," images, FamilySearch (,44975802,49802601,49802602 : accessed 11 Aug 2014), South Africa > Cape of Good Hope > Grahamstown Cathedral, St George > Baptisms 1826-1836 > image 10 of 80; citing William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg. 

Thomas Nelson 1824-1917, husband of Mary Jane Nelson née Kingman 1841-1919. Source: South African, Cape Province, Civil deaths 1895-1972. Death records. Image courtesy of National Archives of South Africa.

Additional info: Dryer's Hoek, Farm 21 was in the field cornetcy (Ward 1), East London District/PO Hamburg. The extent of Dryer's Hoek was 2835 acres. This farm was originally granted to a Alexander Stephen Edwards on the 1st October 1865 at an annual quitrent of 5 pounds 13 shillings and 4 pence. Thomas Nelson 1824-1917 purchased it c1882. It is believed that James William Nelson 1861-1953, his eldest son inherited the farm possibly after his death in 1917. Info courtesy of Peter Tuson Still. NE.

Death register entry dated 9th June 1917.

Thomas Nelson died aged 92 years and 11 months at Richmond (the residence of George Kingman), in the District of Peddie.

Usual place of residence of the deceased: Farm no. 21, Dryer's Hoek, East London District.

Duration of last illness - one month.

Informant (see death register entry), his son and possible heir, J. W. Nelson, residence, Farm no. 21, Ward 1, East London District (occupier), who was also present at death.

Died 22 May 1917. Death was registered on the 14 June 1917 entry no. 493, in the District of East London (see death register entry under media) and also on the 3rd September 1917 entry no. 179, in the District of Peddie (see death register entry).

Death Notice no. 2001 dated 25 June 1917.

  • 11. Has the deceased left any movable property? Yes.
  • 12. Has the deceased left any immovable property? Yes.
  • 13. Is it estimated that the estate exceeds £300 in value? Yes.
  • 14. Has the deceased left a will? Yes.

Dated at Dryer's Hoek Farm on the 16th day of June, 1917. (Signature) Mary Jane Nelson née Kingman (surviving spouse, also present at death).

His DN records his parents as Thomas Nelson and Mary Ann Nelson née Jennings and not Mary Ann Nelson née Cordin???

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Thomas Nelson's Timeline

May 29, 1824
Bathurst, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
March 25, 1827
Age 2
St George (Anglican), Bathurst, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
June 28, 1861
Age 37
On their farm near the mouth of the Beka River, Eastern Cape, South Africa
July 6, 1862
Age 38
Eastern Province, South Africa
April 10, 1863
Age 38
November 11, 1865
Age 41
September 21, 1867
Age 43
Eastern Cape, South Africa
July 12, 1869
Age 45
October 5, 1871
Age 47