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Profiles

  • Abiel Prince (1697 - 1744)
  • Abram Nelson (deceased)
  • Albert B. Nelson (1873 - d.)
  • Alfred Alonzo Nelson (1877 - d.)
    From the Jewetts and More page on Alfred Alonzo Nelson: Alfred Alonzo Nelson [1], [2], [3] was born Dec 1877 in Colorado [4], and died date unknown. He married Francis Elizabeth Jackson on ...
  • Alice Cornelia Nelson (1887 - 1953)
    Updated from RootsWeb's WorldConnect via mother Louisa Pitchlynn by SmartCopy : Jan 13 2015, 1:19:47 UTC Wife of Richard Nelson. Daughter of Robert Van Buren Crowder & Louisa Pitchlynn. Paternal grandp...

About the Nelson surname

The Swedish Nelson surname comes from the first immigrant to America, Nils Larsson, from Vollsjo, Sweden. Sons took their father's first name (Nils), their sons were named son of Nils or Nilsson. Daughters in Sweden also took their father's first name and were called Nilsdotter (Swedish for Nils' daughter). When they came to America, Peter, the son of Nils (Per Nilsson in Swedish) became Peter Nelson and that is how the name Nelson came to be the surname.

Nelsons of Scots-Irish descent arrived in the colonies around 1700. Thomas Nelson Jr. was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Major John Nelson led a regiment of the Virginia State Cavalry in the Revolutionary War. There are similarities in the first names of males in these two lines. Because there is a Scottish traditional pattern of naming children, it is likely that these two lines are related.

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