Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Thomas Nelson

Male 1678 - 1745  (67 years)


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  • Name Thomas Nelson  [1
    Born 20 Feb 1678  Penrith, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Oct 1745  Yorktown, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I33847  Tree1
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2022 

    Father Hugh Nelson,   d. 16 Feb 1709, Penrith, Cumberland, England - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Sarah MNU Nelson,   d. Aft 1709, Penrith, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Bef 1677  Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F21891  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Margaret Read,   b. Abt 1682, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1720, Yorktown, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Married Yorktown, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Nelson,   b. 1711, Yorktown, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1772, Yorktown, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)  [natural]
     2. Mary Nelson,   b. 24 May 1713, Yorktown, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1775, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  [natural]
     3. Thomas Nelson,   b. 1716, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1788, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F21836  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Frances Housden,   b. 1682, Isle of Wight County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1766, Yorktown, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married Feb 1723  Yorktown, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah 'Sally' Nelson,   b. 1722, Yorktown, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1770, Isle of Wight, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F21890  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      VIRGINIA GLEANINGS IN ENGLAND; The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, pp 145-146: HUGH NELSON of Penrith, Co. Cumberland, gent. Will 13 December, 1708. Proved 16 February, 1708-9. All land and houses in Penrith unto the Reverend Richard Holme of Lowther Co Westmoreland and Robert Wilson, Thomas Nelson and Thomas Fisher all of Penrith in trust for the use of my wife Sarah Nelson for life, and then I give (the Shops and 'Warehouses called Redmans excepted) to the said trustees for the use of my eldest son now living Thomas Nelson he to pay my sons John Nelson, Hugh Nelson, and to my daughters Dorothy wife of George Wilkinson and Bridget Nelson £300. If he make default, in such case I give the whole to said trustees (except the house and shop called Redmans) for the use of my son John, he to pay the said £300 If he make default, to my son Hugh. If all fail, the estate to be divided amongst them all. To my grandson William Nelson now in Barbadoes, £20 (having formerly laid out and payd upon the account of his father £500, to be paid when he is 21. To my grand child Sarah Wilkinson £20. To my grand child Dorothy Wilkinson £20. To my servants Samuel Denny and Ellenor Robinson 20S. each. The house &c called Redmans formerly mortgaged to William Nelson my father, and all the rest of my goods to Sons John and Hugh and Daughters Dorothy and Bridget my joint executors.
      Overseers aforesaid trustees.
      Witnesses : Jos. Langhorne, John Sandson, Geo. Sandson
      Consistory Carlisle Filed Will.
      [Thomas Nelson, the son who is named in the will, emigrated to Virginia and settled at Yorktown. He became a man of influence and acquired a large estate. He married, 1st, Margaret Reade and, 2nd, Mrs. Frances Tucker née Houston. He was the father of Wm. Nelson,

      From Vol. X111, No. 4 (April 1906), p. 402.
      member Council and acting governor, and of Thomas Nelson, Secretary of State and last President of Council under Colonial regime. Thomas, son of Wm. Nelson, was the well-known signer of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Virginia, and Commander of the militia of the State at the siege of Yorktown. The tomb of the emigrant remains in the churchyard at Yorktown, and bears the following arms : Per pale argent and sable, a chevron between three fieus-de-lis countercharged. Crest. A Welts de-lis per pale argent and sable and the following epitaph :
      Hic Jacet
      Spe certa resurgendi in Christi)
      THOMAS NELSON, Generosus
      Filius Hugonis et Sariae Nelson
      de Penrith in Comitatu Cumbriae
      Natus 20'mo die Februarii Anno Domini, 1677
      Vitae bene gestae fineni implevit
      7 mo. die Octobris, 1745. Aetatis suae 68.-ED.]
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      VIRGINIA GLEANINGS IN ENGLAND; The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, pp 146: HUGH NELSON of Penrith, Co Cumberland. Will 1 September, 1734; proved 23 October, 1734. To my cousin William Bleamire of Penrith, the elder, Brazier and to my nephew William Cookson of Penrith, grocer, all my lands in Penrith bequeathed to me by my Uncle John Nelson. I also give them all debts, note books, a legacy left me by my father Hugh Nelson in trust to be sold and conveyed to my Brother Thomas Nelson of Yorktown in Virginia, America, to be distributed among such of the children of my late brother George Wilkinson of Penrith deceased, by my sister Dorothy, now wife of William Richardson of Penrith aforesaid. Witnesses : William Wilkinson, William Barton, Dorothy Cookson.
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      1719-1724 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 11; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 2
      THOMAS NELSON, of York Co; 3273. acs., (N. L.), New Kent Co; ifi the forks of Pamunkey Riv., bet. the Little & Newfound Rivers, 20 Feb. 1719, p. 10. Beg. adj. Thomas Jones; his own land; & Reuben Welch. 11 Lbs., 5 Shill., & Imp. of 21 pers: Giles West, Dorcas West, Thomas Night, Patrick Toole, Anne Nollitt, Grace Rice, Henry Ballard, Sarah Barnard, Richard Harrack, Mary Bradly, Andrew Harrison, Ellinor Harrison, William Edwards, William Jones, John Wardin, Vincing Inge, Eliza. Mills, Eliza. Bording, Thom. Mottley, Walter Dickeson, John Roby.

  • Sources 
    1. [S243] The Virginia Genealogist Volume 40, 1996, 55.

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