I cant get past a brick wall on John E. Nelson i have been told he us nit the son of major john nelson i need help.

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I have hit a brick wall at John E. Nelson. I have been told he is not the son of major John Nelson. He was born in North Carolina and moved to Tennessee. He is the father of William Dayton Nelson, who in turn is  the father of William Payton Nelson,  who is the father of Christopher Columbus Nelson, my great grandfather. I'm so stuck, any help would truly be appreciated. John E. Nelson born North Carolin a circa 1780, father of William Dayton Nelson born circa 1815 Tennessee, father of William Payton Nelson born circa 1846 Roane County Tennessee, father of Christopher Columbus Nelson born circa 1890 in Tennessee. They are all buried in Old Arcadia Cemetery  in Arcadia, Crawford County Kanas.
asked in Genealogy Help by Kathy Benskin G2G Rookie (160 points)
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Need dates birth and where lived,too many same name.

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Re: John E. Nelson, Roane Co TN ca 1815


I believe, but have no proof, John E. Nelson's father to be one Thomas Nelson, mentioned in a will recorded Rowan Co, NC.

Family lore was that Thomas was a Loyalist, which caused a rift in the family which lasted for many years.I didn't start "looking" for that romantic angle, but bricks started falling into place following DNA testing.This from my db:

That Thomas Nelson was the father of John E. Nelson and Reuben Nelson is speculation.Thomas is the only person who fits the timeline, 67-marker dna match of George Nelson (descendant of John E. Nelson) and Earl Nelson (descendant of Reuben Nelson).

Edward and Moses Nelson were both Revolutionary Soldiers who enlisted in Rowan Co., NC, and fought in Boonesborough (KY).Jemima Nelson, the daughter of Edward Nelson, married 16 January 1805 in Bourbon Co. to Joseph Peyton.There is an approved DAR application from this line.Jemima & Joseph Peyton’s daughter Angeline Peyton married Reuben Nelson (Earl Nelson’s ancestor).

“The Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Rowan County, North Carolina 1775-1789”, Vol. III, by Jo White Linn, L.O.C. Call no. F 262 R8 L 475:

Thomas Nellson isassessed for 181 Pounds on Capt. Lyons’ District, 1778 Rowan County (NC) Tax List.

8 August 1778, (among many on P. 43) Nonjurors in Capt. Lyons’ District are Moses Nellson and Thomas Neillson.

3 November 1782, Thomas Nelson is the only Nelson-surnamed person among about 60 individuals who are ordered to ‘Shew Cause Why this Propty Should not be Confiscated”; Capt. Pearson’s Company, in what is now the Davie County area, but at that time was in Rowan Co.’Verbatim from the book’s “Introduction”:

‘The record does not show whose property was being confiscated.The minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions do not indicate an accused Tory within this District.The Rowan County minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions for 8 February 1783, Book 4:351, 352 show that among those persons “Scited to appear at November Term last to shew Cause under Act of Assembly why their Estates should not be Confiscated, were at this court Called & made default... ‘Some who were, were listed as having ‘Runaway’ to avoid prosecution as active Tories, one listed dead, others as gone or moved.The act provided for some individuals to simply leave and remain outside the State for as long as twelve months after the Act of Assembly was passed].

Thomas Nelson is No. 18 on a listdated Saturday February 8th, 1783, Rowan Co, NC, as having defaulted.Family History Library Microfilm Reel 0313776.

1787, p. 268, ‘A Return of Soles in Capt. Basil Gaither’s District Belonging to the First Battallion of Meletie, Rowan County, Commanded by Col. Barger, 1787’:

Thomas Nelson hh is listed as white male age 21-60, one white male either under 21 or 60+, and 5 white females.Also on this list are surnames later found near John E. Nelson in Roane Co., TN.

September 1789, Moses Nelson and Thomas Nelson are signers to a petition to the Commonwealth of Virginia, asking that a new county be made from the upper parts of Fayette and Bourbon Counties.

1790, Moses and Thomas Nelson are both on Tax List, living in Fayette County, KY.Charles, Joseph, Nathan and Robert Nelson are in Bourbon Co.

This timeline fits John E. Nelson being born 1780-1790 in NC.As a young man, he went to Tennessee, fought in the War of 1812, met and married Mary “Polly” Daley.

1.Earl Nelson, a direct descendant ofReuben Nelson b 1805 KY is a 67/67 marker match toGeorge Franklin Nelson, a descendant of John Eli Nelson b1785-1790 NC.They are more likely brothers, sharing the same father, Thomas Nelson (the Loyalist).
2.Moses Nelson might also be an older son of Thomas Nelson.Moses was on a 1790 Tax List with Thomas Nelson in Fayette Co., KY, so he must have been over 21.
3.Moses and Thomas Nelson could have been brothers.Moses Nellson and Thomas Nellson werelisted on a “Nonjurors in Capt. Lyons, District” 8 Aug 1778 in Rowan Co., NC (Jo White Linn’s “Abstracts of The Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Rowan County, North Carolina 1775-1789”.LOC F262 .R8 L 475, V3).

Moses Nelson’s will dated 18 Dec 1769, was proved in Open Court 15 February 1770 in Rowan Co, NC by George Leagle and Henry Baker.Wife Jenet was Extrx.Sons Thomas, James and Moses who is under age.Wits:Henry Dickens, George I. ____ [German signature].

ANOTHER MOSES NELSON, from “Abstracts of The Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Rowan County, North Carolina 1763-1774” by Jo White Linn, F262 .R8 L475, V 2:
“Moses Nelson b c1761, Orphan of Edwd Nelson decd, adjudged to be 11 1/2, Bound to George Gray to learn the Art & Mistry of a Taylor until he is 21”.This is unlikely to be Moses Nelson, the Rev War pensioner.


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