Roy Nelson was born in Kansas on February 9, 1880, to Francis Marion Nelson, who came to the United States from England, and Alice Ann Marley, who was of French descent and was originally from Mississippi.
Carrie Bell Shuey was born on March 17, 1882, in Osborn County, Kansas, to S. P. Shuey, who was born on July 22, 1884, in Muskinham County, Ohio, and Margaret Emeline Worden, who was born on October 31, 1851, in Gracen County, Virginia.
Roy Nelson and Carrie Shuey were married on Easter Sunday, April, 1904, in Alton, Kansas. In 1909 Roy heard of the Texas land rush and of the Burton D. Hurd Land Company excursions to Collegeport, Texas, where the artesian wells flowed excessively, citrus fruit, bountiful corn crops, and wonderful garden vegetables could be raised, and luscious berried grew wild.
He boarded the train in Osborn, Kansas, and came to Collegeport where he purchased five acres of land north of the city, and returned to get his wife, Carrie. They had a restaurant to dispose of and goods to be packed for transporting to Collegeport by train. In the spring of 1910, they arrived in Collegeport and lived in the hotel until the barn was built, then they lived in one side of the barn until their home was completed. Roy planted corn and Carrie raised garden "sass" as she called it. She sold all the garden produce that she raised to the hotels, plus cream, butter, and eggs.
Carrie's father and mother, the S. P. Shueys, moved to Citrus Grove, Texas, from Kansas to be near their family. Their daughters, Della Braden, Grace Batchelder, Carrie Nelson, and their son, William Shuey, all resided in Matagorda County.
Roy and Grandpa S. P. Shuey planted an orange orchard just north of Roy and Carrie's home. Later they planted a number of pecan trees. As these northern people soon found out, the year the orange trees were ready to produce, a Texas blizzard took its toll and killed all of the orchard except the pecan trees which were still producing in 1984.
Roy then went to work with his horses helping to build rice canals. For entertainment, they floundered, Roy raced horses on the salt flat by the bay, and occasionally they danced at the Collegeport pavilion on Saturday--walking the three miles to and from the pavilion. Roy went into ranching and ranched until his death.
In 1917 on October 22, Rosalie Mae was born, at home. Mr. Charlie Luther drove Doctor Wagner to the Nelson home on a rainy night, on a muddy dirt road, to deliver Rosalie, a ten pound baby, at 2:00 o'clock in the morning. Rosalie was six years old when Ethel Adell was born at Dr. Loos' hospital in Bay City.
After teaching school for twelve years in Richards and Bay City, Texas, Rosalie married William Laban Ellis, Jr., at the Roy Nelson home in Collegeport. They had four sons: Jesse, Gilbert, Jerry, and Tommy. In due time she taught for twelve more years in Palacios before retiring.
Ethel married Roy Edward Williams and they had two daughters, Sherry and Lynda. Ethel taught public school in Collegeport and at the school for exceptional children in Bay City.
Roy and Carrie lived in Collegeport until their deaths. Roy, a rancher, and Carrie a housewife. Roy died at the age of eighty-eight and was buried in the Palacios Cemetery. Carrie was ninety-two when she died and was buried in the Palacios Cemetery also. She enjoyed visiting with neighbors at the post office each morning until two weeks before her death.
In 1984, Rosalie and W. L.'s son, Jesse, who married Carolyn Johnson, had two sons, Jesse, Jr. and William L. III, and lived in Collegeport. Tommy, who married Patricia Standley, had two daughters, Tommie Lyn and Alta Mae, and lived in Palacios. Jerry and his children, Leisa, Dee, and Ritchie lived in Texas City. Gilbert, who was Dr. Debakey's eighth kidney transplant patient in Houston, and lived fifteen years with his brother Jerry's kidney, had three children: Brent, Mylinda, and Kim.
Ethel's daughter, Sherry Richardson, and her husband, Donald, lived in Bryan, Texas. Lynda Soli and her husband, Keri, and their two children Kreg and Kerin lived at Columbia Lakes in West Columbia, Texas.
Rosalie and W. L. resided in Collegeport. Ethel's husband, Roy, died while they were in Tripoli, Libya, Africa, where he was on assignment with Marathon Oil Company. She lived in Bay City, Texas, and in 1984 was operating the family ranch, and enjoying country life.
Rosalie Nelson Ellis - 1984
Historic Matagorda County, Volume II, pages 372 - 373
Photo of Carrie Shuey Nelson courtesy of Ethel Nelson Williams.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nelson of Collegeport, celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on last Wednesday, April 3rd, with a fish dinner at the Green Lantern Inn followed by a theatre party, seeing the picture, "She Wouldn't Say Yes." Besides the celebrants the party included their daughter and granddaughter, Mrs. Ethel Maurer and Sherry LaRue Maurer, Miss Rosalie Nelson, Miss Corra Lee Perkins and Miss Mary Perkins, of Bay City.
Palacios Beacon, April 11, 1946
Brahma Bull Prince who was killed on the railroad tracks
Funeral services for Roy Nelson were held at the Palacios Funeral
Home Saturday, October 26, at 10 a. m. with the Rev. Joe Cooper of
the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City officiating. Interment was
in the Palacios Cemetery.
retired rancher and a resident of Collegeport for 59 years, he was
born February 9, 1880, in Cedarville, Kansas, a son of Francis
Marion and Alice Ann Marley Nelson. He died Thursday, October 24, in
Wagner General Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Carrie Belle Nelson of Collegeport;
two daughters, Mrs. Rosa Lee [Rosalie] Ellis of Collegeport and Mrs.
Ethel Williams of Bay City; one sister, Mrs. Artice Kimport of
Winner, S. Dak.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Palacios Beacon, October 31, 1968
Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie Belle Nelson of Collegeport were
held at the Palacios Funeral Home at 10 a. m. Monday, July 29, with
the Rev. Leslie E. Webb, Jr. officiating. Interment was in the
Daughter of the late S. P. and Emmaline Warden Shuey, she was born
March 17, 1882, in Alton, Kansas. She and her late husband, Roy
Nelson, moved to Collegeport in 1909, where she was active in church
and community affairs as long as health permitted. She was a charter
member of the Collegeport Presbyterian Church and Matagorda County
Federation and a member of the Woodmen of the World. She passed away
Saturday, July 27, in Wagner General Hospital.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Roy Williams of Bay City and
Mrs. W. L. Ellis of Collegeport, six grandchildren and eight great
Unknown newspaper, July 1974
According to Mrs. Nelson's daughter, Ethel, Mrs.
Nelson rolled out the noodles and dried then on pages from the
Houston Post which were draped on the backs of her dining chairs.
When they were just right, she would roll and cut them, cooking them to
Here is one of the chairs she used to dry her
"O that will be Heaven for me
I care not where it may be,
So long as I have those noodles,
Measured in oodles and oodles;
O, that will be Heaven for me."
The Daily Tribune, May 29, 1929
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