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Lincoln County West Virginia Biography of David NELSON

            David Nelson, born in Monroe county, (now) West Virginia, December 16, 1826, is a son of William and Ellen (Cottel) Nelson. He has been twice wedded. Mary Stickler became his wife December 23, 1851, and she was the mother of seven children, whose record is the following: James Floyd, born September 10, 1852, resides on Mud river; Martha Ann, February 11, 1854, resides in Cabell county, West Virginia; Cornelia Angelina, August 13, 1856, resides near home; Elizabeth Catherine, January 27, 1858, resides in Putnam county; Mary Ellen, March 18, 1859, lives near home; Jonathan Newman, March 10, 1860; Sarah Mahala, October 18, 1862; the last two are at home. Mrs. Nelson died in June 1870. In Putnam county, West Virginia, October 17, 1872, David Nelson was joined in wedlock with Catherine, daughter of George and Jane (Swan) Haifield. She was born in Cabell county, January 23, 1826, and in 1875 she joined the United Baptist Church, her husband having joined in 1873. David Nelson enlisted in the war between the States in 1862, serving in the Confederate army, in Company E, 36th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Battalion. He was engaged in the battles of Dry Creek, Tuckwillers Hill, Salt Pond Mountain, Lynchburg and Droop Mountain (where he was captured in September 1863), and returned to his home April 14, 1865. William Nelson, father of David, was a soldier in the war of 1812. David Nelson is a farmer in Union district, owning land to the extent of 126 acres, which is well cultivated, and has upon it a fine orchard of apples, peaches, plums and quinces; a portion of the land is heavily timbered with poplar, oak, sugar, maple and beech; coal and iron ore in abundance. The farm is located on Big Laurel, six miles southeast from Hamlin, and Mr. Nelson may be addressed at Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia.

      Extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Lincoln County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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