Edward Nelson Notes
Edward Nelson and his sister, Elizabeth Nelson, lived in a village near London with their uncle, having lost their parents. Edward became acquainted with a captain of an English vessel, with whom he made an arrangement to ship from England on board the vessel. He left on the following Sunday while the family was at church, having feigned illness to keep from attending church himself, tied his clothes in a bundle, avoided the servant and succeeded in getting aboard the vessel in which he sailed in a few hours afterwards. He was then 14 years old. He visited what was then every known part of the world, and landed in VA, settling on Little River, New Kent Co (now Hanover). during his voyage he lost an eye. One year after landing in VA, he married Mary Garland, second daughter of Edward Garland of Garland's Neck, who had settled in this country many years before. Came to Virginia in 1718. (History of Louisa Co, VA)
The family lived at "Wingfield" on the north side of the Little River, a beautiful old home destroyed by lightning c. 1980-81, which stood across the river from "Offley". See photo of house & copy 1717 plant made by James Walker, evidently of the house tract. (Some Ancient Landowners in Saint Martin's Parish Hanover County, Virginia by Norine Campbell Gregory, New Papyrus Co., Inc. 2001)
Bible/Genealogical Records on file at the Virginia Historical Society & Library of Virginia: Edward Nelson, son of James Nelson Es. Essex, London England was born 1690. His parents dying while he was very young he was taken care of by an Uncle. Having the acquaintance of a sea captain his pictures of ocean adventures so dazzled his boyish immagination that he ran away from home to sail with the captain when he was only 14 years old. Followed the sea for 14 yrs becoming the captain of a vessel. Came to Va and settled on Little river, Hanover Co about 1718; married in 1719 Mary, dau of Edward and Jane Jennings Garland. Have issue:
Descendants of James Nelson
Generation No. 1
1. James1 Nelson1 died in London, England.
Children of James Nelson are:
Generation No. 2
3. Edward2 Nelson (James1) was born 1690 in County Essex, London, England2. He married Mary Garland3,4 17194,5, daughter of Edward Garland and Mary Jane Jennings. She was born 16986.
Children of Edward Nelson and Mary Garland are:
Generation No. 3
4. Elizabeth3 Nelson (Edward2, James1) was born 17207,8. She married Charles Thompson 17378.
Children of Elizabeth Nelson and Charles Thompson are:
5. James3 Nelson (Edward2, James1) was born 17239, and died 18049. He married Keziah Harris 17509.
Children of James Nelson and Keziah Harris are:
7. Edward3 Nelson (Edward2, James1) was born 172713. He married Mary Harris 174813.
Children of Edward Nelson and Mary Harris are:
8. Rebecca3 Nelson (Edward2, James1)14,15 was born 1729 in Hanover Co, VA16,17,18, and died before 29 Jun 1810 in Hanover Co, VA19,20,21. She married John Waddy22 174823, son of Anthony Waddy and Sarah Parke. He was born 28 Oct 1725 in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co, VA24,25, and died Bet. 1780 - 1781 in Prob. Hanover Co, VA26,27,28.
Female descendants of Rebecca Nelson qualify for membership in Daughters of the American Revolution based on her Patriotic Service. She donated 225 pounds of beef for which she received a Certificate dated July 12, 1781, which was recorded in Hanover County Public Service Claims, Court Booklet I p. 31.
Children of Rebecca Nelson and John Waddy are:
9. Ann "Nancy"3 Nelson (Edward2, James1) was born 173140. She married Overton Harris41.
Children of Ann Nelson and Overton Harris are:
1. Malcolm H. Harris, M.D., History of Louisa County, Virginia, (The Dietz
Press, 1936), 323.
Rebecca Nelson Waddy Notes
1756 Goochland Co, VA Titheables, p.
70, Anthony Hoskins List, Peter, Phillis
Goochland Co, VA Deed Book 10, p.
In Aug 1784, Rebecca Waddy owned land adjoining David Thomson, Nelson Anderson, the glebe land, Abraham Fontaine and David Anderson Jr. (Valentine, 1579) In May 1797, Rebecca Waddy was a plaintiff against Isaac Shelby, Nathaniel Hart, and John Hawkins. (Valentine, 1586)
Hanover Co, VA Deeds 1783 - 1792: p. 39, 5 Aug. 1784. Nelson Thomson of Louisa Co. to Rebecca Waddy of Hanover Co, 75 lbs., 203 acres bounded by lands of David Thomson, Nelson Thomson, the Glebe land, Abraham Fontaine & David Anderson Junr., part of the tract of land the said Nelson Thomson purchased of Charles Crenshaw. Wit: None. 5 aug 1784 acknowledged by Nelson Thompson.
Virginia Migrations - Hanover County Vol II, Absentee Land Owners, Year 1814, St. Martin's Parish: Sally Waddy, Louisa County, 235 acres. (Life) Adj. Saml. Mood's Est. & Thos. Nelson. Stood chgd to R. Waddy.
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