Discover Your Ancestors One at a Time

Featuring: Nancy Elizabeth Caroline Buchanan who was born 8 May 1848 in South Carolina. Her father, Joshua Huff Buchanan was 21 years old and her mother Nancy Adaline Fowler was 23 years old. Nancy married Robert Andrew Jackson Nelson in Alabama on 6 December 1866. Robert was born 19 May 1844 in Alabama. Roberts parents were Robert Nelson age 44 and Lavinia Holland age 46, when Robert was born. After Nancy and Robert were married in 1866, they were seen on the 1870 United States, Marble Valley, Coosa County, Alabama, Census. On the 13th day of June in 1870 at the Nelson home, the following were shown.
1870 United States, Marble Valley, Coosa County, Alabama, Census
• RAJ Nelson, head of household, 25 years old, farmer, born in Alabama.
• NEC Nelson, 22 years old, born in Georgia.
• MM Nelson, 9 years old, born in Alabama.
• JW Nelson, 9 months old, born in Alabama.
On the same census record, living next door to the Nelson family was Roberts’ parents. The following were shown in the household.
• Robt Nelson, 73 years old, farmer, value of real estate: 800, value of personal estate: 346, born in Tennessee.
• Lavinia Nelson, 69 years old, born in North Carolina.
• Sherman Nelson, 19 years old, born in Alabama.
• Long Ma, 21 years old, born in Alabama.
Something to keep in mind about the first Nelson family is a notable difference in age between the two children. One child is 9 years old and the other is 9 months old. Nancy and Robert were married in 1866 and this was the 1870 census, making them married for only 4 years. If the 9-year-old child is indeed Nancy’s, she would have been 13 years old when she gave birth to her. That is not entirely out of the question, but I doubt that was the case. The 1870 census did not state what part of family each person was, it only stated male or female. This conflict deserves further research which this bio does not warrant the time for this blog and will be noted that further research is needed. Moving onto the 1880 census record may answer our questions.
1880 United States, Marble Valley, Coosa County, Alabama, Census
In the 1880 United States, Coosa County, Alabama, Census, on the 29th day of June, the following Nelson’s were shown.
• Jackson Nelson, 36 years old, head of household, Farmer, born in Alabama, father born in Tennessee, mother born in North Carolina.
• Nancy Nelson, 32 years old, wife, born in Georgia, father born in South Carolina, mother born in South Carolina.
• John W Nelson, 10 years old, son, born in Alabama, father born in Alabama, mother born in Georgia.
• Mildred Nelson, 12 years old, daughter, born in Alabama, father born in Alabama, mother born in Georgia.
• Enoch Nelson, 9 years old, son, born in Alabama, father born in Alabama, mother born in Georgia.
• Mollie Nelson, 7 years old, daughter, born in Alabama, father born in Alabama, mother born in Georgia.
• Osee Nelson, 5 years old, daughter, born in Alabama, father born in Alabama, mother born in Georgia.
• William Nelson, 4 years old, son, born in Alabama, father born in Alabama, mother born in Georgia.
• Donnie Nelson, 2 years old, son, born in Alabama, father born in Alabama, mother born in Georgia.
• Gussie Nelson, 4 months old, born in Alabama in the month of February, father born in Alabama, mother born in Georgia.
• Lavinia Nelson, 80 years old, Mother, born in North Carolina, father born in North Carolina, mother born in North Carolina.
In the 1870 census, the child shown as 9 years old does not appear in the 1880 census. This child would have been about 19 years old and there is not anyone in the household at that age. It is possible that this family member was married and moved out of the family home. Another possibility could be this mystery person was Mildred, seen in the 1880 census at 12 years old. If Mildred was shown in the 1870 census, her age could have been reported incorrectly. The initials of the child in the 1870 census are MM which would make sense for the 1880 census which shows Mildred. Additionally, why was Mildred not shown on the 1870 census? It looks like Mildred was the child that was seen in the 1870 census with her age reported incorrectly, but it would be a good idea to have more evidence to prove this fact. The Nelson family appears to be expanding quite well with no noticeable gaps between children. Shown last on the family list was Robert’s mother, Lavinia Nelson at 80 years old. It is very likely that Robert’s father had passed away sometime between the 1870 and 1880 census and mother came to live with her son Robert and family. The 1880 census did not show if people were widowed or widowers, like later census records do. Death records for Robert’s father will need to be searched later.
This blog was an example to show what kind of information can be seen by analyzing census records. Robert and Nancy were shown in three more U.S. census records. The goal would be to gather all the census records available and evaluate them to give the researcher clues to other records that should be searched. I also wanted to show how much information the census records can have in them. Therefore, it is so important to research one ancestor at a time. When the proper time is given to a family for research and all the pertinent information is recorded for each member on family history software such as RootsMagic, you will thank yourself later.
Records analyzed for this blog:
• United States 1880; Census Place: Marble Valley, Coosa, Alabama; Roll: 9; Page: 295D; Enumeration District: 054, Ancestry.com.
• United States Year: 1870; Census Place: Marble Valley, Coosa, Alabama; Roll: M593_11; Page: 419B, Ancestry.com.
• Alabama, County Marriage Records, 1805-1967 for Nancy E. C. Buchanan, Coosa County, 1836-1885, Ancestry.com.
• Dates of birth for Robert and Nancy Nelson mentioned in the first paragraph of this blog were given to me by family members and I have these records in my possession.

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Seminary Class – Highlands Ward 2017

COME AND JOIN US FOR SEMINARY!!! 

2 Nephi 32:3

3 Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, 

they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, 

feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of

 Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.  

 

When:  September 5th, 2017 – Tuesday

Where:  Highland’s Ward Relief Society Meeting Room

What time:  6:50 AM

Why: Refer to above scripture 😊

Questions:  Please call me at 707-533-0765

Who am I ?  Sister Lisa Cherrington