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Nelson family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2600

Scope and Contents

This collection contains genealogical records and correspondence for the Nelson family of Jennings and Jefferson Counties in Indiana. Most of the records are listings of marriages, births, and deaths of various members of the Nelson family and their children.

Item Listing:

1757-1800 - Family record of Moses Nelson

1757-1868 - Births and deaths record

1757-1878 - Births and deaths record

1803-1863 - Family records of Daniel H. Nelson and Jefferson Nelson

1880 Feb. 5 - Photocopied letter to J.A. Crozier regarding Nelson genealogy

1901 Nov. 12 - Letter from Laura H. King regarding family correspondence

1902 Jan. 1 - Letter from Hiram G. Nelson regarding family correspondence

1904 Oct. 18 - Letter from Laura H. King regarding family genealogy

1802-1914 - List of family deaths and obituary clippings

1838-1953 - Family births listing, Hiram G Nelson and Lizzie Rector’s marriage certificate, and obituary clippings

circa 1960s - Listing of Daniel Hovey Nelson’s wife, children, and the children of their son Hiram


1757-1870 Births and deaths record


  • 1857-circa 1960


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Moses Nelson was born in Sutton Massachusetts in 1757. He married Sarah Hovey and had 9 children. Two of the children, Daniel and James, relocated to Indiana, and both died in Lancaster, Jefferson County.


0.06 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 1 medium oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OB056: Nelson family record of births and deaths

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/10 by Ruth Light. EAD finding aid created 2006/10 by Ruth Light. EAD finding aid updated 2015/11/12 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2021/09/28 by Lauren Patton.
Nelson family papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.