Dowling Family Genealogy

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  • ID: I404451
  • Name: Thomas NELSON
  • RELA: 6th cousin 8x removed
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 26 DEC 1738 in Yorktown, York Co., VA
  • Event: Fact 1776 Signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Event: Elected Governor of Virginia 1781
  • Death: 4 JAN 1789 in Hanover Co., VA
  • Event: Pic Gov. Thomas Nelson
  • Title: Gov.
  • Event: Link View on GeneaStar
  • Note:
    NELSON, Thomas, Jr., (father of Hugh Nelson), a Delegate from Virginia; born in Yorktown, Va., on December 26, 1738; attended private schools and was graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge University in England, in 1761; member of the House of Burgesses of Virginia in 1774; member of the provincial convention in Williamsburg in 1774; Member of the Continental Congress 1775- 1777; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; appointed commander of the Virginia state forces in 1777 and served in this capacity until 1781 when he resigned on account of ill health as a result of his service in the field in the campaign against Cornwallis; again a Member of the Continental Congress in 1779; governor of Virginia in 1781; retired to his son's estate, "Mont Air," Hanover County, Va., and died there on January 4, 1789; interment in Grace Churchyard, Yorktown, Va.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Father: William NELSON b: 1711 in Yorktown, York Co., VA
    Mother: Elizabeth BURWELL b: 1719 in Lancaster Co., VA

    Marriage 1 Lucy GRYMES b: 24 AUG 1743 in Middlesex Co., VA
    • Married: 29 JUL 1762 in Virginia
    1. Has Children Francis NELSON b: 25 JUN 1767 in York Co., VA
    2. Has Children Hugh NELSON b: 30 SEP 1768 in York Co., VA
    3. Has Children Elizabeth NELSON b: 26 DEC 1770 in York Co., VA
    4. Has Children Mary NELSON b: 19 DEC 1774 in Yorktown, York Co., VA
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