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Augustus W. NELLSON

Male 1838 - 1904  (66 years)


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  • Name Augustus W. NELLSON  [1, 2
    Born 22 Feb 1838  Tallahassee, FL (Territory) Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • His mother was born in Sweden and his father was born in North Carolina.
    Gender Male 
    Census 11 Jun 1860  3rd Ward, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Milit-Beg 03 Sep 1862  Camp Stanton, Boxford, Essex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • enlisted as a private in the Union Army
    Event-Misc 01 Jan 1863  Ft. Kierney, Carrollton, LA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • promoted to corporal
    Milit-End 01 Sep 1863  Camp Meigs, Readville, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation listed as a "stair builder."  [5
    Occupation listed as a carpenter and boarding with J.F. Adams, a master carpenter.  [4
    Residence Between 1887 and 1890  119 Otis Street, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Died 11 Oct 1904  Marshfield, Plymouth Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Heart disease
    Buried 13 Oct 1904  Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • Research Note: Census data is not always accurate. Most individuals did not review entries made by the enumerator and, therefore, names and initials were often recorded incorrectly. For example, Nellson could be recorded as Nellson, Nelson, Nellsen or Nelsen. The middle initial A could be recorded as A, J or K. Places of birth and ages can be incorrect if the individual that provided data to the enumerator was not a close family member (as in the case of boarders). Also, it was not uncommon for the family head and his wife to provide incorrect ages for themselves when the wife was older or much younger than the husband.

      Nellson vs. Nelson - In 1840, when Augustus was two years old, the census listed only the name of the head of the family and the sex/age statistics for the family. That census listed 14 Nellsons and 2,335 Nelsons in all states. The 14 Nellsons were eliminated as the parents of Augustus since there were no males 0-5 years of age in these families. Of the 2,335 Nelsons listed, there were seven in Florida and one of these, a Joseph Nelson, had a son 0-5 years old. In the 1850 census (which lists the full names for the entire family), Augustus Nellson, in any format, could not be found. Joseph Nelson is still being researched.

      Augustus' last name is listed as Nelson in both the 1860 and 1870 census of Cambridge MA and in his military records. Use of the last name Nellson is noted, however, in the Cambridge City Directories 1887-1890, the burial records for the Nellson plot in Cambridge Cemetery, and in the Cambridge 1900 census.

      Massachusetts vs. Florida - Augustus place of birth was listed as Massachusetts in the 1960 census. This input, however, was provided by a non family member. His birth place was listed as the Florida Territory in the 1870, 1880 and 1900 census. The preponderance of evidence, therefore, indicates Florida as his birth place.
    Person ID I546  Cartwright
    Last Modified 29 Feb 2012 

    Father Charles A. NELLSON,   b. Abt 1816 
    Mother Lorena,   b. Abt 1818 
    Married Abt 1839 
    Family ID F309  Group Sheet

    Family Levina CLUKAS,   b. 23 Dec 1840, St. Johns, NB, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1909, Medford, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 02 Aug 1860  Dorchester, Norfolk Co. (now Suffolk Co.), MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Married by F.W. Holland, Pastor of 4th U.C. Society. The 1st marriage for both. Augustus listed his occupation as a Stair Builder.
    Census 29 Jan 1870  East Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 11 Jun 1880  27 Sixth Street, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Census 13 Jun 1900  48 Third Street, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Household included Augustus (62), Levina (59), Olin (31), Fred Sleeper (29) & Carrie Sleeper (26). Augustus is a janitor.
    Children 
     1. Frederic Lewis NELLSON,   b. 02 Jun 1863, East Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1925, Wareham, Plymouth Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     2. Ralph NELLSON,   b. Abt 1866, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Carrie S. NELLSON,   b. Jan 1874,   d. 1938, Medford, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
     4. Charles A. NELLSON,   b. 31 Jul 1861,   d. 16 Nov 1861  (Age 0 years)
     5. Mary E. NELLSON,   b. 11 Jan 1866, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1876, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)
     6. Clara A. NELLSON,   b. 1869, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Jun 1880, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 11 years)
     7. Olin Augustus NELLSON,   b. Mar 1870, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F251  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Augustus/Clukas Clan (1897)
    Augustus/Clukas Clan (1897)
    Back Row: Augustus Nellson (59), Olin Augustus Nellson (27), Fred Lewis Nellson (34), Fred Woodbury Sleeper (27).
    Middle Row: Lewis Taylor Nellson (9), Ralph Augustus Nellson (4), Alice Maude (Cutter) Nellson (29), Unknown woman, Lavina (Clukas) Nellson (57).
    Front Row: Carrie S. (Nellson) Sleeper (23), Unknown child, Helen (Muzzey) Nellson (31).

    Headstones
    Nellson: Cambridge Cemetery, Waban Path, Lot 2988
    Nellson: Cambridge Cemetery, Waban Path, Lot 2988

    Histories
    Biography: Nellson, Augustus W.
    Biography: Nellson, Augustus W.
    b. 1839, d. 1904

  • Sources 
    1. [S48] 1880 U.S. Census, Compiler: The Generations Network, Inc., (2009), MA, Middlesex, Cambridge, ED #437, Pg 95D, T9-543.

    2. [S2] Cemetery Marker, Cambridge Cemetery, Lot 2988.

    3. [S25] Cemetery Records/Marker, Augustus W. Nellson records, Waban pth, lot 2588..

    4. [S42] 1860 U.S. Census, Compiler: The Generations Network, Inc., (2009), MA, Middlesex, E. Cambridge, Ward 3, Roll M653-508, Bk 1, Pg 233.

    5. [S43] 1870 U.S. Census, Compiler: The Generations Network, Inc., (2009), MA, Middlesex, Cambridge, Ward 3, Pg 130 (Roll M593-624, Bk 1, Pg 533b).

    6. [S20] City Directory, Cambridge, MA 1887-1890.

    7. [S38] NEHGS Cemetery Transcriptions, Compiler: NEHGS, (2005), Marriages Registered in Dorchester 1860, Volume 136, Page 200.

    8. [S48] 1880 U.S. Census, Compiler: The Generations Network, Inc., (2009), MA, Middlesex, Cambridge, ED 437, Pg 42 (Roll T9-543, Fam Hist Film 1254543, Pg 95D, Image 0596).

    9. [S44] 1900 U.S. Census, Compiler: The Generations Network, Inc., (2009), MA, Middlesex, Cambridge, Wd 3, ED 704, roll 657, pg 19A img 39, ln 1; Augustus Nellson household accessed Dec 2010.



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