Nelson ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Nelson are gathered together in this SideTrack.

This Page does not include people with other forms of the surname.

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Nelson, MrRef 454-264
He lived at
Stones House, Todmorden.

He married Unknown.

Child: John

Nelson, MrRef 454-703
In the 1870s, he and
Mr Young ran Larkhill Academy, Brighouse

Nelson, AlexanderRef 454-66
Born in Dent.

He was agent in corn, wine & spirits [1851] / a retired corn dealer [1861].

He married Elizabeth Taylor [1794-1856].

Elizabeth was born in Halifax


  1. Mary [b 1827] who was a milliner & dress maker [1861]

The family lived at

  • Butterhouse, Halifax [1851]
  • 7 Trinity Road, Halifax [1861]

Living with them [in 1861] was Elizabeth's unmarried sister Jane Taylor [1804-1871].

Elizabeth died 16th February 1856 (aged 62).

Alexander died 23rd April 1872 (aged 85).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3482] with sister-in-law Jane Taylor

Nelson, AliceRef 454-241
Born in Liverpool.

She was one of the children who came to the district and worked as a worsted spinner at Calvert's Mill at Wainstalls.

She lived with John Greenwood [1881]

Nelson, Rev EdwardRef 454-231
Of Coley.

He was Curate at Halifax [1775] / Vicar of Coley [1784].

He is said to have produced versified translations of epitaphs for Jacob's History of Halifax.

His entries in the register of Halifax Parish Church for 1764 give

... to the best of my Knowledge, a true Account of the Number of Families now in the Vicarage of Halifax

Nelson Street is named for him.

He married Sarah Tempest.


  1. son
  2. G. G. Nelson
  3. Elizabeth

He was one of the subscribers to the Leeds Infirmary [1782].

In November 1769, he attended the enquiry which had been called by the Marquis of Rockingham to discuss the problem of the coiners and the murder of William Deighton.

Edward & Sarah were buried at Halifax Parish Church in a vault below the vestry

This & associated entries use material contributed by Lesley Abernethy & Michael Bickley

Nelson, EdwardRef 454-355
Attorney who practised with
Lewis Alexander at 4 Wade Street, Halifax [1822, 1829]

Nelson, ElizabethRef 454-198
Of Leeds. Daughter of
Rev Edward Nelson.

She married Lewis Alexander.

There is a memorial to her in the Holdsworth Chapel.

The epitaph on her memorial in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Nelson, G. G.Ref 454-597
Son of
Rev Edward Nelson.

He became an attorney.

He died 21st February 1805 [aged 23].

His obituary describes him as

A young gentleman of the most promising abilities, whose loss will be long and deservedly regretted by a large circle of friend and acquaintances

This & associated entries use material contributed by Alan Longbottom

Nelson, George WilliamRef 454-622
Son of Sophia & Samuel Nilson.

Born in Batley; baptised at Birstall [11th December 1853].

He was a stone merchant's agent [1891] / a stone merchant (employer) [1901].

He married Emily [1853-1901].

Emily was born in Gomersall


  1. Joe
  2. Harry
  3. Samuel [bapt 6th August 1876]
  4. Helena [b 1878] who married Robert Midgley
  5. Alice [b 1880] who married George Horsfield

They lived at

  • Slead Cottage, Southowram [1891]
  • Kell Lane, Stump Cross [1901]

Living with them [in 1901] were grandchildren Edith Anne Nelson [b 1896] & George Victor Nelson [b 1898].

Emily died 10th October 1901 (aged 48).

George William died 12th November 1914 (aged 61).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-D22] with grandchildren Phyllis Nelson & Arthur Nelson

This & associated entries use material contributed by Jeffrey Knowles

Nelson, HarryRef 454-384
Son of
George William Nelson.

He was a wall stone dresser [1891].

On 21st May 1898, he married Charlotte Ann Radley Fawthrop [1875-1939] at St Anne's Church, Southowram.

Charlotte was the daughter of John Fawthrop

Child: Arthur who died 12th October 1911 (aged 11 weeks), & was buried with his Nelson grandparents at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-D22].

Charlotte Ann died 11th June 1939 (aged 64).

Harry died 7th September 1943 (aged 69).

The couple were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-E20]

Nelson, Rev JamesRef 454-377

He was educated at Cotton End [??] and Dublin University before becoming Minister at Moor End Congregational Church [1879-1884]. He moved to Nottingham [1884], Donaghmore [1890], Horton Bank, Bradford [1891], and Narborough, Leicestershire [1896].

See Matthew Naylor

Nelson, Rev JamesRef 454-113

Son of Mary (née Russell) & James Nelson of Leeds.

Born in Leeds [3rd April 1813].

He was educated at Magdalene College Cambridge [1832] / ordained (deacon) at York [1836] / curate at Morley [1836] / ordained (priest) at Ripon [1837]. before becoming Vicar of Coley [1837-1838] and Perpetual Curate at Luddenden for 43 Years [1838-1881]

On 20th April 1838, he married Jane Hall [1805-1880] at St Benedict's Church, Cambridge.

Jane was born in Saffron Walden [9th January 1805]

Child: William Francis [1839-1908]

Jane died in Luddenden [17th November 1880].

James died at his brother's home in Leeds [14th February 1881].

The couple were buried at Luddenden Cemetery [Grave Ref: AC63].

They are remembered at St Mary's Church, Luddenden on a Memorial – erected by the parishioners and friends – inside the Church

This & associated entries use material contributed by Michael Bickley & Derrick Habergham

Nelson, JoeRef 454-379
Son of
George William Nelson.

He was an apprentice quarryman [1891] / a stone flag river [1901].

On 10th May 1894, he married Mary Bairstow [1873-1???] at St Anne's Church, Southowram.

Mary was the daughter of Aquilla Bairstow.

She was a charwoman [1911]



  1. Edith Anne [b 1896] who was a weaver coating [1911]
  2. George Victor [b 1898] who was a doffer [1911]
  3. Phyllis [1898-16th August 1902] who was buried with her  Nelson grandparents at St Anne's Church, Southowram  [Grave Ref: R-D22]
  4. Nellie [bapt 6th April 1905] who died young [before 1911]
  5. Leonard Vincent [b 1907]

They lived at

  • 24 Upper Lane, Northowram [1901]
  • Coley [1905]

Nelson, JohnRef 454-60
Stonemason of Birstall.

In 1739, he went to London and was converted by John Wesley. In 1741, he became a Methodist lay preacher, and preached – standing on an upturned wash-tub – on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Calder. In 1742, he urged Wesley to visit the district. In 1744, he was impressed for army service.

Mrs Alice Calverley heard him preach at Birstall and her father, (1) Abraham, invited him to preach at Skircoat Green.

He gave his first sermon at Skircoat Green.

He preached at Haworth Old Hall when Rev William Grimshaw would not allow him to enter Haworth church

Nelson, JohnRef 454-265
Son of
Mr Nelson of Stones House, Todmorden.

In 1937, he married Sheila Hoyle in Todmorden.

Sheila was the daughter of Joshua Hodson Hoyle

Nelson, John PearsonRef 454-109
Brighouse cooper and cask-maker with a business at Briggate in the early 1900s

Nelson, JosephRef 454-250

Question: Is this the same as Joseph Nelson [1797-18??]?


Born in Halifax.

He was a tailor [1851].

He married Susannah [1796-1879].

Susannah was born in Coventry


  1. ELizabeth [b 1826] who was a worsted winder [1851]

They lived at 9 Lister Street, Halifax [1851].

Joseph died 26th November 1862 (aged 66).

Susannah died 27th October 1879 (aged 83).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2255]

Nelson, JosephRef 454-687

Question: Is this the same as Joseph Nelson [1796-1862]?


He served with the 2nd Battalion 84th Foot York & Lancaster Regiment in the Peninsular War

This & associated entries use material contributed by Jim Clitheroe

Nelson, Richard ReedRef 454-84

In [Q1] 1848, he married Emma Hartley [1825-1895] in Halifax.

Emma was born 16th August 1825


  1. Alice Annie who died 28th October 1859 (aged 15 months)   
  2. Lillian Mary [1862-1877]

Richard Reed died 5th March 1870 (aged 46).

Emma died 18th June 1895 (aged 70).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1260]

Nelson, Rose AdelaideRef 454-71
Of Lightcliffe.

On 3rd July 1894, she married Ernest Leonard Sparks from Putney

Nelson, Thomas JamesRef 454-2
Born in Halifax.

He was a retired tailor [1901].

He married Eliza [1833-1901].

Eliza was born in Barnsley

They lived at 16 Victoria Terrace, Halifax [1901].

Living with them [in 1901] was niece Ada Robertshaw [b 1876] (housemaid).

Eliza died 5th July 1901 (aged 68), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1073].

Details of Thomas's death / burial place are not yet known

Nelson, Thomas JamesRef 454-197
Born in Southowram.

He was a master tailor with 1 apprentice [1851] / a tailor [1861].

He married (1) Margaret [1817-1873].

Margaret died 17th August 1873 (aged 56).

Margaret was born in Pateley Bridge

In [Q3] 1876, he married (2) Charlotte Drake [1835-1891] in Halifax.

Charlotte died 31st May 1891 (aged 56).

In [Q4] 1901, he married (3) Martha Rushworth [1843-1909] in Halifax.

They lived at

  • 24 North Bridge Street, Halifax [1851]
  • 1 Grove Street, Halifax [1861]

Thomas James died 14th July 1906 (aged 82).

Martha died 2nd February 1909 (aged 66).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1657]

Nelson, WilliamRef 454-295
Born in Walsden.

He lived at Stonehouse Cottage, Walsden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment.

He was killed in action [13th October 1914].

He is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial, France [Grave Ref 34 & 35], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

This & associated entries use material contributed by Derrick Habergham


Nelson surnameRef 454-1
The surname may have any of the following possible origins

  • A matronymic surname meaning son of Nell / Ellen /  Eleanor
  • A patronymic surname meaning son of Neil / Niall
  • Cognates of Scandinavian surnames like Nielson,  Nielsen

There are 23 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Nelson, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Nelson

Marriage 1860; Death 1805

Unattached burials at Lister Lane Cemetery: Plot 1073


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