NELSON FAMILY BIBLE
BS185 1762 .C38 v. 2 Oversize
||Thomas Nelson & Lucy Grymes were married the 29th of July 1762
William Nelson born August 9th 1763
Thomas Nelson born December 27th 1764
Philip Nelson born March 14th 1766
Francis Nelson born June 25th 1767 [penciled by another
hand] 26 years old when married
Hugh Nelson born September 30th 1768
Elizabeth Nelson born December 26th 1770
Mary Nelson born December 19th 1774
Lucy Nelson born January 2nd 1777
Robert Nelson born October 14th 1778
Susanna Nelson born October 3rd 1780
Judith Nelson born May 8th 1782
||Robert Nelson & Judith C Page were married April 17th 1803
Lucy Nelson born April 24th 1804
Notes in pencil on sides of the page:
Left side: Thomas Nelson, Son of Wm. Nelson, who was son of the Emigrant
Thomas Nelson born 1677.
(Signer Dec. Ind.) [Voo of vo]
Vol XXXIII 1925 Vir. His. & Biog. [Magazine]
Thomas Nelson (1738-1789) was born in Yorktown Virginia and educated in England.
He returned to Virginia in 1761 and a year later married Lucy Grymes (1743-1830),
niece of Peyton
Randolph. Thomas and Lucy Nelson had thirteen children, eleven of whom survived
to adulthood. Although the Nelsons were very wealthy, they were not able to
live within their income. A lavish lifestyle, an uncertain economy and large
contributions to the Revolutionary cause put him in debt for most of his life.
Nelson was elected to the House of Burgesses from York County in 1761 and by
1775 was an enthusiastic patriot. He participated in the "Yorktown
Tea Party" in the fall of 1775 and signed the Declaration
of Independence in 1776. He contributed both personally and economically
to the Revolutionary cause, serving in the Continental Congress and as Governor
of Virginia in 1781 and commanding the state militia.
The loss of the family fortune made a great impact on the behaviour of the
family. Habits of economy became a way of life for Lucy Nelson during her long
. . . only a few nights before her death, and when a number of her children
and descendants were sitting around the fire, and supposing she was asleep,
the silence was broken by her saying, "Don't bury me in my new gown,"
to which one of them playfully replied, "oh, no; don't be troubled: we
will put all the old rags around you that we can find." (Meade, vol.
1, p 423)
William (1763-1801) married Sarah Page(1785-1839) in 1785.
Thomas (1764-?) married Frances Page (1766-1853) in 1794. William Meade recounts
that Thomas and one of his brothers tried to join the army at Yorktown, but
his mother saw them, and did not allow them to fight. Later on Thomas was a
private secretary to George Washington, and "a great favourite with him
and Mrs. Washington." (p. 424)
Philip (1766-1850) married Sarah Burwell ( 1769-1856) in 1789 and they lived
in Clarke County at "Long Branch" and later at "Rosney",
where he died. "He was known as "The Patriarch of our Church".
He was a vestryman of Frederick, now Cunningham Chapel Parish for 51 years.
He was an excellent Lay Reader, having a most melodious and powerful voice."
[Proceedings of the Clark County Historical Society, Vol. 4, p 31, note #3.]
Francis (1767-1833) married Lucy Page (1770-1834), daughter of John and Jane
(Byrd) Page of "North End", Gloucester (now Matthews) County in 1793.
William Meade reports that Francis and his wife lived economically on a Hanover
farm with their fourteen children who were respectably educated. "He was
himself an example of that self-denial which he required of his children. .
. .Thus did he live and die without debt." (p. 425)
Hugh (1768-1836) married Eliza Kinloch (1781-1834) in 1799.
Elizabeth (1770-1854) married Mann Page (1766-1813) in 1788.
Mary (1774-1803) married Robert Hill Carter (1774-1805) in 1794.
Lucy (1777-1861) married John Carter Page (1758-1825) son of John and Jane
(Byrd) Page of "North End", Gloucester (now Matthews) County in 1799.
Robert Nelson (1778-1819) married Judith Carter Page (1783-1845) in 1803. He
became a professor of law and Chancellor of William and Mary College.
Susanna (1780-1850) married Francis Page (1780-1849) in 1806. She wrote down
some of her memories of
Judith (1782-1869) married her cousin, Thomas Nelson (1780-1859), son of Colonel
Hugh Nelson in 1804.
The closeness of the Thomas Nelson family and the John Page family of Rosewell
is evident from the marriages - five of Governor Nelson's children married five
of Governor Page's children.
American National Biography, "Thomas Nelson" vol. 16, p 285-6
Meade, William. Old Churches, ministers and families of Virginia.
Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1910.
Pyne, Frederick Wallace. Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration
of Independence, vol. 6, "Virginia", Rockport ME: Picton Press,
2000, p 509-810.
Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol 33, #2, April 1925
p188-193 discusses the Thomas Nelson's father and grandfather.