John, sometimes referred to as "Rev. John Nelson," was a farmer in Caldwell Co. when he married Minerva Jane Coffey in that county in 1865. He was a son of John M. & Elizabeth Penley Nelson*, born in Caldwell Co. on May 19, 1841. Minerva, a daughter of Wilborn & Sarah Cottrell Coffey, was born there on Dec. 20, 1844. John likely served the Confederacy during the Civil War. There were at least three with the name from NC who enlisted.** Which if any, is this John has not been determined.
Minerva gave John at least 11 children, all born in Caldwell Co. between 1869 and 1890. They were:
Nora Cornelia, born Sep. 25, 1869, died May 22, 1953 at Belmont in South Point Twp., Gaston Co., NC. Her spouse was Seth J. Setzer, a son of Larkin and Julia Holsclaw Setzer, born c1862. They were married at Patterson on Mar. 20, 1888. Seth died on Sep. 5, 1937 at Reidsville in Rockingham Co. and Nora on May 22, 1953 at Belmont. Seth was buried at Mount Holly city cemetery in Gaston Co. while Nora was buried at Greenwood cemetery in Belmont.
Sarah, born Sep., 1870. No further information.
Thomas, born c1873, married Mary Ingle, daughter of Mark & Nancy Ingle on Jul. 24, 1898 in Patterson Twp. Mary was born c1876 in NC.
Minnie J., born Dec., 1874, married William "Willie" Estes on Feb. 15, 1903 in Johns River Twp. He was born in 1880 in NC.
Robert Lee, born Feb. 1, 1875, married Junie Mae Phillips on Jun. 28, 1913 in Caldwell Co. Robert died Jun. 6, 1955 in Lenoir; Junie there on Mar. 9, 1962. Both are buried at Lenoir in Harpers Chapel cemetery.
William Rufus was born Dec. 6, 1879 and married Kate Pearl Suddreth, a daughter of Toliver Suddreth, on Oct. 4, 1913 in Caldwell Co.Kate was born c1890. Rufus died Jun. 23, 1954 and was buried at Blue Ridge Memorial Park in Lenoir. No info on Kate's death date and burial location. They had at least two children: Albert Lee and Edna Minerva.
Henry L. & Mary C. were born in Dec., 1880 and Aug., 1883, respectively. No further information.
George W. was born Mar., 1885 and married China Carlton on Feb. 14, 1910 in Burke Co., NC. Children that I know of were: Rubie, born c1917, Lorrane, born c1919, one unnamed, born c1926 and Willis Ester, a male?, born c1935.
Milton League, born Aug. 2, 1887, died in Lenoir on Feb. 18, 1966. Milton married Cora Lee Kirby, born Sep. 3, 1894 in Caldwell Co. on Jun. 29, 1917. Cora died Oct. 31, 1971 in Lenoir. Both are buried at the Nelson Chapel in Lenoir.
The last child born to John and Minerva was Albert J., born in Apr., 1890. He married Lucy B. Greene in 1919. She died Oct. 4, 1938 and he followed her on Apr. 22, 1939. I'm still looking for their burial places. Chidlren: Hattie Belle, born 1920; Mattie, born 1921; Annie Mae, born 1923; and Willie Wilson, born 1924.
*John H. was not the only child of John M and Elizabeth to marry a Coffey. Their son George W., born 1837, married Mary Lou Coffey on Jun. 9, 1859 in Caldwell Co. Mary Lou was a daughter of McCaleb and Elizabeth Collett Coffey. George died on Jun. 8, 1860 in Lenoir; Mary Lou on Sep. 24, 1863. They are both buried at Nelson's Chapel in Lenoir. Another of the Nelson children, a daughter named Mary Ann, married Elijah L. Coffey on Jun. 20, 1867 in Caldwell Co. Elijah was a son of William Coffey, Jr., and his wife Margaret Robbins.
**One John H. enlisted in Co. F, 6th Regiment, NC Infantry. Another enlisted in Co. D, 52d Regiment, NC Infantry and a third [John H. D.] enlisted in the 33d Regiment, NC Infantry.
Other sources used: 1850, 1870, 1880, 1900 US Federal Census; NC Death Certificates; Various cemetery records; NC Registrar of Deeds web service; familysearch.org
All of the surnames in this blog represent some very old Caldwell and Watauga Co. NC families, some pre-Revolutionary. Many of the ancestors of these herein named were pioneer hunters, explorers and settlers in those counties..