James was born about 1813 in Tennessee. He was the son of Elisha Nelson and Sarah Elizabeth Henry. James married Johanna Murray on May 06, 1849 in Crawford County, Missouri. They were married by George C. Brackenridge, JP. Johanna was born on March 1828. She was the daughter of John A. Murray and Holly Earp of Nash, North Carolina.
The 1840 and 1850 Census records show James and Johanna living in Crawford, Missouri. The 1860 census which was enumerated on July 7, 1860 shows Johanna Murray, widow of James Nelson, living in Merrimac, Dent County, Missouri. Living with her was Andrew J, age 17, son; William C, age 10, son; G.W., age 8, son; Moses M, age 6, son; and Thomas R., age 3, son. Her neighbors were Elisha and Elizabeth Nelson.
James died in 1859 in Missouri. After James’ death, Johanna married James Swafford on March 4, 1861 in Dent County, Missouri. Johanna died in 1909 in Arkansas.
Children of James and Johanna:
Andrew Jackson Nelson b. September 1845; d. Lavina Emmaline Swafford Reynolds
John Washington Nelson b. Bet. 1837 – 1838
Elizabeth Nelson b. December 1839
Sarah Ann Nelson b. October 16, 1841
James Elisha Nelson b. 1848
Children of Johanna and James Swafford:
Frances T. Swafford b. 1867
Samuel R. Swafford b. 1869
Mary R. Swafford b. 1875
Land Plat of property owned by James and his father, Elisha, in Dent County, Missouri. The plant also shows land owned by Johanna's second husband, James Swafford.
The following is information on the land patents owned by James:
Patentee: NELSON, JAMES Patent Date: 10/30/1857 Accession: STA MO3810__.319 Location: Dent County, MO Township: 35-N Range: 4-W Section: 19 Aliquot: W½SE Meridian: Fifth Principal Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566) Longitude: -91.4084316996273 Latitude: 37.7338278442467
Patentee: NELSON, JAMES Patent Date: 9/1/1859 Accession: STA MO3910__.266 Location: Dent County, MO Township: 35-N Range: 5-W Section: 24 Aliquot: NESE Meridian: Fifth Principal Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566) Longitude: -91.4222120042508 Latitude: 37.7356957920852
Google Maps Information (on one tract; other tracts are adjoining): 37°44'08.5"N 91°25'20.0"W Short Bend Township, MO PHPH+74 Short Bend, Missouri
"Missouri Probate Records, 1750-1998," images, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89LH-3K43?cc=2399107&wc=QZ9DHF2%3A1327233201%2C1339501002 : 22 September 2014), Dent > Probates, 1866-
1888, vol 1 > image 43 of 208; Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City
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