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Nelson Family Fonds (P296)

1765-1874. - 2 cm of textual records and graphic material.

Administrative History - Biographical Sketch:

William Nelson (1750-1834), a naval officer, came to Québec from England in 1781. He married Jane Dies in 1785 and they had ten children, including Alpherey (1789-1876) and the prominent Patriote leaders, Robert (1794-1873) and Wolfred (1791-1863). Alpherey Nelson married Maria Salt (1800-1848) of Compton (Québec) in 1819 and one of their sons, William Nelson (1820-1862), married his cousin Sarah Holt Salt (1823-1913) in 1844.

(Source: Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University: Private Papers at McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol. 3, p. 335.)

Scope and Content:

The Nelson family fonds provides information on the genealogy of the Nelson-Salt families, the settlement of estates and on other family matters.

The fonds consists of indentures, a passport, a certificate of baptism, correspondence from family members to William Nelson in Québec City and London concerning the settlement of estates and other family matters, a letter from McGill College appointing Wolfred Nelson as a fellow, bank notes of the Distillerie de St-Denis and an illustrated biography of Wolfred Nelson.

(Source: Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University: Private Papers at McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol. 3, p. 335.)