This week I will be featuring the cemetery and headstone of my 6th Great Grandfather Thomas “Scotch Tom” Nelson. He is buried in the Grace Episcopal Churchyard, Yorktown, York County, Virginia.
Thomas Nelson was born on February 20, 1677, in Penrith, Cumbria, England. He is the only known son of Hugh Nelson (1647-1708) and Sarah Jackson (1655-1740). His father and Grandfather were clothiers and Thomas worked with them growing up. He emigrated to Virginia in 1700, In the next few years he had firmly established himself, and he built a frame house, where the current Nelson House is standing. He built a mercantile business across the street from his home. In 1710 he married Margaret Reade (1685-1717) and the had 3 children, 2 sons and 1 daughter. After the death of his wife he then married Frances Housden (1682-1766) and they had 1 daughter. Thomas was very successful in many business ventures. He died on October 7, 1745, in Yorktown, Virginia, at the age of 68.
The monument of his son William is to the left of this view and his grandson, Thomas Nelson, Jr. is to the left of that grave. Thomas Nelson, Jr. was the Signer of the Declaration of Independence.