Robert James Nelson

17 Jun 1856 - 1 Jun 1906

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Robert James Nelson

17 Jun 1856 - 1 Jun 1906
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Robert James Nelson was born 17 June 1856 in Farmington, Davis, Utah.. His parents were Robert and Elizabeth Joseph Nelson. (of Muff Donnegal Ireland), came to Smithfield when I was about 5 yrs old. Robert was a jovial, sociable type who had many friends. He could talk to anyone. He was a hard worke
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Robert James Nelson


Smithfield City Cemetery

376-424 E Center St
Smithfield, Cache, Utah
United States


April 5, 2012


April 3, 2012

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Nelson, Robert James

Colaborador: Fran Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Robert James Nelson was born 17 June 1856 in Farmington, Davis, Utah.. His parents were Robert and Elizabeth Joseph Nelson. (of Muff Donnegal Ireland), came to Smithfield when I was about 5 yrs old. Robert was a jovial, sociable type who had many friends. He could talk to anyone. He was a hard worker and owned 20 acres of land. Had a barn, milked cows and was a policeman. He knew everyone in Smithfield. He fell in love with Ellen Saxton and they were married 10 April 1882 in Salt Lake City Utah in the Endowment House. She was 16, Robert was 26. Their children were: Grace born Jan. 28,1883- died 25 Mar. 1968, Hannah Estella born 1 July 1884- died 31 Mar. 1889, Ellen (Nellie) born 15 July 1886- died 17 February 1978, Robert LeRoy born 2 Aug. 1890- died 10 Dec. 1946, Lilla born 31 Dec. 1900-died 25 April 1983, Mary born 30 Sept. 1905- died 15 Oct. 1905. He was called the 'Peanut man', He always had a pocketful of peanuts and the kids would run to him for peanuts. He was always joking and happy. He was a good husband and bought Ellen the first washer in Smithfield. She also had the first lights in Smithfield. Their home was 153 So. 2nd West. Robert had appendicitis and Dr. D.C.Budge operated on him in his own home, in front of the front room window where curtains were pulled back so that people out by the gate could see the operation. They put cold water in quart bottles all around his body to cool his temperature. There was no medicine to kill infection. Parentinitis set in and he died hours later. ( 1 June 1906) He was buried in the Smithfield Cemetery. He was 50 years old, leaving Ellen with all the children to raise.

Nelson, Ellen Saxton

Colaborador: Fran Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Ellen Saxton was born 30 January 1866 in Draycott Derbyshire England. She was a daughter of Joseph and Hannah Newbold Saxton. She was always happy and singing with a beautiful voice. Her sisters were Sarah Ann 11, and Harriet 8, when Robert Nelson asked her to marry him. She loved them so much she didn't want to part with them so Robert said they could come and live with them. At first they lived across from the 4th ward in Smithfield Utah. 179 N. 100 East. Robert and Ellen had five children. Grace (1883), Hannah Estelle (1884), Ellen (Nellie) (1886), Robert LeRoy (1890), Lilla 31 Dec. (1900), Mary (1905). In 1864, the Mormon Missionaries taught Ellen's Mother the Gospel. Ellen was just one year old at the time. In the 1871 Census, Ellen was age 5, living with her Mother and Grandparents, John and Elizabeth Dakin Newbold. After emigrating to America with her Mother and sister Belena, the family lived in Paterson New Jersey for five years. While there she welcomed two new sisters to the family, and her sister Belena passed away at the age of 7. Ellen and Belena were only two years apart so that was hard on Ellen. They came to Smithfield in 1876, when Ellen was 10 years old. After living two years, her Mother passed away after the birth of her sister in 1878. What a trial for Ellen. She didn't get to know her youngest sister, Mary until 1894 when they were reunited. Her sister had been given away at birth because her Mother died and her Father couldn't care for her. Her Father remarried, her mother's sister, Clara. The children called her "Aunt Clara." She was their aunt in addition to being their step mom. This union brought five step brothers. Ellen was 5 ' 2 inches tall and weighed 151 lbs, with a size 42 chest. Her eyes were gray and her hair was brown. Ellen was a great Temple worker, doing over 500 endowments for her deceased ancestors. Six years after Robert died, she married Andrew Gamet. Ellen had a faith promoting experience. She said that she went into the room and saw a little rocking chair rocking back and forth with no one in it. She knew she was supposed to have her parents sealed in the Temple. She started to work at the Temple for different people. They had to go in wagons and sleighs , then the street car (train). Brother James Roskelly was Pres. of the Genealogical Society. He asked me to join the society. I told him that I was not able to climb the hill. Then Brother Hunt was Pres. and he asked me to join so I paid 10.00 and joined. I had an Uncle who lived in Logan, He had been on a mission to England so I asked him if he knew any of my Father's people. He gave me the name of the place, then I sent it to the Genealogical Society of Utah and it wasn't long before I received quite a number of names. The night before I received these names, I had a dream of a lone man. He was dressed in gray. He said to me, n"You can't go without me." I was sure afraid for he looked like a shadow. I woke up so frightened. He was a very large man and when my names came from Salt Lake, there was a record of one lone man. All the rest were married couples. This lone man's record showed he died in 1300. I will never forget how I felt when this happened. The rest of the records were in 16 and 1700's. Since then I have done 515 endowments and 187 sealing's as man and wife. With the help of my family and friends. My health permitted me to go almost all of the time. Ellen enjoyed her girls coming once a week. They laughed, sewed, cooked and exchanged memories. Ellen died 30 April 1948 and was buried in Smithfield, Cache, Utah

Elizabeth Joseph

Colaborador: Fran Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Elizabeth Joseph born 16 September 1818 at Donegal Ireland. Parents: John Joseph (1793-1867), Martha Carr (1797-1865). Siblings: Richard (1820), John (1822), Jane (1829). Spouse: Robert Nelson Married 12 December 1842 at Muff, Donegal, Ireland. Children: Elizabeth had 10 children, four girls and six boys. Three died in infancy, and two daughters died after they had grown to womanhood. Samuel 22 January 1845 born at Linwood Renfrewshire, Scotland. Robert 4 June 1847 born at Greenoch Renfrewshire, Scotland. Joseph 4 January 1850 born at Greenoch , Mary Elizabeth 4 May 1852 born St. Louis Missouri, U.S.A. John Alexander 11 October 1854 born at Farmington, Davis, Utah Robert James 17 June 1856 born at Farmington, Davis, Utah David William 2 April 1858 born at Farmington, Davis, Utah Ann 1859 born at Farmington, Davis, Utah Eliza Jane 1 January 1860 born at Farmington, Davis, Utah Jane Margaret 12 September 1862 born at Smithfield, Cache, Utah Elizabeth grew up in the Jewish religion. At the age of 22 she was on an outing with Robert Nelson. A storm came up and they had to spend the night there together. Disgraced, their parents persuaded them to marry. Robert was a Christian, and Elizabeth's parents didn't like that. They severed their relationship with the newly married couple. She and her new husband moved to Scotland where they heard the Gospel from the Elders. Robert joined the church in 1845 and Elizabeth was baptized 8 December 1849. They wanted to come to Zion, so they worked and saved to make the trip. They sailed from Liverpool on the ship "North Atlantic, with 357 passengers, arriving in New Orleans 1 November 1850. Then up to St. Lewis Mo. (11 weeks) They joined the Moses Clawson Company, 350 people and 50 wagons leaving Kanesville Iowa. (Council Bluffs). Robert and Elizabeth were 33, Samuel 8, Joseph 3, Mary Elizabeth a baby. Departing on 16 May 1853, traveling about 15 miles a day or 100 miles a week. Through the Indian country, each night the teams were turned out to graze with guards watching them. They sang and danced to the music of good musicians around the camp fires until prayer was said and they retired to bed. They rested and held meetings on Sunday. Food for the cattle became scarce, so some women and older children went ahead and cut grasses with knives for them. Crossing the Platte river they encountered herds of Buffalo and there was a stampede which left damaged wagons that had to be repaired before they could go on. Arriving at Big Mountain they shouted for joy as they looked down in the valley and knew they had made it. As they came out of Emigration canyon, people came out to greet them and invited them into their homes. They settled in Farmington. Elizabeth would walk to Salt Lake for her shopping and back in one day. They needed clothes, so Elizabeth used the wool from their sheep to make clothes. They lived in a chicken coop that winter then moved to Smithfield, Cache county, in the Spring and lived in a dugout with a wagon box until October when they moved into a one room house. Elizabeth was known for her home made butter and she made soap and shared it with others. She and Robert received their endowments at Salt Lake Endowment House 15 November 1855 and were sealed in the Logan Temple on 22 July 1855. Elizabeth died 12 May 1902 at 85. Buried in Smithfield Cemetery Utah.

Robert Nelson 1818-1902

Colaborador: Fran Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Robert Nelson born 4 September 1818 in Muff Donegal Ireland. Parents: Samuel Nelson (1785), Martha Burns (1787) Married: Elizabeth Joseph 12 December 1842 in Muff Donegal Ireland. Children: Samuel 1845, Robert 1847, Joseph 1850, Mary Elizabeth 1852, John Alexander 1854, Robert James 1856, David William 1858, Ann 1859, Eliza Jane 1860, Jane Margaret 1862. Robert and Elizabeth lived in Linwood Scotland. It was here they learned about the Gospel preached by the Missionaries and were baptized. They wanted to come to Zion (Utah). After 11 hard weeks on the ocean, they landed in New Orleans, went up the Mississippi River to St. Louis Missouri. Lived there 3 years until they had money to make the trek across the plains. In the Spring of 1852, they started across the plains. walking all the way with a barefoot child. Times were hard but they were courageous people. Some Experiences: While they were walking along the Platte River, a herd of Buffalo came along the opposite side of the river and stampeded towards them., they passed on through a hole in the wagon train and rushed on as though they were being pursued. Robert owned one ox and hooked it up with another man's ox and the two men had purchased an old wagon together to bring their families across, but at Sweet Water, one of the oxen died so they borrowed another man's ox to finish the trek. Buffalo came at them and roughed up some of the wagons. It was July 23rd when a committee was at work hauling brush from the canyon to build a bowery for the first pioneer celebration on the 24th of July, 1860. Robert was busy hauling clay from his place in Smithfield for lining and plastering his house, when he heard of the Indian fight that was on. It was 1:00 p.m. when he shouldered his gun and went to the corner across the street from the Tabernacle grounds. Sam Cousins had been shot through the lungs, but was not killed yet. Andrew Cowen was wounded. A bullet struck a rib and glanced off without penetrating the body. As soon as the men with the guns arrived, the Indians fled to the Canyon, but on their way across the bench where the resourvoir was, they met Ira Merrill coming down with a load of brush for the top of the bowery. They killed Ira and wounded Soloman Merrill, then they fled to the mountains and were last seen up what is now Indian Canyon. After this Indian trouble, a guard was organized and the Old Fort built for protection. The cows were kept in a common herd during these years. They lived in this fort four years. In 1860 there were 68 houses built in the Fort. Roberts was on the back row of the north side. Martin Harris was on the east end. Robert was a hard worker and helped building houses and all that was for good. He died 11 February 1902 and is buried in Smithfield, Cache, Utah.

Life timeline of Robert James Nelson

Robert James Nelson was born on 17 Jun 1856
Robert James Nelson was 4 years old when Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of United States. Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
Robert James Nelson was 18 years old when Winston Churchill, English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, he began and ended his parliamentary career as a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but for twenty years from 1904 he was a prominent member of the Liberal Party.
Robert James Nelson was 33 years old when The Eiffel Tower is officially opened. The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
Robert James Nelson was 43 years old when Spanish–American War: The Treaty of Paris is signed, officially ending the conflict. The Spanish–American War was fought between the United States and Spain in 1898. Hostilities began in the aftermath of the internal explosion of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in Cuba, leading to US intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. American acquisition of Spain's Pacific possessions led to its involvement in the Philippine Revolution and ultimately in the Philippine–American War.
Robert James Nelson died on 1 Jun 1906 at the age of 49
Grave record for Robert James Nelson (17 Jun 1856 - 1 Jun 1906), BillionGraves Record 889088 Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States