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Francis Miller Nelson
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Birth: May 7, 1840
Somerset County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 2, 1908
Newaygo County
Michigan, USA

Frances was born in Somerset County PA and moved with her parents to Indiana in the mid-1850's. She married Thomas Bays Nelson on 27 Jan 1859 in Lagrange County IN. In 1874, Tom & Frances, along with their children (Susan Elmira "El", Joe, George, Sarah Jane "Sade", Mary Wilhelmina "Wilma," Thomas Ulysses "Tommy," and Harvey) moved to Missouri along with Frances' parents and her brother Samuel. The trip was made in a covered wagon and took 27 days (according to obituary for Susan Elmira Nelson Landes).

1874 was known as the "grasshopper" year and food on the prairie was very, very scarce in the winter of 1874-1875. My grandmother, Wilma, said if it had not been for her father's skill at hunting they would all have starved to death.

Frances' father, Joseph D. Miller, did die on 12 Feb 1875 and is buried in the Gerber Cemetery, Hickory County, Missouri. The rest of the family, with the exception of Samuel, returned to Indiana a few months later. 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph D. Miller (1816 - 1875)
  Nancy Yoder Miller (1815 - 1898)
 
 Spouse:
  Thomas Bays Nelson (1841 - 1922)
 
 Children:
  Susan Elmira Nelson Landes (1856 - 1941)*
  Joseph E. Nelson (1859 - 1915)*
  George Edwin Nelson (1861 - 1932)*
  Sarah Jane Nelson Miller (1863 - 1953)*
  Nancy Ann Nelson (1866 - 1869)*
  Mary Wilhelmina Nelson Miller (1868 - 1951)*
  Thomas Ulysess Nelson (1870 - 1950)*
  Harvey Sheridan Nelson (1873 - 1893)*
  Elizabeth Mertie Nelson (1875 - 1924)*
  Samuel Fredrick Nelson (1877 - 1917)*
  John Oliver Nelson (1880 - 1961)*
  Lewis Ray Nelson (1885 - 1889)*
 
 Siblings:
  Daniel P. Miller (1837 - 1911)*
  Francis Miller Nelson (1840 - 1908)
  Joseph P. Miller (1842 - 1910)*
  Joseph Paul Miller (1842 - 1910)*
  Moses P Miller (1845 - 1927)*
  Elisabeth Miller Miller (1848 - 1927)**
  Jacob P. Miller (1850 - 1927)*
  Nancy Catherine Miller Miller (1853 - 1943)*
  Samuel P. Miller (1857 - 1915)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Big Prairie-Everett Cemetery
Big Prairie
Newaygo County
Michigan, USA
 
Maintained by: Joan Kinney Timmer
Originally Created by: Floyd Allen Johnson
Record added: Jul 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40033122
Francis <i>Miller</i> Nelson
Added by: Joan Kinney Timmer
 
Francis <i>Miller</i> Nelson
Added by: Joan Kinney Timmer
 
Francis <i>Miller</i> Nelson
Added by: Joan Kinney Timmer
 
 
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- Maggie Mac
 Added: Oct. 9, 2012

- Joshua Troyer
 Added: Jan. 4, 2012
My gr-grandmother, Francis Miller married to Thomas Bays Nelson. She was the daughter of Joseph D. Miller and Nancy Yoder.
- Joan Kinney Timmer
 Added: Dec. 3, 2009
 
 
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