Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Nelmses in:
 • Rock Creek Cemetery
 • Waveland
 • Yell County
 • Arkansas
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial! Advertisement
Thomas Hearlson Nelms
Learn about sponsoring this memorial...
Birth: Nov. 6, 1853
Waveland
Yell County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Dec. 17, 1919
Waveland
Yell County
Arkansas, USA

Thomas Hearlson Nelms b.1853, was son of John Morris Nelms, b. 6 Mar 1817, in TN, d. 10 feb 1871, Danville, Yell Co, AR. His mother was Mary Susan McBride Nelms b. abt. 1831 TN, d. abt 1907, Yell Co. AR. She was daughter of William H. McBride b. 1807 KY, and Jane M. McKaughan b. abt. 1813 Pulaski Co. KY. Mary Susan McBride had ancestors from Ireland and Scotland. Mary Susan gave her grandmother's maiden name for her son's middle name. Her grandmother was Mary Harrelson b. abt. 1780 in VA. A similar ancestral name was Paul Harlson, 1650. Other descendant names include, Harold and Hearld.

Thomas Hearlson married Arthena or Arthenia Elizabeth McBride b. 12 Jan 1857, Waveland Yell co. AR, d. 14 Dec 1934, Waveland, Yell co. AR, daughter of Robert Franklin McBride and Margaret Lurinda McBride. The marriage was on November 08, 1872 in Waveland, AR. Dovie Mae Harvey's great grandfather, William Smith, Justice of the Peace in Yell County, Arkansas, performed the marriage ceremony for Thomas Hearlson (or Harrelson) Nelms and Arthena Elizabeth McBride. [Note: Dovie Mae’s record shows his middle name as Harrelson].
It is noted that he owned one of the first stores in Waveland, AR. He and his brother David Samuel went to Oklahoma to trade with Indians. His brother David had Indian wives(possibly Choctow or Seminole): Nancy Russel d. 1894 and he married her half-sister Millie Southard.
Texas descendants tell that Thomas Hearlson was a blacksmith. His son Nathaniel Lafayette, "Than" was a blacksmith in Texas, and "Than's" son Robert Hearlson was a mechanic.

Thomas Hearlson Nelms records:
Census 1860, Riley Township, Yell, Arkansas (age 6).
Census 1870, Riley Township, Yell, Arkansas (age 16).
Census 1900, Waveland Township, Yell, Arkansas (age 46 - d.o.b. 1853).
Census 1910, Waveland Township, Yell, Arkansas (age 56).
Marriage Records Yell County, Arkansas, 1865-1875, Vol. A (pg. 308, no age shown).
Burial: Rock Creek Cem., Yell, Ark. "Cemeteries of Yell County, Arkansas, Vol. V", by Doyle Traxler & Mary V. Humphrey. Updated by Arline Gray & Mable
Roseborogh. Rock Creek Cemetery, pg. 103-108, updated pg. 46-49.
Robert Franklin & Lily Maude (Crowell) Nelms, El Paso, Texas.
Billy Jean (McBride) Horne: Death listed on p107 of Vol. 5 of Yell County Cemeteries. [Note: B.J.s record shows his middle name as Harlison].
Dovie Mae Harvey's great grandfather, William Smith, Justice of the Peace in Yell County, Arkansas, performed the marriage ceremony for Thomas Hearlson (or Harrelson) Nelms and Arthena Elizabeth McBride. [Note: Dovie Mae’s record shows his middle name as Harrelson]. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  John Morris Nelms (1817 - 1871)
  Mary Susan McBride Nelms (1830 - 1907)
 
 Spouse:
  Arthenia Elizabeth McBride Nelms (1857 - 1934)*
 
 Children:
  Nathaniel Lafayette Nelms (1875 - 1939)*
  John Morris Nelms (1878 - 1963)*
  Robert Franklin Nelms (1880 - 1960)*
  Alice Lou Nelms Caldwell (1886 - 1966)*
  Thomas Jefferson Nelms (1888 - 1933)*
  Winfred Harold Nelms (1890 - 1936)*
  Leona Lurinda Nelms James (1894 - 1960)*
  William Everet Nelms (1896 - 1943)*
 
 Siblings:
  Nancy Jane Nelms Walker (1848 - 1918)*
  Thomas Hearlson Nelms (1853 - 1919)
  John Morris Nelms (1856 - ____)*
  David Samuel Nelms (1861 - 1947)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Rock Creek Cemetery
Waveland
Yell County
Arkansas, USA
 
Maintained by: millie
Originally Created by: bill sullivan
Record added: Nov 30, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81268116
Thomas Hearlson Nelms
Added by: bill sullivan
 
Thomas Hearlson Nelms
Cemetery Photo
Added by: Anna Stafford
 
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

 
 
 Advertisement

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service