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Dr Hugh Thomas Nelson, Sr
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Birth: Jun. 30, 1845, USA
Death: Mar. 20, 1906
Charlottesville City
Virginia, USA

Dr. Hugh Thomas Nelson, first child of Robert William and Virginia LaFayette Nelson, was born at Kinloch, Albemarle Co., Va. He married Polly James Gilliam at Buena Vista, Powhatan Co., Va., on July 13, 1871. His career as a Conderate soldier was an eventful one he having served as a private in the Morris Artillery of Hanover Co. After the capture of his battery at the Bloody Angle, near Spottsylvania Court House, he was transferred to Troop F, Fourth Virginia Cavalry, Fitzhugh Lee's Brigade, and during his cavalry service he had two horses shot from under him, one at Cold Harbor and one at Rude's Hill, in the Valley. After an illness in the hosptial he was detained as a courier. While serving as a courier, it became his duty to carry to President Davis, at Danville, the first tidings to the surrender of the army of Northern Virginia. He was present without the building where the last cabinet meeting of the Confederate States government was hold. Following the war he spent several years at Washington College, Lexington, Va., now Washington and Lee, under the presidency of General Robert E. Lee. Following his graduation, he taught for several years at the Shenandoah Valley Academy, Winchester, Va. In 1875 he graduated in medicine practice at News Ferry, Halifax Co., Va. , he located at Charlottesville, Va., where he was in active practice up to the time of his daeth. He early became an enthusiastic follower of the discoveries of Pasteur and Lister and was one of the pioneer abdoninal surgions in Piedmont, Va. For many years he was instructor in surgery at the University of Virginia. He was a member of the first Board of Medical Examiners for the State of Virginia; its President for several years and then its Secretary. He was an ex-president of te Medical Society of Virginia, the Albemarle Medical Society and the Piedmont Medical Society. He was also a member of the American Medical Associatin and the Southern Surgical and Gynaecological Society. He was much nterested in civic affairs, being a member of the City Council for a number of years, and was instrumental in the procuring of a modern water and sewage system for the city of Charlottesville. He was a Mason, an Elk and a communicant of Christ Epsicopal Church. A member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.

In the 1880 Census Hugh and Polly are found in Birch Creek, Halifax County with two children:
a. Catherine T., age 6
b. Hugh Thomas, Jr., age 4

Children of Hugh Thomas and Polly Gilliam Nelson were:
1. Robert William Nelson, born Feb 25, 1873 and died in Jun 1873.

2. Catharine (Kate) Thornton Nelson, named after her grandmother, born Jul 26, 1874, in Charlottesville, Va. She married Wilson Chamberlain of Cleveland, Ohio. "Miss Kate Thornton Nelson, daughter of Dr. Hugh T. Nelson, and Mr. C Wilson Chamberlain, of Cleveland, Ohio, married at Charlottesville Wednesday"(The Free Lance", Fredericksburg, Va., Virginia News, Saturday, Apr 28, 1900)

3. Hugh Thomas Nelson, born at Buena Vista, Powhatan Co., Va on Oct 25, 1876, He married Edith Rankin of Keswick, Va., oct 6, 1917. Edith Rankin, daughter of William Thomasson rankin and Harriett Morrison, was born in Keokuk, Oowa, Sep 25, 1883. Children: Thomas Page Nelson, born Sep 25, 1920 and William Rankin Nelson, born Dec 12, 1921, both in Charlottesville.
Family links: 
  Robert William Nelson (1822 - 1908)
  Virginia LaFayette Nelson (1824 - 1897)
  Mary James Gilliam Nelson (1851 - 1927)
  Robert William Nelson (1873 - 1873)*
  Catharine Thornton Nelson Chamberlain (1874 - 1959)*
  Hugh Thomas Nelson (1876 - 1931)*
  Ida Nelson*
  Nancy Nelson*
  Hugh Thomas Nelson (1845 - 1906)
  Susan Page Nelson (1850 - 1898)*
  Robert William Nelson (1852 - 1905)*
  Caroline Kinloch Nelson (1856 - 1861)*
  William Nelson (1863 - ____)*
  Eliza Kinloch Nelson (1866 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverview Cemetery
Charlottesville City
Virginia, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 38.02573, -78.45803
Created by: Thomas
Record added: Oct 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99474901
Dr Hugh Thomas Nelson, Sr
Added by: Thomas
Dr Hugh Thomas Nelson, Sr
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Dr Hugh Thomas Nelson, Sr
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