Judge Nelson, of the District Court, died at age 59, and was buried in Yorktown. He is known as "Uncle Judge Billy" and "Col. William Nelson", of Oakland, Hanover Co., Va.
William and his brother, Robert, were captured by British troopers under Tarleton, at Castle Hill, the residence of Dr. Thomas Walker, Albemarle Co., Va., during the war of the American Revolution.
Judge William Nelson and his first wife, Miss Taliaferro, about 1779, and had one daughter:
1. Elizabeth (Betsy) who married Edwards.
Judge William Nelson and his second wife, Abby Byrd, daughter of Col. William E. Byrd, of Westover, on James River, Charles County, Va., and Mary Willing, of Philadelphia, Pa., his wife, had the following children:
1. Mary Nelson who married Pickens of South Carolina
2. Abby Byrd Nelson
3. Evelyn Byrd Nelson who married William Byrd Page, of Pagebrook, Clarke Coounty, Va.
4. Lucy Nelson who married Harrison, of Berkeley (Harrison's Landing) on the James River, Charles City County, Va.
5. Rosalie Nelson
(ref: Genealogy of the Page Family of Virginia, by Richard Channing Moore Page, M.D., 1983, Pg 162)
The Law Department of William and Mary was founded in 1779, the Hon. George Wythe famed in Virginia history, being appointed professor. In 1809, Judge Sr. George Tucker succeeded Mr. Wythe. In 1804, Judge William Nelson took the Law chair, and was afterwards followed by Robert Nelson. (Richmond Enquirer, Richmond, Va., Jun 29, 1860, Semi-Weekly Edition, page 1)
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