Robert Hope “Bob” Nelson

Robert Hope “Bob” Nelson

Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
Death 9 Jan 1929 (aged 82)
Christian County, Missouri, USA
Burial Sparta, Christian County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 11490755 · View Source
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Son of Samuel Doak Nelson & Margaret Hope, who were married August 28, 1845 in Greene Co., TN. Samuel Doak Nelson married Jemima Grace, January 11, 1857 in Vernon Co., MO.

Robert Hope Nelson is the grandson of Thomas H. & Delilah (Mayfield) Nelson. Other researcher have determined that he is also the grandson of Robert D. & Eleanor Nellie (Samples) Hope. Which is contradictory to what Robert Hope Nelson told his granddaughter Glessie. But I feel it is worth sharing and being honest with others about what information is out there.

In research I have been unable to find an Isabell Hoial/Hoyal. Perhaps you can find her...I couldn't. I have found out that there are some martial relations of Eleanor Nellie Samples to a Hoyal family in Greene Co., TN. Perhaps that is where the Hoyal name came up and is probably some of Eleanor's relatives.

I am adding an excerpt of the information provided by his granddaughter Glessie (Shipman) Fowler, who interviewed her grandfather once and shared this following information with my grandmother.

Robert Hope Nelson states that his great great grandfather was killed in the Revolutionary War (no name mentioned). his great grandfather was in the War of 1812 (no name mentioned). His grandfather, Thomas Nelson was wounded in the Mexican War and died of the wounds. His father, Samuel Doak Nelson was killed in the Civil War.

He was married to Louverna wright. Her grandfather was Full Blood Cherokee Indian.

It further mentions that Robert Hope Nelson's Grandma Hope was Isabell Hoial (not Eleanor?). She was 1/4 Cherokee Indian. His mother Margaret Hope was 1/8 Cherokee Indian. (This information was from Robert himself to Glessie).
This ends the information from Glessie (Shipman) Fowler.

Once I was told that Robert Hope Nelson tried to get Indian rights for his daughter Siloamma, because of all her Cherokee Indian ancestry. Perhaps one of you can find out about that too.

There was the time when Robert Hope Nelson campaigned for the office of Judge in Christian Co., MO. On one occasion, some young men offered to give you a ride in a Model T. You replied, "No thank you boys...I'm in a hurry today!" I can only imagine how disapointed you would be with our non-stop modern lifestyle.

Of course what I think of most (when I think of you) would be that day in 1862 when the bushwhackers killed your father right in front of your family. I'll never forget the first time I heard the story about it all. The part that hits deep, is when the bushwhackers began threatening to kill you too! But your step-mother pleaded with the leader to leave you alone. He desided it was unnecessary and they rode off. You ran to the High Shipman residence and they got a group of riders together to chase after them.

It hit deep because you realize that something that happened almost 150 years ago affects your very existence today! It makes you feel like Marty McFly, when he starts to see his hand disappearing before his eyes. It's a very profound moment, to realize that IF things had been different that day, all of your descendants would have never existed.

It is interesting to note that Robert Hope Nelson's step-mother, Jemimah (Grace) Nelson's sister, Amanda (Grace) Teel, was the wife of Peter Teel. Peter was a staunch union man and a member of the 2nd Kansas Battery Light Artillery. The same unit that Robert Hope Nelson belonged to during the civil war. You can read more about this connection in the "History of Vernon County" (Missouri), p. 839-840, Subject: Peter Teel. There also is an online muster roll for the 2nd Kansas Light Artillery. That lists the information for both Sgt. Peter Teel and Pvt. Robert Nelson.

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B: AUG 22 1842 (1846) Lied about his age
D: JAN 9 1929
2 KANS. L. A.

His military gravestone shows evidence that he lied about his age to join the Union Army. The stone incorrectly lists he birth year as 1842 instead of 1846. So eager to even the slate against those who killed his father.


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