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 Aquilla Nelson

Aquilla Nelson

Death 10 Oct 1826 (aged 60)
Burial Perryman, Harford County, Maryland, USA
Plot Section 2
Memorial ID 27195639 · View Source
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Aquila Nelson (b. 1765 - d. 1826)
MSA SC 5496-050755
War of 1812 Claimant, Harford County, Maryland


Aquila Nelson was born on December 26, 1765, and at the age of ten, he was living with thirty-nine-year-old Sarah Henderson in the Lower Hundred of Harford County. He and his wife, Frances, (1776-1847), had at least six children:
Garrett Vansickle (b. 1796), Henry (b. 1798), George (b. 1802), Louisa Garretson (b. 1803), Bennett Vansickle (b. 1807), and Adaline Catharine (b. 1809). Nelson and his family were members of the St. George's Episcopal Church.

He made numerous land purchases throughout his life. In 1805, he purchased 300 acres "in Bush river neck in the east side of Bush river," part of a tract called "Hunting Neck." Nelson purchased twenty-two acres from Paca Smith the following year, this time from the tract "Brown's Chance." The Nelson farm stood on Bush River Neck, near shore of the Chesapeake Bay. In 1824, he purchased seventy-three acres from "Cohen's Lot." He acquired the land by making the highest bid, $918.50, at a Harford County Court auction.

In 1800, Nelson owned eleven slaves, although their number had increased to sixteen by 1810. In September 1814, the slaves Peter, George, Mark, and Primus escaped to the British ship Menelaus in the Chesapeake Bay. The 1820 census showed that Nelson still owned twelve slaves.

Aquila Nelson died on October 10, 1826. He was buried at the Spesutia Church Cemetery, part of St. George's Episcopal Church, in Harford County.11 Nelson's will divided his land among his sons Garrett, Henry, George, and Bennett. An "H. Nelson," likely Henry Nelson, later appeared on the Bush River Neck on an 1858 map of Harford County, with several other Nelsons living nearby.

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Aged 60 years, 9 months, and 15 days





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  • Added: 29 May 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27195639
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Aquilla Nelson (26 Dec 1765–10 Oct 1826), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27195639, citing Saint Georges Episcopal Church Cemetery, Perryman, Harford County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by RTerry (contributor 46537864) .