Charles Nelson “Nels” Bruner

Charles Nelson “Nels” Bruner

Birth
Shoals, Martin County, Indiana, USA
Death 5 Mar 1946 (aged 87)
Shoals, Martin County, Indiana, USA
Burial Shoals, Martin County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 79929508 · View Source
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"Uncle Nels" never married. He was a hunter, trapper, fisherman and farmer. Two of his brother William Johnson Bruner's grandsons have written vignettes which describe Charles Nelson's life and the high esteem his siblings and their children had for him. Bob Bruner gives an account of his life growing up in Shoals, Indiana, in a book by Bill Whorrall entitled, "Voices from the Hills" 1995.
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"I had an older uncle that was living with us at the time. His name was Uncle Nelse. He taught us boys how to do all kinds of things: how to make a quail trap, how to make a blacksnake whip out of a willow branch. He taught us a lot of that kind of folklore. He showed us how to cane a chair with bark ... My Uncle Nelse taught me to appreciate the woods. My dad and uncles would hunt, but they were not game hogs. A lot of people were - they'd kill anything that moved. My uncle would study the animals. He wanted to learn about them." pp 8-14

Bob's brother, Bill Bruner wrote in his "History of The Bruner Family":
"Grandpa (William Johnson Bruner) and my Great Uncle Nelson always built their own boats as did most everyone in those days ... Uncle Nelson's boat was more sleek and streamlined looking than the ones my grandpa built ..One summer Dad, Grandpa and uncle Nelson fastened their boats together by nailing wood strips on the top of the sides ... They started out on White river, just below Hindostan Falls at the 'Flat Rock'. They dug mussel shells as they worked their way down to the Wabash river. They lived in a tent and camped along the river bank. They dug shells on the Wabash all the way down to the Ohio River ... to Cairo Ill. where it joins the Mississippi."

*The pearl-like lining of the mussel shell was used to make buttons in Shoals providing a living for many of the residents.




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Birth date should be 1858,not 1856, according to family records and census reports.


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  • Maintained by: Generations
  • Originally Created by: Julia Young
  • Added: 5 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79929508
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Nelson “Nels” Bruner (19 Mar 1858–5 Mar 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79929508, citing Hindostan Cemetery, Shoals, Martin County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Generations (contributor 47055344) .