1830 Vermilion Co, IL. At census time Nelson was aged 15-20 and had living with him 1 female, also 15-20, and 1 at 50-60. Who was with him as he didn't marry for another 2 yrs? Next door was brother Moses.
Champaign Co, IL. Nelson and John Jayne were among the first petit jurors of the county.
3/11/1837 Effingham Co, IL. Nelson bought 2 plots of land, 40.51 acres at $1.25/acre totalling $50.64 and 39.55 acres for $49.44, also at $1.25. On the same day he also bought a third plot in Fayette Co of 80 acres for $100. His residence was still Champaign Co at the time.
7/7/1838 Effingham Co, IL. Nelson bought land from John Jayne. On the same date he sold land to Dennis Stebbins.
11/7/1838 He bought SW 1/4 of NW 1/4 S36 T9N R3E from Thomas and Mary Raibon for $50.
1/1/1840 He sold 2 parcels of land to Henry Lorton for $700.
1840 Fayette Co, IL. Nelson is listed there in the census with an older man and woman living with him, possibly Sarah's parents.
Son, Moses, administrator of Nelson's estate, posted $500 bond with James Milikin as security on 12/5/1846. Appraisers of the estate were Jonathan Corley, Joseph Morrison, and James Milikan. M. Powell, widow, was among the purchasers in the sale on 12/21/1846.
3/20/1848 state & county taxes-$3.67 and fee against the estate-$0.62 1/2
10/14/1851 sheriff's fee-$1.25
11/5/1851 probate justice of the peace-$7.87 1/2.
William Mears, the next door neighbor, was appointed guardian of his minor children, Aaron, Sarah, and Elizabeth. His wife, Sarah, was mentioned.