Nelson, Memucan H.
March 16, 2007 03:24PM
County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by
William Henry Perrin. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1884, pp. 391-392.
Hopkinsville City and Precinct.

MEMUCAN H. NELSON was born March 14, 1846, in Columbus, Hickman (then
Ballard) Co., Ky., and is a son of Hugh Nelson, of whom mention is
elsewhere made. When six years of age he became a member of the family of
Dr. James B. Wallace, his maternal grandfather, who was for many years a
resident of Christian County. When fourteen years old he was placed in
school in Caledonia, Tenn.; leaving which he enlisted in the Twelfth
Kentucky Cavalry and entered the Confederate Army, though at the time only
fifteen years old. He served through the Rebellion, and was paroled with
his regiment at its close. He was educated in a sectarian college in
Georgetown, D. C., after which, in 1867, he came to Hopkinsville, Ky. He
served Christian County as Deputy Sheriff for four years, after which he
engaged in the coal trade. Since 1877 he has been a commission merchant,
handling grain and tobacco; first as a member of the firm of W. G. Wheeler
& Co.; later under the firm name of Nelson & Wheeler, and for the past six
years as Nelson & Jesup. Mr. Nelson was married January 25, 1872, to Miss
Isabella, daughter of Maj. Bolling Gordon, a leading politician of
Tennessee. She was born in Tennessee in 1849, and is a graduate of the
Columbia Institute of that State. They are both honored members of the
Protestant Episcopal Church, and have three children, named Bolling
Gordon, Memucan and Mary Eloise Nelson.
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