Sep­tem­ber 24, 1793, Jonesboro, Tennessee.

Oc­to­ber 17, 1844, Quincy, Illinois.

Woodland Ce­me­te­ry, Quincy, Illinois.


Nelson graduated from Washington College, Virginia, in 1819, and earned his medical degree in Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia, in 1812. During the War of 1812 he served as a surgeon in a regiment from Kentucky, but in 1823, he gave up medicine for the ministry.

Nelson was ordained in 1825 at Rogersville, Tennessee. He pastored in Danville, Kentucky and Marion County, Missouri, and held several posts. He also founded two manual labor colleges, one at Greenfields, Marion County, Missouri; and the other near Quincy, Illinois (where he had moved due to opposition to his anti-slavery views). He eventually became president of Pres­by­ter­i­an The­o­lo­gi­cal Sem­in­a­ry at Quincy. He also helped found The Calvinistic Magazine.

Nelson’s wife was Amanda Frances Deaderick. His works in­clude:

  1. My Days Are Swiftly Gliding By