Nelson, Thomas, 1738-1789

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Declaration of Independence signer from Virginia.

From the description of Letter to an unidentified correspondent, 1776 August 14. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 55230349

Thomas Nelson, Jr. was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, governor of Virginia, and commander of the Virginia Militia at Yorktown.

From the description of Letter, 1781 September 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122625186

Governor of Virginia, delegate from Virginia to U.S. Continental Congress, and army officer.

From the description of Note of Thomas Nelson, 1758. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79454694

Thomas Nelson, Jr. (December 26, 1738-January 4, 1789), was an American planter, soldier, and statesman from Yorktown, Virginia. He represented Virginia in the Continental Congress and was its Governor in 1781. He is regarded as one of the U.S. Founding Fathers since he signed the Declaration of Independence as a member of the Virginia delegation.

From the description of Thomas Nelson, Jr., et al, deed, to Dr. Alexander Galt for house and land, 1823 February 1. (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation). WorldCat record id: 182581875

Signer of the Declaration.

From the description of Autograph receipt signed, 1771 Dec. 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270611642

At this time, Thomas Nelson was the governor of Virginia. Daniel Morgan was the Brigadier General from Virginia. Morgan had recently defeated the British troops at the Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina.

From the description of Letter to Daniel Morgan, 1781 July 20. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155866478

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creatorOf Nelson, Thomas, 1738-1789. Letter to John Page [manuscript], 1776 January 4. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Barron, James, 1740-1787,. Virginia Revolutionary war correspondence, 1778-1779. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Bassett, Burwell, 1764-1841. Burwell Bassett family papers, 1695-1840. Library of Congress
creatorOf Nelson, Thomas, 1738-1789. Autograph letter signed, 1781 May 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Burwell family. Papers of the Burwell family, 1761-1845. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834. LS, in hand of James McHenry, 1781 June 28 : Mr. Tyre's Plantation 20 miles from Williamsburg, to Governor Thomas Nelson of Virginia. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
creatorOf Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834. LS, 1781 June 13, Headquarters, to Governor Thomas Nelson. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn A Guide to the Dunmore Proclamations, 1771-1772 John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
referencedIn Nelson, William, 1711-1772. William Nelson ledger and daybook, 1767-1784. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
referencedIn Phripp, Matthew, d. 1780. Receipts and accounts, 1778-1798, for the estate of Matthew Phripp, deceased. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
referencedIn Page, Elizabeth. Letter, 1821 November 27, Shelly, [Gloucester, Virginia] to Thomas Jefferson, n.p. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Anderson, Robert,. Papers of the Burwell family [manuscript], 1761-1845. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834. Marquis de Lafayette letter to Governor Thomas Nelson, 1781 June 28. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
referencedIn Ledger of Williamsburg, Va., merchant [manuscript], 1784-1789. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Signers collection, 1770-1826. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Thomas Jefferson papers, 1775-1825, 1775-1825 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Washington, George, 1732-1799. George Washington papers, 1592-1937 (bulk 1748-1799). Library of Congress
creatorOf Nelson, Thomas, 1738-1789. Facsimile of a letter : Richmond, 1781 Sept. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Nelson, Thomas, 1738-1789. Letter, 1776 February 13, Philadelphia, [Pa.] to [John?] Page. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Dunmore, John Murray, Earl of, 1732-1809. Proclamations, 1771 October 12-1772 February 8. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
referencedIn Washington, George, 1732-1799. George Washington papers, 1592-1943 (bulk 1748-1799). Library of Congress
referencedIn Lee, Thomas Ludwell, 1730-1778. Letter, 1776 May 18, Williamsburg, Va., to Richard Henry Lee, Philadelphia, Pa. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
referencedIn Nelson family. Papers of the Nelson family [manuscript], 1739-1837. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Letter to Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolph Gerhard Augustin von Steuben [manuscript], 1781 January 19. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Wood, James, fl. 1750. Papers of James Wood and the Wood family [manuscript] 1736-1892. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Nelson family. Letter book of William and Thomas Nelson [manuscript], 1766-1775. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Nelson, Thomas, 1738-1789. Autograph receipt signed, 1771 Dec. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Brockenbrough, William, fl. 1763,. Papers of the Carter and Wellford family of Sabine Hall, 1650 (1736-1874) 1936. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Nelson, Thomas, 1738-1789. Letter to an unidentified correspondent, 1776 August 14. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Weedon, George, 1734-1793. Military correspondence, 1777-1786. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Nelson, Thomas, 1738-1789. Note of Thomas Nelson, 1758. Library of Congress
referencedIn Henry A. Willard II Collection, 1743-1888, (bulk 1770-1840) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Willard, Henry A. (Henry Augustus), 1902-. Henry A. Willard II collection, 1743-1888 (bulk 1770-1840). Library of Congress
referencedIn Nelson, Thomas, Col., 1738-1789?. Bill for bar iron purchased from William Holt & Co., Providence Forge, New Kent County, Va. [manuscript] 1773-1774. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Letter, 1821 December 8, Monticello, [Albemarle County, Virginia] to Elizabeth Page, n.p. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Nelson, Thomas, 1738-1789. Letter to Daniel Morgan, 1781 July 20. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Murray, James, fl. 1871-1873. Webb-Prentis family papers, 1735-1942. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. ALS, 1791 March 29, Philadelphia, to Thomas Nelson, Jr. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Papers of Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, 1778-1851 (bulk 1779-1781) @ 2011 New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Weedon, George, 1734-1793. George Weedon letter to Thomas Nelson [manuscript], 1781June 22. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Rosenbach, A. S. W. (Abraham Simon Wolf), 1876-1952,. Signers of the Declaration of Independence autograph collection, 1756-1818. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Tinsley, Thomas. Account book of Thomas Tinsley [manuscript] 1772-1773. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Wright, Porter C.,. Papers [manuscript], 1690-1865. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Roger Jones Family Papers, 1649-1896, (bulk 1724-1810) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Virginia. Governor's council. Order of Council, 1754 February 10. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
creatorOf Nelson, Thomas, Jr., 1738-1789. Letter, 1781 September 11. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Fleming, William. William Fleming, papers, 1767-1802. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
referencedIn , 1748-1809 John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
creatorOf Argyll, George Douglas Campbell, Duke of, 1823-1900. Papers of the Grinnan and related Bryan and Tucker families of Virginia [manuscript], 1734-1935. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Nelson family. Papers of the Nelson family [manuscript], 1743-1789. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Monroe, James, 1758-1831. Papers of James Monroe, 1771-1818. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron von, 1730-1794. Correspondence and papers, 1778-1794 (bulk 1779-1781). New-York Historical Society
referencedIn George Weedon military correspondence, 1777-1786, 1777-1786 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Autograph File, N, 1686-1975. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Taylor, John, 1753-1824. Virginia documents, 1776-1791. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Williamsburg (Va.). Trustees. Deed, 1783 Sep[temb]er 1, to Thomas Nelson. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
creatorOf Nelson, Thomas, 1738-1789. Thomas Nelson, Jr., et al, deed, to Dr. Alexander Galt for house and land, 1823 February 1. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
referencedIn Brock, R. A. (Robert Alonzo), 1839-1914. Genealogical notes, 1879-1880. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Nelson, Thomas, 1738-1789. ALS, 1781 July 30, Richmond, Va., to Col. Davies. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Nelson family. Nelson family papers, 1743-1777 (bulk 1775-1860). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Francis Jerdone Account Book, 1751-1752. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
referencedIn Jerdone, Francis, 1721-1771. Account book, 1751-1752. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
referencedIn George Washington Papers, 1592-1943, (bulk 1748-1799) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Parker, Josiah, 1751-1810. Papers, 1780-1781. Virginia Historical Society Library
referencedIn Berkeley, Anne Poe, 1856-1938,. Papers of the Berkeley family [manuscript], 1788-1962 (bulk 1861-1932). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Bardin, Sally Nelson. Sally Nelson Bardin collection [manuscript], 1812-1858. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Bardin, Sally Nelson. person
correspondedWith Bassett, Burwell, 1764-1841. person
associatedWith Brock, R. A. (Robert Alonzo), 1839-1914. person
associatedWith Burwell family. family
associatedWith Connolly, John, b. ca. 1750. person
associatedWith Davies, Col. person
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Dunmore, John Murray, Earl of, 1732-1809. person
associatedWith Emmet, Thomas Addis person
associatedWith Fleming, William. person
associatedWith Galt, Alexander Dickie, 1771-1841. person
associatedWith Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806. person
associatedWith Grasse, François Joseph Paul de Grasse, comte de, 1722-1788. person
associatedWith Jameson, David, ca. 1723-1793. person
associatedWith Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. person
associatedWith Jerdone, Francis, 1721-1771. person
correspondedWith Jones family family
associatedWith Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834. person
associatedWith Lee, Thomas Ludwell, 1730-1778. person
associatedWith Meade, Thomasia Nelson. person
associatedWith Meade, William, 1789-1862. person
associatedWith Monroe, James, 1758-1831. person
associatedWith Morgan, Daniel, 1736-1802, person
associatedWith Nelson family. family
associatedWith Nelson family. family
associatedWith Nelson family. family
correspondedWith Nelson family. family
associatedWith Nelson, George Washington. person
associatedWith Nelson, Thomas, Col., 1738-1789? person
associatedWith Nelson, William, 1711-1772. person
associatedWith Page, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Page, John, 1744-1808 person
associatedWith Parker, Josiah, 1751-1810. person
associatedWith Phripp, Matthew, d. 1780. person
associatedWith Price and Haywood. corporateBody
associatedWith Rosenbach, A. S. W. (Abraham Simon Wolf), 1876-1952, person
associatedWith Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804. person
associatedWith Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron von, 1730-1794. person
associatedWith Stuart, John Ferdinand Smyth, 1745-1814. person
associatedWith Tinsley, Thomas. person
associatedWith United States. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Board of Treasury. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Continental Army corporateBody
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associatedWith Virginia. Governor's council. corporateBody
associatedWith Virginia. Militia. corporateBody
correspondedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799. person
associatedWith Weedon, George, 1734-1793. person
associatedWith Willard, Henry A. (Henry Augustus), 1902- person
associatedWith Williamsburg (Va.). Trustees. corporateBody
associatedWith Wood, James, fl. 1750. person
associatedWith Wright, Porter C., person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
United States
Virginia
Virginia
Williamsburg (Va.)
Williamsburg (Va.)
Subject
Canadian invasion, 1775-1776
Great Bridge (Va.), Battle of, 1775
Occupation
Governors--Virginia
Army officers
Delegates, U.S. Continental Congress--Virginia
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Birth 1738-12-26

Death 1789-01-04

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