The Mixed-Race ' Nelson' Family
The Nelson Family
John Nelson Family
Front: Ada, John, Sadie, Berice, Ada, Milo
Back: James, John, Pearl, Raymond, Hattie, Hazel, Claude
Ada Mae Harding-Nelson &
Jessie Smith - (1898)
Ada Mae Harding-Nelson
Morris Nelson, Sr. FamilyKneeling from left to right:
Carolyn (granddaughter), Gordon, Ann, and Betty
Standing from left to right:
Gwendolyn, Bernadine, Marjourie, Donald, Geraldine,
Morris, Sr., Winifred, Doris, and Waynard
Gwendolyn Nelson Skinner
Daughter of Morris Sr.
& Marjourie Nelson
& Kenneth Skinner
(son of Arthur Skinner
& Minnie Kidd Skinner
John Cummings Family)
Gwendolyn Nelson Skinner with
children Derelys and Dennis
Marriage license for Soloman
& Jessie Harding
Ada & Mary's parents (1879)
John Nelson was born a slave in 1830 in Louisville, Kentucky.
He escaped from his slave master, George Lynn in 1854.
After running away, he changed his name to
Alexander Carter and fled to Marrow, Ontario, Canada.
He remained in Canada until 1860.
While in Canada he met and married Harriet Mulder born in 1842.
They were married at Ann Arbor, Michigan on May 25, 1860.
In March 1865, John enlisted in the United States Army.
He was inducted at Lockport, New
York, and was sent to Massachusetts.
For medical reasons he was discharged at
Wilmington, North Carolina in April 1865.
John and his family moved to Ypsilanti,
Michigan, where they lived until 1880.
They then moved to Leslie, Michigan,
where they lived until 1884.
In 1884 they moved to the McBride-Stanton area.
In 1885 they homesteaded the property of
which a part is still in the Nelson family.
After John's death in 1906, Harriet received a pension
of $8 per month from the United States Army.
She received this pension until her death in 1923.
John and Harriet Nelson died and are buried
in the McBride Cemetery, McBride, Michigan.
Their children are:
Eliza, Sarah, Annie, John, James,
Robert, Forrest, Morris and Winifred.
Pictures: Courtesy of Ada (Nelson) Palmer & Derelys Brown