The Resource Plea, 16 March 1787, is located in oversize box 60

Plea, 16 March 1787, is located in oversize box 60

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  • Papers, 1785-1790, of William Nelson of Virginia consisting of a letter, 24 November 1785, from Nathaniel Nelson, Richmond, Virginia, to an unidentified recipient discussing the Dismal Swamp Company and plans to build a canal through the Dismal Swamp; a letter, 19 September 1786, from J. Maury Fontaine (d. 1795) of Gloucester County, Virginia, to William Nelson (ca. 1754-1813) concerning money borrowed by Fontaine from a Mr. Greenhow; a letter, 4 November 1788, from A. Spotswood to William Nelson regarding a judgment and execution against John Edmundson; a plea, 16 March 1787, in the Northampton County Court in the case of executors of Samuel Johnson (d. 1785) vs. the executors of Charles Carpenter (d. 1786) concerning money owed to Johnson by Carpenter; a letter, 29 July 1790, from J. C. Rehling, Portsmouth, Virginia, to Benjamin Powell, Williamsburg, Virginia, regarding a libel (as a complaint in admiralty) against a vessel and which case cannot be tried yet; a letter, 1 September 1790, from Powell to Captain Robert Scott concerning the ship George; and a letter, 23 October, from Powell to Scott stating that he cannot meet Scott at the appointed time due to illness in his family
  • Papers were removed from the Harrison family home at Harrison Landing by Samuel J. Willson, Company Clerk of Company B, 6th New Jersey Infantry
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William Nelson was born about 1754 in York County, Virginia, to William Nelson (1711-1772) and Elizabeth Burwell Nelson. He attended the College of William and Mary and served as a lieutenant in the American Revolution. After the Revolution, Nelson became a lawyer. He represented James City County, Virginia, in the House of Delegates in 1783. In 1784, he was elected to the Council of State, serving until 1785. In 1788 Nelson was elected to the House of Delegates from York County and served until 1791. He was appointed to the General Court in 1791, serving until his death. Nelson was also appointed professor of law at the College of William and Mary in 1804. Nelson married first Mary Hartwell Taliaferro 26 March 1791, and they had one child. He married second Abigail Willing Byrd, and they had five children. Nelson died in Williamsburg, Virginia, 3 March 1813, and was buried in Yorktown, Virginia.
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Plea, 16 March 1787, is located in oversize box 60
Plea, 16 March 1787, is located in oversize box 60
  • The Library of Virginia
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King, Harland F.
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