Biography of R. T. Nelson
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





R. T. NELSON, editor, Springfield. Mr. Nelson was born in Springfield and graduated in the high school here in 1873, and entered Wittenberg College same year, in which he graduated in 1876; he then began working in the Daily Gazette dice of this city, and, at the end of one year, entered upon the duties of editor, which position he has filled very creditably. His father, James A. Nelson, was born in Virginia, near Harper's Ferry, March 11, 1827, and, in 1836, moved to this county with his parents. They located on a farm six miles east of Springfield, and, in 1842, moved to this city. James worked on the farm until 20 years of age, when he began the carpenter trade, at which he worked some three years, when he entered the Pitts machine shops of this city; here he remained one year. After some changing around, working awhile in Buffalo, N. Y., in 1853, engaged with Warder, Mitchell & Co. After working with them one year as bench hand, he was promoted to the position of foreman of the wood shop, where he is still engaged. He was married, Nov. 26, 1849, to Mary Ann Thachray, daughter of Robert and Maria Thackray. She was born in Bramley, England, Jan. 22, 1832, and emigrated to America with her mother in August, 1842, coming direct to Springfield to join the father, who had come the year before to secure a home for his family. William Nelson, the father of James, served in the ward of 1812. He died in this city in 1872, his wife, Margaret Fletcher, having died two years before. James started in life a poor boy, and by his industry and integrity has not only provided well for his family, giving to each one excellent opportunities to secure an education, but has accumulated considerable property

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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