An old-established general merchant at Eckhart Mines, Allegany county, is one of the honorable, substantial citizens of that place, where all of his useful life has been passed. Mr. Nelson was born at Eckhart August 17, 1862, and the family is well and favorably known there, his father, Andrew NELSON, having been a miner and merchant there to the end of his days. He was a native of Scotland. To his marriage with Jane PORTER, now also deceased, were born five children: George and James are both miners; John A. is mentioned below; Ellen is the wife of Isaac PORTER; Catherine is married to Thomas PHILIPS, of Eckhart.
John A. NELSON was reared at Eckhart Mines, and for a few years attended public school. His opportunities for an education soon came to an end, however, for he was only a young boy when he commenced to dig coal at the Eckhart Mines, following that occupation for several years. In 1891 he entered the mercantile business, in which he has since continued on his own account, and though he had little or no capital to start with, he has made good and built up a steady patronage, gaining and holding customers by carrying reliable merchandise and giving accommodating service. He has the confidence and respect of all of his fellow citizens at Eckhart, among whom he has always lived and worked. In politics a Democrat, Mr. NELSON has been a dependable party worker in his locality for over thirty years. He holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal church.
In 1883 Mr. NELSON was married to Miss Rose B. CROWE, of Eckhart Mines, Maryland, a daughter of Nelson CROWE of that place.
They have fifteen living children, namely: Effie, who is the wife of William WHELING, and they have three children, Idelia, Jean and William; Raymond, who resides at Barton, married Christina WAGNER, and they have two children, Lucile and Beatrice; Daisy B., who is unmarried, is postmistress at Eckhart, Maryland; James who is a resident of Mount Savage, Maryland, married Martha WILLS, but they have no children; Andrew, who resides at Eckert; Ada, who is the wife of John WAGNER, of Grahamstown, Allegany County, has five children, Margaret, Marion, Helen, Marvin and John; John G., who is a resident of Barton, married Miss Maitland JAMES, but they have no children; Harvey E., who is a resident of Frostburg, married Miss Emma SHUCKHART, and they have one child, Emma I., who is the wife of William ENGLE, of Eckhart; Roger, who married Miss Ethel LEWIS, has a son, Roger; Herbert, who is unmarried; and Ruth, who is also unmarried; Marian, Olin and Estella. Mr. NELSON has reared his large family well, and they are a credit to their home training and to the community.
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