Nelson, Holmes

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Holmes K. Nelson<br.>photo courtesy of Fawn Murphy


Holmes K. Nelson was born in about 1837 in Berne, Albany Co, NY to Carpenter Nelson (B. June 9, 1799, D. Dec 17, 1876) and Sally Ann Northrup (B. May 13, 1808, D. June 23, 1872).[1] He was a middle child of eleven.[1] His middle initial has been recorded both as R. and K.[2]

Marriage & Children

On July 20, 1865 Holmes married Mary Leddy at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Berne.[1]

Holmes and Mary had the following children:

  • Joy Nelson (B. abt 1867)[3][4]
  • Guy Leddy Nelson (B. May 1870, D. abt June 13, 1937)[3][4][5][6]
  • Ward Nelson (B. abt 1872)[4]
  • Elmira Nelson (B. abt 1878)[4]


Holmes Nelson was a farmer by occupation.

Military Service

Name: Holmes Nelson
Residence at Enlistment: Berne[7]
Place of Birth: Berne, NY[7]
Date of Birth: 12 Feb 1838[7]
Names of Parents: Carpenter (Nelson) and Sally Ann Northrop[7]
Marital Status: Single[7]
Occupation: Farmer[7]
Term of Enlistment: 3 years[7]
Bounty Received: None[7]
Enlistment Date: 21 Oct 1861
Enlistment Place: Middletown, New York
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 76th Infantry
Company: Company I
Discharged for Disability on: 13 Jan 1863
Discharged at: Washington, DC
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 20.[8] "Taken prisoner at the Battle of Bull Run Paroled on the field Discharged Jan 13th 1863 P.O. Address Bern Albany Co N.Y."[7]
Sources Used:, American Civil War Soldiers; 1865 census Berne, Albany Co., NY; 1890 US Veterans Census, Amsterdam, Montgomery Co, NY; Howell, George Rogers, History of the County of Albany, NY from 1609-1886, W. W. Munsell & Co., 1886, page 817; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


Holmes Nelson was born and married in Berne, Albany Co, NY, but as an adult he moved around New York State. In 1870, he was living in Milo, Yates Co, NY with his young family and was working as a farm laborer. They were living with the family of Oscar Nelson (B. abt 1843), who was also a farm laborer.[3] By 1880, living in Watervliet, Albany Co, NY near what is today the Albany Airport, Holmes was a farmer.[4] By 1890, he was living in Amsterdam, Montgomery Co, NY.[9]


Holmes was a member of the E. S. Young Post No. 33 of the G. A. R. in Amsterdam, NY.[10]


Holmes died on April 10, 1900 in Amsterdam, Montgomery Co, NY.[8] He was buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Tribes Hill, Montgomery County, NY.[8] His son Guy and his family were buried at this cemetery as well.[6]


Additional Research Notes

Additional Media

Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2
  2. US Censuses
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 1870 US Census, Milo, Yates Co, NY
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 1880 US Census, Watervliet, Albany Co, NY
  5. 1900 US Census, Amsterdam, Montgomery Co, NY
  6. 6.0 6.1 Pine Grove Cemetery Records, Tribes Hill, Montgomery Co, NY, transcribed by Nancy Robinson,
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2
  9. 1890 US Veterans Census, Amsterdam, Montgomery Co, NY
  10. Post documents