Roy Leonard Nelson, Sr~Elgin, Kane County, Illinois

Elgin, Illinois
Elgin, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Birth: Nov. 26, 1898
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 9, 1963
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

Grandson of Alic “Alex” and Aletta Nelson of Sweden.Son of Charles “Chas” F. Nelson and Lena (Nilson) Nelson of Sweden.Husband of Gladys Serena (Linderman) of Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. Married on 26 November 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa.Father of Roy Leonard Jr., Richard Edward “Dickie”, and Shirley Lorraine Nelson(Ogle) of Iowa.Source: My Maternal Second Cousin, Roy Leonard “Jimmy” Nelson Jr. told me that his father was from ELGIN, ILLINOIS, and died in San Francisco, California. He told me that he was buried in a pauper’s cemetery because he had no money. Cemetery name unknown.

Family links:
Charles F Nelson (1868 – 1939)
Lena Nilson Nelson (1868 – 1936)

Gladys Serena Linderman Nelson (1906 – 1996)


 Elgin (pron.: /ˈɛlɨn/) is a city in northern Illinois located roughly 40 mi (64 km) northwest of Chicago on the Fox River. Most of Elgin lies within Kane County, Illinois, with a portion in Cook County, Illinois. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 108,188, making it the eighth-largest city in Illinois and the 241st largest city in the United States.

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Black Hawk Indian War of 1832 led to the expulsion of the Native Americans who had settlements and burial mounds in the area, and set the stage for the founding of Elgin. Thousands of militiamen and soldiers of Gen. Winfield Scott‘s army marched through the Fox River valley during the war and accounts of the area’s fertile soils and flowing springs soon filtered east.

In New York, James T. Gifford and his brother Hezekiah Gifford heard tales of this area ripe for settlement, and travelled west. Looking for a site on the stagecoach route from Chicago to Galena, they eventually settled on a spot where the Fox River could be bridged. In April 1835, they established the city, naming it after the Scottish hymn “Elgin”.

In 1849, the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad reached Elgin, which later would be served by railroads running along both banks of the Fox River, linking the growing town to Chicago and other urban centers. Early Elgin achieved fame for the butter and dairy goods it sold to the city of Chicago. Gail Borden established a condensed milk factory here in 1866, and the local library is named in his honor. The dairy industry became less important with the arrival of the Elgin Watch Company. The watch factory employed three generations of Elginites from the late 19th to the mid 20th century, when it was the largest producer of fine watches in the United States (the factory ceased production in the early 1960’s and was torn down in 1965). Today, the clocks at Chicago’s Union Station still bear the Elgin name.

In 1872, Elgin attracted a major state institution, the Northern Illinois State Mental Hospital and later a Veterans Administration Hospital.

Galena's Grant Park Pedestrian Bridge
Galena’s Grant Park Pedestrian Bridge (Photo credit: OldOnliner)

Alic and Aletta Nelson~Swedish Ancestors~Emigrated to Illinois in 1870

Roy Leonard Nelson Sr., 1910, Washington School, Chicago, Illinois

[above pic: Roy L. Nelson Sr., 1910, Washington Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois, son of Charles F. and Lena (Nilson) Nelson. Grandson of Alic & Aletta Nelson of Sweden.]

“The Swedish Emigration to America
During the period of 1821 until 1930 about 1.3 million Swedes emigrated;
some to Canada, Australia, New Zealand South America but the
overwhelming majority to the States. Nearly a sixth, in total over 200,000, did
return to Sweden, but more than 1 million left their country for good.
Among the factors that pushed people from Sweden: down-sizing of farm labourers (better tools, redistribution of land)

 the rapid population growth (“the vaccine, the peace, the potatoes”)

 the years of bad crops during the second half of the 19th century

discontent with society (military conscript duty, religious intolerance)

Among the factors creating a pull to America:

 the supply of fertile land and of work opportunities

 the immigration propaganda

 the emigrants’ letters home to Sweden”

Lena Nilson Nelson  

Birth: Feb., 1868, Sweden

Death: 1936
Kane County
Illinois, USA
Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Nellie Nilson of Sweden.
Wife of Charles F. Nelson.Son of Alic & Aletta Nelson of Sweden.
Mother of Ruth, William, Harold,Roy Leonard Sr,Russell, Edwin, Helen, and Gurney :Lena Nilson

event date:1880
event place:Geneva, Kane, Illinois, United States
marital status :Single
occupation :At School
race or color (original) :
ethnicity (standardized) :American
relationship to head : Daughter
birthplace :Sweden
birthdate :1872
spouse’s name :
spouse’s birthplace :
father’s name :
father’s birthplace :Sweden
mother’s name :Nellie Nilson
mother’s birthplace :Sweden
page :383
page character :
entry number :987
nara film number :T9-0218
gs film number :1254218

digital folder number:004240495
image number:00570
Household Gender Age Birthplace
self Nellie Nilson F 35 Sweden
daughter Lena Nilson F 8 Sweden
son Martin Nilson M 4 Illinois, United States
daughter Jennie Nilson F 2 Illinois, United States
daughter Fanny Nilson F 0 Illinois, United States
Citing this Record
United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 06 Oct 2012), Lena Nilson in household of Nellie Nilson, Geneva, Kane, Illinois, United States; citing sheet 383D, family 1, NARA microfilm publication T9-0218.

name:Lena Nelson
titles & terms:
event date:1900
event place:ED 467 Precinct 9 Chicago city Ward 15, Cook, Illinois, United States
birth date:Feb 1868
relationship to head of household:Servant
father’s birthplace:Norway
mother’s birthplace:Norway
race or color (standardized):White
marital status:Married
years married:4
estimated marriage year:1896
mother how many children:4
number living children:1
immigration year:1883

sheet letter:B
family number:174
reference number:57
film number:1240264
digital folder number:004113723
image number:00070
headEmily HeldF33Illinois
sonClay HeldM13Illinois
sonCharles HeldM12Illinois
sonHarold HeldM10Illinois
daughterMertle HeldF4Illinois
servantLena NelsonF32Norway
sonRoy NelsonM2Illinois
Citing this Record:
United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 08 Dec 2012), Lena Nelson in household of Emily Held, ED 467 Precinct 9 Chicago city Ward 15, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing sheet 8B, family 174, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240264.

name:Charles Nelson
residence:Elgin Township, Kane, Illinois
estimated birth year:1868
relationship to head of household:Self
marital status:Married
father’s birthplace:
mother’s birthplace:
film number:1820375
digital folder number:4300539
image number:00574
sheet number:7
Household Gender Age Birthplace
self Charles Nelson M 52y Sweden
wife Lena Nelson F 48y Sweden
son Harold Nelson M 21y Illinois
dau Helen Nelson F 11y Illinois
Citing this Record
United States Census, 1920,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 06 Oct 2012), Charles Nelson, Elgin Township, Kane, Illinois; citing enumeration district (ED) , sheet 7B, family 183, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1820375.

name: Lena Nelson
event: Census
event date: 1930
event place: Chicago (Districts 1251-1500), Cook, Illinois
gender: Female
age: 62
marital status: Single
race: White
birthplace: Sweden
estimated birth year: 1868
immigration year: 1880
relationship to head of household: Housekeeper
father’s birthplace: Sweden
mother’s birthplace: Sweden
enumeration district number: 1300
family number: 289
sheet number and letter: 10B
line number: 90
nara publication: T626, roll 471
film number: 2340206
digital folder number: 4584272
image number: 00669
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Edward Kociamski M 72 Poland
sister Victoria Kociamski F 54 Illinois
housekeeper Lena Nelson F 62 Sweden

Citing this Record:
United States Census, 1930,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 Jan 2013), Lena Nelson in household of Edward Kociamski, Chicago (Districts 1251-1500), Cook, Illinois; citing enumeration district (ED) 1300, sheet 10B, family 289, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 471.
Oak Hill Cemetery
Kane County
Illinois, USA
Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Nov 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100683699

Seal of Illinois. Center image extracted from ...
Seal of Illinois. Center image extracted from Illinois flag. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Roy Leonard Nelson Jr. and Helen Louise (Meyers) Nelson

The State Capital building of Topeka, Kansas. ...
The State Capital building of Topeka, Kansas. Taken with a Panasonic DMC-TZ3. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Shawnee County Courthouse, by Leonard & Martin
Shawnee County Courthouse, by Leonard & Martin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Helen Louise (Meyers) Nelson and Roy “Jim” Leonard Nelson Jr, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas in 1950’s. Resided at 3117 Girard Street, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. He worked for Goodyear. She was a homemaker.

Helen was the daughter of Harold E. Meyers and Naomi C. Meyers of Kansas. [Picture below left was Naomi & Harold Meyers and Velva and Helen Meyers.]

Naomi & Harold Meyers, Velve & Helen Meyers, Kansas

Helen was the Granddaughter of Louis B. Meyers and Mary E. (Sunderland) Meyers of New York and New Jersey. Great Granddaughter of Morris & Minnie Meyers of Russia.

Helen Meyers was wife of Roy Leonard Nelson Jr. he was the son of Gladys (Linderman) Nelson of Dubuque, Iowa; and Roy Leonard Nelson Sr. of Illinois and Iowa. Roy and Helen Nelson were the parents of Jodi and Willie Nelson of Kansas. 

Roy, Willie, & Jodi Nelson, Jan. 1954, 1709 Cheston, Jacinto City, TXNelson family,

Roy L. Nelson Jr., Willie, and Jodi Nelson, at Leroy & Jean Frederick’s home at 1709 Cheston Drive, Jacinto City, TX, January 1954. [above left picture] Jodi, Roy, Helen, Willie Nelson, 1960’s, Topeka, KS.


William “Billy” Nelson [top left], Gladys, Roy, Helen, Shirley, & John Ogle, 1955, Topeka, KS. [top right] Billy Nelson [bottom left]. Billy, Roy, Jodi Nelson, Topeka, KS [bottom right]

Roy Leonard Nelson Sr., 1910, Washington School, Chicago, Illinois[picture above: Roy L. Nelson Sr., 1910, Washington School, Chicago, Illinois.]

He is the Grandson of Charles F. & Lena (Nilson) Nelson of Sweden and Illinois.

Great Grandson of Alic & Aletta Nelson of Sweden.