A Guide to the Albert Aldrich Nelson Papers, 1833-1853
Born to Samuel Nelson and Cynthia Aldrich in Milford, Massachusetts, Albert Aldrich Nelson (1814-1892) was a whaler in New England before immigrating to Texas in 1838. Working as a surveyor, he helped establish the town of Crockett and the Nacogdoches Land District. In 1845, he married Jane Caroline Simpson, with whom he had seven children. Nelson was appointed as the Nacogdoches County surveyor, while also serving as mayor and alderman of Nacogdoches. During the Civil War, he enlisted in the Confederate Navy but was captured at the battle of Glorieta Pass and incarcerated in a northern prison. Following his release, Nelson returned to Nacogdoches.
Dickson, James G., Jr. "Nelson, Albert Aldrich."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 25, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fne12.
Two bound volumes of typescripts of correspondence, a diary, and petitions compose the Albert Aldrich Nelson Papers, 1833-1853, documenting Nelson’s career as a sailor and surveyor. Correspondence and petitions concern surveys in Texas, while the diary discusses his experiences as a sailor on whaling ships in the Pacific Ocean.
This collection is open for research use.
Albert Aldrich Nelson Papers, 1833-1853, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers