Grand Meadow Twp.
Halvon Nelson was born in Norway, Sept. 12, 1825. He came to America in 1846, landed in New York, and from there went to Rock County, Wis. On June 11, 1849, he came to Clayton County, and located on the farm where he now lives. The Indians were still here, and wild game abounded; he built a cabin and made some improvements on his farm, then went to California, returning two years later. He was married to Caroline Peterson, on Feb. 5, 1855; she was born in Norway, Sept. 13, 1828. Seven children have been born of this union--Nels, born Jan. 15, 1856; Peter, March 28, 1858; Henry, May 7, 1860; Anna, Oct. 17, 1862, married Gilbert Ostle; Burbro, born June 11, 1865; Peder, Nov. 13, 1868, and Isabella, March 2, 1876. Mr. Nelson is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church. He owns over 700 acres of as fine land as there is in the State, all under cultivation. He has held the offices of School Director and Road Supervisor. His father resides with him, he being over ninety years of age and in possession of all his faculties. His mother died about 1852. Mr. Nelson merits and receives the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 831-832
Transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney