David Nelson fonds

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David Nelson fonds

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  • 1891-1922 (Creation)
    David Nelson General Store

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65 cm of textual records

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David Nelson was a Tatamagouche, Colchester County, Nova Scotia merchant. He was born 7 February 1834 at Waugh's River. In 1890 he moved to Tatamagouche where he established his general store. He married Mary MacLeod and they had four children: Etta (b. 1891), John (b. 1893), Mary (b. 1886) and William (b. 1888). Nelson was a supporter of the Liberal party and was the area representative on the Municipal Council. He served as Warder from 1899-1903 and was chairman of the Board of North Colchester. Nelson died on 17 December 1920. For a time following his death the store was probably operated by his family.

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Anna Hamilton found them in a shed on the property of the late William M. Nelson, son of David. Nelson had been an estate lawyer in Tatamagouche and it was thought that he collected items of historical value via his vocation. Also contained in fonds are several receipts which are stored with the William M. Nelson collection and fonds.

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Fonds consists of 14 daybooks, 7 ledgers (with indexes), receipts and 2 cashbooks from the David Nelson general store.

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Records were rescued by Anna Hamilton and donated to the North Shore Archives.


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Records are located with the business records in the back closet. Receipts are in MG1 Vol. 19 folder 27, 33, & 34.

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