N. Nelson, one of Clayton County's representative farmers, was born in Norway on April 8, 1846. He came with his parents to America in 1849; landed at Quebec, Canada. From there went to Rock County, Wis., where he remained two years, then located to Allamakee County, Iowa. In 1854 he came to Clayton County, and settled on section 10, Marion Township. He was married on May 24, 1868, to Julia Knudson, who was born in Rock County, Wis., Feb. 3, 1852. Their union has been blessed with two children - Josephine, born April 26, 1870, and Nickolena, born March 16, 1872. Mr. Nelson is holding the office of School Director. He owns 160 acres of fine land, and is engaged in farming and stockraising. In politics he is a Republican, and is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church. His mother died in 1877; his father is still living in Dakota.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 934
Transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney