Thomas Nelson, Jr.

Although battling serious spells of asthma, direct British attacks on his hometown, and never receiving compensation for his donations to the war effort and independence, Brigadier General Thomas Nelson Jr., nonetheless, lived a full and victorious life to the very end.
In 1738 Thomas Nelson Jr. was born to one of Virginia’s “first families” in Yorktown, and at the age of fourteen sailed to England to receive an education at Trinity College, Cambridge. At twenty-three, on his return home to join in the family mercantile business, he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses. One year later, in 1762, Nelson met and married Lucy Grymes with whom he had eleven children.