Elender McGraw Nelson

She is one of only two daughters recorded in either Greenbrier or Monroe Counties, West Virginia that I attributed to Martin and Margaret McGraw, the only McGraws of the proper age living in the area. “El” as she is listed  – and not Elizabeth as many of us assumed early in our research – married Solomon Nelson in Greenbrier County, West Virginia on 1 March 1809 by Josiah Osborne. Here is a snipping of that recording:

Marriage of El McGraw to Solomon Nelson, Greenbrier County, WV
See: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=10976269&Type=Marriage

I believe the marriage occurred before the death of her father Martin McGraw. Soon after, El – as we now know was Elender or “Nelly” – not Elizabeth – and new husband Solomon Nelson, as well as members of his family, set out for parts west. When I say west, I mean Indiana, where she died and is buried in Madison County on 2 August 1845. Photos of her gravestone are featured on FindAGrave.

Elender was born about 1788 per my reckoning quite possibly in Pennsylvania like her older brothers, John and Martin. Both the date and place are guesstimations, not fact.

My Ancestry Thru-Lines show that I share DNA matches with 13 centimorgans on 1 segment with 2 descendants who claim Elender McGraw Nelson as their ancestor, making us 5th cousins.