Enoch K. Nelson, son of William K.
and Mary (Edmonson) Nelson, was born in Grant County, Ky., on July 20, 1844. In 1855, he moved with his father to Acton, Marion County, Ind., and went to school and worked on a farm until July 22, 1862, when he enlisted in Company G, Seventieth Indiana Infantry.
His regiment for some time was guarding a railroad, but was finally put into active service.
He participated in the battles of Resaca, Dallas, Chattanooga, Atlanta, with Sherman in his "March to the Sea," at Raleigh, N.C., at the grand review at Washington, D. C., and then, in June, 1865, received his honorable discharge.
On arriving home he resumed farming. In 1866, he came to Jasper County, Ill., and engaged in farming.
On August 20, 1868, he married Emily Harris (a widow), daughter of
William Helms. She has borne her husband six children, viz: William H.,
Margaret L., Laura B., Emily J., James F. and Sarah
J. Mr. Nelson is now living on eighty acres of land, leased in Section 36, Crooked Creek Township, where he is engaged in general farming.
He is a member of the G.A.R., Post No. 158, Department of Illinois. He and his wife are regular attendants at church.
From Biographical Sketches-Jasper County: "Crooked Creek Township",
Contributed by Kathy Moore