I have a book of the Nelson family so will give you some of the information:
The William Nelson that went to MO was not the one who built the chapel it was as far as I can determine his father William Nelson:
11. William NELSON was born on August 14, 1743 in Overwharton Parish, Stafford, Virginia.13 He was living on December 10, 1772 in Dunmore County, Virginia Colony.14 Recorded birth of Son George to William Nelson and wife Mary.
He was Land Purchase on February 26, 1778 in Washington Co, Tennessee.15 Granted or purchased 460 acres.
He was Land Purchase on September 21, 1779 in Washington Co, Tennessee.16 Granted or purchased 460 acres.
He was Land Purchase on April 3, 1780 in Knobs Creek, Washington County, Tennessee.17 Purchased 187 acres.
He was living in 1783 in Dunmore County, Virginia Colony.18He signed a will in 1824 in Washington Co, Tennessee.19 Will of William Nelson
Washington County, Tennessee
In the name of God, Amen. I, William Nelson of Washington and State of
Tennessee knowing the uncertainty of life and being of sound mind and
memory have thought properly to make my last will and testament. First,
I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife one horse now in my possession,
three cows, my flock of sheep, my household and kitchen furniture of
every description during her natural life. It is also my wish and
desire that she may continue to receive her support from my son Mark W.
Nelson according to the true purpose and meaning of a bond I have on
said Mark W. Nelson for my support and maintenance and her support.
Secondly, I give unto my son, Mark W. Nelson my part of the wagon and
the farming tools of every description and the small grain that is now
in the field. And it is further my wish and desire that after the death
of my beloved wife, Mary, if she should survive me, that my executors
sell all the property heretofore specially devised to my said wife after
paying all my just debts and paying my funeral expenses to be equally
divided share and share alike amongst my six daughters (to wit) Jane,
wife of William Duzan, Liddia, wife of William Clyor, Edia, wife of
Robert McCall, Polly Nelson and Susan Nelson. Thirdly, I have a claim
to a tract of land in the State of Virginia and Shenandoah County which
land I claim by entry. It is my wish and desire that Thomas Stuart if
he can recover said, it will be binding on my said executors to clothe
him with full power and authority to commence for the recovery of the
said land or for my six daughters and their husbands to give him full
power or authority to recover said land and I give unto the said Stuart
the one half of the value of said land for recovering it. The said
Stuart is not to run my estate to any expense about the said land.
Should he recover the other half of said land not heretofore specially
divided, I give and bequeath unto my above named six daughters to be
equally divided between them share and share alike. Fourish and desire
that my negro woman, Fanny, and my negro man, named Jacob, to be set
free or be emancipated and I enjoin it on my executors to have it done
agreeable to the law in such cases made. Lastly, I do hereby nominate
and appoint my live sons William Nelson and Mark W. Nelson my executors
to this my last will and testament hereby making and entirely void all
wills and testaments heretofore made by me. In testimony whereof I have
hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 27th March 1824.
Attest: Richard Carr Signed: William Nelson
He died about 1828 in Washington County Tennessee.20 Proven by Will:
Name of wife: Mary
Name of living sons: William Nelson and Mark Wesley Nelson.
However, I think he had at lest 2 other sons. James and George, these sons must have died before William made his Will. On a historical marker in Washington County Tennessee Johnson City, at corner of Jackson Street and Watauga Avenue, it says. "On September 2, 1811, James Nelson deeded to trustees William Nelson, William Duzan, James King, Jacob Hoss, and John R. Boring, 4 acres and 8 poles to be used by the Methodist Episcopal Church for a house of worship. For many years a campground for religious meetings was maintained here with a central permanent tent and many family tents. During the Civil War Col. Robert Love's 62n N. C. Regiment, CSA, used the ground as a camp."
Name of Daughters and their husbands: Jane Nelson wife of William Duzan; Lyddia Nelson wife of William Clyor; Edia Nelson wife of James Baird; Jemima Nelson wife of Robert McCall, also unmarried daughters Polly Nelson and Susan Nelson.
Further, the will proves that William Nelson and family lived for a time in Shenandoah, Virginia as the will states that "I have a tract of land in the state of Virginia and Shenandoah County."
Found on the tax list of Virginia 1783 in Shenandoah County Virginia Number VASla22776779. This is approximately the time the children were born in Shenandoah, so we know William Nelson was there at that time. I can find no other William on the tax list at that time and in that place. However, there are several William Nelsons' listed on the Virginia tax list but not in Shenandoah, and not in the time frame we are looking for. From Shenandoah County, Virginia abstracts of Deeds: Volume one (1772 - 1784) William Nelson witnessed several deeds in 1773, Witnessed a deed in 1774. Leased land in 1782. 400 acres of land granted by Henry Nelson to his son William Nelson, by Deed of Gift 22 April 1774, (found in A. Gilreath's deed book of abstracts A, B,C,D (1772-1784) Shenandoah County, Virginia.
William NELSON was married to Mary MCKAY (AFN-HWR3-2H) (daughter of James MCKAY (AFN: KBGR - G9) and Mary CHESTER ) about 1770 in Virginia.21 According to the Green Papers (from the Virginia Historical Society) Written by Thomas Green states that Mary McKay married Wm. Nelson. Further states that the father of Mary McKay was James McKay. Mary MCKAY (AFN-HWR3-2H) was born about 1752 in Woodstock, Shenandoah, Virginia.2 William NELSON and Mary MCKAY (AFN-HWR3-2H) had the following children:
His son, my GGG Grandfather was the one who went to MO, see below:
From Goodspeed Histories: William Nelson was a native of Virginia, and one of the earliest settlers of Washington County Tennessee. He Moved to Polk County MO. where he died in 1847 and was buring in the Nelson Cemetery at Oto, Missouri. It is evident that started the move to Missouri with his daughter Emaline who married Peachy K. Snapp in Washington County on 28 December 1837, and other family members. Samuel D. Nelson died in Stone County, Missouri and his Will is filed there. I also found Peachy K. Snapp living in Polk County Missouri in the 1850 and 1860 census index for Missouri.
William Nelson, wife Nancy and several of the children left Washington County, Tennessee around 1838 and moved to Kingston, Roane County, Tennessee. There William filed his Will in 1839 saying he was starting on a long journey (He and the family were leaving for Missouri). His daughter Emaline, died sometime from the time they left Washington County and arrived in Missouri.
Buried in Nelson Cemetery Oto, Stone County, Missouri.