Molson, William Nelson

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While few records exist that document his life, historians know that William Nelson Molson was born to William and Elizabeth Molson in Mexico, a small community in Juniata County, Pennsylvania. Molson worked as a boatman, barber, and elevator operator. In March 1864, Molson joined Company B of the 43rd United States Colored Troops Regiment. Within a month he received a promotion to corporal. According to his service records, Molson served as the color guard during an engagement at Hatchers Run, Virginia, on October 27, 1864. He served with his regiment until it was mustered out in October 1865. He married Sarah J. Parker, his second wife, and they had at least one daughter, Mary. Molson died less than three weeks after the end of World War I and was buried in Eastern Light Cemetery in Altoona, Pennsylvania. (By Don Sailer)

Life span
09/13/1840—11/26/1918

Life Summary

Full name
  William Nelson Molson
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
  Exact
Death Date Certainty
  Exact
Gender
  Male
Race
  Mixed (Mulatto)
Sectional choice
  North
Origins
  Free State
Family
 
William Molson (father), Elizabeth Murray Molson (mother), Sarah J. Parker (second wife), Mary Molson Groce (daughter)
Occupation
  Military
  Other
Other Occupation
  Boatman, Barber, Elevator Operator
Relation to Slavery
  Free black
Military
  Union Army

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