Tools Made: Carpenter tools, sliding T-bevels, squares.
Working Dates: C1849.
Born about 1815 in Mass. Listed in the 1850 and 1860 census as a rule maker, living in Middletown. In 1870 living in New York working as a baker. The 1880 census lists a Merrick Nelson living in Brooklyn, New York and widowed. He was then working as a salesman.
He was married in 1837 to Ellen Crosby at Cambridge, Mass. Sometime after 1838 he and his wife were in Middletown. I think this mark is after he joined with Hubbard in Hubbard & Nelson.
An original Nelson & Hubbard price list has a letter inside to a New York dealer with a date that appears to be 1838. Also, the information in Ref. 14 has him as a member of the First Universalist Church in or near 1838. Among the members was William Stroud. Nelson & Hubbard was located in one of his buildings on Mill Street. Other rule makers from this church are Asa Richardson and Benjamin Carter.
Sliding T-Bevel Mark " M. NELSON"
The M. Nelson tool has the same brass device as the Nelson & Hubbard. The maker mark is on the opposite side.
A good view of the brass device used on both Nelson and Nelson & Hubbard sliding T-bevels.
Sliding T-bevel and try square.
Type 2 try square using three rivets to hold the blade.
See Nelson & Hubbard.
References: 3, 14, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 Back Home
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