There is a Nelson family listed in the 1910, 1920 and 1930 Federal Census for Portland, Multnomah County, OR about which we are interested in locating more information. 1910: Fred Nelson 24 married 1 year Sweden Sweden Sweden Machine Shop rents; Martha Nelson 21 MN MN MN 1 child 1 child living; Ralph Nelson 1/12 OR Sweden MN.
1920: Fred Nelson 33 rents Sweden Sweden Sweden Boiler Maker on Docks; Martha Nelson 30 MN Germany Germany; Ralph Nelson 9 OR Sweden Germany.
1930: Fred Nelson 44 rents $25 married at 24 Sweden Sweden Sweden Immigrated 1896 Bridgeman Structural Iron; Martha Nelson 40 married at 19 MN WI WI; Ralph E Nelson 20 OR Sweden MN Laborer laying pipe.
We know that Fred's legal name was Erik Alfred Nilsson (changed to Nelson upon arrival in the US in October 1900). We also know that he died in Oakland, CA in 1957 but don't have an exact date.
When and where in 1910 was Ralph E. born? Were Fred and Martha married in OR? SSDI: There is a Ralph E. Nelson of Gresham, married to a Ruby and a Ralph E. Nelson of Tacoma, WA married to a Fannie. We have proven that neither of these two are our Ralph E. Nelson.