Dr. Elford John Nelson was born in Guelph on the 12th of April, 1897. He was the youngest of 2 children born to Richard Edward Nelson and the former Mary Margaret Nicklin. His father was a tailor and he had an older sister named Rita Irene Nelson. Dr. Nelson grew up at 74 Baker Street in Guelph.
Dr. Nelson entered The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1915. His studies were interrupted by WWI when he enlisted in Toronto on the 13th of October, 1917. At the time he resided at 466 Markham Street in Toronto. He was discharged on the 16th of November, 1918. Dr. Nelson graduated from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1920. It is possible that his father did not see him graduate, as he died on the 4th of May, 1920. After interning Dr. Nelson set up his medical practice in Acton, Ontario.
Dr. Nelson married Nellie Irene Sunley on the 19th of April, 1921 in Guelph. Mrs. Nelson was born in Guelph on the 30th of March, 1897. She was the 5th of 7 children born to Thomas James Sunley and the former Jessie McLeod. Her father was a barber and her siblings were; Annie, Myrta, Edna, Norman, Minnie and Grace. In 1911 the Sunley family resided at 341 Woolwich Street.
After Dr. and Mrs. Nelson were married they resided on Frederick Street in Acton. Dr. and Mrs. Nelson had 2 daughters. Barbara Jean was born on the 24th of June, 1930 and Elizabeth Ann was born on the 23rd of September, 1939. Elizabeth Ann Nelson died on the 29th of January, 1941 and she was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Guelph.
Sometime prior to 1946, Dr. Nelson moved to Chatham. According to the Shepherds City of Chatham Directory, Dr. Nelson resided at 148A Wellington Street West and his medical practice was located at 247 King Street West.
Dr. Nelson immigrated to Pomona, California with Wilma “Patricia” Sherman on the 15th of August, 1947. She was born in Hamilton, Ontario on the 3rd of September, 1922, the youngest of 8 children born to Robert Sherman and the former Ottilie Glendinning. Her father was an electrician at the Detroit Edison Power Company and her siblings were; Glen, Muriel, Blake, Dorothy, Margaret, Winona and Jack. She was raised in Windsor and she was a nurse.
Dr. Nelson and Wilma Patricia Sherman were married in Reno, Nevada on the 14th of February, 1948. They resided at 1809 Westwood Place and his medical practice was located at 1621 N. Garey Ave., in Pomona.
Dr. Nelson died on the 10th of June, 1953 in California.