Cora Elizabeth Nelson Sceley

Cora Elizabeth Nelson Sceley
December 8, 1888 – September 29, 1962

1888

Cora Nelson Sceley was born December 8, 1888 in Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina, the daughter of William Benjamin Nelson and Henrietta Ellen Proctor Nelson.

1900 Census Information:

According to the 1900 United States Census recorded on June 25, 1900, Benjamin Nelson (45) owned a farm in Wateree Township, in Kershaw County, South Carolina, with whom he shared with his wife of 21 years, Henretta Nelson (40). She reported that she was the mother of 8 children all of which were still living. Also in the home were their children, Frank Nelson (19), Alice Nelson (18), Minnie Nelson (17), Logan Nelson (15), Cora Nelson (12), Jessee Nelson (10) George Nelson (7) and Eunice Nelson (4). All of the household members were reported to have been born in South Carolina. Benjamin Nelson was a farmer, while Frank Nelson, Alice Nelson, Minnie Nelson, Logan Nelson, Cora Nelson, and Jessee Nelson were all farm laborers.

1910 Census Information:

According to the 1910 United States Census recorded on April 20, 1910, William B Nelson (55) owned a farm in Wateree Township, in Kershaw County, South Carolina, with whom he shared with his wife of 30 years, Henretta Nelson (50). Also in the home were their children, Minnie Nelson (25), Logan Nelson (22), Cora Nelson (19), Jerry Nelson (17), George Nelson (15), Eunice Nelson (13) and Effie Nelson (7). All of the household members were reported to have been born in South Carolina. Benjamin Nelson was a farmer on a general farm, while Minnie Nelson, Logan Nelson, Cora Nelson, Jerry Nelson and George Nelson were laborers on the home farm.

1930 Census Information:

According to the 1930 United States Census recorded on April 8, 1930, George W Sceley (54) owned a home in Pontiac, Richland County, South Carolina, with whom he shared with his wife, Cora Sceley (41). They reported having been married when he was 39 and she was 26. Also in the home was their son, Cecil Sceley (8) and George’s father, William F Sceley (84). All of the household members were reported to have been born in South Carolina. George W Sceley was a teacher in a public school.

1940 Census Information:

According to the 1940 United States Census recorded on April 4, 1940, George Seeley (64) owned a home in Pontiac, Richland County, South Carolina. Also in the home was his wife Cora Seeley (51). All of the household members were reported to have been born in South Carolina. They reported living in the same house on April 1, 1935. George Seeley was a teacher in a public school.

On September 7, 1940, Mrs. George Sceley was mentioned in the newspaper article, “Mrs. Sexton Complimented.”

1943

On August 5, 1943, Cora Nelson Sceley was was listed a living wife in the obituary of George Washington Sceley.

1965

On September 6, 1956, Mrs. Cora Sceley was listed a living sister in the obituary of Minnie Henrietta Nelson Marsh.

1962

A 73-year-old Pontiac woman was killed Saturday night, September 29, 1962 when she was struck by an automobile near her home.

Witness say that the woman, Mrs. Cora Sceley, was hit by the automobile as she was crossing Highway One, in Pontiac, 18 miles north of Columbia. They say she had left a grocery store and was on the way home with the food when the incident occured.

Mrs. Sceley crossed the road to the center line when she noticed an automobile coming from the north. Witnesses told investigating Highway Patrolmen L. B. Steeley and Cpl. D. B. Hallman that the woman stepped back to avoid the car and into the path of a car coming from Columbia.

The driver of the car which hit Miss Sceley, identified as Dozier Lever of Rt. 1, Columbia, by the Highway Patrol, told patrolmen and Richland County Coroner Ceil Wiles that he did not see the woman until it was too late to stop. He said that the lights of the on-coming car blinded him.

Coroner Wiles said that there will be an inquest, however no date has been set.

Mrs. Sceley was a retired school teacher in Pontiac, and for a number of years was with the S. C. Baptist Hospital, and was active as a Sunday school teacher there.

She is also survived by her son, Cecil Sceley of El Paso, Texas; three sisters, Mrs. Alice Morgan and Mrs. Eunice Ross, both of Blaney. and Mrs. Effie Roberts of Columbia; and three brothers, Logan Nelson of Blaney, and Jeff L. Nelson and George C. Nelson, both of Columbia.

Funeral services for Mrs. Cora Nelson Sceley were held today in Hillcrest Baptist Church at Blaney, conducted by the Rev. Furman Harvey and the Rev. George Partridge. Interment was in Spears Creek Baptist Churchyard.

Nephews will serve as active pallbearers and will meet at Pachal Funeral Home at 2 p.m.

The family will be at the home of Mrs. Alice Morgan at Blaney.

On October 11, 1962, Mrs. Cora Sceley was listed in the newspaper article “Pontiac Lady’s Death Ruled ‘Accidental’.”

Obituary Information:

September 30, 1962  State (published as The State THE COLUMBIA RECORD) 
 Columbia, South Carolina
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October 3, 1962  Columbia Record (published as THE COLUMBIA RECORD) 
 Columbia, South Carolina
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October 3, 1962  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
Page 2

Tombstone Information:

Located in Section B, Grave 62 at
Spears Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
Pontiac, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Photo added by Patricia Johnson

2 thoughts on “Cora Elizabeth Nelson Sceley

    1. You are most welcome! The photo was added to her profile on FamilySearch.org. Her sister, Sarah Alice Nelson Morgan was my great-grandmother.

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