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Elijah NELSON
Lucinda STAPLES
Husband:  Elijah [H. or K.] NELSON
Birth:  1812/3, IN
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Mr. NELSON
Mother possibly:  Rachael __?__, b. 1793/4, KY
Marriage:  6 Oct 1833, Jefferson Co., MO
Wife:  Lucinda STAPLES
Birth:  1814/5, Jefferson Co., MO
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Charles STAPLES
Mother:  Elleanor / Ellender / Ellen "Nellie" ROBERTSON
Children born in Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO:
1.  Charles W. NELSON, b. 1834/5
2.  John L. NELSON, b. 1836/7
3.  William J. NELSON, b. 1838/9
4.  Mary J. NELSON, b. 1846/7
5.  Eleanor / Ellen NELSON, b. Jan 1850
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri

Sources:

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Elijah NELSON
Spouse: Lucinda STAPLES
Marriage: 06 Oct 1833, Jefferson, Missouri
Source: Marriage Records, 1825-1951. Jefferson County (Missouri). Recorder of Deeds
Lucinda STAPLES
Birth: 22 Jan 1815, Jefferson, Missouri
Father: Charles STAPLES; Mother: Elleanor 'Nellis' ROBERTSON
Source: patron submission

2.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #5 of 5; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 MO Jefferson Co. Valle Twp. Roll 224 pp. 115 Ln. 11 E K Nelson 210 010 - 000 010 [second page missing]
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 male 4 or under 1835-1840 = William (b. 1838/9)
= John (b. 1836/7)
1 male 5-9 1830-1835 = Charles (b. 1834/5)
1 male 20-29 1810-1820 = Elijah (b. 1812/3)
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Lucinda (b. 1814/5)

3.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #149 OF 153):  District No. 42, Jefferson Co., MO, Roll, p. 481A, 1090/1090, enumerated 2 Nov 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Lucinda Nelson 35 F       Mo
Elijah H Nelson 37 M Farmer     Ind
Charles W   " 15 M       Mo
John L      " 13 M       Mo
William J   " 11 M       Mo
Mary J      "  3 F       Mo
Ellen       " 4/12 F       Mo
Francis J Staples  6 F       Mo
Ellen Ballew 56 F       Ky
There's a line from Lucinda to Elijah appearing to suggest she should have been listed after him.  I don't know who Francis J. STAPLES is.

4.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #11 of 27):  Hillsboro P.O., Central Twp., Jefferson Co., MO, Roll M653_626, p. 527, PN 11, 73/75, enumerated 21 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Chas W Nelson 25 M   Farmer 1200 100 Mo
Rachael   " 67 F   Do     Ky
Mary Ann  " 28 F         Mo
Wm J      " 21 M   Do     "
Mary J    " 13 F         "
Elleanor 10 F         "
I'll wager Rachael NELSON is Charles's maternal grandmother.  Mary Ann might be Charles's wife, but 

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