Although not a direct ancestor, Robert Nelson (1860 - 1935), may have been the inspiration for his great nephew, Stanley Swinnerton Nelson (1900 - 1992), joining the police force.
Family legend suggested that Robert reached the rank of Assistant Chief Constable. However, a newspaper article about the marriage of his son, Robert Leonard Nelson, in 1938 included the line "... son of Mrs Nelson and the late Inspector Robert Nelson of Liverpool ...", suggesting that his highest achieved rank was inspector.
[Robert's son, Robert Leonard Nelson (known as Len), although from one generation earlier, was of the same age as Stanley and they became close.]
A report about Robert's sporting achievements, including a photograph, can be found here: [Opens a new window or tab depending on your browser]
Arkholme, 16th December 1860
Low Broomfield Farm, Arkholme
John Nelson age 42, farmer of 145 acres employing his own family, born Tunstal, Lancashire
Elizabeth Nelson age 44, born Kirby Lonsdale, Westmorland
James Nelson age 16, Ag Lab, born Tunstal, Lancashire
Mary Ellen Nelson age 14, servant, born Tunstal, Lancashire
William Nelson age 11, born Arkholme, Lancashire
Richard Nelson age 10, born Arkholme, Lancashire
John Nelson age 8, born Arkholme, Lancashire
Elizabeth Ann Nelson age 5, born Arkholme, Lancashire
George Nelson age 2, born Arkholme, Lancashire
Robert Nelson age 7 months, born Arkholme, Lancashire
Robert Jackson age 78, uncle, formerly blacksmith, born Kirby Lonsdale, Westmorland
George Nowel age 21, Lodger, servant, born Tatham, Lancashire
Thomas Todd age 14, servant, born Longdale, Westmorland
Margaret Bradshaw age 14, Farmer's daughter, born Tatham, Lancashire
Burton in Lonsdale
John Nelson age 52, Ag Lab, born Tunstal, Lancashire
Elizabeth Nelson age 53, born Kirby Lonsdale, Westmorland
George Nelson age 13, born Melling, Lancashire
Robert Nelson age 10, born Melling, Lancashire
Burton in Lonsdale
William Wrathall age 42, widower, blacksmith, born Westhouse, Yorkshire
William Wrathall age 29, son, blacksmith, born Westhouse, Yorkshire
Mary E Wrathall age 27, daughter, born Westhouse, Yorkshire
Lucy Wrathall age 21, daughter, born Burton in Lonsdale, Yorkshire
Robert Nelson age 20, blacksmiths apprentice, born Arkholme, Lancashire
36 Westbourne Street, Everton, Liverpool
Eleanor Spencer age 58, widow, born Ireland
Sarah E Patterson, age 27, daughter, born Liverpool
Tho.(?) Patterson age 26, son in Law, bookmaker, born Ireland
Andrew M Patterson age 1, grandson, born Liverpool
Robert Nelson age 30, boarder, detective constable, born Arkholme, Lancashire
James Donaghy age 21, boarder, ?? assistant, born Ireland
Loftus E Owens age 19, boarder, ?? assistant, born Ireland
Robert and his brother, George, were executors of their father John's will.
John had died at Rose Cottage, Burton in Lonsdale, on 3rd July 1892
Robert is described in the probate index as a police sergeant, George as a coach builder
Robert Nelson married Elizabeth Hannah Garner on 5th April 1899 at Walton on the Hill
15 Hamilton Road, Everton, Liverpool
Robert Nelson age 40, police sergeant, born Arkholme
Elizabeth H Nelson age 30, born Liverpool
Robert L Nelson age 9 months, son, born Liverpool
15th December 1901
13 Burdett Street
Baptism of second son, George Edward Nelson.
at St Michael in the Hamlet, Aigburth, Liverpool
Robert's occupation given as "Inspector of police"
Robert Nelson became a freemason on 2nd February 1888 when he was initiated into the Derby lodge, Liverpool.
In 1897 he moved to the Cycling and Athletic Lodge (2335), in Wavertree.
By 1910 Robert was Worshipful Master of this lodge.
48 Adelaide Road, Liverpool
Robert Nelson age 50, Inspector of Police, born Arkholme, Lancashire
Elizabeth Hannah Nelson age 40, born Liverpool, Lancashire
Robert Leonard Nelson age 10, son, born Liverpool, Lancashire
George Edward Nelson age 9, son, born Liverpool, Lancashire
Hannah Margaret Nelson age 7, daughter, born Liverpool, Lancashire
Florence Elizabeth Nelson age 5, daughter, born Liverpool, Lancashire
Agnes Jane Nelson age 25, niece, nurse hospital, born Liverpool, Lancashire
10 Ashfield, Wavertree
Robert died on 3rd August 1935 at Burton in Lonsdale, but lived in Wavertree, Liverpool.
Probate was granted to his sons Robert Leonard Nelson, police constable, and George Edward Nelson, commercial clerk.
Elizabeth Hannah Nelson's Death
30 Warnerville Road, Broadgreen
Robert's widow, Elizabeth Hannah, died on 5th October 1953.
Probate was granted to Lloyds Bank Ltd.