I investigated Nelson’s father Patrick a bit more as well, and found old Detroit City Directories online. In 1852, he and his brother John were shoemakers. Patrick, who was 19 at the time, lived in a house on Miami Street/Ave, while his brother lived in a boarding home run by a Mrs. L. Robinson. In 1855, Patrick was still a shoemaker, but his brother John did not show up in the directory. Patrick’s US Civil War Draft Registration Record says that he was a furniture dealer in 1863, so it looks like he tried his hand at a few different jobs before settling on being an undertaker, which he did from 1870 until just before his death.