I received a couple of nice notes from Patricia Barlow who, it turns out, is the grand-niece of Ringling clowns John and (I don't know how she found that page of photos and videos I have online)!
Anyway, she sent a couple of photos of the Nelsons which I thought were very interesting.
This is what she has to say:
Clown stiltwalkers, John and Harry Nelson (in the photo) were my Great Uncles! They were a great part of my life, as a young girl (I am now 71)- when they were home from the Show periodically, they lived next door, with their sister - my Grandmother.Also, around 1947-49, my cousin Raquel Nelson was with the . She was featured side ring foot juggler.The Nelson Family Circus started in England....went to and ultimately returned to live in Brooklyn N.Y.The 6 daughters were acrobats and bareback riders - 2 sons acrobats, stiltwalkers and clowns and the oldest son was manager with his Father.The Nelson Circus started in England and then South America...never performed as a family in the US-But the family members all continued, in other circuses, throughout the US - all in acrobatics.John and Harry were the only full-time clowns.As the other family members married and started raising families, they left circus life.With Thanks,Patricia Barlow
Anyway, take care and my best to you and your family!