The subject of this sketch, whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, November 20, 1830, but when fourteen years of age accompanied his parents to the United States and located in Buffalo, New York. When nineteen years old he commenced to learn the carpenter’s trade, which he followed there until March, 1854, when he started for California. Proceeding by way of Panama he arrived in San Francisco during the latter part of that month and immediately went to the mines in El Dorado County, where he remained until 1856. In that year we find Mr. Nebas in Alameda County, employed in various capacities for seven years. He then leased land in the vicinity of Haywards for five years, when he purchased his present farm, comprising about seven hundred acres, on which he has made many improvements, and where he is engaged in general farming and stock-raising. Married, October 19, 1862, Miss M. A. Doody, a native of Ireland, by whom he has had six children, five of whom by the most distressing accident were killed when returning from a picnic at the railroad crossing near Haywards on May 2, 1882. His only remaining child Henry W., died of fever in 1883, while this work was in press. In Mr. Nebas we have another living example of what a life of energy and perseverance can do. He lives respected by his fellow-citizens.
History of Alameda County, California…, Oakland, M.W. Wood Publ., 1883 p. 951-952