FYI, the Loyalist branch of the major Nellis family in the United States spells their surname "Nelles" in Ontario and other parts of Canada. They, too, were descendants of the Palatine Immigrant family of 1709. Two major branches ended up in Canada, one, Henry, son ofAnna Sabina Dygert and William Nellis, was a Loyalist in the "American Revolution". Johann Henrich NELLES. Born on 20 May 1735 in Stone Arabia, Albany Co., NY. ...On the federal census on 1 Dec 1783 in Niagara . Henry and Robert were listed as residing in Niagara while Henry's younger children were 'in the colonies'; Henry was 49, Robert 22, Peter 20, John 18, Mary 20, Henry 16, William 12, Ann 10, Abraham 8, and John 1. . Acquired land on 25 Oct 1784; Frederick Haldimand, the Governor-in-chief of Canada from 1778 to 1786, bought a tract of land between Lakes Erie, Ontario, and Huron from the Mississauga Indians and allocated 6 miles on each side of the Grand River for the Six Nations Indians. Joseph Brant, spokesperson for the Six Nations arranged for friends who had fought with him, including Henry, to settled on the Grant.Lived in By 1785. Henry had probably built the loyalist style house that stood until 1912 at Grand River. Robert settled further south at York. Both men farmed and traded furs with the Mississauga Indians. (Family tradition). He also acquired land on 26 Feb 1787 at what became known as "The Nelles Tract" by deed from the Six Nations Indians to Henry Nelles, Robert Nelles, Warner Nelles and 7 others. The amount of land 4254 acres. His last will written on 23 Jan 1791 and he died 5 days later. in Grand River, Haldimand County.Buried in Young Cem., Indiana, Grand River, Haldimand Co., Upper Canada. ®33 Military service: Officer, Colonial Militia, Loyalist. In 1788, Henry was appointed coroner for the District of Nassau.
THE NELLES SETTLEMENT After receiving lands in the Grand River in 1784, the Six Nations Indians invited Captain Hendrick Nelles, a loyalist from the Mohawk Valley, to settle there with five of his sons. He and Robert, the eldest, established farms in what is now Seneca Township and built houses in which they lived until Captain Nelles's death in 1791 and Robert's removal to Grimsby. The "Nelles Settlement" contained about thirty families in 1828.