Jacob Nessly


JACOB NESSLY, in the year 1785 Jacob Nessly and wife built them a home in what is now Hancock county, W. Va. Their family had been in America fifty years or more. Attempts to trace their ancestry have not proved definitely the time the family came to this country, but the best information seems to make it reasonably certain that the progenitors of the American branch of the family emigrated from the Swiss Lorraine district on the borders of France, about the year 1730. Jacob Nessly had been married about the year 1722, to Elizabeth Graff, he being at that time past twenty-one and she past seventeen years of age. She was a descendant of Hans Graff, who fled from the persecutions of the Mennonites in Switzerland, and settled on Graff's run, in West Earl township, Lancaster Co., Penn. in 1717. He was the first settler of the township and it was named in his honor, Earl being an English equivalent of Graff. The children of Jacob Nessly and wife were nine in number: Barbara, Daniel, who died in infancy, Jacob, Judith, John, Lucy, Elizabeth, Alice, and Nancy, who died in girlhood. The parents died, Mr. Nessly November 3, 1832 and his wife August 6, 1829. Their daughter Elizabeth, was married in 1805 to Christian Brenneman, of Lancaster county, Penn., and eight grandchildren were born to them: Nancy, Jacob, Judith, Eliza, Julia, Richard, Barbara and Cyrus. Nancy, one of these was married in January, 1827 to Thomas J. Hewitt, by whom she had nine children: Mary Amanda, William, Elizabeth, Harriet, Julia, Heaton, Addison, Emor and Cyrus, all of whom are living except Heaton, who died in 1854. Mary Amanda, who was born in 1827, was married in 1850 to George W. Stewart. In 1885 the descendants of the Nessly family held a centennial celebration of the settlement in Hancock county and 500 were in attendance.

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