I believe it's the same family that I have a VERY small portion of in my family. I am related to Viola Elizabeth Unsell/Linders/Nelles (Nellius). She was my Grandmother Sullivan's half-aunt. That's why this segment is in my files.
In researching them, I discovered their names pronounced AND spelled a number of ways.
Even though the later spellings of this branch became "Nelles", it was most-common spelled "Nellius". As a result, it also most-common MIS-transcribed as "Nellins".
While you're searching, substitute the "u" for an "n". I discovered the connection to be QUITE factual. When pulling the original hand-written documents, it turned out to be a "u" after all. My grandparents' family OFTEN put the "i" in when it didn't belong. Grandma pronounced Frank Nelles' name as "Frank Nellius", but as I said, the later documentation showed it spelled as only "Nelles".
Each of the following "Nelles" names was found either as a "Nellins", "Nellius", "Nelles", and EVEN... "Neilus".
MAKE SURE TO LOOK FOR "Neilus"... that one threw me until I stumbled on it.
I'm certain that the following family is connected to all of yours here. Only Elizabeth Unsell and her children are blood-related to me. She and Frank Nelles didn't have any of their own kids that my Dad recalls, however Frank DID raise her Linders children.
I hope you find this information useful. And if you can add on to what I have, I'm sure it will help me as well. Thanks!
Descendant Chart for Nelles
+Lucy A. b. 1828, IN, USA
|--2-John Jasper Nelles b. Jun 1851, IL, USA
| +Rocksey Anna Finch b. Jul 1854, TN, USA, m. 23 Apr 1876, Massac Co, IL, USA
| |--3-Rose E. Nelles b. 1876, IL, USA
| |--3-Franklin A. Nelles b. Dec 1880, IL, USA
| | +Viola Elizabeth Unsell b. May 1886, IL, USA, d. 2 Jul 1938, Pulaski Co,
| | IL, USA, par. Columbus "Kay" Unsell and Cynthianna Roberts
| |--3-Samuel T. Nelles b. Mar 1885, IL, USA
| | +May Johnson b. 1876, m. 7 Apr 1906, Massac Co, IL, USA, par. William
| | Johnson and Julia Wynn
| |--3-Lottie M. Nelles b. Feb 1892, IL, USA
| |--3-Lanella Nelles b. Mar 1894, IL, USA
| |--3-Beulah Nelles b. Oct 1896, IL, USA
|--2-John Nelles b. 1856, IL, USA
|--2-Jesse Nelles b. 1857, IL, USA
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