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Albert Nevius 1783 Somerset Co., NJ
Posted by: Norma Roberts (ID *****5630) Date: July 27, 2002 at 10:28:09
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I know a lot of work has been done on the Nevius family of Somerset Co., New Jersey. I am looking for more info on Albert's ancestry. I am familiar with the work done by Honeyman on this family so I have what is considered to be Albert's line according to the book. Still would like to connect with anyone doing work on this line.
Here is my research so far on Albert and his family. He is supposed to be the son of Albert Nevius born 1730 and married to Eleanor/ Neeltje.
Descendants of Albert Nevius

Generation No. 1 Albert is the son of Albert Nevius born 1730 and Eleanor/Neeltje.

1. ALBERT1 NEVIUS was born 1783 in Somerset Co., New Jersey, and died Bet. 1820 - 1830 in Darke Co., Ohio. He married HESTER "HETTY" ?? Abt. 1805. She was born Bet. 1780 - 1790, and died Aft. 1840 in <Darke Co., Ohio>.

A. Van Doren Honeyman, author of "Joannes Nevius and His Descendants," gave the following explanation of the genealogy of Albert "William":
"The following letter, one of four received from Mr. Nevius (Lot Nevius -son of Joseph) from 1897 to 1899, contains all the information I have about the family of his father, Joseph. I do not doubt that this family is closely connected with the family of William (Joseph's brother), and that both these families are descended from Albert Nevius (Sr.) of Bedminster, Somerset County, New Jersey.
Lot's letter included; "My parents dying when I was quite young, I am unable to give you much information at present, but there is an old family Bible in existence containing ages, etc., written by my grandfather, about eighty years ago, which I will take steps immediately to find among some of my relatives in Ohio. and will be pleased to furnish all the information I can in due time. I think my grandfather's name was William, and he was originally from New Jersey or New York. His children were my father, Joseph (he being the oldest), Lucy, William, David and Perlina, all now deceased..." Subsequently in answer to an inquiry, Lot wrote: "I think Albert was a family name in our branch of the family."
Honeyman, continues:"I have been unable to get any clue as to whether Albert died unmarried or not, but, if not, since there are no records whatever of him in New Jersey, I am inclined to believe he emigrated to the Genesee country, New York, and that William Nevius, who resided in Jay county, Indiana, and Joseph, also of Indiana, as given above, were among his children."

My research:
In 1805 there was an Albert Nevius in Bedminster Twp., Somerset Co., New Jersey.
In 1808 there was an Albert Nevius in Franklin Twp., Somerset Co., New Jersey.

In the 1810 census for Seneca Co., Ovid Twp, New York is Albert Nevius (indexed as Albart Nevins, whoever transcribed the index made a mistake and after I saw the actual census I could tell it was Nevius. To anyone not familiar with the Nevius name it does look like Nevins when written out. The same thing happened in the index for Darke Co., Ohio census and the marriage book showing the marriage of his children in Darke Co., Ohio. Transcribers just made the mistakes. After I got to see the actual documents I can see that the names are actually Nevius except where the actual recorder of the event could not spell very well and that will show from looking at other records surrounding the same time frame of the event) and wife(both in the 16-26 age brackets-Albert would have turned 27 sometime in 1810) with two children, 1 male under 10 and 1 female under 10. Close by are some relatives or friends from Somerset Co., New Jersey ( John Voorhees and Cornelius Wycoff-spelled Voorhaise and Wickoff, Nevius was transcribed in an idex as Nevins as seen in the Ohio records also).

Found this about a Somerset family that migrated to Ovid, note the Nevius connection:::This family is second cousin to Albert's father Albert Nevius. I feel that a large number of the Somerset relatives and friends moved to Seneca Co., NY. Jan/John Van Voorhee's family Bible is at Interlaken Historical Library, Interlaken, Seneca Co., NY.
JAN/JOHN SEBRING born 27 Oct 1731; died 12 Sep 1804 Ovid Seneca Co. NY; married 21 Feb 1754 NELLIE VAN VOORHEES born 19 Feb 1732; died 8 Dec 1801; daughter of Jan Van Voorhees and Nellie Nevius. John inherited 60 acres of land in Somerset Co. NJ from his father. John was a Subaltern in the Somerset Co. militia when his brother Roelof resigned his commission as Captain to enter the legislature. John served for the duration of the Revolutionary War as Captain of the 1st Battalion. Serving under him were his two brothers, Cornelius and Thomas, and his son Folkert. Sometime after his father's death, he removed to Seneca County NY, leading a group including his son, Folkert, and other close relatives. They traveled the distance with ox teams, through the wilderness to the Lakes Country, a trip taking over three weeks. There they faced all the hardships of clearing land, planting crops and helping to set up a new community. When they had a toothache, they would pull their own teeth; they set their own broken bones; and if an appendix burst, they would die.

In 1809, Darke Co., Ohio was formed from Miami Co. which administered it until 1817 when Greenville, site of the fort where the important Treaty of Green Ville was signed in 1795, was established as the county seat.

1820 finds Albert and family in Greenville, Darke Co., Ohio:
Greenville first established its pivotal location in America's heartland in 1793, when General Anthony "Mad Anthony" Wayne chose the site as his base to establish control over the Great Northwest Territory. It was here that Wayne's army constructed its headquarters, Fort Greene Ville, naming it after Wayne's war co-patriot General Nathanael Greene.

Covering 50 acres, Fort Greene Ville was the largest log blockhouse fort constructed in the territory northwest of the Ohio River. Within the walls of this fort, Wayne negotiated the famous Treaty of Greene Ville, whereby the proud Native Americans, formerly allied with British, acknowledged "themselves to be under the protection of the United States, and no other Power whatever."

The signing of the Treaty on August 3, 1795, opened up the Northwest Territory for further settlement. The states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and part of Minnesota were forged for this territory.

Settlement of the area which was to become the City of Greenville began in the 1820's. By 1845, brick and frame homes with Victorian influences were being built in the area, many of which still stand today, carefully restored to their former elegance.

I found Albert in 1820 census page 70 of original census for Greenville Twp., Darke Co., Ohio as Halbert Neviens, 1 male 26-45, 1 female 26-45, 1 female 10-16, 2 females 0-10, 2 males 0-10.
Also found four of his childrens marriages were there. "See their marriage notes".
Albert is not in the 1830 census for Darke Co., Ohio, so they may have moved to another close county or Albert may have died and his widow remarried. Since several of his children married later in Darke Co I am assuming they stayed in the county with other family members if Albert died.

Notes for HESTER "HETTY" ??:
I think her name may have been Perlina or Lucy. Some of her children named daughters Perlina and Lucy.

1810 census (see her husband's notes)
1820 census (see her husband's notes)
1830 census for Greenville, Darke Co., Ohio shows nothing of the family as we have seen it in the 1810 and 1820 census. However there is a family in nearby German Twp., Darke Co., Ohio that is composed of an extended family. This is were I feel that the family was living. I feel that Albert either died or was gone from the home during this period. This family in German Twp., Darke Co., Ohio is Jacob Neff (Nevius??????? or possibly father to Albert's wife????), 1 male 80-90, 2 males 20-30, 1 male 15-20, 2 males 10-15, 1 male 5-10, 1 female 40-50, 1 female 30-40, 1 female 20-30, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 10-15, 2 females 5-10, 1 female, under 5.
1840 census for Neave Twp., Darke Co., Ohio Hetty is in household with her second husband Christian Schlechty.

There is a marriage in Darke Co., Ohio for Hetty Neves (Nevius???) and Christian Schlechty. I search the 1840 census for Darke Co., Ohio and on the same page (Neave Twp., Darke Co., Ohio 1840 census) as David Nevius (see his notes) and brother William Nevius (see his notes) are the families of Christian Schlecty Sr (1 male 60-70, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 40-50 "this female is consistant with the age for possibly widow of Albert Nevius and this would make Albert's wife's first name Hetty"), Christian Schlecty Jr (1 male 40-50, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 15-20, 1 female 30-40) and John Schlecty (1 male 30-40, 1 male 15-2-, 1 male 10-15, 2 males 0-5, 1 female 30-40, 2 females 5-10, 1 female 0-5). Christiam Schlecty Jr married Susan Noggle.

"Records of Swamp Reformed (Little Cocalico) Church, West Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania 1788-1822 shows a Christian Schlechty born Feb 28 1797 (probably Christian Jr from 1840 census of Darke Co., Ohio census -right age-) father Christian Schlechty and sponsor is Christian Schlechty (grandfather?).

I feel certain that Albert Nevius died 1820-1830 in Darke Co., Ohio. Hetty went to live in neighboring Neave Co., with Jacob Neff (relationship unknown for now, also Jacob Neff was in 1825 Census for Darke Co, Males over 21 and I found Jacob Neff married Betsey Noffinger, Dec 25 1825 bu Christian Miller-JP) and married in 1839 to Christian Schlechty (probably a widower). 1840 census shows families living close together. After connecting to Faye Schlecty (her husband is a Christian Schlechty descendant) I am convinced that the marriage of Christian Schlechty and Hetty Neves (Neave)(married April 28 1839 Darke Co. Ohio) is the widow of Albert Nevius remarrying. Faye gave me this. Christian Schlecty II born Nov 11 1768 at Berks Co., PA married Dec 20 1786 to Barbara Barry at Berks Co., PA. Widowed. Married 2nd Hetty Neave, April 28 1839 in Darke Co., Ohio. Christian died Sept 7 1846 in Neave Twp., Darke Co., Ohio.

Marriage: Abt. 1805
Children of ALBERT NEVIUS and HESTER ?? are:
       i.       ELEANOR2 NEVIUS, b. Abt. 1806; d. Bet. 1842 - 1850, Indiana; m. REUBEN CAMPBELL, May 10, 1827, Washington Twp., Darke Co., Ohio; b. Abt. 1806, New York.

She died probably in Jay Co., Indiana where Reuben is found in the 1850 census. Last child was born in 1842 and Eleanor is not in the 1850 census so she died probably 1842-1850. It looks as though several of the Nevius siblings moved to Indiana. Eleanor and William to Jay Co., Indiana and Joseph and David to Huntington Co., Indiana. Eleanor and Reuben moved to Jay Co as did William Nevius. She would also fit in the 1820 census as a child of Albert Nevius. I am confident that she is a child in this family and latter family of Joseph did not remember about her because she died early.

Eleanor was named for her grandmother on her father's side. She named her first child Hester so I think her mother may have been named Hester. Hetty is a nickname for Hester.

Did Reuben marry after Eleanor's death. Check this out.

Reuben Campbell of Hector, Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana. 1850 census shows Reuben and his children without Eleanor. Household # 81.

Marriage is show in Marriage Book as Elenor Nevins and Reuben Campbell m. May 10 1827, Washington Twp., Darke Co., Ohio.

Marriage: May 10, 1827, Washington Twp., Darke Co., Ohio

       ii.       JOSEPH NEVIUS, b. January 02, 1807, New York; d. October 17, 1862, Huntington Co., Indiana; m. (1) ELIZABETH WIRTZ, January 04, 1833, Greenville, Darke Co., Ohio; b. Abt. 1812, Ohio; d. Bet. 1852 - 1858, Huntington Co., Indiana; m. (2) SARAH, Abt. 1859; b. Abt. 1813, Pennsylvania.

In the 1850 U.S. census (Roll 152, page 48, household 670) for Huntington Co.,Indiana District 52, Joseph (41; born in New York) is listed as a farmer, living with his wife, Elizabeth (38;born in Ohio), and six children. Also listed is Isaac Hamilton (22), a farm laborer, born in Ohio.
According to birth of his children he moved from Ohio to Indiana between 1835 and 1838.
He may have remarried sometime between 1850-1860. If he had a second wife, her name may have been Sarah Brighton (born about 1813). Sources; The 1860 census and his 1863 estate note his wife's name is Sarah. In the 1860 census, there were three Brighton children in the household who may have been the children of his second wife. The 1860 U.S. census of Huntington Co.,lists Joseph (53; born in New York), with his wife Sarah (47;born in Pennsylvania), children; George (16), Perlina (13) and Lott (10). Also these Brighton children; Israil (16), Jonus (14), Zechariah (10).

He did not leave a will, and his estate was filed on 8 February 1864, his brother David (my ancestor) was made Administrator.

Marriage info shows him as Joseph Nevians marrying Elizabeth Worts, Jan 4 1833 by Andrew Fry, Justice of the Peace in Darke Co., Ohio.

Marriage: January 04, 1833, Greenville, Darke Co., Ohio

Marriage: Abt. 1859

       iii.       LUCY NEVIUS, b. Aft. 1808, New York; d. Darke Co., Ohio; m. (1) MR DAVIS; m. (2) WILLIAM WOODS.

Notes for LUCY NEVIUS:

Or could Lucy be Lucretia who married William Woods first. 1850 census gives his age 18 and her 32.Had several sons in 1850 census. Alexander, Christopher, Enos, Hezekiah. ????????????

       iv.       W.WILLIAM NEVIUS, b. Abt. 1815; d. Aft. 1852, Indiana; m. SUSANNAH MILLER, November 29, 1838, Darke Co., Ohio; b. Abt. 1819, Ohio; d. Aft. 1853, Indiana.

1840 census for Neave Twp., Darke Co., Ohio shows William (Nafy in census) and his wife living next door to his brother David.

He settled in Jay county, Indiana, where he may have died. There is a probate record in Jay Co., Indiana for William Nevius in 1854. File location-Box 8.

Susannah had a sister Rebecca who married William Thompson and they lived in Bluffton, Wells Co., Indiana.

Marriage is shown as W.William Nerris-Susannah Miller-Nov 29 1838-Henry D Williams,JP. Book 1.

Marriage: November 29, 1838, Darke Co., Ohio

       v.       DAVID NEVIUS, b. June 20, 1822, Greenville Twp., Darke Co.,Ohio; d. June 02, 1867, Union Twp, Huntington Co., Indiana; m. (1) ANNA BANNON, February 06, 1843, Greenville, Darke Co., Ohio; b. August 19, 1827, <Warren Co., Ohio>; d. December 11, 1860, Union Twp, Huntington Co.,Indiana; m. (2) MARY ANN HOUSEMAN, December 08, 1861; b. 1835, Ohio.

1820 census he is in father's house in Greenville Co., Ohio ( see his notes).

1840 census for Neave Twp., Darke Co., Ohio shows David (David Nafy 1 male 15-20) living alone and next door to his brother William (William Nafy 1 male 20-30, 1 female 20-30).

They lived in Benton Co.,Missouri, in 1846 where their daughter Elizabeth was born.
They were living in Indiana about 1849 or 1850 where second daughter Almira was born.
By 1857, they were living in Huntington Co.,Indiana where their son, John Russell, was born.
The 1860 U.S. census shows the family living in Rock Creek Township, Huntington Co., Indiana: David (38; born in Ohio) and Anna (32;born in Ohio), with five children: Elizabeth (13;born in Missouri), Almira (11; born in Indiana), Mary (9;born in Indiana), Calesta (7; born in Indiana), and John (2; born in Indiana). They also had two farm laborers listed in the household, William Hull and Jacob Slade, both 18 years old. Their post office address is listed as Huntington.
As an act of loyalty during the Civil War, the "Indiana Herald" newspaper (Huntington, Indiana) published a notice of a Union League Meeting. David "Nevies" is listed as a member of the League, along with hundreds of other Huntington County men. The notice reads:"We, the undersigned citizens of Huntington County, hereby associate ourselves under the name and title of Loyal National League. We pledge ourselves to an unconditional loyalty to the Government of the United States- to an unwavering support of its efforts to suppress the rebellion, and to spare no effort to maintain the integrity of the Nation. The primary object of the League is and shall be to bind together all loyal men to maintain the power, glory and integrity of the Nation. We agree to meet at the Court House, in Huntington, on Saturday, April 18th, 1862, at 1 o'clock p.m., for the purpose of perfecting our organization, and all who will unite with us are hereby requested to meet with us."

He was the Administrator of the estate of his brother, Joseph (died 1862), when it was filed on 8 February 1864.
A search was made for his estate at the Huntington County courthouse; it is archived, but was misfiled and not found.

After his death, his widow was left with two step-children, Celesta (17) and John Russell (13). The 1870 U.S. census of Huntington County shows Mary Ann (2nd wife) living in Union Township, with 22 year old George W. Houseman (listed as attending school), who may be her brother. She seemed to be well off, with a $2,400 real estate and $788 personal property value.
Celesta and John are not listed by the 1870 census living in her household.

Burial: Barnes Chapel Cem,Huntington Co.,Indiana

Notes for ANNA BANNON:
As to parents of Anna, according to Noble Bannon, Michael Bannon and Nancy Clark are her parents. I have not found Michael in a census for Darke County yet. I have found in the 1830 census for German Twp., Darke Co., Ohio the following, James Bannon, 1 male 30-40, 2 males 0-5, 1 female 20-30, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 0-5. James could be brother to Michael. More research on this.

Burial: Barnes Chapel Cem, Huntington Co., Indiana

Marriage Notes for DAVID NEVIUS and ANNA BANNON:
Marriage records book show them as David Nevins and Anna Bannon marrying Feb 6 1843, in Neave Twp., Darke Co., Ohio by Joshua Edwards, JP.

Marriage: February 06, 1843, Greenville, Darke Co., Ohio

Marriage: December 08, 1861

       vi.       PERLINA NEVIUS, b. Abt. 1826, Greenville Twp., Darke Co.,Ohio; m. ENOS TOWNSEND, January 21, 1847, Van Buren Twp, Darke Co., Ohio; b. Abt. 1826, Ohio.

Spelling of Perlina is per letter from her granddaughter Otis Townsend to her granddaughter Patricia Lytle. May have had a brother David who married Anna Bannon in Darke County on Feb. 6, 1843. Shown as "living alone" in Greenville Twp. near son, Joshua Townsend, in 1880 Census, but name is illegible (could be Caroline or Perlina) and listed in 1880 index as Annie. 1880 Census also indicates both parents born in Pennsylvania.

Other birth dates are 1823 in IGI 8007622:20 and IGI 5020146:25 (Euphemia, Preble Co.), c. 1834 in FILM 0183420 (Euphemia, Preble Co.), 1836 in IGI F507412:0039, and c. 1828 on Civil War discharge order. Enos was elected Captain of Company "A" First Regiment of Ohio Militia in Darke County Jul 4, 1863. Described in discharge order (Jun 7, 1865) as private in John L. Ely's Company "E" 17th Regiment of Ohio Infantry (enrolled Sep 29, 1864), born in Dark [sic] Co., 37 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches high, dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, and by occupation when enrolled, a farmer.

Marriage records show them as Peline Nevins and Enox Townsend marrying Jan 21 1847, in VanBuren Twp., Darke Co., Ohio by Alfred Kitchen, JP.

Marriage: January 21, 1847, Van Buren Twp, Darke Co., Ohio

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