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Colonel Robert Nelles 1761-1842

Colonel Robert Nelles 1761-1842

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted July, 2017

Colonel Robert Nelles 1761-1842

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted February, 2012

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Grimsby
On the north side of Main Street West (Road 81)
just west of Murray Street

Coordinates: N 43 11.595 W 79 34.035


Plaque Text

A Loyalist from the Mohawk Valley, New York, Nelles came to Canada during the American Revolution and from 1780 to 1784 served in the Indian Department. Following hostilities he settled near the Grand River but by 1792 had moved to this area. Nelles built mills and a store on nearby Forty-Mile Creek and soon became a prominent merchant. About 1798 he constructed a Georgian-style stone manor on this site. Modified by later additions, notably the erection of the Neo-classical porch in the 1820's, the house served as Nelles' residence during his lengthy career as a justice of the peace, member of the legislative assembly, and commanding officer of the 4th Lincoln Militia.

Related Ontario plaque
The Nelles Settlement



Grimsby Plaques

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> Posted March 25, 2009
Here's what I'd like to say: 1866: Lot 12, Conc. 7, Windham Township. Instrument #90187, quit claim 28 Mar1898, registered 30 Mar 1898. All the children signing the property to Joshua Lawrence, and it gives William Francis Lawrence's daughters married names. The following is significant: This property was granted by the Crown to Loyalist Lieut. Robert Nelles, 200 acres, 19Mar1789. William Francis Lawrence married Elizabeth Ann Longstreet, and they are my great grandparents.
Howard Ray Lawrence

> Posted November 11, 2008
Robert Nelles and his brothers, William and Abraham were among the earliest settlers in Grimsby. They and their descendants played a vital part in the development of our town. They deserve a great deal more credit than they receive!
Dorothy Turcotte

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