Biography of Nelson Schell
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Schell, Nelson, was born in Le Ray, March 27, 1860, a son of Jeremiah and Margaret (Ritter) Schell. He was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. In 1885 he came to Theresa, on the farm of 191 acres that he had bought in 1884; he has a dairy of twenty cows and carries on general farming. In politics Mr. Schell is a Democrat. He is a member of Theresa Grange, and is now treasurer. In 1882 he married Lucy A. Wheeler, born in Theresa, and daughter of Philander W. Wheeler and Sylvia S. Evans, his wife. Philander E. Wheeler was a son of Amos Wheeler and Relief Herrick, and was a prominent farmer of Theresa, in which town he spent his days, dying April 2, 1894; his widow lives with her son-in-law, Nelson Schell. Sylvia S. Evans was born in Theresa, November 14, 1837, daughter of Oliver G. Evans and Lurinda Lathrop. Jeremiah Schell was born in Lewis county, N. Y., May 23, 1824, a son of Jacob Schell, and grandson of Marks Schell, one of the early settlers of Herkimer county. Jacob came to Le Ray in 1832, and here died in 1868. His wife was Catherine Walradt, born in Herkimer county and died in Le Ray in 1873. Jeremiah Schell was educated in the common schools, and has always followed farming. He came to Le Ray in 1832 with his parents, and with the exception of ten years spent in Alexandria Bay has spent the rest of his time here. He came to Theresa village in 1897, and here lives a retired life. His wife was Margaret Ritter, born in Le Ray, daughter of Henry and Nancy (Rickford) Ritter, and they had six sons and one daughter. Mr. Schell is a Democrat in politics, a member of Pamelia Grange, and he and wife attend the M. E. church.

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