Biography of Daniel F. Nellis
Columbiana County, OH Biographies





Daniel F. Nellis, of East Liverpool, is esteemed throughout Columbiana County as a prominent and successful business man. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 21, 1855, the son of Noah and Catherine (Frasier) Nellis.

Noah Nellis, deceased, was a native of Butler County, Pa. He was a carpenter by trade and for a number of years was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad and later by the government. He died in 1896 and is buried in Wellsville, where he had located in 1868. His wife was of Scotch descent and a member of one of the first families of Wellsville. She was born there in 1830, the daughter of Daniel Frasier, who settled in Columbiana County in 1808. She died in 1906. To Mr. and Mrs. Nellis were born six children, as follows: William John, died at the age of 21 years; Daniel F., the subject of this sketch; George W., died Jan. 1, 1912; Andrew McLeod, died at the age of 23 years; Euphemia, the widow of Royan Donaldson, lives at Lewisville, Ohio; and Nannie B., married Herbert Clark, lives at Elgin, Ill.

Daniel F. Ellis spent his boyhood in Pittsburgh and at the age of 12 years removed to Wellsville with his parents. He followed the carpenter trade from 1875 until 1893 and at that time organized the Union Planing Mill Company in East Liverpool. Twelve years later the business was sold and Mr. Nellis engaged in the contracting and building business. In 1906, in partnership with five other men, he organized the Buckeye Lumber & Building Company, which has developed into one of the leading industries of East Liverpool. In 1919 Mr. Nellis founded D. F. Nellis & Sons Company and they are building contractors. They are builders of fine homes and business blocks also.

On Oct. 19, 1881, Mr. Nellis was united in marriage with Miss Anna Bell Hamilton, a native of Jefferson County, Ohio, and a member of an honored pioneer family of that section. She was the daughter of Thomas and Rachael (Ong) Hamilton, both deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Nellis were born four children, as follows: Jessie, died July 25, 1908, at the age of 27 years; Paul F., associated in business with his father, married Beulah Wallover and they have a son, Wallover Hamilton Nellis; Harry H., vice president of the D. F. Nellis & Sons Company, married Pauline Clements, and they have a daughter, Betty Jane Nellis; and Mabel Clare, married Edward C. Adams, lives in East Liverpool.

Anna Bell Hamilton Nellis died April 20, 1914 and in 1921 Mr. Nellis was married to Mrs. Lavina M. Algoe, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Mr. Nellis is a director of the Potters Savings & Loan Company and the Potters Insurance Company. He is a Republican, a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Masonic Lodge. Mr. Nellis stands high in the community and is an excellent citizen.

From:
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926


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