Joseph Nelliger


Spelled variously, Joseph Nelliger was born about 1758. We seek information on his origins and path to Albany. However, we expect that his ancestors first came to New England.

Coming of age during the era of the American Revolution, we expect to find relevant information on his activities. Afterwards, he was among those accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

His wife was Hannah (Bennet) who appears to have been at least ten years younger - thus pointing to a marriage date closer to 1790.

In 1788, his personal property was assessed within a first ward household. In 1790, his household of five people was configured on the census for the first ward. A decade later (listed as "Alligor"), the total had grown to eight including an older woman. Subsequent census listings accounted for the growth of the family in that first ward location. In 1799, his house, lot, and modest holdings were valued in that location as well.

Beginning with the first issue in 1813, city directories listed him as a cartman living on Westerlo Street in the South End of Albany. In November 1813, his lot was referenced in a real property transaction.

"Joseph Nellegar" died in January 1831 at the age of 73. He was buried in the Episcopal plot. His somewhat younger widow also was buried there in July 1843 at the age of 71.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Joseph Nelliger has no CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

DAR lineage book entry for Joseph Nellegar. An entry in The Minute Man includes substantial (although perhaps confusing) family-based information.

first posted 7/30/14; updated 3/15/15