She was born in Greenville Ohio, and spoke German. One family story is that she was a "mail order bride". They had 7 children and lived in the Hopewell area of Whatcom Co. Nellie had many stories to tell, was stubborn about moving into a new home the family built for her. Her obit mentions a son Thomas who did sawmill work around Forks on the Olympic Penn. WA, and Joe who lived in Bellingam, near Cornwall Park for years, who moved to Tonasket.