Mrs. J.W. Unwin who celebrates her 88th birthday on Sunday next, Feb. 17th, is another link with the early days of Grimsby and St. Andrew's Church of which she has been a life-long member. Her two grandfathers both bore the name Henry Nelles; on the paternal side, Henry Nelles held the rank of Captain in the War of 1812, later Lieutenant-Col.; he as the eldest son of Col. Robert Nelles of "The Manor". On the maternal side, Henry Nelles was a son of the Hon. Abraham Nelles of Lake Lodge. Thus both sides of the family. Mrs. Unwin is the great-grandchild of Hendrick Nelles (1735-1791).
Her father was baptized by the Rev'd. George Grout, his older sister by Rev'd. A N. Bethune; both her father and mother were confirmed in St. Andrew's by Bishop Strachan on the same day. They were married by the Rev'd. Abraham Nelles, later Archdeacon of Brant, uncle of the bridegroom.
Mrs. Unwin was baptized by Dr. Lundy. Her father was buried by Canon Read. He was Henry Edward Hamilton Nelles and was the Postmaster of Grimsby from 1867 to 1892, and a Churchwarden of St. Andrew's, as was also her husband, at a later date.
Mr. and Mrs. Unwin were married in the Church by the Rev'd. C. Russel Lee and their son Edward was baptized by the Rev'd. J.A. Ballard. One more detail links Mrs. Unwin with the history of St. Andrew's: her mother's aunt became the wife of the Rev'd. William Sampson, the first Rector, in the year 1817, a young girl of 17, who after five years of married life, spent a widowhood of 66 years in Grimsby.
Mrs. Unwin vividly recalls "Aunt Sampson" who was still living when the former was a growing girl. Thus this gracious lady is linked with every period of the history of St. Andrew's Church which she still attends regularly every Sunday.
A host of friends will join in extending to "Nettie" Unwin best wishes, congratulations for her birthday next Sunday, and many good years of health and happiness in the community where she is greatly loved and respected.