Nice (Nyce, Neiss, Neuss) family
Nice (Nyce, Neiss, Neuss) is a Mennonite family name found widely in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, most of the descendants, if not all, springing from two brothers, Jan and Flans Neuss of Krefeld, Germany, who arrived in Germantown about 1684 and 1702 respectively. Jan was ordained Mennonite deacon at Germantown in 1690, and Hans preacher in 1702. Hans soon left the Mennonite Church, moving to Montgomery County in 1720. He died in 1736. Among the prominent representatives of this name may be mentioned Henry Nice (1804-1883), ordained preacher in the Franconia congregation (MC) of Montgomery County in 1839; and Bishop Henry Nice (1822-1902), born in Montgomery County, who served in Sterling, Illinois, foremost of his ministry. Henry Nice had four ordained sons: Bishop John Nice of Morrison, Illinois; Philip Nice, a preacher in Illinois, and Jonas Nice, a preacher in Nebraska, Louisiana, and Virginia; and Henry Nice, a deacon. Howard G. Nice (b. 1899) served as a minister in the Eastern District and Western District conferences of the General Conference Mennonite Church.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 869. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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