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Elder George McNiel[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male Abt 1720 - 1805


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  • Prefix  Elder 
    Born  Abt 1720  , Glasgow, , , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Land Purchase  12 Mar 1778  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    120 acres on the south fork of Reddies River, adjoining land owned by Roland Judd and Robert Shepherd 
    Census: Federal  1787  , Brown's District, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • male 21-60: George McNeal [at 67]
      male <21 or >60
      male <21 or >60
      male <21 or >60
    Tax List  1787  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Captain Brown's District 
    • His entry was listed as: "George McNeil, 202 acres, 1 poll"
    Census: Federal  1790  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • male >16: George McNeel [at 70]
      male >16 [James at 27]
      male >16 [Benjamin at 25]
      male <16
      male <16 [Joseph at 18?]
      male <16 [Thomas at 8]
    Census: Federal  1800  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • male >45: George McNeil [at 80]
      male 26-45 [Benjamin at 35]
      male 16-26 [Joseph at 28?]
      female 16-26 [Mary at 25]
      male 16-26 [Thomas at 18]
    Military: Revolutionary War  North Carolina  [6
    • He is listed as one of the men who were possibly on the King's Mountain campaign or were possibly in the battle.
    Occupation 
    • Baptist Minister
    Occupation  1787-1805 
    Wilkes County Register of Deeds 
    Died  7 Jun 1805  , Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried  Elder George McNiel Gravesite, Parsonville, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Notes from "Genealogy of the McNiel Clan"

      Pages 1-2:
      "ON McNIEL GENERATION

      During the past several years I have accumulated a lot of information on the McNiel family, including the reports by various branches of the family filed at the McNiel reunion held at Millers Creek, in Wilkes County, September, 2, 1934.

      This information should be possessed by the McNiel relatives, for it would take one person a long time to obtain and assemble this information.

      The McNiels and their relatives in Wilkes, Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Surry and Tennessee, South Carolina, Iowa and Texas are descended from Rev. George McNiel who was born in Scotland. He is said to have married Mary Coats in Virginia. We are able to know that he was living at Deep Ford Hill of Reddies River as early as March, 1778, for in that month he filed an entry No. 35 for 120 acres of land, including his improvements (buildings), adjoining the lands of Roland Judd and Robert Shepherd, see entry No. 35, Deed book B-1, page 188. This affords good proof why George's, James and William, married Mary and Elizabeth Shepherd, daughters of Robert. There are sixteen references to him in the "Land of Wilkes" besides the one on page 444 referring to his land entry and his improvement at Deep Ford Hill of Reddies River.

      For convenience I shall spell the name McNiel, although it often appears McNeal, McKneal, or McNeill. To avoid undue volume, we will stop with the sixth generation.

      In addition to his extensive activities as an early Baptist preacher, establishing churches, serving as Elder (pastor) and his attendance at the associations over which he often served as moderator, he served Wilkes County as Register of Deeds from 1787 to June 1805, having died June 7, 1805.

      The exact time is not known but he moved from Deep Ford Hill to the north prong of Lewis Creek at what became the Parsonville Post Office where he died and was buried. Rev. W. H. Eller of Greensboro caused a monument to be erected at his grave on June 7, 1905, the one hundredth anniversary of his death, a pamphlet of which was published and a historical sketch is copied in Hook's Book on George Michael Eller, pages 397-400. This book is in the Wilkes Public Library and in the libraries of the Wilkes High Schools.

      In the early families were the names William, James, John, and George, and their frequent marriages to cousins increase the difficulties of tracing them accurately.

      CHAPTER ONE

      We will begin by giving Rev. George McNiel number 1
      Rev. George McNiel 1, m. Mary Coats: Their children:
      (1) John 2, m. Fanny Cleveland, dau. of Rev. John Cleveland, Jr., a niece of Col. Benjamin, and moved to Ga. and later to Greenville County in South Carolina.
      (2) William McNiel 2, m. Elizabeth Shepherd, dau. of Robert Shepherd, and moved to Claiborne County, Tenn. Their descendants live largely in Tenn. and Va.
      (3) James McNiel 2, b. 1763, d. 1831, m. Mary Shepherd, daughter of Robert. These were the ancestors of the great host of McNiels in the region of New Hope Church.
      (4) Joseph McNiel 2, b. 1772, d. 1855, m. 1st. Hannah Wilson; 2d, m. to Elizabeth Powell Viars. Only one child was born to this last marriage, namely, Rebecca 3, who married her second cousin George Franklin McNiel 4. She was my grandmother and was the only grandchild of Rev. George I ever knew, but I did know many of his great grandchildren-Joseph's children married in Wilkes and left many descendants.
      (5) Elizabeth McNiel 2, who married Robert Bingham, a revolutionary soldier and ancestor of the Watauga Binghams.
      (6) Mary (Polly) 2, m. Nov. 1, 1803, to Henry Miller, son of William Miller, a Revolutionary war soldier.
      (7) Benjamin McNiel 2, m. Aug. 28, 1805 Elizabeth Lips. They had nine children and all moved west except their son Enoch 3, who married Elizabeth Vannoy.
      (8) Thomas McNiel 2, b. 1782; d. Sept. 8, 1865, age 83 years, m. Hannah Parsons, dau. of Rev. James Parsons of Surry. They had many descendants in Wilkes County."

      Page 99:
      "The following important letter written in 1898 by George W. McNiel Sr. 3, son of Thomas McNiel 2, and grandson of Rev. George McNiel 1, was published in the memorial booklet above referred to. It helps name and identify descendants of Rev. McNiel.

      'Maple Springs, Wilkes Co., N. C., May 28, 1898.

      Mr. W. H. Eller,
      Dear Cousin and Friend: With respect to you I will answer your kind letter of June 25, 1896, hoping that you will excuse my neglect of not answering sooner.

      I will gladly give you all the information concerning the McNiels in Wilkes that I am able. My grandfather, George McNiel, came from Scotland and his two brothers, John and Thomas, also came from Scotland. They left their native land, looking back with love as long as they could see a green leaf, on account of their religious freedom. George McNiel, my grandfather, came into the state of Virginia and married a Miss Coats, and as the country was settled up, being a Baptist minister by profession, was called for to constitute Baptist churches and to attend as pastor of Baptist churches. He came to Grayson County, Va., after which he came to Wilkes County, N. C., and constituted and attended churches here. He attended more or less churches down the Yadkin River. He was pastor of a church near the head of the Yadkin River. He lived in Wilkes County in about two and one-half miles of New Hope church on the north fork of Lewis' Fork Creek. He was afterwards registrar of deeds of Wilkes County (this was about the date of 1802.)

      George McNiel and wife lived near the farm of Esq. Henry Lenderman, late deceased; from this union six sons and two daughters were raised...(there is more here which I will transcribe later)...

      With my best wishes I will now close. Your friend and cousin,

      G. W. McNeil, Sr.' "
    Person ID  I456  Nestor Rich Tree
    Last Modified  13 Feb 2011 

    Married  , , Grayson County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. John McNiel,   b. 1758, , , Rowan (later Wilkes) County, North Carolina Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1848, , , Franklin County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William M. McNiel,   b. 1761, , , Rowan (later Wilkes) County, North Carolina Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. James McNiel,   b. Abt 1763, , , Rowan (later Wilkes) County, North Carolina Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 22 Jul 1833 and Aug 1834, , Reddies River Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Benjamin McNiel,   b. 1765, , , Rowan (later Wilkes) County, North Carolina Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1834
     5. Elizabeth McNiel,   b. 1769, , , Rowan (later Wilkes) County, North Carolina Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1857, , , Watauga County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Joseph McNiel,   b. 1772, , , Surry (later Wilkes) County, North Carolina Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1855, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Mary Polly McNiel,   b. 1775, , , Surry (later Wilkes) County, North Carolina Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1843
     8. Thomas McNiel,   b. 1782, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1865
    Last Modified  13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID  F200  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1720 - , Glasgow, , , Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand Purchase - 120 acres on the south fork of Reddies River, adjoining land owned by Roland Judd and Robert Shepherd - 12 Mar 1778 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina Province, Colonial America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 1787 - , Brown's District, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax List - Captain Brown's District - 1787 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 1790 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 1800 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Jun 1805 - , Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elder George McNiel Gravesite, Parsonville, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - , , Grayson County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S464] Elder George McNiel Graveyard, Parsonville (Stanton Township), Wilkes County, North Carolina, memorial grave marker for Elder George McNiel, photographed by Gail Rich Nestor, 7 Sep 2004.

    2. [S32] Genealogy of the McNiel Clan, Johnson J. Hayes, (Privately published, ca. 1940), 1, 88-101.

    3. [S428] "The 1787 Wilkes County, North Carolina Tax List," database, New River Notes, (http://www.newrivernotes.com/nc/wilk1787.htm).

    4. [S270] "1784-1787 North Carolina State census, population schedule," digital images, Wilkes County, North Carolina Rootsweb, Sheila Anderson-Lewis, (http://www.ncgenweb.us/wilkes/census1784-7/census1784-87.htm), George McNeal household, Brown's District, page 175, sub-page 4.

    5. [S1685] 1800 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, North Carolina, Wilkes County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2004), M32, roll 33, Morgan District, p. 54, George McNeil household, accessed 19 Jul 2008, 19 Jul 2008.

    6. [S840] The Patriots at Kings Mountain, Bobby Gilmer Moss, (Blacksburg, South Carolina: Scotia-Hibernia, 1990), 287.

    7. [S32] Genealogy of the McNiel Clan, Johnson J. Hayes, (Privately published, ca. 1940), 1.