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James McNiel[1, 2, 3]

Male Abt 1763 - 1833


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  • Born  Abt 1763  , , Rowan (later Wilkes) County, North Carolina Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    County Formation  1770 
    Surry County formed out of Rowan 
    County Formation  1777 
    Wilkes County formed out of Surry 
    Census: Federal  1800  , , Ashe County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • male 26-45: James McNeil [at 37]
      female 26-45 [Mary at 37]
      male <10 [Larkin at abt 8]
      male <10 [John at 4]
      female <10 [Fanny at 2]
    Census: Federal  1810  , Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • male 26-45: James McNeal [at 47?]
      female 26-45 [Mary at 37]
      male 26-45
      male 16-26 [Larkin at 18]
      male 10-16 [John at 14]
      female 10-16 [Fanny at 12]
      male <10 [George at 8]
      male <10 [William at 5]
      male <10 [Oliver at 2]
    Census: Federal  1820  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • male >45: James McNiel [at 57], engaged in agriculture
      female >45 [Mary at 47]
      male 16-26 [George at 18]
      male 10-16 [William at 15]
      male 10-16 [Oliver at 12]
      female <10 [Nancy at 7]
      female <10 [Rebecca at 7]
      male <10 [Eli at 6]
    Census: Federal  1830  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • male 50-60: James McNiel [at 67?]
      female 50-60 [Mary at 57]
      male 20-30 [William at 25]
      female 15-20 [Nancy at 17]
      female 15-20 [Rebecca at 17]
      male 10-15 [Eli at 16]
      female 80-90
    Will Written  22 Jul 1833  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • James McNiel's Will.
      In the name of God Amen, I James McNiel of Reddies River Wilkes County State of North Carolina being weak in body but of Sound mind and perfect memory and considering the uncertainty of this present life do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz. In the first place I commend my soul to God who gave it and my body to be decently buried at my decease at the discretion of my Wife and family the expenses whereof and all my just debts to be discharged as soon as expedient. 2nd as to worldly substance it has pleased God to bless me with, I have already given the following amounts first to my oldest son Larkin McNiel Decd the sum of three hundred and twenty five Dollars, and to John McNiel my second son three hundred and twenty five Dollars, and unto my son Simeon Eller three hundred and twenty five Dollars, and unto George McNiel the sum of three hundred and twenty five Dollars, and unto William McNiel the sum of three hundred and twenty five Dollars, and unto Oliver McNiel the sum of three hundred and twenty five Dollars, and in the next place I give and bequeath unto my other two daughters to Wit Nancy and Rebecca the tract of land and Mill which I purchased of the estate of Robert Viars decd. which I price at three Hundred Dollars, also each of them a Horse worth twenty five Dollars and a good bed furniture to each of them worth thirty Dollars and each of them a Cow and Calf worth ten Dollars, and all that the above lacks of making the sum of three Hundred twenty five Dollars to each of them to be made up to them a good Saddle and bridle, and Hock or Household and Kitchen furniture to make them equal to the first mentioned children. And unto my youngest Son Eli I give and beqeath all the balance of the land whereon I now live which I have not deeded to William and Oliver McNiel to be his at the death of his mother which I price at three Hundred Dollars, also the young colt and the yoke of oxen (illegible here) which is in my will that he have (illegible) think expedient, and the colt when he arrives at the age of Twenty One years, which will make him equal with the aforementioned children. And then it is my will that my beloved Wife Polly have full possession and enjoy the benefit of the said tract of land as long as she lives if she thus prefer to do so. And all the balance of my estate I leave with her for the purpose of paying my debts and making up the two aforementioned daughters, to Wit, Nancy and Rebecca equal with the rest and for her own proper use and benefit. And that she have full power after all the children be made equal the sum of three Hundred and twenty five Dollars each, to dispose of the balance as she may think proper among the children, and lastly, I leave my beloved Wife Executrix and my Son William Executor to this my last Will and testament, revoking all other wills by me heretofore made. In Witness whereof I the said James McNiel have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this 22d day of July in the year of our Lord One thousand eight Hundred and thirty three and in the presence of these Subscribing Witnesses.
      Test James McNiel
      Larkin Shepherd
      Thomas McNiel
    Died  Between 22 Jul 1833 and Aug 1834  , Reddies River Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Will Probated  Aug 1834  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • North Carolina
      Wilkes County - August Session 1834
      The foregoing deed was duly proven in open court by the oath of Larkin Shepherd and ordered to be recorded and William McNiel qualified as Executor. Teste Wm Mastin C Cl.
    Occupation  Baptist Minister 
    Buried  Deep Ford Hill Cemetery, Millers Creek, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Notes from "The Heritage of Wilkes County, Volume II," pages 346-347 by D. E. McNiel:

      "James and Mary Shepherd McNiel 513
      James McNiel (1771/4 - 1834), was the son of the Rev. George McNiel and Sarah Coats McNiel. On 7 Dec 1799, James received a North Carolina State Grant No. 1949 for 150 acres of land on New River, near McNiel fields. In 1802, William McQueary sold James a total of 92 acres in the Reddies River section of Wilkes County near the mouth of Cane Branch. Robert Shepherd, his father-in-law, sold him another 25 acres in 1802, also in the Reddies River section.

      About 1791, James married Mary "Polly" Shepherd, b 17 Jan 1772 in Spotsylvania County, VA, daughter of Robert and Sarah Rash Shepherd. James was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1802, and to a committee to lay a road "from Deep Ford Meeting House on Reddies River to the sign post on the north fork of Lewis Fork road that points to Morton Jones. Polly may be the Polly McNiel mentioned in the minutes of Reddies River Baptist Church as having died 7 Jun 1869."
    Person ID  I63  Nestor Rich Tree
    Last Modified  13 Feb 2011 

    Father  Elder George McNiel,   b. Abt 1720, , Glasgow, , , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1805, , Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  , , Grayson County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F200  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary "Polly" Shepherd,   b. 17 Jan 1773, , , Spotsylvania County, Virginia Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1869, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1791  , Reddies River Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Larkin McNiel,   b. Abt 1792, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1824
     2. John McNiel,   b. 30 Jan 1796, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1877
     3. Fanny McNiel,   b. 11 Dec 1798, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1856
     4. George McNiel,   b. 17 May 1802, , Reddies River Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1878, , Millers Creek, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. William S. McNiel,   b. 14 Mar 1805, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1875
     6. Oliver McNiel,   b. Abt 1808, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Nancy McNiel,   b. Abt 1813,   d. Aft 1880
     8. Rebecca McNiel,   b. 3 Jul 1813, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1878
     9. Eli McNiel,   b. 14 May 1814, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1881
    Last Modified  13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID  F35  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1791 - , Reddies River Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 1800 - , , Ashe County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 1810 - , Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 1820 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 1830 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill Written - 22 Jul 1833 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Between 22 Jul 1833 and Aug 1834 - , Reddies River Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill Probated - Aug 1834 - , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Deep Ford Hill Cemetery, Millers Creek, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S468] "Wilkes County Record of Wills 1811-1848, Vol. 3, 4," on microfilm in box NI-25, (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Community College Library), M929.37568 Wil, NI-25., vol. 4 (1821-1848), 179-180.

    2. [S32] Genealogy of the McNiel Clan, Johnson J. Hayes, (Privately published, ca. 1940), 1-2, 99.

    3. [S43] The Heritage of Wilkes County, North Carolina, Vol II, 1990, Mrs. Nancy W. Simpson, editor, (Charlotte, North Carolina: The Wilkes Genealogical Society, Inc. in cooperation with Delmar Printing and Publishing, 1990), 346-347 by D. E. McNiel.

    4. [S1668] 1800 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, North Carolina, Ashe County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2004), M32, roll 29, p. 84, James McNeil household, accessed 2 Jul 2008, 2 Jul 2008.

    5. [S1662] 1810 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, North Carolina, Wilkes, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2004), M252, roll 43, Wilkesborough, p. 865, James McNeal household, accessed 19 Jul 2008, 19 Jul 2008.

    6. [S1644] 1820 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, North Carolina, Wilkes County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2004), M33, roll 83, p. 506, James McNiel household, accessed 19 Jul 2008, 19 Jul 2008.

    7. [S1613] 1830 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, North Carolina, Wilkes County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2004), M29, roll 125, p. 353, James McNiel household, accessed 19 Jul 2008, 19 Jul 2008.