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I grew up in Spartanburg Co. SC. My family has been in that area since the mid 1700's. I recently left, AT&T after 39 years. Just before I left, I became interested in My Family Genealogy,and discovered Find A Grave. It has been a very useful tool in my research. I am member of the Gainesville Chapter-Florida Society of The Sons of The American Revolution and also affiliated with Ancestry.com.
The lines I am especially interested in are; Hendrix/Hendricks, Stinnette/Stinnett, Bishop, Jones,Moss,Ward,Littlefield,Rogers/Rodgers,Johnson and Grant .
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|Anita O. Kinard||132013231|
Hi Bobby! I was wondering if you would be willing to transfer this memorial to me. I believe this is my great x 2 grandmother, mother of Matthew L. Ochiltree. Thank you and GOD Bless! Anita
|Briana||RE: John Baird Westall|
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. :)
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|Crista ||Elijah Independence Bishop photos|
Thank you for uploading the photos of Elijah Independence Bishop - I've never seen his photo before! His father, Matthew Lloyd Bishop, is brother to my great grandfather Elijah Edward Bishop. It's wonderful to find some more Bishop cousins! May I have your permission to use your photos of Elijah Independence?
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|Briana||John Baird Westall|
Hello! I wanted to thank you for posting John's picture. I was wondering if I could use the photo in a family scrapbook of mine? John Baird Westall is my great great great grandfather.
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|James Purcell||RE: James McNeill|
Thanks for the reply...I'm really not into corresponding in depth via public format. If you wish to contact me direct feel free...J. K. Purcell firstname.lastname@example.org
|carolyn O||RE: Virgie Jones|
Thanks Bobby but I want to know the names of her children.
|carolyn O||Virgie Jones|
Virgie Jones was born 1916 and she died 1985. West Asheville NC.Buncombe County Hope you can help me with this. Just email email@example.com Thanks very much.
|James Purcell||RE: James McNeill of Pasco county|
I thank you for the reply. Can I assume then that you were able to get definitive statements from pension records or elsewhere that made it certain that he was indeed a son of Capt. John McNeill--not Neill McNeill? Or are you perhaps simply relying on family knowledge of the fact? The answer will save me the trouble of further research. Also, you show no maiden name for John's wife. According to her daughter Elizabeth's death records, her maiden name was Edwards. I have more info on this as well if you wish to contact me direct: firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. Capt. John McNeill's parents were almost certainly James McNeill, Esq. and Sarah Matthews Patterson McNeill.
|James Purcell||James McNeill of Pasco Co. Florida|
Hi...There appears to be some confusion with this fellow. It arises, I suspect, from the fact that there were 3 men of that age and name (likely all cousins) in Florida. A Neill McNeill had a son James (a twin) born 1843 and lived in Marion, Fl. Neill's likely brother, James McNeill Jr. lived in Jefferson & Columbia, Fl. and had a son James born ca. 1846. Then Capt. John McNeill (who I believe was a half-brother of the others) also had a son born 1843 named James. As you can see by the published article, there are other claims that clash with your posting. I look forward to finding out which is correct. Thanks, James K. Purcell
The following are easily found on-line by a simple search and the sources are included in the articles.
LifeSketch: Hidden within the palmettos, scrub oaks, and piney flatwoods of the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park are the former 19th century homestead and farm of James McNeill.
As thousands of visitors take advantage of the park’s natural beauty and some tour the former homestead site, some might wonder: Who was James McNeill?
Born June 21, 1843, in Ocala, Florida, James McNeill was the twin son of pioneer settler and farmer Neill McNeill. James McNeill was raised on the Florida frontier during an era when Indian Wars raged and life was a struggle.
After the death of his father, while older sisters Margaret, Betsey, and Mary Jane all shared the house duties, twin brothers James and Angus McNeill, both 17-years-old, were already working the family’s 160-acre farm.
By the latter part of 1861, as the Civil War raged on, James left the farm and headed south to Hillsborough County. On January 1, 1862, in the small community of Cork, where he enlisted for service with the Confederate Army and joined the already organized Company K of the 1st Florida Calvary.
But, within months of his enlistment, the company was dismounted and sent to the battle lines in Kentucky and Tennessee, where they offered infantry support in Civil War battles of Richmond, Perryville, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge.
On October 8, 1864, James transferred to the 9th Florida Infantry, first serving as a private with Company B, but was quickly transferred to Company I, commanded by his older brother Capt. John McNeill, and promoted to second lieutenant.
As second lieutenant, James soon found himself deep in the mud and trenches of Virginia at the First Battle of Petersburg, where his new company was already engaged in the lengthy siege of that city.
After five long months in Petersburg, he marched with his company to the Appomattox Court House, where he was paroled as part of Lee’s surrender and likely witnessed the general’s farewell speech before heading home.
The war finally over, James returned to Florida and, by 1867, was married and had settled deep in the woods of what would eventually become Pasco County in 1887, not far from the Anclote River.
Here, he and his new wife started a family and carved out a life of living from the land.
Remains of the former homestead still tell the story. Notched beams from the old log cabin lay atop of the ground. Several bricks strewn around a shallow depression in the soft earth make up the hand-dug well where the family retrieved fresh water.
The remnants of three animal pens can also be seen-- wire still attached to wood posts that might have held hogs. At the edge of the site is an area that early surveys showed as a prairie where cattle and horses likely grazed.
This was the McNeill homestead.
But, one unique and intriguing feature of the 19th century homestead site is the small family cemetery-- believed to contain McNeill’s first wife Martha and at least two sons.
Census records reveal between 1867 and 1879, James and Martha had at least five children-- John S., Donald J., Martha J., James F., and Georgia-- who were all likely born at the family’s home.
In 1879, McNeill also accepted a position to teach at the Lang School near Hudson. With the semester beginning on February 3, 1879, and ending June 13, 1879, records show he was paid $48.72 for the 4-month school year.
But, by 1880 he is shown as a widower caring for his four young children, as his wife Martha and young son Donald disappear from records-- laid to rest behind the family’s home.
When or how Martha and Donald died isn’t known.
After Martha’s death, James remained close to home and turned his attentions to farming and raising his children.
Land records reveal in 1882, fifteen years after settling there, he finally purchased the land comprising his 61-acre home site from State of Florida-- he paid $54.90 which equates to 90 cents an acre.
In 1889, he accepted another teaching position, this time at the Baillie School and was soon appointed as school supervisor. But, by August 1890 he resigned from the position, afterwards seeking work as an area carpenter.
With nothing more then a small colt, a pony, and a few carpenter tools, by 1905-- 61-years-old and living alone-- McNeill made the tough decision to sell the old farm.
He was growing old, and according to reports by his doctors, was suffering from a hereditary kidney disease and general rheumatism, particularly of the shoulder joints, with ankylosis in the right shoulder-- a result of injuries sustained during the Civil War.
In 1909, he married Elizabeth Tennessee Luffman Stevenson, widow of the late Henry Washington Stevenson-- his neighbor since 1866. Afterwards, he moved into Elizabeth’s home in Elfers and managed a small orange grove started by her first husband.
But, on December 13, 1917, James was widowed again when Elizabeth died-- laid to rest in the East Elfers Cemetery next to her first husband.
After Elizabeth’s death, James left Elfers and headed to San Antonio, near Dade City, where he bought a home near his daughter Martha Osborn and found employment on the local farms. At 76-years-old, he was also caring for his orphaned teenage grand-daughter, Lottie Christine Youngblood.
On October 4, 1922, James McNeill finally succumbed to death at the home of his son in Jasper, Florida, where he was living-- likely a result of his kidney disease.
Accompanied by his son, McNeill’s body was shipped to Vinson Funeral Home in Tarpon Springs, and then brought to Elfers for services at the Methodist church. A large number of family and friends attended the services and gathered by his graveside to pay their final respects.
Today, as McNeill’s memory lives on, his grave lies among the unmarked at the old Methodist cemetery, now known as -- believed to be next to his daughter in a family plot.
Sometime in the future, the East Elfers Cemetery committee hopes to honor McNeill by having a new VA headstone placed on his grave, commemorating his sacrifice during the Civil War.
So, next time you visit the J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, take a few minutes to visit the former home site of Pasco veteran, pioneer, and family man James McNeill. (New Port Richey Patch)
JAMES McNEILL (1843-1922) was born in Marion County on June 21, 1843, according to his confederate pension application. He was a veteran of the Civil War, 1st Cavalry Regiment, Florida Infantry. The 1870 census for Anclote shows James McNeil, age 25, a farmer, with Martha, 21, John, 3, and Donald J. 3/12, and John Southern, Amelia and Amelia Ann residing in the same household. They are listed immediately after Samuel H. Stevenson. The 1880 Hernando County census shows McNeil was a widowed school teacher. It shows a son J. S. McNeil, age 12, and a daughter M. J. McNeil, age 8, both attending school. In November 1882 McNeil purchased property in S 6, T 26S, R 17E, east of what is now New Port Richey. His property is located in Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park. According to a sign posted there, he and his wife Martha and three children lived in a small log cabin and farmed the land. The remains of a well, animal pens, a cabin, and a family grave can be seen today. Minutes of the Pasco County school board from Aug. 8, 1889, show James McNeil as the teacher at the Baillie School. School board minutes of Aug. 21, 1890, indicate McNeill resigned as Supervisor of School No. 25 and was replaced by W. J. Baillie. His confederate pension application in 1905 shows that he had one son and two daughters at that time. He died on Oct. 4, 1922, and according to his obituary he was 83 years old. He is buried in an unmarked grave at East Elfers Cemetery. He was survived by a sister, a son, J. S. McNeil of Jasper and a daughter, Mrs. Harvey Osborne, of Dade City. (His name is spelled McNeil in some records, but his signatures on his Florida Confederate Pension Application have the spelling McNeill.)
The accidental discovery of James McNeill's homestead created a very intentional drive to research the pioneer.
By ALEX LEARY, Times Staff Writer
Published March 2, 2004
NEW PORT RICHEY - The first clue that would uncover the mystery of James McNeill was found in a tangle of scrub brush and live oak, only yards from a well-hiked trail in Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park.
Earth was reclaiming the rusting metal, flake by flake, and it might have disappeared for good had a park worker not come by one day not long ago.
The vague shape was once a Model A Ford, says Dr. Burt Golub, a Beacon Woods dentist and amateur anthropologist who went to the park to investigate along with the Boy Scout Explorer Post he advises.
The expedition was supposed to burn a few hours on a Saturday morning. But artifacts kept turning up: rough-hewn fence posts still linked by wire; horse tack; remnants of a wood-burning stove; a grave; and a brick-lined well.
They were onto something, clearly, but there was much to be learned. The old car was interesting, though it dates to the early 1930s; the other items seemed from an even simpler time.
Curiosity rising, Golub enlisted a surveyor to research the property, and that led to a trip to the second floor of the county office building on Little Road.
Loralee Pioszak, a River Ridge High School senior who is president of Explorer Post 604, was sorting through fuzzy property records on microfilm when it hit. "Wait a second," she told her friends, "here it is!"
Her exuberance dimmed when she saw the land's first owner was James McNeill. "Nobody had every heard of him," Pioszak said. Unlike others who would later own the same plot of land, including J.M. Mitchell (a county commissioner and state senator) and Jay B. Starkey Sr. himself, McNeill never became part of local history.
As Pioszak would learn, McNeill had a story to tell. Not only about himself but the way Pasco was before strip malls, subdivisions and congested roads.
The site "says a lot about where we were and where we've come to," said Nellie Robinson, a retired longtime county surveyor who helped research the property. "When you look at the McNeill site, it was self-sufficient. Now we are dependent on each other."
More than two years later, and with the help of several hundred volunteers, the McNeill homestead has been reborn. The remains, which are on display for the public, dovetail with a pioneer exhibit at Starkey's education center. All items for the exhibit, including tools for ranching and turpentine production, were donated. "That to me is an amazing community statement," Golub said.
There was not much of a community when McNeill set up camp. Records show that in 1882, McNeill purchased 61 acres from Florida's Internal Improvement Fund, designed to raise money for railroads and other transportation projects. McNeill paid 90 cents an acre.
Robinson had a hunch that McNeill might have fought in the Civil War and discovered that a man with that name applied for a soldier's pension in 1905. McNeill joined the Confederate Army, 1st Florida Cavalry, on New Year's Day 1862. He then transferred to the 9th Florida Infantry. That unit joined the Army of Northern Virginia in 1864 and took part in the Petersburg, Va., siege near Richmond. When Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, McNeill was there.
There is some question whether the Confederate McNeill is the same who lived in what is now Starkey park. While McNeill lists himself as a Pasco resident (the county formed in 1887) in the pension request, he does not indicate land owned or recently sold.
Golub feels strongly in the connection, but acknowledged holes in the narrative. "There's still a lot more to look into," he said, adding it would be an ideal research project for an enterprising high schooler.Imagination helps homestead come alive
Picturing the pioneer homestead requires a bit of imagination, save for a model inside the education center. While the site has been cleared and preserved as best as possible, nothing has been rebuilt.
"We wanted to keep it like it is, as if someone came across it in the woods," Golub explained. "We're not trying to make it like a Disney attraction."
The result is no less affecting, people who visit say.
"You feel like you are back out here living," said Ted Kimmel, a Hudson High School sophomore who built the split rail fence that borders the site for an Eagle Scout project.
The remains of a well make up the first stop of a self-guided tour. Bricks are strewn about a shallow depression in the soft earth. Along the way there are remnants of three animal pens, wire still attached to wood posts, that might have held hogs and goats. There are notched beams from the log cabin and tin roofing material. At the edge of the site is an area that early surveys showed as a pasture. Cattle probably used the pasture, which has been cleared again. The Florida Native Plant Society is replanting wire grass.
One of most intriguing features of the homestead is a grave. No one knows who lies there, though legend says it is a 15-year-old smallpox victim. Nellie Robinson said the width suggests more than one person is below.
To establish it as a grave, Golub called in a canine forensic unit. All four dogs went to the area, he said, strongly suggesting human remains are below.
In 1905, according to Golub, McNeill sold his property, "destitute and suffering from ailments incurred during his four hard years during the war between the States." McNeill's 1905 pension application indicates he had kidney problems and severe arthritis and was unable to earn a living by manual labor. He said he had three children but they were unable to provide for him. "I have no regular home," McNeill wrote.
In 1920, his name shows up in Census records for Pasco County. McNeill was 76 and listed farming as his occupation. His death record could not be found.
He might have disappeared but his homestead has found new life. Golub hopes to raise funds for a professional archaeological examination, and he envisions the site as a base for folk song and craft festivals and historic re-enactments.
That aim is off to a good start. Mike Jurgensen, an award winning folk singer from New Port Richey, recently penned a song about the site - The Ghost of James McNeill. One verse goes:
In 1905 I sold my home and land, and walked away.
I was old and sick, the well was dry, there were bills I had to pay.
My soldier's pension weren't enough to keep me in the clear,
I tell you though that when I left, my spirit stayed right here.IF YOU GO
WHAT: James McNeill homestead, 1882-1905
WHERE:Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, New Port Richey
WHEN: Remains of the pioneer homestead can be viewed any time the park is open, from dawn to dusk. Signs point to the site.
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