John Hansford Neal

Brief Life History of John Hansford

When John Hansford Neal was born in July 1833, in Monroe, West Virginia, United States, his father, John Neal, was 38 and his mother, Sarah Miller, was 35. He married Tersey Lucretia Wood about 1854, in Fayette, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Fayette, Virginia, United States in 1860 and West Virginia, United States in 1870. He died on 28 August 1905, in Mountain Cove District, Fayette, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 72.

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Family Time Line

John Hansford Neal
1833–1905
Tersey Lucretia Wood
1831–1887
Marriage: about 1854
James Hansford Neal
1855–1926
John Hansford Neal III
1857–
Elijah W. Neal
1857–1897
Sarah M Neal
1861–1949
Georgia Ann Neal
1862–1937
Orena Catherine Neal
1863–1938
John Lewis Neal
1865–1891
Ephraim Neal
1867–
Joseph Alexander Neal
1870–1918
Amanda Myrtle Neal
1875–

Sources (21)

  • John Neal in household of John Neal, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Neal, "West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999"
  • John H. in entry for Henry Reynolds and Myrtie Neal, "West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970"

World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

1861 · The Battle of Manassas

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from the Old French, Anglo-Norman French, and Middle English personal name Neel, Nele, Nihel, Niel, itself derived from the Latin name Nigellus (a diminutive of Latin niger ‘black’), originally a nickname for someone with black hair or a dark complexion. The name was very common among Normans and was brought to England at the time of the Norman Conquest. There has been considerable confusion with the Irish and Scottish Gaelic name Niall (see Neil ); the two names are now pronounced identically. It is theoretically possible that in Normandy, where the personal name was popular, that it was also used for Old Norse Njáll, but this is difficult to prove. Njáll was adopted from the Irish Gaelic personal name Niall by Vikings in Ireland, who took it back to Iceland and Norway, but whether the Vikings also took Njáll to Normandy and to the northwest of England, is an open question, which cannot be settled on the available evidence.

English: alternatively from the Middle English personal name Nele, a variant of Nell as a pet form of Elias (see Ellis ). Compare Nelson , Nielson .

Scottish and Irish: shortened form of McNeal (see McNeil ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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