Mary Melissa Neal

31 July 1824–9 January 1906 (Age 81)
Cambria, Niagara, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Mary Melissa

When Mary Melissa Neal was born on 31 July 1824, in Cambria, Niagara, New York, United States, her father, George Augustus Neal, was 29 and her mother, Mary Asenath Cooley, was 25. She married Oliver Boardman Huntington on 17 August 1845, in Cambria, Niagara, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She died on 9 January 1906, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Oliver Boardman Huntington
Mary Melissa Neal
Marriage: 17 August 1845
Mary Asenath Huntington
George William Neal Huntington
Molissa Diantha Huntington

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    17 August 1845Cambria, Niagara, New York, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 1
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 3
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
    Age 22
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    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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    Story Highlight

    Huntington, George William and Sarah Elizabeth Sprouse

    GEORGE WILLIAM HUNTINGTON Georg W. Huntington was born 18 September 1848 at Cambria, New York, of Oliver Boardman Huntington and Mary Melissa Neal. In his boyhood and young manhood he was nicknamed …

    Sources (25)

    • Mary A Neal in household of Georg A Neal, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Mary M. Neal in entry for Mary A. Cooley, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Mary Neal in household of George A Neal, "United States Census, 1860"

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