Shared research of Elizabeth Hanebury
and Buddy Blue
My research shows that "my" Daniel McNeill was born in 1799 at Cross Creek,
and that He married Julia Farrish (in the marriage bonds it is Farish - from Chatham Co, NC. daughter of Thomas and
Frances Banks Farish). At some time they moved to Miss. (Julia entered the Presbyterian Church there in 1855 -
on the Marshall Co website "members of Holly Springs Church") Their daughter Emily McNeill Lacy (she married
Matthew Michie Lacy) was my grandmother's grandmother (I have a 1910 picture of EML and her daughters, at least some
of them, in Corsicanna, Tx)
Buddy Blue seems to have given me Daniel's father, another Daniel and Sarah McKay McNeill, but finding where they
went, or if there was a first wife, (as Buddy believes) we don't know.
We do know that many of this family of McNeills went to Ark. and Miss., but for my Daniel, we really don't know.
I know that this Daniel McNeill spent most of his life outside of Cumberland Co, NC, but he was born there and
since there are so many Daniels perhaps this will help someone else. The Farish part of this line is very well
documented in census, court records, books etc. Elizabeth.
(Up-date April 04, 2002) I have FINALLY found, thanks to a kind soul the census entry for Daniel Mc Neil and I thought I'd send it on
to you to add to the decendants page Daniel McNeil Cross Creek. This is the first Proof that He and Julia
Farish had children beside my gggm Emily Mc Neil Lacy. I past it below
I haven't been able to find him in the 1850 in either NC or MISS. I would love to hear if anyone has any of
these children in their line.
1860 Mississippi p277
Daniel Mc Neil 58 Farmer 12,800 2,400 NC
Julia A. (Farish) 48 (d of Thomas Farish) NC
Martha A 23
John D. 16
Missing from this group is the elder daughter, Emily McNeil who married Matthew Michie Lacy in Miss. 06/08/1856
The following is from the research of Buddy Blue:
Daniel McNeill was born in Scotland (Gigha) and came to NC in 1769. According to family tradition, Daniel's
father was Named Archibald, and he was killed at Culloden. He was rumored to have been an illegitimate son of
Neill (the Colonizer') McNeill's father. When he came to America he settled in the Longstreet area
(now on the Fort Bragg Military Reservation) Sarah McKay was born in NC after her parents Archibald McKay
and Ann Gilchrist McKay immigrated from Kentyre Scotland.
Archibald McKay was one of the first three elders in Longstreet Presbyterian Church. A Leading Loyalist
during the Revolution, three of his sons were officers in the Royal North Carolina Regiment.
Daniel and Sarah lived first on the south side of Lower Little River, just west of where James Creek enters
the Lower Little River. They moved to the South side of Deep River in Moore County, a few miles west of High
Falls, before the end of the 18th Cent. They attended Union Presbyterian Church in Moore County and are buried
Daniell McNeill and Sarah McKay
i Archibald, m. Mary Polly Waddell;
ii Malcolm, who married Mary daughter of John McLeod
2nd Nancy, b Moore Co NC;
iii Neill, m. Mary Moore Matthews;
iv John, called Little John m. Mary "Polly" Dunn;
v Alexander, called Uncle Sandy, m. a Graham
vi Daniel,(1799-1861) who married Julia Ann Farish (31 August,1812 ) *possibly his second wife*
Married in Chatham county, on the 1st inst., DANIEL M'NEILL, Esq., Sheriff of Moore [county],
to Miss JULIA FARRISH, dau. of THOMAS FARRISH, Esq., of the former county.RaNCSw 15 Oct 1829 3:6/ RRsw Mon 19
Oct 1829 3:4./ RRw Thurs 22 Oct 1829 1:4.
(Dee at Bladen lookups)
(Julia's parents)(also the parents of Emily who married Edwin Holt; their son was Thomas M. Holt governor of NC)
Bride: Fanny Banks (27 Oct, 1787- 1864) born Madison Co VA
Groom: Thomas Farish (1781-1862) Orange Co VA
Bond Date: 03 Jan 1804
Record #: 01 091
Bondsman: James Campbell
Witness: Robinson Mumford
Bond #: 000032247
Archibald and Polly had twelve children, all of whom went west, except their son Thomas, who remained in
Moore Co NC. Archibald served in both houses of the North Carolina General Assembley as well as two terms
in the U.S. Congress. They also had a son Daniel who moved to Marshall Co Miss.
Malcolm and Martha McLeod had two sons:
These sons accompanied their father to Marshal County. John's will is recorded in the DeSota County Couthouse,
and in it he names his sisters the daughters of Malcolm and Nancy.
Daniel as Sheriff of Moore Co NC
Daniel and Julia Farish had one daughter (at least)
McNeil, Mrs. Jane, 3.25.38, fr. Pbn ch. FlorenceAla. (this is the wife of a cousin)
McNeill, Miss Julia Ann, 11.23.50
There is some evidence of at least one other daughter, but don't know for sure.
Daniel died in Holly Springs Miss. 1861
i Emily McNeill who married Matthew Michie Lacy.
LACY, MATTHEW & McNEILL, EMILY A. 6 Aug 1856 Marshall MS
They had at least 8 children of which Julia Lacy married John Murphey Vaughn Wills of Jackson Co Georgia.
A civil war vet he recieved pension #42699 from Texas and is buried at
Oakwood Cemetery. 3/17/1847 - 3/8/1933 Georgia Troops. He was a prisoner of war in Ohio, Camp Chase
from which he recieved his discharge. [Received Pension# 42699].
Julia is also buried here.
Now, these are notes I have no way of verifying, they are from a gedcom
The area where the Daniel McNeill farm is located then became a part of Moore County. As recently as 1995,
the origina lDaniel McNeil! farm in Moore County is still owned by his descendent, Edgar Leslie McNeill. For
more details concerning Daniel's life before immigrating toAmerica see the Notes in this genealogy report for
his father Archibald McNeil!.
(Sources: Adapted from comments and research of James McNeill Johnson for period 1800 to 1900; Carolina Scots
written by Douglas F. Kelly; Argyl Plus, Vol 7-P 14; and from Clans andFamilies of
Scotland by Alexander Fulton, et al.)
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