Doddridge County Roots

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Thomas S. NEELY

Male 1794 - 1866  (~ 71 years)


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  • Name Thomas S. NEELY 
    Born Jun 1794  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 1830  Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1850, 1860  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 10 Feb 1866  [4, 5
    Buried Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (old SDB section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • "Davis - The Settlers of Salem WV," p. 20, reports burial in "pioneer Cem., at West Union, WV." "West Union WV Cemeteries (Doddridge County)," p. 40, reports Thomas Nelly's [sic] headstone (dates unreadable) at Blockhouse Hill Cemetery. Based on its placement in the latter publication, the grave's location appears to be at the lower end of the cemetery, near the old Seventh Day Baptist section.
    Person ID I43647  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2017 

    Father John NEELY, Jr.,   b. Jan 1759, Neelytown, Orange Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1835, Lewis Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Mother Margaret NEELY,   b. 11 May 1768, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1859, Kincheloe (Jane Lew), Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married Mar 1787  Fayette Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F34093  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth JEFFREY,   b. CA 1799, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Pacific, Franklin Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 12 Feb 1818  Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • Regarding Thomas S. Neely, Ned Jones' 1901 "The History of Smithburg" states:
      "Uncle Tommy Neely, as he was called, had no children of his own, but always had two or three of somebody else's and must have raised seven at least, but I do not know what became of them excepting one case, that being the wife of John Boyce."

      The 1830 Census of Harrison Co, Virginia (now West Virginia), showed that Thomas S. Neely had one female slave, age 10-23.

      1850 Census, Doddridge Co, Virginia (now West Virginia), enumerated on Aug 6 1850:
      Thomas Neely, 53, farmer, value of real estate $2,400; Elizabeth Neely, 50; Jain Caton, 19; Thomas Shannon, 22, laborer; John Shannon, 19, laborer; Jeremiah S. Miller, 12; Daniel Limer, 3. All born in Virginia except for Elizabeth, born in New Jersey.
      NOTE: John Robert Shannon (1830-1916) was a son of Gamble Shannon & Content Davis. Relationship to Thomas Shannon is not known. Identities of the other household members have not been determined.

      The 1850 Federal Census Slave Schedule for Doddridge County, enumerated on Jul 16 1850, contains the following entry:
      Slave owner: Thomas Neely
      Description of slaves:
      1 mulatto female, age 20
      1 black male, 12

      1860 Census, Doddridge Co, Virginia (now West Virginia), enumerated on Jun 2 1860:
      Thomas S. Neely, 66, farmer, value of real estate (blank), value of personal estate $725; Elizabeth Neely, 63; Dan Lymer, 13; Floyd Inghram, 11; Mary Jacobs, 7. All born in Virginia.

      The 1860 Federal Census Slave Schedule for Doddridge County, enumerated on Jun 1 1860, contains the following entry:
      Slave owner: T. S. Neely. Description of slave: Mulatto female, age 12.
    Family ID F17637  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (old SDB section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1569] Family Bible.

    2. [S941] 1850 Census, Doddridge County, (W)VA.

    3. [S1890] 1860 Census, Doddridge County, (W)VA.

    4. [S83] Davis - The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia, Susie Davis Nicholson, (Gordon Printing Co, Strasburg OH, 1979 (Revised & Enlarged) < www.wvgenweb.org/harrison/books.htm >), p. 20.

    5. [S1793] West Union WV Cemeteries (Doddridge County), (Wes Cochran, 2515 10th Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101 (July 1990)).