Looking for information on the children of William and Sarah (Harbison)McNeil, James, Francis H, Robert, and Nancy Jane.

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William McNeil was born in June 1799, married Sarah Harbison on May 24, 1825 and had 4 children. Sarah died May 8, 1833. William married Rebecca Elder in 1835 and had 4 more children.
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William McNeil, grandfather of Dr. McNeil, was born in the vicinity of Elder’s Ridge, Indiana County, this state, and was a member of one of the sterling pioneer families of that county. As previously intimated, he became a pioneer in the vicinity of the present village of Sigel, Jefferson County, where he made a clearing, built a log house and instituted the development of a farm in the midst of the forest. He finally returned to Indiana County, and two of his sons, Francis H. and James, assumed charge of the embryonic farm. In the little log house erected by this ?sterling pioneer was held the first communion service of the little congregation which later established the Mount Tabor Presbyterian Church. William McNeil passed his closing years on his farm in Indiana County and was advanced in age at the time of his death. He was thrice married. His first wife, Sarah Harbison, bore him three children, James, Francis H. and Nancy Jane. His second wife, whose family name was Elder, bore him two sons, Thomas and John. His third marriage was to Elizabeth Gayley; no children were born as a result of this Union 

 

Of his children the eldest is Sarah Esther, who was at one time a popular teacher in the schools of Jefferson County, and who, as a trained nurse, is now engaged in the work of her chosen calling in the city of New York; Nancy Jane is a resident of San Francisco, Cal., where she established her home about the year 1882; James Gayley, who married Margaret Bailey, is engaged in mining at Knox Dale, Jefferson County; William Harbison is a representative farmer of Snyder Township (he married Zaidee Ferman); Robert Donaldson wedded Clara Stahlman, and they reside at Brookville, this county; Harry Thornton, who is a railway engineer, resides at Barnes, Warren County, and is married to Mildred Young; Thomas Leon married Laura Buzzard, and they reside on their well improved farm in Eldred Township; Dr. A. Ray is the youngest of the family.

 

 

People”, Volume II, by Dr. William James McKnight, published in 1917 by the J. H. Beers & Company, Chicago, Ill. Page 389.

 

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