Dear Ms Gaulden:
I suspect it is just a coincidence, but I have a GGU, William H.H. "Will" NEAL (1857 — 1885), who was hanged — alledgedly for murder. However, the incident took place in a different state in 1881.
From your facts I'd say this is a long shot, however, if you wish to explore it further don't hesitate to contact me.
Good luck, GPF