I am looking for the grave of Thomas William Neill.

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He was born on December 25, 1836 (source: Passport application) and died on September 27, 1927. (source: Washington,DC birth and death records). He lived in Falls Church, VA with my mother's family prior to his death. He was a Union Army veteran and a lawyer in Philadelphia.  I am also looking for information about his daughter, Alice Kay Neill, listed as 9 years old on his passport application (1890).  Her baptism certificate states she was born on October 23, 1880.
WikiTree profile: Tom Neill
asked in Genealogy Help by Kathryn Wallis G2G Rookie (160 points)

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ame: Alice K Neill
Gender: Female
Spouse: Alexander Chambers
Spouse Gender: Male
Marriage Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Marriage Year: 1902
Marriage License Number: 148340
Digital GSU Number: 4141890

Is this any help?

answered by Betty Fox G2G6 Pilot (115k points)
Thanks.  This Alice K. Neill appears to be the same person, based on location and birthdate. Oddly, my family never knew that Thomas W. Neill was married or had children, even though he lived in his old age with my mother's family.  Still trying to find his grave.
I am still looking for his burial site as well. Do you think it is more likely that he was buried in Pennsylvania rather than Washington, DC?

I am pretty certain that he was buried either in Washington DC (only because of the document) or in Falls Church. However, the family graves in Falls Church do not include his. I know that he lived in Falls Church with my mother's family when she was a little girl, and she was born in 1919.  There are a number of photos, including some on this site.  It is such a mystery to me, since the only survivor from that family, my uncle Henry Neill Ware, was born after he died.  I did not know his death date until really recently, actually, when I happened upon the Washington DC Death and Burial doc.  With the exception of the baptism doc for Alice Kay, and the passport application for him, I cannot find a reference to his wife, but don't know her maiden name.  The passport application also lists a step-daughter, whose name is mostly illegible, but appears to be Louisa N. That is all I have!
You'd think that there would be an obituary somewhere. Looking for that now.

The other option is that he was given a military burial. Is there a military cemetery in D.C. that he would be buried in?

Looking for that now.

I recently came upon Thomas William Neill's Death Certificate. I uploaded a copy of it onto my tree. The search for a burial site is probably moot at this point.  The DC indicates that he was cremated (William Lees Crematory, Washington DC) on September 29, 1927.  My grandfather signed the document, and the undertaker was my grandparents' next door neighbor.  The DC shows his birthdate as 1834, while his passport application shows 1836. Not sure which one is correct, but at least we have death date correct.  Very disappointed about cremation, which to my knowledge is the only one in the early family, but glad to have the mystery of his grave solved.

Sorry to hear about the cremation. Thanks for the update.

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This birth record is off by one day.  It provides a book and page number, it might be worth it to try to get a copy and see if Fanny/Fancy's maiden name is listed.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906

Citing this Record: "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VBRP-HXZ), Alfreda K. Neill, 24 Oct 1880; citing bk 1880 p 83, Department of Records; FHL microfilm 1289320.

Name: Alfreda K. Neill

Birth : 24 Oct 1880 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

White Female

Father: Thomas W. Neill  Mother: Fanny B. Neill

Reference ID: Book 1880: p. 83


The record below is a possible wife???

District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1959

Citing this Record: "District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1959", index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F7TS-FVZ ), Fanny Badger Neill, 1892.

Name: Fanny Badger Neill

Death: 06 Jan 1892  District of Columbia, United States

Female Age: 51  Married

Birth (Est): 1841 Birthplace: Philadelphia, Penna.

Burial Place: Bristol, Pa.

Father's Birthplace: Penna.

Mother's Birthplace: Penna.

This Fanny Badger appears to be the daughter of William and Hannah Badger.


answered by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (611k points)

1870 United States Federal Census about Fanny Cortright

Name: Fanny Cortright
Age in 1870: 29
Birth Year: abt 1841
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Philadelphia Ward 7 District 19, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gender: Female
Post Office: Philadelphia
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
William Badger 68
Hannah Badger 54
William B Badger 21
Fanny Cortright 29
John M Cortright 30
William B Cortright 5
Louisa Cortright 3
Mary Holland 60
Mary O'neill 28

There is a Louisa in this record for Fanny Badger married to John M. Cortright.

Here is a Fanny Cortright and Thomas Neill marriage record:

Name: Fanny Courtright
Gender: Female
Marriage Date: 24 Apr 1878
Marriage Place: Manhattan, New York, USA
Spouse: Thomas W Neil
Certificate Number: 2056
  Purchase Certificate


Name: Thomas Neal
Event Type: Burial
Death Date: abt 1927
Age at Death: 66
Burial Date: 4 Oct 1927
Burial Place: Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA
Denomination: Cemetery or Funeral
Organization Name: Westminster Cemetery Company


The last record shows he's 66 so probably not the right one.

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