James A. Neal was born in 1843 to John and Martha (Manson) Neal. A family story says he enlisted the day he heard that Fort Sumter had been fired upon and surrendered with Lee's Army at Appomattox. He served in Company H, 7th Tennessee Infantry, which did indeed surrender at Appomattox.
He married Jennie Bell after the War, on December 19, 1867, in Wilson County, Tennessee. They had three children. James died in 1901 and is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Lebanon (Wilson County), Tennessee.
Cemetery records note that James was a Confederate soldier in the 7th Tennessee, Company H, "from a list of Confederate soldiers" (list not identified; a possible source is the "survivors of 7th Tenn. Reg." who erected a memorial to General Hatton that stands in the cemetery).
↑ 1900 Census shows they had two children living; the back of their tombstone shows sons Robert E. Neal and William T. Neal, both born July 10, in 1870 and 1886, respectively. Robert died in 1890; William died July 22, 1902. Daughter Annie Bell (Neal) Brien died in 1945.
S112: June Smith, "Bell Family" (dead link/Smith, 2004 has a clickable pdf: Note: The web version is excerpted from a longer document provided by June Smith who appears to be the author, though this is not certain. A lot of the material in it also appears in Fred Hawthorne's data base). ~ Sneed-20
This profile was created through the import of JDS_09_17_10.ged on 09 February 2011.
Biography added by Liz Shifflett November 25 and updated December 10, 2012, May 31, 2012, November 24, 2013, and October 14, 2015.
Military Service added by Sneed-20 18:36, 10 December 2012.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with James by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with James: