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James Alexander Neal (1843 - 1901)

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James Alexander Neal
Born in Williamson County, Tennesseemap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Wilson County, Tennesseemap
Descendants descendants
Died in Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Feb 2011
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Categories: 7th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry, United States Civil War | Cedar Grove Cemetery, Lebanon, Tennessee.



James A. Neal was born in 1843 to John and Martha (Manson) Neal.[1] 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.[2]
He married Jennie Bell after the War, on December 19, 1867, in Wilson County, Tennessee. They had three children.[3] 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).

Military Service

NPS, The Civil War, Soldier Details
Neal, James A.
Regiment Name: 7th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry
Side: Confederate
Company: H
Soldier's Rank In: Private
Soldier's Rank Out: Private
Film Number: M231 roll 32


James Alexander Neal and Jane Marshall Bell married 19 Dec 1867[4]


  1. profile had Lebanon, Wilson County; however, his parents were married in Williamson County and the 1850 Census for Williamson County showed the family there
  2. See 7th Tennessee brief summary.
  3. 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.
  4. Source: #S112
  • 1850 U.S. Census for 7th Civil District, Williamson, Tennessee, enumerated November 7, 1850 (James age 6, state of birth, parents, and siblings)
  • 1900 U.S. Census for Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee, enumerated June 14, 1900 (year of birth, wife, years married)
    • of interest, the 1900 Census noted 3 children (for Jennie); 2 living.
  • Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 (Nashville, TN, USA: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Microfilm)
  • Widow's Pension request no. W4058; CW/Tennessee
  • Cedar Grove Cemetery records
  • 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.

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James A & Jane Bell Neal
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