Darius O'Neil
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Darius B O'Neil (1764 - 1844)

Darius B O'Neil
Born in Culpeper, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [uncertain] and
Husband of — married 9 Dec 1801 in Culpeper County, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 79 in Cocke, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Jan 2010 | Last significant change: 19 Sep 2022
23:42: Pamela (Henderson) LeCroy edited the marriage between Mary Polly (Brackney) O'Neil (abt.1786-abt.1861) and Darius B O'Neil (1764-1844). [Thank Pamela for this]
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  • Some Researchers have speculated Darius O'Neal may be a son of John O'Neal and Phoebe Scott. I do not have any proof of who Darius O'Neal's parents are. Here are 4 sets of CANDIDATE parents for Darius O'Neal

. 1) John O'NEAL and Sarah GORE O'NEAL of Virginia . 2) An unknown (possibly John O'NEAL) and unknown KITCHEN . [ this 2nd set is from research of Mrs. Bushrod Washington ] . 3) Robert and Eleanor O'NEAL, who came from VA to the Nolachucky River Valley 4)Another candidate for father of Darius O'Neal is Robert O'Neal and ____ Grymes (see research for O'Neals of Shenandoah Valley based upon migration pattern of: Culpeper Co, VA --> Shenandoah Co, VA --> Rockingham Co, VA --> TN)

No sufficient evidence to prove Darius O'NEAL's parents, but Steve O'Neal suspects #3 above may be the most likely candidates. More info on Darius at: http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=11733-31&id=I2985

Darius O'Neil researchers have located four John O'Neils in Culpeper Co., VA., circa 1790. Thus far none of them has been able to determine which John is Darius' father. Darius O'Neil and his brother Henry migrated to Cocke Co., TN, in the early 1800's. There is some evidence that Darius had a son Henry, but I am comfortable now based on information reported from a family Bible that Darius' brother Henry had a son Henry as well. Henry moved from Cocke Co. with his family to Knights Prairie in Hamilton Co., IL, in the late 1850's and began farming there. Knights Prairie is considered to be the O'Neal family home. - (Info from research of John Alan O'Neail b. 1941 living in Coatesville, PA)

I have seen several people quote research that claims that seven brothers came to the US from Ireland and that records only five have been found. It has also been said that the other two went to Virginia. This claim says that there are records in the Comptrolers Office, in the state in Raleigh, North Carolina. Listed are Henry, Patrick (Patrick Jr.), & Peter (Capt. Peter O'Neill). Also, two who went to Cocke Co., Tennessee before 1816. The children of one were Henry, Peggy, Betsy, Peter, Mary and Lucindy.

  • would this be one of Darius Sr.'s brothers and his children?? I have not been able to find any such records supporting this info.

The other had Joseph, William, Calvin, Harrison, Darius, Nancy and Maria.

  • would This would be Darius Sr.?
  • Transcription of the Revolutionary War Pension Application of Darius O'Neal

State of Tennessee - County of Cocke

May Session 1834

On the 28th day of May 1834 personal by appearance in Open Court before The Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Cocke County and State aforesaid, Darius O'Neil a resident Citizen of the County of Cocke and State of Tennessee, Aged Seventy years who, being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his Oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act Of Congress passed June 7th 1832.

That the Declarant Darius O'Neil was born on the 18th day of May 1764 in Culpepper County, State of Virginia. He lived in Culpeper County, Virginia, for thirty seven years with the exception of such time as he was engaged in the Revolutionary War, as here-in after detailed.

From Culpeper County, he moved to Shenandoah County, Virginia, where he lived one year. Thence he moved to Rockingham County, Virginia, where he lived three years. Thence he moved to RockBridge County, Virginia where he lived for eight years. Thence he moved to Washington County, Virginia where he lived one year when he moved to Cocke County, State of Tennessee, where he has lived for the last twenty years and where he now lives.

In the month of April 1781 - day not recollected, this Declarant became a Substitute for John Hawkins in Captain James Hawkins

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Company of Militia, and repaired to Orange County Court House, in Orange County, (adjoining Culpeper,) the place of Rendezvous. Captain George Waugh commanded another company that Rendezvoused at the same place. James Jamison was the Lieutenant of our Company. Lt. Riddle was the other Lieutenant. ??? Lieutenant ??? and before the xxx of the tour. Thomas was the orderly Sergeant, Perry was another Sergeant - Other Officers not recollected. Major Barbour was the Maj or and took Command of us at Orange Court House, and under him we were marched from Orange Court House. The first night we encamped at Pine Stake Church in Orange County.

We crossed Pomonkey River - at the ground xxx Bridge. Marching on towards Richmond the intermediate places of encampment are not recollected except a little town called ??Pew Cartle??. In one week we reached Richmond on James River. There was a considerable body of men at Richmond, whom we joined.

Colonel Matthews took command of us at Richmond. Major Naylor was the Adjutant. From Richmond we were marched under Col Matthews down the north side of James River to Williamsburgh. The first day we were marched to the four mile creek in Henrico County, where we remained four days, when we were marched on to Williamsburgh. The intermediate places of encampment are not recollected.

We marched to Williamsburgh in a week and remained there one night, when we Were march back by

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Hanover Court House - we crossed the Pomonkey River, Two miles from the Court House, after passing through it. Then to xxxhouse; then to Bowling green -then through Fredricksburgh to Wilderness Bridge on the xxx creek a branch of the Rapidan in Orange County, thence to Racoon Ford on the Rapidan where we joined General Wayne. From the Racoon Ford we were marched to the Poison fields in Orange County where we encamped.At the Poison fields we remained for several days when we were marched to a creek in an adjoining County where we remained for sometime and where the Declarants company was discharged have served out this tour of three months.

After this Declarant was discharged in July of 1781, day not recollecting by his Captain James Hawkins having served out his tour of three months. Our Company did not receive Written discharge at this time. Our relief came to take our places an d we were told by Captain Hawkins that he would give us written discharges on our personal application to him after his return home. This Declarant never applied to him and thus never got a written discharge for this tour.

In the above mentioned tour Declarant was a substitute and when he returned home he found that he had been drafted and his company had started on their march. This Declarant joined his company under Capt Grigsby at Ruffin's ferry on the River

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Rappahannock. At the place there was a considerable body Of men. There were several companies of whom Declarant recollects Captain Wm Bird. The whole were commanded by Colonel John Slaughter. At Ruffins ferry we were stationed untill October when the Declarant was discharged early in the month day not recollected in the year 1781. Declarant received a written discharge from his Captain Grigsby for his time of three months, which discharge he lost in Culpeper County, Virginia what happened to these he does not know.

In the month of March, 1782 day not recollected, the Declarant enlisted under Captain Frederic Timmerman, in the Regular Service (whether of the State of Virginia or of the Continental Congress, declarant does not know not knowing the differences always believing himself in this case to be in the regular Continental Soldier). Captain Timmerman enlisted a whole company in Culpeper County for twelve months, for which time the Declarant enlisted. Our Lieutenants were Lt. Crow and Lt. White. Our Ensign was Joseph Miller - He is not certain that his name was Joseph but so believes. He believes that the Orderly Sergeant was Tunsell. Another Sergeant was Thomas Jamison. The corporals are not recollected, except Weatherall. Our place of Rendezvous was at our Company Muster ground, nine miles from the Culpeper Court House. Our Militia Captain at the time was Capt. Robert Pollard and at the muster ground of the company we rendezvoused. From our muster ground we were marched to Cunninghams, eight miles from

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Fredricksburgh where we encamped the first night. On the second night we encamped four miles xx the Bowling green in Carolyn county.

We were marched on to Williamsburgh which we reached in ten or twelve days having passed through King George and King and Queen counties, Hanover and ??HannaRucca?? Counties and other not recollected- we crossed Pomenkey river and four mile creek and other not recollected. At Williamsburgh we joined the the companies of the 8th Regiment of the State Troops of Virginia (as declarant believes) which troops were all attached to the Continental Army, and were regular enlisted Soldiers. Our Regiment was commanded by Colonel Olcutt name so pronounced - The name of the Colonel may have been spelled Allcutt or Alcot. Major Pease was the Major of our Battalion and Major Campbell was the Major of The other Battalion. Captains James Smith, - Hathaway, White, and Miller were Captains of the other Companies. At Williamsburgh we remained until June.

While at Williamsburgh we were regularly paraded, mustered, and drilled. We were encamped in a field within sight of Williamsburgh. From Williamsburgh we were marched under Col. Olcutt by Hanover Court House, by Fredricksburgh, By Falmouth, and by Dumfries on to Baltimore. We stopped two days at Falmouth. We arrived at Baltimore in July where we remained for six weeks encamped in a

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field adjoining the town. From Baltimore we marched in September to Philadelphia by Chester. We remained two days at Philadelphia when we were marched from that city through New Jersey by Trenton, Princeton, and Morristown on to King's Ferry on the Hudson River in the State of New York. At King's Ferry we crossed the river and encamped on the other side on the Top of the Hill, where we remained three weeks. Thrice we were marched to Providence, Rhode Island, where we remained for several days. Thence we were marched to the city of Boston where we remained two days. From Boston we were marched to Chesterfield in the State of Massachusettes, forty five miles from the City of Boston.

At Chesterfield we were discharge, having rested there one day. This Declarant received a written discharge from his Captain which he has lost. He was discharged on the 22nd of December 1782, having served ten months; and he returned to his home in Virginia in company with Stephen Shelton, Elijah Lynch, Jonathon Freland, and Jacob Haynes and Henry Rains, fellow soldiers of Declarant.

The Declarant never received any thing from Government for his tours as a drafted Militiaman, or as a substitute. When he enlisted he received eight dollars as Bounty money from Capt. Timmerman and was promised five dollars per month. When he was discharged, Declarant together with his Company, received his pay in Silver from Colonol Olcutt.

Colonol Olcutt's Regiment

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was employed on this expedition in conveying the Artillery belonging to the French Army that had been used at the Siege of York, to the city of Boston, where we left it. There was a large quantity of artillery though the Declarant is unable to say how much. The Declarant never received any thing from Government for his two first of three months each. For his last tour of ten months he was paid as herein before related. The Declarant not being certain whether he was enlisted into the State troop Service of Virginia or into the Service of the Continental Congress would wish a reference to be had to the Rolls of Col Olcutt Regiment employed at the time specified and not to the number of the Regiment. Though he believes that it was the 8th Regiment of the State Troops of Virginia, in which he served as an enlisted Soldier under Captain Timmerman. There were regular officers and soldiers in service where Declarant served in his first tour. He joined General Wayne. In the second tour there were none. In his third tour Col. Olcutt's Regiment alone were employed in the the conveyance of the French Artillery.

The Declarant hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and he declares that his name is not on the pension Roll of any agency in any State. The Declarant has no documentary evidence in regard to his Services

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nor does he know of any person living by whom he could prove his services.

Darius [His Mark] O'Neil

Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid G M Porter Clerk of Cocke County

  • The Cocke Co. DAR Chapter placed a monument in honor of Darius in cemetery, Oct. 1981. He served not only in the Revolutionary War (Culpeper Co VA), but also served in the War of 1812 (Cocke Co TN) & received pensions for both wars. He is buried at Clay Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Bybee, Cocke Co, TN, www.findagrave.com memorial #15830200


Resident Culpeper Co., VA 1764-1801 (per Pension application, was in Revolutionary War 1781 signed in VA

Resident Shenandoah Co., VA 1801-1802

Resident Rockinham Co., VA 1802-1805

Resident Rockbridge Co., VA 1805-1813

Resident Washington Co., VA 1813-1814

Resident Cocke Co., TN 1814-death 1844 (Fought in the War of 1812: Enlisted in 1814, Cocke Co., TN)

  • CENSUS INFORMATION:

1782: Darius O'Neil on Tax Roll, Culpeper Co., VA

1783: Appears on Culpeper County, Virginia Tax List. List of Richard Waygh, Gent. "John Oneal, levy free, Dearus Oneal"

1787: 14 March. Culpeper County, Virginia. Deariss Oneal. Personal Property Tax - List 'B' John Strode is p person charged with tax. District of Aaron Lane. John Strode was an iron and arms manufacturer.

1787: Sarah Oneal on 1787 Culpeper Tax List with 2 males 16-21, 1 cow, 2 horses, no slaves (not tithable). On 5 Aug 1788 Sarah O'Neal sells John Strode 200 acres for 80 pounds.

1796: Darris ONeal / William Knox. Fauquier County, Virginia Tax List: Northwest District, Edward Humston, Commissioner. William Knox, probably his employer. "Fauquier Families, 1759-1799" John P Alcock (Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing)

1810 Census - Rockbridge, VA: page 401 - Name: Darius O'Neil; Free White Persons - Males - Under 10= 2 (this would be Joseph & William); Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over = 1 (this is Darius); Free White Persons - Females - Under 10 = 3 (this is Nancy, Rachel & Maria); Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25 = 1 (This is his wife, Mary Ann) Total Number of Household Members = 7

1820 Census - Per Darius's Revolutionary War Application, he moved to Cocke Co, TN in 1814. The 1820 Census records for Cocke County Tennessee were distroyed/lost

1830, Cocke Co., TN pg 252 HH#287 Darius Oneal - Male “Under five years of age” which would be Darius B Jr (b. abt. 1825); 1 Male “Of five and under ten” which would be Calvin W (b. 1822); 2 Males “Of ten and under fifteen” which would be John (b. abt. 1816) & Henry A (b. abt. 1814); 1 Male “Of fifteen and under twenty” which would be Harrison (b. abt. 1812), 1 Male “Of sixty and under seventy” which would be Darius himself. In addition, there is listed 1 Female “Under five years of age” which I believe is Penny (b. ), 1 Female “Of five and under ten” (unknown), 1 “Female of forty and under fifty” which would be his wife, Mary Polly (Brackney).

(Darius's son, George Washington, is living next door to him during 1830 Census - pg 252 HH#286)

Census: 1840, Cocke Co., TN pg 261

1840 Census of Pensioners Revolutionary or Military Services - Darius O'Neal age 76 - Cocke Co., TN


  • Record of Land Purchase in Cocke County, TN 1829

DARIUS O NEIL 100 Acres

State of Tennessee Cocke County.

By virtue of an entry made in the entry takers office for Cocke county at Newport of NO 479 dated 2nd day of February 1826. I have surveyed for DARIUS O NEIL one hundred acres of land on the waters of Clay Creek. Beginning at a white oak marked with a cross near JOHN WOODS corner running thence south fifty five east seventy five poles to a hickory in a branch south eighty East one hundred and sixteen poles with a conditional line with WILLIAM GILLETT to a stake near a white oak and black oak said Gilletts corner then with his line East twenty two poles to a stake on THOMAS CHRISTIANS line then with the same south eight poles to a white oak south fifty nine west seventy nine poles to a white oak his corner near a branch then north six west two hundred and thirty four poles to a stake corner to JOHN WOOD then with his line north fifty two poles to the beginning.

Surveyed the 3rd day of January 1829. WM TYRY Jonathan Wood MARTIN GAUGE C.C. Surveyor of Cocke County


  • Per Mary O'Neil's Widow Pension Application: Affidavit signed by 2 of Darius's sons, Calvin W. O'Neil aged thirty one years and Darius B. O'Neil (Jr) aged twenty four years both of whom reside in the county of Bradford and state of Tennessee." "Darius O'Neil Pensioner as aforesaid died in Cocke County in Tennessee about the 14th day of February 1844." "The said Mary O'Neil being their mother..."

The 3/20/1844 edition of "Brownlow's Joneborough Wig" carried the following notice of his death: "ANOTHER REVOLUTIONARY PATRIOT IS GONE" DARIUS O'NEILL is no more, he departed this life at his residence in Tenn. on the 14th day of February last, in the 82nd year of his life. The deceased was an active and valiant soldier in the American Revolution, and more recently when time had made deep furrows down his checks, he shouldered arms again to march to Mobile meet and defeat the enemies of his country. He was a steadfast believer in the RELIGION and a devout follower of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. He is gone from storms of war and the cares and anxieties of life. His manly form lies in the silent tomb and his spirit is doubtless with kindred in the haven of eternal repose."

He is buried at Clay Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, near Newport, Cocke Co, TN


Many of the O'Neill children ended up in · Cocke Co, TN · Jefferson Co, TN · Greene Co, TN



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Posting new information from deeds for John ONEAL and wife Sarah. These deeds show strong possibility that this John ONEAL was married to Sarah Gore. They do not prove Darius O'Neil was John's son. Nor do we know the names of the two males in Sarah's household in 1787.

1770 DD to William Strother. John ONEAL of Culpeper County and Sarah his wife and Zebulon Lewis & Samuel his son of Orange County. ONEAL & wife Sarah doth let all that land whereon they now live for 21 years. Lewis shall pay ONEAL for the first two year six pounds currency of Virginia and for every year after five pounds like money & that yearly…they shall plant 100 apple trees & liberty to clear whatever they shall think proper not destroying more timber than what shall be for the use of said plantation working no more than three Tithables taking care of said Orchard and ONEAL deliver up Plantation before 10 day April next ensuing. John + Oneal Sarah S Oneal. Presence John Johnston, John Corbly 19 Nov 1770. Culpeper County Deed Book F: 177-178. [When and how did John ONEAL acquire this piece of property?]

1772 On Margin: DD to Thomas Farish. This indenture made 16 Nov 1772 between JOHN ONEAL and Sarah his wife of County of Culpeper of one part and William Strother of said county for 50 pounds current money of Virginia said ONEAL hath granted to William Strother his heirs 76 acres of land bounded Beginning at a gum and dogwood on Cowslip Run thence North to a Hickory on Cowslip Run corner to Banks in Waughs line then down said Run to the Beginning. John ≰ ONEAL, Sarah Ȿ ONEAL. Presence of John Gore, Augustine Jinnings, Jane Gore. 16 Nov 1772. Culpeper County Deed Book F. 631-634.

1772 This Indenture made 19 Oct 1772 between Alexander Spotswood of County of Spotsylvania of one part and John ONEAL of Culpeper witnessed that for sum of 15 pounds 4 shillings current money of Virginia said Alexander Spotswood doth grant unto John ONEAL his heirs land in Culpeper containing 76 acres Beginning at a gum and dogwood on Cowslip Run thence North to a Hickory on Cowslip Run corner to BANKS & Waughs line then down said Run to the Beginning. Alexander Spotswood. Presence of Laurence Catlett, Fredrick Zimmerman, WM Strother. 16 Nov 1772 Culpeper Deed Book F. 634-636. [Note: this transaction was made in Oct 1772, but recorded after the 16 Nov 1772 deed.]

1778 On margin D D to Sarah ONEIL 1787. Indenture 10 Aug 1778 between George Holloway and Mary his wife of Culpeper and John ONEIL of same for 130 pounds have sold to John ONEIL his heirs land in Culpeper and Parish of St Marks containing 200 acres bounded beginning at a white oak standing on the North of the German Road Corner to Nicholas George running thence North along said one to John Finletons and Muttoon Lewis to three white oaks with said Muttoon Lewis’s line South to a pine Corner to A;ugustine Smith and same Course South to two pines on the North side of the German Road to Nicholas George thence along said road to the beginning. George Holloway, Mary Holloway. 17 August 1778. Culpeper County Deed Book H 713-714.

posted by Jo Standifer
I have a pedigree established for O'Neill's in Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia. It stretches from me to my GGGGGG Grandfather, ends definitively at Henry St John O'Neill b.1817 d.1885 My Spidey Senses are telling me there's a connection here...
posted by William Caracofe Jr

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