Miles O'Neill Sr.
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Benjamin Miles O'Neill Sr. (1845 - 1923)

Benjamin Miles (Miles) O'Neill Sr.
Born in Leesville, Gonzales, Republic of Texasmap
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Husband of — married 1867 in Texasmap
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Died at age 78 in Yoakum, DeWitt, Texas, United Statesmap
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George Washington and Mary had at least 8 children, the first of which was born when Washington was about 18 years old. The children are: Henry B. b. 1829, William b. December 3, 1832, George Washington, Jr. b. February 7, 1834, Harrison b. April 14, 1836, John b. abt. 1838-1839, Mary Ann b. September 7, 1841, Miles b. February 22, 1845, and Calvin b. abt. 1850. If you refer to the narrative on Washington’s parents, Darius and Polly, you can see that George Washington named his children after his siblings.

After many hard winters, the family sold out in 1843 and caught a riverboat at Kansas City. By this time, they would have had 2 children, Henry B. and William, born in Tennessee, and 4 children, G.W. Jr., Harrison, John, and Mary Ann, born in Missouri. The O’Neills, with their 6 children, traveled down the Missouri River by boat to St. Louis and then down the Mississippi River to where Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi meet. There they purchased a wagon and joined a wagon train bound for Texas. It is believed that their original destination was the coastal region of Texas, but a breaking of a wagon wheel in Leesville, Gonzales County, TX, area delayed the wagon. By the time the repairs could be made, the family had decided to stay and had found a home in the community of Leesville. They had arrived in Texas in 1845, some 2 years after leaving Missouri. In addition, Mary was pregnant during part of the travels, which may have contributed to the family settling down in Leesville rather than pushing on to the Gulf coast. Their son Miles was born February 22, 1845.

The 1850 census of Gonzales County, Texas, town of Gonzales lists J.W. Oneill, 38 years old born in Virginia as head of household. It is believed that, once again, the census recorder misspelled the name believing the name George begins with a “J”. His wife, Mary is listed as a female 40 years of age born in Tennessee. Henry, 21, born in Tennessee, William, 18, born in Tennessee, George 16, born in Missouri, John, 12, born in Missouri, Mary Ann, 10 born in Missouri, and Miles 4, born in Texas are also listed in the household. At the time the census was completed, Calvin must not have been born.

The Civil War began on April 12, 1861. Six of George Washington’s 7 sons were Confederate soldiers – only Calvin was too young, age 11 at the beginning of the war. However, Harrison, after volunteering for the Sandies Home Guard with his brothers, stayed behind. It could be that Harrison stayed behind to take care of his brothers’ families and his parents’ endeavors at home. George Washington was about 51 at the time and did not volunteer for service. Also, Mary was about 54 with still one child, Calvin, at home.

Served in the Confederate States Army PVT Co D 36 REGT TEXAS CAV

Buried at Pilot Grove Cemetery.


  • Texas Deaths 1890-1976 - Miles O'Neill b. Feb 22, 1845; father G W O'Neill, mother Bouyer, d. May 2, 1923 Yoakum, Lavaca, TX, widowed - "Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 October 2015), G W O'Neill in entry for Miles O'Neill, 02 May 1923; citing certificate number 15979, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,074,803.

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posted 2 Jul 2015 by Kelly (O'Neill) Gottsponer   [thank Kelly]
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OVERVIEW: 36th Cavalry Regiment [also called 32nd Regiment] completed its organization in Boston, Texas, late in 1863. It contained 823 men of which many were from Sulphur Springs and Belton, and Caldwell and Gonzales counties. The regiment was assigned to H. Bee's and Bagby's Brigade, Trans-Mississippi Department, and was involved in numerous engagements at Louisiana including Mansfield and Pleasant Hill. Later it moved to Galveston, Texas and there surrendered in June, 1865. The field officers were Colonel Peter C. Woods, Lieutenant Colonels Nat. Benton and W.O. Hutchison, and Major Stokely M. Holmes.

Company A (men from Caldwell County) Company B (men from Guadalupe County) Company C (men from Sulphur Springs - Hopkins County) Company D (men from Gonzales County & Bee County) Company E (men from DeWitt County) Company F (men from Comal County) Company G (men from DeWitt County, Texas) Company H (men from Belton - Bell County) Company I (men from Gonzales County) Company K (men from Caldwell County)

Campaigns and Battles of the 36th Texas Cavalry

Operations against Banks' Red River Campaign - March 10 - May 22, 1864

Skirmishes, Monett's Ferry and Cloutierville - March 29 - 30, 1864, Louisiana

Action, Natchitoches, Louisiana - March 31, 1864

Skirmish, Crump's Hill, Piney Woods, Louisiana - April 2, 1864

Engagement, Campti, Louisiana - April 4, 1864

Engagement, Wilson's Farm near Pleasant Hill, Louisiana - April 7, 1864

Skirmishes, Bayou De Paul (Carroll's Mills) near Pleasant Hill, Louisiana - April 8, 1864

Battle, Sabine Cross Roads, Mansfield near Pleasant Hill, Louisiana - April 8, 1864

Engagement, Pleasant Hill, Louisiana - April 9, 1864

Action, Pleasant Hill Landing, Blair's Landing, Louisiana - April 12 - 13, 1864

Skirmishes about Cloutierville, Louisiana - April 22 - 24, 1864

Engagement, Monett's Ferry (Cane River Crossing), Louisiana - April 23, 1864

Skirmishes, Bayou Rapides Bridge and McNutt's Hill, Alexandria, Louisiana, - April 26, 1864

Skirmish, Alexandria, Louisiana - April 27, 1864

Skirmishes, Alexandria, Louisiana - April 29, 1864

Skirmish, Ashwood Landing, Louisiana - May 1, 1864

Skirmishes, Governor Moore's Plantation, La. - May 1 - 4, 1864

Skirmish, Governor Moore's Plantation, La. - May 2, 1864

Skirmishes about Alexandria, Louisiana - May 2 - 9, 1864

Action, Governor Moore's Plantation, La. - May 3, 1864

Action, Graham's Plantation, Louisiana - May 5, 1864

Skirmish, Bayou Lamourie, Louisiana - May 7, 1864

Skirmishes, Alexandria, Louisiana - May 12, 1864

Operations against Retreat from Alexandria to Morganza, Louisiana - May 13 - 20, 1864

Skirmish, Avoyelles Prairie (Marksville Prairie), Louisiana - May 13, 1864

Engagement, Mansura, Belle Prairie (Smith's Plantation), Marksville, La. - May 161 1864

Action near Moreauville, Bayou DeGlaize, La. - May 17, 1864

Engagement, Yellow Bayou, Bayou DeGlaize, Norwood's Plantation (Old Oaks), Louisiana - May 18, 1864

posted 2 Jul 2015 by Kelly (O'Neill) Gottsponer   [thank Kelly]
The Civil War began on April 12, 1861. The Texas state legislature authorized volunteer military companies on February 15, 1858, but by the time the war started, the Texas Legislature passed an act requiring all “able-bodied men between the ages of 18 to 50, with certain exceptions, to enroll for defense and be subject to call of the Confederate Government”. One of the volunteer companies that organized in Gonzales County was the Sandies Home Guard. The Sandies Home Guard was organized June 22, 1861. Henry, at the age of 32, along with 5 of his brothers, William (28), George Washington Jr. (27), Harrison (25), John (22 or 23), and Miles (16), volunteered for the Sandies Home Guard. Their younger brother, Calvin, was only 11 at the time. The brothers are listed as privates under Captain Michael Erskine. The guard’s name probably came from Sandies Creek or Sandies Hill in Leesville, TX. Then, in 1862, all the brothers, except Harrison and Calvin, enlisted into the Confederate Army and served until the end of the war. George W., John, Miles, and William all served in the 36th Cavalry Company D. However, other sources list them serving in the Texas Mounted Riflemen, which later came to be known as Company D of the 32nd Regiment Texas Volunteer Cavalry. Although Harrison volunteered for the Sandies, he did not volunteer for the Confederate Army. It may be that he stayed behind to take care of the O’Neill families left behind and his parents, George Washington, Sr. and Mary who were in their 50’s with one child, Calvin, still at home. Henry was not on the roll with his brothers and there is no clear reason why this is. His company ended up being Company A, 4th Regiment of the Texas Cavalry C.S.A., and then that group formed a part of the Brigade of General Thomas Green in 1863.
posted 2 Jul 2015 by Kelly (O'Neill) Gottsponer   [thank Kelly]
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