There were Neelys in Laurens District, SC, as early as the mid-1700s.I RHODA Jones was daughter of Margaret Neely and Joseph Jones. Margaret Neely was born ca. 1780, SC and died before 1850. Margaret's brother George Neely had a son named WILLIAM T. Neely, b. 1817, SC who married Letty ___. If you find a connection, I can tell you some more about my Neelys.