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Archibald 1792 brick wall

Charlynn Helms (View posts)
Posted: 1008115155000
Classification: Query
Surnames: McNeil, McNeal, Fears, McAllister
A mystery of ancestry that many MacNeil researchers run into is to be found in the mid to late 1700's in the Carolinas.

One of the major immigrations of scots - especially Clan MacNeil - happened in this time frame. They settled in two main areas - The Cape Fear area of North Carolina, and the Pee Dee area of South Carolina.

My anscetors, and maybe yours too, are among them. The mystery is: Which One?

Based on facts gathered from Census, marriage certificates, probate and court records, Family Bibles and legends, and migration patterns, a theory (or theories) may be developed and tested.

As a matter of fact, the way I got back to Archibald 1792 was achieved once I posted my theory on who my anscestor might be - it turned out that a cousin, descended from the same line, had the missing key (Family Bible). So, here are the facts, followed by some theories. What do you think?

Archibald McNEILL was born March 28, 1792
the place of birth is unknown (First problem - WHERE?)

Married Catherine FEARS (b. Nov. 21, 1799) on Oct 4, 1815

They followed the following migration pattern and appear on the census in each of these counties.
GA - Columbia, Bibb
AL - Henry, Washington
MS - Wayne

They had the following children:
Selete Ann McNeal b. May 24, 1822
Hallener McNeal b. March 1, 1824 {Helena}
James Anderson McNeal b. Aug 10, 1826
Ann Margit McNeal b. Dec 15, 1829
Allen Worken McNeal b. June 4, 1832 {Allen Walker}
Archibald William McNeal Apr 18, 1835
Martha Ann Priscilla McNeal June 21, 1837
Wm. Washington McNeal June 15, 1844


1. Archibald 1792 born in NC -
based on information that daughter Seleta Ann was born in NC - while all the rest of the children were born in GA.

2. Archibald 1792 born in SC -
based on proximity of Columbia Co, GA to Pee Dee area of SC.

3. Archibald 1792 is the brother of John 1791 -
based on migration patterns - John McNeil appears on GA census in Wilkinson Co until 1840 - then appears on 1850 census of Henry Co, AL - just a few families away from the family of Archibald 1792 (his wife Catherine 'Kitty' McNeil is listed as head of household). The rest of John 1791's offspring and their descendents remained in Wilkinson Co, GA. Why would John and his wife (Winnifred) leave their family and move to Henry Co? If they were moving with the family of a brother (Arch1792?) this would make sense - especially since it appears that Archibald1792 died around 1848 in Bibb Co.

4. Archibald 1792 is brother to Andrew
based on Columbus Co, GA census

5. Archibald 1792 is brother to Henry and John of SC
Henry and John McNeil were brothers - parents were Daniel and Lucy McNeil - evidence of other siblings - names suspected to be James and Archibald.

6. Archibald 1792 is a descendent of Jennie 'BAHN' McNeil -
Jennie 'Bahn' (the fair) - famous pre-revolution McNeil businesswoman in NC married to Archibald McNeill - had several children - Arch 1792 could easily be a descendent of her son Malcom McNeill who married Janet McALLISTER - it is said that this line often uses the name of Benjamin Franklin in naming descendents because of Jennie Bahn's great affection and respect for the original Ben Franklin.

Other general information:

Most common names over five generations in this (Archibald 1792) line are: Mary, Catherine, Archibald, John, Benjamin Franklin, James, Allen, and Washington.

So - what do you think?

Charlynn Helms

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