Here is a message that was posted to my message board on FamilyHistory.com.Karen Ward may be related to you.
I am African American and been researching my family name. In your search DeNeal(e) if you have any information Slave ownership in your family or can give me any leads I would appreciate it.
I am particularly interested in George DeNeale as my great- great grand and great grand father'swere named George. To the best of my knowledge they were from Marvin, Alabama. I have received a some feedback but no documentation that George may have migrated to Alabama from Richmond, VA. I am in the process of following on some records of a slave name George DeNeal that was included in 1860 census.
My grandfather Robert Sr. migrated to Gary, Indiana in 1940's to work in the steel mills. I am from Gary but now live in Charlottesville, Va. My father Robert Jr. and sisters still live in Gary but my mother passed away a couple years ago.
Any information will be appreciated.
Subject:DeNeal surname Posted by:Karen Ward
Message:I am reasonably certain I am an ancestor of James DeNeale of Virginia. In 1790 the his family had five children and twenty slaves. Is it possible this would be of help to Tyrone DeNeal, who is trying to trace his ancestry? We were told slaves took the family name if the owners were good to them. The DeNeale family lost everything to the British in the War of 1812. My grandfather spelled the last name as DeNeal, without the e.