Hi Again Kim Geting monotonious isn't it. I'm on a roll this morning can't ya tell hehe.
Here is a theory to work at:
1870 Perry Co Ky Census by PCGHS HH#17 Lost Creek Neace, Jacob 54 W Mariah 43 W Tabitha 14 W Nathaniel 11 W Catherine 10 W Tilda 6 W Pollyan 2 W
In 1880 you have McFaniel Nease HH#115, Jacob Nease HH#118, Loss Noble (son of Jackson Noble sister of Armia) md. Bertha (Tabitha Neace, Which is probably dau of Jacob and sister to Nathaniel that I think is (McFaniel or McDaniel) They are all living righ around one another and this is probably how his name got corrupted to Faniel, worth looking at.