History of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania : including its early settlement and progress to the present time ; a description of its historic and interesting localities ; its cities, towns and villages; religious, educational, social and military history ; mining, manufacturing and commercial interests, improvements, resources, statistics, etc. ; also, biographies of many of its representative citizens.
Chicago : A. Warner Co., 1889
Cushing, Thomas, 1821
J. B. NEEL, assistant cashier and teller First National Bank, Homestead, was born Dec. 11, 1857, in Mifflin Twp., a son of JOHN F. NEEL, whose grandfather, JAMES, was a Scotchman, and one of the pioneers of this county, and who and his wife RACHEL (McCLURE) were members of Lebanon Presbyterian Church, and parents of nine children: DORCAS (born in 1775), JOHN F., JANE, THOMAS, HARVEY J., GRIZELLA, REUBEN, RACHEL and HIRAM (born in 1799).Of these HARVEY J., the grandfather of JAMES B., was born Sept. 30, 1785, and was well known as a farmer, boatman, merchant and stockman.He was a stanch democrat, and was postmaster in Mifflin Twp. for 25 years.He married ELIZABETH BRIERLY , who became the mother of the following children: JANE J., JOHN F., ROBERT B. and HIRAM M.Of these JOHN F. married SUSANNAH K. FORSYTHE, who became the mother of JAMES B., and died young.J. B. was educated in the public schools, attended St. Vincent’s College a short time, and graduated at Duff’s Commercial College in the class of 1878.He was teller in the First National Bank of McKeesport, for five years, and since Jan. 1, 1888, has been assistant cashier and teller in the First National Bank, Homestead.He married SARAH C. RISHER, and has one child, S. REBECCA.