Re: Neal/Neil marriages before 1825 in Tennessee
I wish I had more but no one seems to be kin to my James Milton Neal. I know from where he was in Jefferson County,Tn. & there were other Neal families there but yet no one claims kin.
In the 1850 census of Knox County, Tn. James is listed as Milton Neil.
I will share what I have so far
James Milton Neal was born 1825 in Tennessee according to the only 2 census records I have found listing James. James married Vany Turner April 8, 1846 in Knox County, Tennessee. Sylvania (Vania) Turner was the daughter of John & Vany (Hopper) Turner.
Ten Children were born to James Milton & Vania. Nine of the 10 children were born in Tennessee.
I believe James mother to be Jemima Harker Neal from other researchers & research done by the Fielden family. His father has never been discovered.
His mother married 2nd to James Fielden August 1st 1831 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Three other children were born to this union. John W.Fielden, Mary Fielden & Benjamin Ai Fielden. After James Fielden died Jemima married 3rd to John Hodges in Jefferson County, Tennessee July 30, 1846. Jemima used her maiden name Harker as her first name sometimes.
We know the Fielden’s also moved to Texas County, Missouri from Tennessee when James & Vania moved to Texas County, Missouri 1859.
Sylvania (Vania) Turner Neal’s sister Sarah Turner was married to Dempsey Fielden who was a relative of James Fielden.
From older ancestors the Neal & Fielden’s were a very close nit family.
The earliest record I have of James Milton is a church record from Mill Springs Baptist Church in Jefferson County, Tennessee. His mother was listed also as Harker Fielden.
Those attending the church 1836
Nolachucky Baptist Association Record 1st September 1836
Mill Springs Baptist Church Roll
Brother Duke Kimbroughmoderator
John LockhartJoseph Oar
Elizabeth OarJames Bruse
Jeremiah NealWilliam Neal
Bird PateLucy Bruse
Mary BruceNancy Smith
Rebecca PateSamuel Box
Wm. McDowelWm. Brazelton
Jack NealJessee Mills
John FreemanDaniel R. Murphey
John ChambersDotty Neal
Susanna PateSarah Cockram
Sarah NorthernCatherine Newman
Nancy MurpheyNancy Kimbrough
Thomas Neal(of Collen)Bird Curnut
Wm. SmithAllen Elmore
Josua MurphyJonathan Box
Robert KimbroughBenja Neal
Wm. PersonDavid Cockran
Nathaniel SpencerWm. Newman
Issac M. NewmanMassy Cockran
Jemes McGeeJack( of Colen)
Milly Pates (of Colen)SarahRag?
Pheby HowardJemima(of Colen)
Rachel NealSarah Hodges
Elizabeth FieldenRebecca Walker
Jemima BoxElizabeth Murphy
Asly BallengerJudy Perkins
Mary McGeeNancy Cockran
Mary HerselCharolette Murphy
Clerissia(of Colen)Agnes Murphy
Harker FieldenRebecca Neal
Sarah PersonMargaret Coats
Margaret A. OarCaroline Dyer
Serena SiskJohn Sellens
Samuel P. NewmanMartha Sellens
Telitha EllenMerchant Hankins
Elizabeth HankinsElmiry Cooper
Alenander P. BowersCalloway Alderson
Nancy AldersonElizabeth Perkins
Bob SmithElizabeth Smith
Mary JonesMelton Neal
Hamilton GwenCharity Gwin
Hannah CoppsokMary York
James FieldenWilliam P. Cooper
William CockranAndes McGee
Jams BruceHetta Fielden
Richard FieldenGeorgette McGee
Beny FieldenOny Smith
Ellen FieldenLyhlia Fielden
Louis ElmoreAnderson Pate
Demsy FieldenWm. Fielden
Joseph GwinJosiah M. Fielden
Thomas JenkinsNancy Smith
Wm. T. LandersJames Fielden
Susannah FieldenFanny Fielden
Richard FieldenIsaac P. ?
Henry CarbackAnn Carback
Margie PateJohn Phillips
Margaret FieldenMary Northern
Elizabeth HowardMartha McGee
Mary C. LangfordZelpha Fielden
Eliza ?James Moore
MaryFordin ?Linsinday Browers
Per phone conversation with Marvel Fielden who wrote the book “ The Fielden Stream”
These notes are from the Mill Springs Baptist Church records.
1830: Milton Neal was attending church
August 1843: Milton Neal joined the church & received membership
1845: Milton Neal was dismissed from the church along with Josiah Fielden for drunkenness.
November 1848: Vania Neal joined the church
Feburary 1849: A charge was brought against Harker & Hodge because they refused to live together, they were living separate. And Harker was charged with selling liquor.
March 1849: Harker confessed to selling liquor, said she was sorry and she would quit. Repented.
May 1849: Harker was excluded from the church because Hodge and Harker refused to live together.