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American Colonies – Mcneill and Beyond

This is part of Mcneill and Beyond - a Memoir


  • Note: This is incomplete but the names and dates of patrilineal descent are here which is important

Virginia Colony

One Plantation to Another

Our journey so far has taken us from Africa, to Central Asia, to Europe. Next stop: America, or rather the American Colonies. In 1722/1725 our emigrant ancestor set sail for the New World which would take another fifty years to become an independent nation.

New Family in a New Land

John married in 1744 (yes, at age 64) in a Presbyterian church in Philadelphia, and later migrated to Northern Virginia (dying at 85 after raising three boys). If he was Presbyterian when he emigrated, then he may be an Ulster Scot.

Genealogy of The McNeill

Here is the male line for the past ten generations. Besides those still alive, all were born and died in the new world, with the exception of the latest member who is a dual national Thai-American, born in Thailand.

  • Daniel, b. 1630 d. 1684 - fathered at 50, died at 54
    • Born and died in Northern Ireland
  • John, b. 1680, d. 1775 - fathered at 65, died at 85
    • Born in Northern Ireland, died in the Colony of Virginia
  • Daniel, b. 1745 d. 1806 - fathered at 23, died at 61
  • Daniel Renick (aka Daniel Jr.), b. 1768, d. 1844 - fathered at 50, died at 76
  • Benjamin Seymour, b. 1808, d. 1890 - fathered at 43, died at 82
  • John Wilkinson, b. 1851 d. 1940 - fathered at 37, died at 89
  • Raymond Lee, b. 1888, d. 1968 - fathered at 25, died at 80
  • John Hanson, b. 1913, d. 1964 (Jan 09, 1965?) - fathered at 28, died at 51
  • Robert Bradley, b. 1941 - fathered at 25
  • Jeffrey Robert, b. 1966 - fathered at 49
    • Benjamin, b. 2015 (born in Thailand)
    • Daniel, b. 2017 (born in Thailand)

Fatherhood (of direct descendents): 50, 65, 23, 50, 43, 37, 25, 28, 25, 49 = 395, Avg. 39.5, Median 40.

Lifespan: 54, 85, 61, 76, 82, 89, 80, 51 = 557, Avg. 72, Median 78.

Note that our generations (at least for the male offspring for our male line) are an average of 39.5 years which is much more than 25 or 30 used to compute mutation-to-year estimates. Which means our mutations could be older on average than what they are estimating. (However, there is now a way through next generation sequencing to estimate mutation rates directly, which obsoletes generation counting.)

The Lands of Hardy County

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Agriculture and Pastoral

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The McNeill and America

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Depopulation of the Homestead

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A Time of Migration

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Additional Genealogical Resources


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