The Neal family moved to Hamilton County, Illinois from Knox County, Indiana, from the area of Bicknell east of Vincennes. They had been in the area before 1806 since Emri Neal was born in Indiana on Aug. 10, 1806. When and how they came to Indiana is not known but the most logical passageway at the time was from either Virginia or the Carolinas through Kentucky territory and then into southern Indiana. There was a private James Neal in the Roll of a Company of Light Dragoons of Indiana Militia, Captain Benjamin Park commanding, from September 18, to November 19, 1811. However it is known that there were at least two James Neals in the early Indiana Territory, so it may or may not have been our James Neal, the father of Emri Neal, the father of Austin Neal. The settlement of Vincennes having been ceded to the British in 1763 and was seized by U.S. forces under George Rogers Clark in 1779. Vincennes served as the capital of the vast Indiana Territory from 1800 to 1813. James C. Neal was on the Knox County, Indiana 8 February 1812 Hawkins Township Voters roll. The Neal, Weaver, Walker and Harper families appeared in the 1820 census as follows:
============================================================================ Head of Houshold White White Last Name First Name Initial Page # Males Females FACM NEAL James 089 211310 20010 0201 NEAL Walter 092 200001 40010 0100 NEAL Wilson 083 000100 00000 0000 WEAVER John 089 011110 20101 0100 WALKER Abraham 086 000100 00000 0000 WALKER Isaac 089 100010 00101 0001 WALKER James 092 200010 00100 0100 WALKER Wm N 083 000010 00000 0001 HARPER George 090 000411 01201 0500 HARPER Jacob 089 000210 10100 0003 HARPER Thomas 089 010100 00100 0002So, by 1820 the older son Wilson had moved from the family home, but there were still 10 residing with James Neal, two classified as farmers, one as a manufacturer, and the rest minors.
The following Neal Marrages were recorded.
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There was a John Neal in Hamilton County in 1860 so possibly he was the first of the Neals to move there and other Neals followed, but most of the Knox County, Indiana Neals did not leave since Austin Neal was buried there in 1899. Many are buried at Asbury Chapel in Washington Township.
The Wamplers were later imigrants to Indiana since Martha Wampler, the wife of Austin Neal was born in Wythe County, Virginia on Feb. 28, 1838.
Martha Jane Wampler Neal (b. Feb 28, 1938 Virginia d. Oct 29, 1870)
Flora Tennessee Gunter Neal (Sep.16,1870 IL m. Aug. 16, 1891 d. Jan 23, 1957)
Stephen, Flora Neal and Imogene Daily
Stephen and Flora Neal (Stephen b. Jul 15, 1867 IN d. Oct. 15, 1949)
Flora Tennessee Gunter Neal
Mabel Edna, Dallas, Merril Neal
Location - Ten Mile ~1909
Female back row center is Mabel Edna Neal, daughter of Stephen and Flora Neal,
born in Hamilton county on October 20, 1897 and became the wife of Herman W. Daily
Children of Stephen and Flora Neal were as follows:
Dallas Ivan Neal b. Feb.18, 1893 d. Feb.9, 1974
Married twice, first wife Blanche James died in child birth with second child first child was Willard Married Lillian Kelly April 11 1920 they had 3 children James, Lucy,and Shirley
Merrill Raymond Neal b. Dec.11, 1894 d. April 16, 1972
Married Bessie Sights Had 3 children Edna Haline, Raymond Austin and Beverly Eugene
Mabel Edna Neal b. Oct 20, 1897 d. July 4, 1991
Married on March 21, 1915 to Herman Wesley Daily b. Aug 7, 1892 d. June 20, 1982
4 children, Cyril Neal, Imogene, Flora Ann and Herman Don
Harold Don Neal b. Feb.7, 1901 d. Nov. 28, 1982
Married Lucile Martin, date unknown, no children
Charles Raymond Neal b. June 16, 1905 d. Jan. 24, 1981
Married Velma Hale, date unknown, no children