William McNeill & wife Jane Campbell
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Associated Grants/Deeds:
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• Mabel Smith Lovin's history of her McNeill ancestors;
• Revolutionary War pension record of Hector McNeill by his widow Ayles McNeill, 1851;
Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution, April, 1775, to December, 1783 by Francis B. Heitman, p.375;
Roster of Soldiers From North Carolina in the American Revolution, Published by The North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution, 1932;


  William McNeill - family chart

Birth c. 1730? Place Scotland
Chr Place
Death c.1765 Place probably Scotland
Burial Place
Father unknown Mother unknown
Marriage c.1755 Place Scotland
Other spouses Marriage
WIFE   Jane Campbell ( married 2nd to Neill McNeill on Upper Little River)
Birth c. 1740? Place Scotland
Chr Place
Death after 1803 Place either Marion Co., SC or Robeson Co., NC
Burial Place either Marion Co., SC or Robeson Co., NC
Father Mother
Other spouses Neill McNeill (2nd husband) Marriage c. 1776-77

Notes: Jane Campbell McNeill came to America in 1774 on the ship Ulysses, and it appears she came as a widow after William died in Scotland. The ship's passenger list shows a Jane McNeill with children; her husband William, though, is not in the passenger list. It is believed Jane married Neill after the Revolution because their families were on opposite sides of the conflict, however, since their first child "Marsh Daniel" was born in 1778, that belief appears to be another error of oral tradition. Indeed, much of the lore surrounding Jane Campbell and her husbands appears to be oral tradition and erroneous. This is understandable, even predictable, since the interrelationships and re-use of christian names of her two families along with the children of Neill, her second husband by his first wife, is convoluted. Therefore, any oral history about this mixed-up family is suspect, because certain points of the traditional narrative do not stand up to the written, original records.
    "Fiddler Hector" McNeill was a Lieutenant in the First N.C., enlisted 1 September 1775, but deserted 3 February 1776 and joined the Scottish Loyalists only to be captured at Moore's Creek. He escaped, but he did not escape his war record which states, "Hector McNeil, Lieut. ... Destd to ye Torys Feb. 3, '76 Condemed by a Court Martial, March '76. Escaped." The records show his first wife was named Jane, and his second, Ayles. Traditional stories say his first wife was Eunice McNeill. I now believe Ayles to have been the daughter of James McNeill of Rockfish Creek.

Children Birth Death Spouse Cht #
Children by Jane and her first husband William McNeill:
1. Nancy McNeill
Malcolm McNeill. It's said Nancy married her step-brother, Hector, a son of her step-father Neill McNeill and his first wife whose name is lost. However, records show she instead married Hector's brother Malcolm McNeill in 1776 in Cumberland Co., NC.
2. Archibald "Archie Ghar"
12 Mar 1760
26 Sept 1834
1st: Rebecca Cameron; 2nd: Barbara Patterson; 3rd: Rebecca Matthews (no issue), 4th: Effie McEachern (no issue).

3. "Fiddler Hector" McNeill
Lt. First NC American Army; joined
1775 but
deserted Feb. 1776 to join
the British;
was captured at Moores
Creek; tried, court martialed,
imprisoned, condemned to
hang. Escaped.

british flag


28 July 1830
in SC

1st: Jane (McNeill?). Her name was Jane according to Revolutionary War records.
2nd: Ayles McNeill in 1791 in Cumberland Co., NC
4. Elizabeth McNeill
before 1765
after 1812
James McNeill, Esq. of Canada, schoolmaster and Robeson Co. court official. It is said James remarried after Elizabeth's death and moved to Florida with some of their children. He would have moved after 1833.
5. (boy) McNeill
died at sea on voyage to NC
Children by Jane and her second husband Neill McNeill on Upper Little River:
1. "Marsh Daniel" McNeill
8 Feb 1778
28 Nov 1852
Mary Buie Brown
2. John McNeill
__?__ Baker; 2nd: Mary Harrell