Daniel McNeill of Taynish and (two wives)

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Daniel McNeill of Taynish

Deeds: | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |

Footnotes and Sources:
| 1—The Clan Macneil, Clan Niall of Scotland by The Macneil of Barra, 45th Chief of the Clan, Scotpress 1985, pp. 103-104 | 2—Article, "The McNeill Family" from McNeill's Ferry Chronicle and Campbell University by Everette McNeill Kivette | 3—Article (online), http://www.ralstongenealogy.com/number15kintmag.htm, "The North Carolina Settlement of 1739" by A.I.B. Stewart, The Kintyre Antiquarian and Natural History Society Magazine, Issue No. 15, Spring 1984 | 4—Article, "Highland Emigration to America with Particular Reference to North Carolina" by Hon. A.I.B. Stewart, Argyll Colony Plus publication, Vol. 6 No. 1, April 1992, p. 3; McKay-Edgerton-Philadelphus Collection, Dept. of Archives and History (NCDAH), Raleigh, NC | 5—Letters in the McAlester, NCDAH | 6—Cumberland County will of Archibald McNeill, 1801, NCDAH | 7—Bladen County North Carolina Abstracts of Early Deeds 1738-1804 by Brent H. Holcomb, C.A.L.S. | 8—Article (online), http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/history/scottishroots/histories/, "Whistler's mother and the West Coast", Edinburgh University Press | 9—Carolina Scots by Douglas F. Kelly | 10—Hometown Heritage by Lucille Johnson, p.33 | 11—Letter, entitled "The Battle of Elizabethtown" by Hamilton McMillan, Fayetteville Observer, 27 June 1901 | 12—Will of Dr. Archibald McNeill, 1772, (probated 1774) Dorchester Co., SC, South Carolina Department of Archives and History | 13—Bladen County North Carolina Tax Lists 1775 through 1789, Vol. 2, by William Byrd, III | 14—Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticane Vol 4, page 54 | 15—South Carolina Marriages from "The South Carolina and American General Gazette", compiled and edited by A.S. Salley Jr., 1914; http://genealogytrails.com/scar/ marriages_1766_1782.htm | 16—Obituary of Mrs. Jean Dubois, Wilmington Gazette, 5 May 1803 | 17—Letter from Alexander McAllister of Cumberland Co., NC, McAllister Family Papers Collection 1747-1935, NCDAH | 18—Robeson County Register, Vol. 1 No.2, May 1986 issue, p. 43 | 19—This is a broad oral tradition, from unknown source. | 20—"Virgin Islands Families, DuBois" by Holsoe and Marshall, 2010 | 20—Article, "Donald Taynish McNeill: Emigrating Ancestor" by Kathryn Hooks Sandifer, Argyll Colony Plus publication, Vol. 21 No. 1, Spring 2007, p. 51-62. | 21—Article: "Claims of British Merchants After the Revolution" by Ransom McBride, North Carolina Genealogical Journal.
Birth c.1697-17051,20 Place Scotland2
Death c. 1767-177419,20 Place Brown Marsh area, Bladen Co., NC20
Father Neill McNeill of Taynish1 Mother Elizabeth Campbell1
Other wife 2nd: Margaret McTavish1,3,4

Married 2nd wife before 173016


(Two wives; see below)

Marriage date: ?
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Notes on this Family : The most notable of the descendant of Daniel McNeill of Taynish is the artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler. In correspondence with someone who inquired of his Scottish ancestry, Whistler stated his mother Anna (the subject of his painting "Whistler's Mother"), was descended from the McNeills of Barra: "Our MacNeills are those of Bar[r]a—the Highland McNeills….though I fear I have rather neglected my cousinships, having lived so much away from my own people."1 To which McNeill family branch he refers here is unknown. He may have been referring to Daniel of Taynish, or to Daniel's daughter's husband, William McNeill who was Whistler's great-grandfather. Or, perhaps he was even referring to Daniel's unknown first wife's family. Whistler's mother, Anna Matilda McNeill, was born in 1804 in Wilmington, NC. According to notes shared by Everett McNeill Kivett in the collection of Miss Betty Capo of Wilmington, NC, the plantation, Oak Forest, associated with Anna's family in Bladen County may have been the homestead that was identified in records by Wanda Campbell as having been on Trestle Road near Clarkton.
   Daniel's first wife and the children by her are largely unknown, though Daniel's son Dr. Archibald McNeill of Dorchester Co., SC named his half-sister Margaret Mowat in his will of 1772. The children by Margaret McTavish are found in a genealogical chart in the McAlester family collection at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh, NC (drawn up by a staff genealogist there) and in the article entitled "The McNeill Family" by Everett McNeill Kivette from his "The McNeill's Ferry Chronicles and Campbell University." Kivette's genealogical record of the McNeill family is the most comprehensive—and logical—of all the accounts of the descendants of "Black Neill" McNeill and Daniel McNeill of Taynish. The Bladen County tax list of 1770 shows a Daniel McNeill with over £1500 taxable. It is generally accepted he lived until 1774 and there is a tax record in Bladen County showing that he was taxed on a horse in 1774.
   Daniel McNeill's plantation on the Cape Fear River, "Tweedside" (sometimes "Tweeside"), was sold in pieces by Daniel McNeill to three parties: James Rutherford whose brothers inherited it along with the dwelling and outbuildings; 147 acres bought by Col. Thomas Armstrong; and 150 acres bought by Duncan Campbell who moved to Bladen by 1768 (see Associated Grant/Deeds above). The Rutherford brothers eventually sold their portion to an Archibald Simpson who married a Rutherford widow (Daniel's granddaughter Jean), and Duncan Campbell gave his parcel of it to his grandson, John Campbell of Campbells Bridge at Drowning Creek in Robeson County. John Campbell sold it to Stephen Gilmore of Cumberland in 1800.
   It is broadly claimed that "Scribbling Archie" McNeill was one of the sons of Daniel McNeill of Taynish by his first wife. I have found this very questionable because that would have given Daniel two sons named Archibald, as Daniel already had a son Dr. Archibald McNeill who lived and died in Dorchester Co., SC, per his 1772 will. It is also doubtful because Daniel's and Scribbling Archie's birthyears appear to be too close together (ca. 1705 and ca. 1720 respectively) to have been father and son. Perhaps they were brothers. There is no complete list of any of the children of Daniel and his first wife; but they were not childless. One child, Margaret who married Rev. Mr. Mowat of Gigha, was listed in Dr. Archibald's will in SC as a "half-sister." Adding to the confusion, Ian Roderick Macneill, the 45th Chief of the Clan Mcneil, did not show a first wife for Daniel at all but listed only Margaret McTavish as his wife.
   Hamilton McMillan of Robeson County (a founder of Pembroke College in Robeson County) wrote in an article he submitted to the Fayetteville Observer that he personally had been shown by a local the graves of Col. John Slingsby and his wife Isabella McNeill McAlester Slingsby (Daniel's daughter), and a son Robert Slingsby, at Slingsby Shoals in Bladen County, and had no doubt that he was the only white man who knew their location. In the Bladen County tax lists of 1776, Colonel Slingsby was living next door to his sister-in-law, the widow Jane Dubois. Jane had fled Wilmington around 1775.

Children by unknown 1st wife: Birth Death Spouse / Year Cht#
1. Margaret McNeill12,14
Sept 178414
Married Rev. William Mowat of Gigha, Scotland, between 1753 and 1759. Margaret was his 2nd wife and by Margaret they had a daughter Isabel in 1759. Margaret died in Sept 1784, a several months after her husband.16
Children by Margaret McTavish:
2. Dr. Archibald McNeill12
c. 1730?16
1st: Mary Wright, who died by 1772. 2nd: Margaret Postell who remarried to John Glaze, Esq. in June 1775 in SC. Dr. Archibald McNeill was practicing medicine in Dorchester District in 1757, and died in Dorchester Co., SC in 1774.15 Dr McNeill had one son, Archibald Fotheringham McNeill,12 presumably by his first wife, Mary Wright. Archibald Fotheringham McNeill appears to have died unmarried in Wilmington, NC in 1823.
3. Jane/Jean McNeill12
May 180316,20
John/Johannes Dubois of Wilmington, NC who died there just before 29 Dec 176720 and who owned large tracts in Bladen County in 1736.7 John and Jean Dubois had three children20 in Wilmington and one of them, also named Jean (married three times), appears to have lived at Tweedside in Cumberland Co. until 1803 when it was sold to George Elliott. Jean Dubois is found in the 1776 Bladen Co., NC tax list with 9 slaves, next door to Col. John Slingsby, her brother-in-law, whose household included Donald Bain and a John McNeil13 who was likely John McNeill, the son of William and Elizabeth McNeill, below.
4. Elizabeth McNeill12
c. 1735?
alive 1772
Married William McNeill of the Ardelay McNeills who is in the 1789 Bladen Co. tax list with 540 acres, six slaves. William was alive in 1792.21 This William and Elizabeth McNeill (through their son Dr. Charles Daniel McNeill and his 2nd1 wife "the beautiful Martha Kingsley") were the grandparents of Anna Matilda McNeill (b. 1804 & the subject of the painting "Whistler's Mother"), the mother of the artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Dr. McNeill had a sister, Ann McNeill McDiarmid, wife of Rev. Archibald McDiarmid of Ardnave plantation on Lower Little River, and Ann was an aunt of Anna Matilda McNeill Whistler.10 Rev. Archibald McDiarmid was a witness to the will of "Scribbling Archie" McNeill.6
5. Isabella McNeill17
c. 1735?
alive 178913
1st husband: Capt. Hector McAlester before 1767.17 Lost at sea on a voyage to West Indies in April 1770. He and Isabella had two children, a girl and a boy.17 2nd husband: Married after June 1772 to Tory Colonel John Slingsby who was killed at Tory's Hole in the Battle of Elizabethtown 29 Sept 1781. Isabella and Col. Slingsby were likely buried near Colleys Swamp at a place called Slingsby Shoals, presumably near the lands of Robert Stewart and wife Negalena (youngest daughter of 'Black Neill' McNeill). Early in the 20th century, according to his article to the Fayetteville Oberver dated 11 July 1901, Hamilton McMillan stated he had seen the graves of Col. Slingsby, his wife Isabella and his son Robert at Slingsby Shoals in Bladen Co., shown to him presumably by an escort since he said he was probably the only white man who knew the site. Slingsby owned the The River plantation, located three miles above Whitehall and 12 miles from Brown Marsh. Isabella and Col. Slingsby had a daughter, their only daughter, who married Rev. Wm. Bingham.