Neill McNeill on Jobs Branch & unknown wife
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Associated Grants/Deeds:
1768 - James Stewart of Bladen County to Neil McNeil of Cumberland County, 100A west side of Raft Swamp, Bladen Co., NC;
1768 - James Stewart of Bladen County to Neill McNeil of Bladen County, 100A on Jobs Branch, Bladen Co., NC;
1771 - Royal Grant to Neill McNeill, 100A between two ponds (near Jobes Br. and Raft Swamp, Bladen Co., NC. This grant cannot be found in any record but is named in a deed.);
1772 - Joseph Fort to Neil McNell of Bladen County, 100A on Jobs Branch west of the north prong of Raft Swamp adjacent James Stewart and William Carver, Bladen Co., NC;
1774 - Neill McNeill of Bladen County to Alexr Leich of Cumberland County, 100A east side of Little Beaver Creek, granted to McNeill 1768, Cumberland Co., NC;
1774 - Neill McNeill of Bladen County to Alexr Leich of Cumberland County, 50A north side of Rockfish on Black Branch, granted to McNeill 1770, Cumberland Co., NC;
1774 - Hector McNeill of Bladen County to Neil McNell of Bladen County, 2 tracts: 100A on west side of Mill Branch of Raft Swamp five miles above the mouth, and 50 acres on west side of Mill prong, Bladen Co., NC;

• 1784 Bladen County tax list for McNeill's District; NC Legislative Papers.
Bladen County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Early Deeds, 1738-1804 by Brent Holcomb;
• Bladen County Tax Lists 1768-1789 by William Byrd III;
• Robeson County deeds;
• Cumberland County deeds;
• Research and McNeill family history compilation by James S. Roberts;
• Research by Ruth McArthur of Wilmington (deceased) and information from her cousin Charles McNeill of Red Springs, NC;
• Research of Steve Edgerton of Raleigh, NC.


  Neill McNeill on Jobes Branch

Birth c.1700-1710 Place Scotland
Chr Place
Death alive 1784 Place Robeson (now Hoke) County , NC
Burial Place probably today's Hoke Co., NC in the Neill McNeill burial ground across the road from "Big Will" McNeill's home
Father unknown Mother unknown
Marriage Place probably Scotland
Other spouses Marriage
WIFE   unknown, possibly dead before Neill arrived in NC
Birth Place
Chr Place
Death Place
Burial Place
Father Mother
Other spouses Marriage

Notes: I have come to believe this McNeill family's assertion and James Roberts statement that this Neill McNeill immigrated from Scotland with his two young sons in 1740, very likely with the Argyll Colony. One Bladen County deed states that Neil McNeil of Cumberland County bought from James Stewart a 100 acre tract on west side of Raft Swamp on Jobes Branch in 1768. In the 1774 deed to Alexander Leich, it is obvious that the clerk attempted to imitate Neill's signature as it must have appeared on the original deed; the imitation does not match in any way Neill's full name as the clerk wrote it normally in the body of the deed.
    Little is known personally about this early Neill McNeill. But he is positively identified in Bladen County tax list for 1771 (Archibald McKissick's district) as head of household with 'Hector McNeill, sailor' living with him, and again as "Neill McNeile Sen" with 450 acres, a neighbor of Hector McNeill and Mary McNeill in a Bladen tax list of 1784 in the NC legislative papers at the archives. All 450 acres can be accounted for in existing Bladen County deeds. This is NOT the Neill McNeill who immigrated in 1774 and settled on Long Swamp in Bladen County with wife Isobel Simpson.

Children Birth Death Spouse Cht #
1. "Shoemaker John" McNeill
1786- 1790
Mary Peterson
2. "Sailor Hector" McNeill
Mary Culbreth