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David Hugh Neil
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Birth: May 7, 1851
Greenville
Armstrong County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 14, 1913
Sligo
Clarion County
Pennsylvania, USA

Son of James & Sarah Ann (Parsons) Neil.

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(Commerative Biog. Record of Central PA, v.2, p. 1431) Was Justice of the Peace from May 1884 until June 30, 1897, then postmaster of Sligo and served as tax collector for 11 years. Was a furniture dealer & undertaker.

(Commemorative Biog. Record of Central Pennsylvania, V.2, pp. 1431-32): "the popular postmaster of Sligo, Clarion county". He represents one of the prominent pioneer families of the county, and "No man in this community has been more prominently identified with its commercial and political history." Went to school until age 15, then accepted a position in a mercantile establishment in Greenville and worked there for five years and did some teaching. He learned the blacksmith's trade and worked for his father until his father moved to Sligo in 1879. He continued the shop on his own for two years, then purchased his business in Sligo -- being one of the most reliable and enterprising business men of Sligo. Stanch Republican. Member of Odd Fellow Lodge of Sligo and the Junior Order of American Mechanics and Knights of Maccabees. Religion is Presbyterian. "His name is a synonym for honorable business dealing..."

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Clarion Democrat, November 20, 1913

Last Friday evening, November 14, 1913, Mr. D.H. Neil, probably the best known citizen of Sligo, Clarion county, died at his home in that place at about half past seven o'clock.

Mr. Neil has not been well for some time past being troubled with what is commonly called enlargement of the liver, technically called hypertrophic cirrhosis. This gradually sapped his strength and left him without recuperative power and at last closed a useful and honorable career.

The deceased was born in the village of Greenville in 1851, the son of James and Sarah Neil. He lived in Greenville until about 31 years ago when he removed to Sligo.

About 38 years ago he was united in marriage with Miss Matilda Lucas, who now survives him with the following children: J.J., Vira E., Lunie L., and Maribell, at home, Dr. Thomas F. Neil, Waterton, Ill., and Parsons Neil, East Brady, Pa.

Mr. Neil served his community for twelve years as a Justice of the Peace and up to the time of his death had been postmaster about sixteen years. In both of these positions Mr. Neil was scrupulously careful of the rights of his fellow citizens, giving intelligent and conscientious service. He was a member oft he Presbyterian church and gave loyal support to that organization. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows and Masonic fraternities. The community loses a valuable citizen, the home a devoted husband and father and the church a strong supporter.

The funeral was held Monday morning, Rev. K.E. McLeod, pastor of the deceased, conducting services and the interment took place in Sligo cemetery. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mary Matilda Lucas Neil (1850 - 1920)
 
 Children:
  Carrie Lorraine Neil*
  James Jones Neil (1876 - 1973)*
  Thomas Franklin Neil (1877 - 1952)*
  Elvira Elizabeth Neil (1880 - 1956)*
  Anna Lucas Neil (1883 - 1970)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sligo Cemetery
Sligo
Clarion County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Pamela Myers-Grewell
Record added: Feb 11, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17893231
David Hugh Neil
Added by: Pamela Myers-Grewell
 
David Hugh Neil
Added by: Pamela Myers-Grewell
 
 
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