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William Harryman Neville
Birth: Dec. 29, 1843
Washington County
Illinois, USA
Death: Apr. 5, 1909
Cochise County
Arizona, USA

US Congressman. Representative from Nebraska. Civil War Vet. In 1851 he moved with his parents to Chester, Randolph County, and attended the public schools there. He later attended McKendree College in Lebanon, Ill. He served in the Federal Army during the Civil War as second sergeant in Company H, One Hundred and Forty-second Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry in 1864-65. After the war he studied law and was admitted to the bar in Chester, Illinois in 1874. He was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1872 and moved to Nebraska in May 1874 and became a member of the Nebraska House of Representatives in 1876. He practiced law in both Omaha and North Platte, Nebraska. He moved to North Platte, Nebraska, April 1877 where he married Mary Ann "Mollie" Keith in 1882. William and Mollie had one son, Morell Keith Neville, who was born in 1884. Mollie died of "child bed fever" shortly after giving birth to their son, who would become Governor of Nebraska in 1917. William continued the practice of law, and married secondly in 1886, to Irene Morrison Rector, granddaughter of General Pitcairn Morrison. William Neville was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress. He was judge of the thirteenth judicial district 1891-1895. He was elected judge of the Nebraska supreme court in 1896, but as the amendment of the constitution providing for an increased court did not pass, he did not take his seat. William was elected as a Populist to the Fifty-sixth Congress of the United States to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William L. Greene and was re-elected to the Fifty-seventh Congress and served from December 4, 1899, to March 3, 1903. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1902 so resumed the practice of law and moved to Douglas, Arizona in 1903. He was a member of the Arizona House of Representatives in 1905. William and Bird Segle McGuire were first cousins.

Obituary from the Tucson Daily Citizen, Vol. LI, Issue 149, page 1:

"DOUGLAS, April 8. - The remains of Judge William Neville, who died suddenly in Douglas on Sunday night, were sent last evening to his former home in North Platte, Neb.

"Judge Neville was one of the best known residents of Douglas. He had been a citizen of the Territory for the past five years. He had had an extensive public career, having been a member of legislatures in three commonwealths, a district judge and two times a member of the national Congress.

"He took an active part in Political affairs in Cochise county. He owned considerable property in Douglas. He was 65 years old and a native of Illinois."

He had three children:

Child by Mary Ann "Mollie" Keith:

1) Morell Keith Neville (Governor of Nebraska 1917) b. 25 Feb 1884, North Platte, NE., d. 4 Dec 1959, North Platte, NE. Morell Keith Neville married Mary Virginia Neill and they had four daughters; Mary Nelson; Frances Elizabeth; Virginia Neill and Irene Morell.

Children by Irene Morrison Rector:

2) William "Willie" Rector Neville, b. 15 Sep 1888, North Platte, NE. d. 3 Mar 1897, North Platte, NE

3) Irene Theckla Neville, b. 15 Jan 1891, North Platte, NE., d. 25 Aug 1942, Omaha, NE 
Family links: 
  Harvey Neville (1805 - 1877)
  Aly Harryman Neville (1813 - 1874)
  Mary Ann Keith Neville (1858 - 1884)*
  Irene Morrison Rector Neville (1856 - 1906)*
  Morell Keith Neville (1884 - 1959)*
  William Rector Neville (1888 - 1897)*
  Irene Theckla Neville Reynolds (1891 - 1942)*
  Harvey James Neville (1834 - 1909)*
  Melinda Neville Williams (1836 - 1891)*
  James Neville (1838 - 1921)*
  Joseph Neville (1840 - 1900)*
  William Harryman Neville (1843 - 1909)
*Calculated relationship
Front of stone:
DEC. 29, 1843
APR. 5, 1909
NOV. 13, 1858
MAR. 1, 1884

Back of stone:
North Platte Cemetery
North Platte
Lincoln County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: Lot 67, space 1
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Record added: Apr 18, 2009
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William Harryman Neville
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~ RIP ~
- Kat
 Added: May. 24, 2014
♥ William...
- With Love, Gen Gal
 Added: Sep. 6, 2011
with respect
- Goddess
 Added: Jan. 30, 2010
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