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Mary Virginia "Jeannie" Simmons Neill
Birth: Oct. 17, 1859
Libertytown (Frederick County)
Frederick County
Maryland, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 1945
Charles Town
Jefferson County
West Virginia, USA

Mary Virginia "Jennie" (Simmons) Neill was the daughter of Rezin Emory Simmons of Liberty, Frederick, Maryland and Sarah Elizabeth Urner.

The Urner's go back to Ulrich Urner, who immigrated from Switzerland in 1708, to Germantown, Philadelphia. Ulrich's son Jacob Urner was the father of Rev. Martin Urner, Ordained the 2nd Bishop of Coventry Brethren Church, Coventry Township, Chester, Pennsylvania. Martin's son Jonas Urner was a Breathren Elder, and moved to Carroll County, Maryland and bought a farm on or near Sam's Creek. He served as presiding Elder of the Pipe Creek Church. His son Samuel Urner married for the second time to Susannah Norris and was a prominent farmer in Frederick County, Maryland. Samuel and Susannah were the parents of Sarah Elizabeth Urner, who was mother to Mary Virginia "Jeannie" Simmons.

Jeannie Simmons was married to Dr. William Neill of Hagerstown, Maryland, at All Saints Episcopal Church, Frederick City, Maryland, by Rev. Osborn Ingles 13 Sep 1882.

Dr. and Mrs. William Neill resided in Charles Town, traveling to Pass-a-Grille Beach, Florida for many years each winter. Their daughter and granddaughters frequently visited them in Charles Town, traveling from Nebraska where they made their home. They were called "Daddy Doc" and Mummy Doc" by their grandchildren. They had two children;

1) Mary Virginia "Marie" who married Morell Keith Neville, who was Governor of Nebraska 1917, was born 5 Aug 1883;

2) Dr. William Neill Jr., who married Alice Lawrason Buckler was born 1 Apr 1888.

The following letter was written by Irene Morell (Neville) Bystrom, January 2009, at the age of 90 years. She is one of the granddaughters of Dr. & Mrs. William Neill, and grew up knowing them;

"Mummy Doc was Mary Virginia Simmons and she married Daddy Doc who was William Neill. He was a darling white haired man and we all adored him. He made his rounds as a Doctor in a buggy pulled by his horse and the horses name was FLY. I used to go with him some just for the ride. He died a long time before our Mummy Doc". - INB [Irene Neville Bystrom, age 90 years.]

1. Urner, Isaac N.. Genealogy of the Urner family : and sketch of the Coventry Brethren Church in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1893.
2. Joseph Erner webpages at
3. Daughters of the American Revolution
4. Neville family archives
6. Letter from Irene Neville Bystrom
7. Birth, marriage, death records on

Family links: 
  Rezin Emory Simmons (1830 - 1881)
  Sarah Elizabeth Urner Simmons (1836 - 1864)
  William Neill (1860 - 1925)*
  Mary Virginia "Marie" Neill Neville (1883 - 1980)*
  William Neill (1888 - 1956)*
  Susan Elizabeth Simmons Porterfield (1858 - 1909)*
  Mary Virginia "Jeannie" Simmons Neill (1859 - 1945)
  Linn Thomas Simmons (1864 - 1865)*
*Calculated relationship
Zion Episcopal Churchyard
Charles Town
Jefferson County
West Virginia, USA
Plot: Lot 74; by sidewalk:300 E Congress St
Created by: Shari Hanson Frey
Record added: Apr 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36024999
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Rest in Heavenly peace.
- William Neill
 Added: Dec. 24, 2013

- Shari Hanson Frey
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