|Birth: ||May 29, 1892|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 24, 1958|
Note: Her birth date on her tombstone is inaccurate. She was born in 1892 although she claimed she was born in 1900, dropping her age by 8 years. (The King family had a habit of changing their birth dates and birth places and sometimes their names, probably to conceal their relationship to their brother Earnest Robert Cain who may have killed a man, then changed his name, and gone into hiding.)
Born on May 29, 1892 in Robeson County, North Carolina and raised along the South Carolina (Dillon County) and North Carolina (Robeson County) line, the daughter and one of nine surviving children of William Edward ("Eddie") King and Margret ("Maggie") J. Edwards King. She had green eyes and black hair. Nettie Donnie King Neely Riley was raised by her older siblings after the death of her mother. (The family had a habit of changing their birth dates and birth places and sometimes their names.) Nettie married Joseph Bowden Neely, Sr. sometime after 1910 probably in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina and moved to Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. They had met around 1910 while working at the cotton mill in Dillon, Dillon County, South Carolina. In 1916 they lived in Savannah at 411 Berrien. While living at 524 West York Street in Savannah, they had twin sons in 1920 who died in infancy and two surviving sons, Joseph Bowden Neely, Jr. and James Robert Neely, Sr. Sometime between 1917 and 1920, her husband went from being called "Bowden" to being called "Joe." Sometime between 1916 and 1917, she went from being called "Donnie" to being called "Nettie." In 1925 and 1926 the Neelys lived at 315 York Street in Savannah. By 1927 they lived at 309 35th Street in Savannah.
Widowed in 1928 at age 36, with two young children, at the beginning of the Depression, she went to work for the Chatham County Democratic Party under Johnny Bowen and supported her family working in a soup kitchen. Years later she married Harry Riley (buried at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah). She and her first husband had three grandchildren, James Robert Neely, Jr., John Michael Neely, and Sharlotte Neely Donnelly; six great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Nettie died of a heart attack on March 24, 1958 in Savannah at age 65, although she claimed she was born in 1900 and was only 57. She is buried next to her first husband in the Neely family plot in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah. The birth date on her grave stone is inaccurate. Her ancestry was probably English and Scots-Irish.
Thanks so much to her sons Joe and Robbie Neely and her granddaughter Sharlotte Neely Donnelly for much of this information. Any errors are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.
William Edward King (1850 - ____)
Margret J. Edwards King (1851 - ____)
Henry Stephen Riley (1886 - 1955)
Joseph Bowden Neely (1888 - 1928)*
Twin #1 Neely (1920 - 1920)*
Twin #2 Neely (1920 - 1920)*
Joseph Bowden Neely (1923 - 1974)*
James Robert Neely (1927 - 2007)*
Dannie King (1873 - ____)*
Mattie Edna King Bailey (1874 - 1944)*
Annie Loula King Tolar (1877 - 1941)*
Mary King (1880 - ____)*
Lawrence Adams King (1883 - 1952)*
Lonzo King (1885 - 1931)*
Nettie Donnie King Neely Riley (1892 - 1958)
Earnest Robert Cain (1893 - 1937)*
Plot: Section L, Lot 355, Space 7
Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
Record added: Sep 15, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5058454