|Birth: ||Aug. 4, 1839|
Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
|Death: ||Oct. 13, 1909|
Andrew Neil, a native of Sorbie, Wigtown, Scotland immigrated to the United States on 2 August 1858 arriving in Philadephia, Pennsyvania on the ship Bridgewater via the port of Liverpool, England. He and his wife, Fanny Holmes Neil, who married on 19 September 1865, were the parents of 11 children. Their marriage is notable because it was the first marriage amongst the settlers in Amber.
Andrew is listed as a Civil War Veteran in the Census of the State of Michigan 1894, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Volume III Index. No record of his service has been located, though it is clear that he did not serve in a Michigan regiment.
Andrew arrived in Mason County in 1865, homesteaded his farm in 1867, and purchased it from the State of Michigan in 1872. He and his brother James homesteaded adjoining farms in what was shortly to become Amber Township. James' wife was Rebecca Key Neil and it is unknown whether she and their daughter arrived with Andrew and James or if they came later with Fanny. Oral history is that they used oxen carts to travel. Fanny arrived in 1865, most likely also by oxen cart, and it reported that she was dismayed by the rugged countryside. Andrew applied for the land patent on July 24, 1866 and the patent was approved on August 31, 1872. He paid $1.00 an acre to the State of Michigan for the land. This farm is still owned by Andrew and Fanny's descendants.
The 1841 date of birth signifed on his death record and on his memorial is an error, as I have in my possession a copy of his birth registration in Scotland.
In addition to the children listed below, Andrew and Fanny had another son named Andrew J. who was born in 1866 and died 3 November 1933 in Tuolumne, California. He was married on 16 November 1903 to Ada Mullen Repvogle.
Our ancestors ... possessed a right, which nature has given to all men, of departing from the country in which chance, not choice has placed them.-- Thomas Jefferson
Andrew Neil (1806 - 1886)
Janet Parker Neil (1812 - 1901)
Frances Holmes Neil (1847 - 1935)
James Neil (1868 - 1954)*
Margaret Kirke (1870 - 1950)*
Charles William Neil (1871 - 1936)*
John J Neil (1873 - 1944)*
Robert A Neil (1875 - 1920)*
William Stewart Neil (1879 - 1925)*
Fannie Neil (1882 - 1894)*
Bessie Neil (1883 - 1883)*
Mary Neil (1886 - 1894)*
George Neil (1888 - 1894)*
James Parker Neil (1836 - 1913)*
Andrew Neil (1839 - 1909)
Janet Neil Falconer (1846 - 1916)**
David Falconer (1872 - 1947)**
Created by: Diann
Record added: Aug 28, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21227913
North Amber Cemetery is also known as Towns Cemetery.|
Added: Aug. 28, 2007