William Smith McNeil

William Smith McNeil

Birth
Parke County, Indiana, USA
Death 10 Aug 1891 (aged 54)
Vigo County, Indiana, USA
Burial Fontanet, Vigo County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 118972126 · View Source
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William Smith McNiel, Company K, 43rd Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry ( Shared by Celesta M. Jett )

William Smith McNiel was a private in Company K, 43rd Regiment Indiana Volunteers. He enlisted at Rockville, IN on 17 October 1861 by Captain John R Callender, duly mustered into military service in Terre Haute, IN on 17 October 1861 for a 3 year term by Captain Norris. He was born in 1837 in Parke county IN to Thomas Hargis McNiel ( 1795 VA-1850 Mortality Schedule Parke co IN) and Malinda Elizabeth Fuequay (29 May 1808 OH-27 July 1859, Parke county IN). When he enlisted he was 6 foot tall, 24 year old farmer having a fair complexion, grey eyes and light hair.

On 30 June 1862, only 8 months and 23 days after his duty started, he was wounded at Adams Bluff, AR. Quoted from his Army pension record (#53049) "He received the following wounding: Gunshot wound(rifle ball) in right hip. Poping back and down against the spine- disabeling the back and right arm." Upon receiving his honorable discharge on Surgeons Certificate of Disability on 29 December 1862 in Memphis, TN, he returned to IN to resume farming. In total he served 1 year, 3 months and 26 days. he contracted "chronic diarrhea while in the service leaving him "thin in flesh and apparently weak and debilitated ...had not been at any time able to make more than half a hand at any kind of labor since then".

He married first: Virginia Ermieline Rowe (1840-1879). They had six children, Virginia dying in the birth of a seventh child. The children wer Rosella Morton (1864-1942) who married James T Montgomery. Sarah Emeline (1865-?) who married Henry Montgomery. Charles William (1867-1955) who married Clara Edna Webster. Ida May (1870-1946) who married Amos Patterson, Henry Washington (1872-1946) who married Sarah Jane Gwynne. Chancey Emmit (1875-1909) who married Estella Morris. and an infant who died at birth along with the mother.

Second marriage for William Smith Mcniel was to Lucinda M Sibley Allen on 13 December 1881 in Parke county IN. One daughter Stella Belle (1882- ??) who married Orville Plough. William and Lucinda divorced in 1882 in Vigo county IN.

Third marriage for William Smith Mcniel was to Victoria Shadley Winn on 15 September 1886 in Vigo county IN. They had 2 children, Jesse Alexander and Francis Earl .

Quoted from his pension file: William Smith McNiel died on 10 August 1891 from a surgical operation of cancer of the stomach. I being the attending physician in his last sickness for a period of five months and was present the day of his death. During the time I attended him he suffered from the Rheumatism, Chronic Diarrhea and from the gunshot wound in back from which troubles I think he would have died soon had not the operation been performed". He is buried in Sulpher Springs Cemetery, Sandcut, Vigo County, IN



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  • Maintained by: Sinsinatus
  • Originally Created by: jim gillis
  • Added: 19 Oct 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 118972126
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Smith McNeil (2 Jan 1837–10 Aug 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 118972126, citing Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Fontanet, Vigo County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Sinsinatus (contributor 48426877) .