Robert was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Walker Neil. He married Margaret Richmond on Dec 1, 1854 in Galston, Ayrshire, Scotland. They had nine children. Around 1857 they, with their children, immigrated to America. They settled first in Danby, Vermont, then around the 1870-1880 they moved to Gloversville, NY.
During the Civil War, Robert enlisted in the Army. He was mustered in on Aug 10, 1864 into the 11th VT Volunteers, Company C. He served until Aug 20, 1865.
CO C 11 VT VOL
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