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Margaret Miller Neal (later Smith)

Birth
New Jersey, USA
Death unknown
Hector, Schuyler County, New York, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 181660862 · View Source
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The following is adapted from a bio I wrote about John Neal (http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/speccol/sc3500/sc3520/016700/016719/html/16719bio.html):

Margaret Miller was a local woman living in Boundbrook, New Jersey who was born in 1765. She married John Neal, who was staying in Somerset County, on February 27, 1780, at age 15. [14] It is likely that that John knew Margaret before he married her in 1780, possibly from his militia service. John and Margaret had two children named Benjamin (b. 1781) and Theodocia (b. 1802). While Neal was the state, he served in the militia in Somerset County, which fought off British incursions in New Jersey until the end of the war, serving at least one four-month term. [15] In the county, called the "crossroads of the revolution" by some, the destruction of the war had dissipated by the 1780s, with industry and commerce thriving in the final years of the war even as militiamen decried depreciation of Continental currency. [16]

By 1810, Neal and his family lived in the town of Ovid, New York, in the northern part of the state near the Finger Lakes, where he filed for his Federal veterans pension in 1818. [17] In 1820, he lived in the adjoining town of Covert, New York on a half-acre of land, with a wooden clock, a chest, and some cookery, a shabby wagon, small pigs, one cow, and eight sheep. [18] In his pension application, he claimed to be in "reduced circumstances" and that he had lost his discharge papers or any other paper records proving his service in the First Maryland Line, an appeal that was successful.

Five years later, on July 22, 1825, John died. [19] Years after his death, Margaret re-married to a man named John Benjamin Smith. Still, she continued to fight for John Neal's pension payments until at least 1850. At that point, she was living in the small town of Hector, New York, which was only about 16 miles away from Ovid, with another family. [20] She died in the 1850s, the exact date not known.

According to the 1850 census, she was living with the Fritcher family, some of whom may have been her children, and was age 85, noted as born in New Jersey (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC1B-NRZ). Nothing else can be determined, not even where she is buried. [21]

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[14] Pension of John Neal; Ronald V. Jackson, Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. New Jersey Census, 1643-1890. Courtesy of Ancestry.com. It is possible they had another child named Thomas (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FZLG-WXW) although that cannot be confirmed.

[15] Pension of John Van Tuyl, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives, NARA M804, Record Group 15, Roll 2451, pension number W.22483. Courtesy of Fold3.com; Service Card of John Sebring, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War, National Archives, NARA M881, Record Group 93, Roll 0641. Courtesy of Fold3.com; Pension of Folkerd Sebring, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives, NARA M804, Record Group 15, Roll 2147, pension number W. 24926. Courtesy of Fold3.com; Pension of Abraham Sebring, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives, NARA M804, Record Group 15, Roll 2147, pension number S. 22972. Courtesy of Fold3.com; Pension of John Van Tuyl; Pension of John Haas, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives, NARA M804, Record Group 15, Roll 1150, pension number S. 1,012. Courtesy of Fold3.com; Pension of Isaac Manning, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives, NARA M804, Record Group 15, Roll 1624, pension number W. 7400. Courtesy of Fold3.com; Pension of David King, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives, NARA M804, Record Group 15, Roll 1428, pension number S. 13655. Courtesy of Fold3.com; Pension of Jacob Mesler, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives, NARA M804, Record Group 15, Roll 1717, pension number R. 7143. Courtesy of Fold3.com; Pension of John Swaim, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives, NARA M804, Record Group 15, Roll 2326, pension number W. 2486. Courtesy of Fold3.com; Pension of Abraham Sebring; 2nd Battalion of Somerset rolls, Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783, National Archives, Record Group 93, NARA M846, Roll 0063, folder 60. Courtesy of Fold3.com; Pension of William Durham, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives, NARA M804, Record Group 15, Roll 0874, pension number R. 3160. Courtesy of Fold3.com; James P. Snell and Franklin Ellis, History of Hunterdon and Somerset counties, New Jersey, with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1881), 83, 98. Census records show a "John Neale" living in Burlington County in 1790 and 1800, but it cannot be confirmed this is the same person as John Neal.

[16] William A. Schleicher and Susan J. Winter, Somerset County: Crossroads of the American Revolution (Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 1999), 7-8, 17-18, 22, 24-25, 34; Multiple authors, Somerset County Historical Quarterly Vol. VII (Somerville, NJ: Somerset County Historical Society, 1919), 18-20, 31, 79, 104, 170-172; Abraham Messler, Centennial History of Somerset County (Somerville: C.M. Jameson Publishers, 1878), 69-71, 74, 77-78, 81, 101, 109-110, 112-113; Richard A. Harrison, Princetonians, 1769-1775: A Biographical Dictionary (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1980), 28-29, 80-81. It may have been called the crossroads because competing Continental and British armies maneuvered in the county and Morristown was also located there.

[17] Pension of John Neal; Tacyn, 318; Pension of Abraham Sebring; Third Census of the United States, 1810, Ovid, Seneca, New York; NARA M252; Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives; p. 252; Image: 00160; Family History Library Film: 0181390. Courtesy of Ancestry.com. Ovid included a town and village of the same name which was still small even in 1850 and to the present-day. A number of men named "John Niles" were living in the town of Oneida, as recorded by the 1800 census, which is about 81 to 96 miles away from Ovid, but it cannot be confirmed this is the same man as John Neal.

[18] Fourth Census of the United States, 1820, Covert, Seneca, New York; NARA M33; Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, p. 298, Image: 61. Courtesy of Ancestry.com. Covert was a town formed from part of Ovid.

[19] Pension of John Neal; Letter about John Neal, September 18, 1895. New York County, District and Probate Courts. Administration, Vol C-D, 1815-1883, p. 136. Courtesy of Ancestry.com. His wife, Margaret, was the administrator of Neal's estate after his death.

[20] Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, Hector, Tompkins, New York, NARA M432; Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives; p. 420A, Image: 441. Courtesy of Ancestry.com. It was then part of Tompkins County, but later became part of Schuyler county.

[21] Considering this, she likely did not die in a cemetery in Seneca County or in Covert (http://www.townofcovert.org/history.html, https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/seneca-county-new-york-cemeteries.htm, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=2027). She was not this woman: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Smith&GSfn=Margaret&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=36&GScnty=2027&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=27023192&df=all&. She may have been buried in one of the cemeteries found here: http://www.ournorthernroots.com/browsemedia.php?mediasearch=smith&mediatypeID=headstones&tngpage=&tree=family001&tnggallery=.


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