Rosanna <I>McNeill</I> Stafford

Rosanna McNeill Stafford

Anson County, North Carolina, USA
Death 10 Oct 1857 (aged 84–85)
Marion County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Oakland Crossroads, Dillon County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 18882995 · View Source
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Rosanna McNeill Stafford was the daughter of Daniel McNeill, a descendant of the Highland Scots who settled the Argyll Colony in the Upper Cape Fear area of North Carolina in 1739. I believe she was born in Anson County, as records for her father show him there as early as 1771 & selling his 300 acres in 1784.

Her mother was Margaret McKay, daughter of Alexander & Catherine McKay. Alexander was another Highland Scot who was mentioned in the journal of the Presbyterian missionary, the Reverend Hugh McAden, as owning an ordinary(tavern), referenced from page 17 of "Sandhills' Families: Early Reminiscences of the Fort Bragg Area
Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Moore, Richmond, and Scotland Counties, North Carolina"
Lorraine V. Aragon
February, 2000

Rosanna's husband Neill Stafford, per his gravestone, was from Kintyre, Scotland. His Stafford surname was likely from the Gaelic Mac an Stocair sept in Ulster who anglicized the name to Stafford & McStocker as early as the seventeenth century. History shows Presbyterian Scots emigrated to Ulster.

Husband Neill Stafford is found among the Revolutionary War Army Accounts in the State Archives of North Carolina. On 04 November 1797 at a General Assembly, "Neil Stafford deposeth and saith that he was among the first volunteers that joined Colonel Hector MacNeil, who commanded the parties called Torys and continued in the camps during the continuance of said party; and that they frequently encamped on Raft Swamp..."

Records from North Carolina also show he was among the American Loyalists from a list at the General Assembly of 15 November 1797 along with these men:
Neil Brown, John Gilchrist, Duncan Hughs, John MacAlister, James MacQueen, John Martin, Duncan McCormaige, John McCormaige, Peter McKeller, Dugald McLauchlin, Hector McNeil, Neil McNeil, Don McPherson, Neil Murphy, Neil Smith, Neil Smylie, Neil Stafford & John Willis.

There is no known record of marriage at this time for Rosanna McNeill to Neill Stafford. We know Neill Stafford was identified with the Scotch settlers from the Ashpole Community who lived on both sides of the state line.

Rosanna & husband Neill would eventually purchase land near the Persimmon Branch of the Little Pee Dee River in the Marion District of South Carolina where his estate was settled & were members of the Pee Dee Presbyterian Church. From the estate records we know the names of their children: Daniel, John, Mary(wife of Daniel McCall), Sarah, Margaret(wife of John M. Smith), Malcolm, Rosanna(wife of Charles McArthur), Katherine(wife of 1. Caleb Young & 2. William Williams) & Nancy(wife of Archibald McAllister). The area was known then as Harlleesville & later changed to Little Rock.

Rosanna lived another twenty years after the death of husband Neill & saw many grandchildren and great grandchildren born before her passing. My particular branch came from son Daniel Stafford who married Catherine McAllister.

On 01 June 1850, Rosanna is living in Marion County, South Carolina with daughter Sarah. At the time of her death in 1857, the family cemetery was still located in Marion County. It's location fell into Dillon County with its formation in 1910 from the upper part of Marion County. Its triangular shape is bound on the east by North Carolina and the Lumber River and on the west by Marlboro County and the Great Pee Dee River.

Dear grandmother Rosanna, your name and life are not forgotten. May you rest in peace. With much love, your 4th g. granddaughter Gloria J. Tune

Stafford Cemetery information
This family cemetery was part of the land owned by Neill & Rosanna McNeill Stafford & it passed into the hands of their children. Daughter Sarah sold her share to her nephew James Harvey Stafford who, in 1862, built his palatial home "Lone Home" where this cemetery is located. From Dillon on Hwy #9 West travel towards Little Rock - at the caution light turn right on Harlees Bridge Road - travel five miles, on left cemetery is hidden from view because of woods. Between woods and field, park and walk beside woods ten feet or so, on the left visible is a small family cemetery with iron fence around it.

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"In Memory of
Rosanna Stafford
who died
Oct. 10 1857
aged 85 years"



  • Maintained by: Gloria Tune
  • Originally Created by: Just Plain Nosy
  • Added: 11 Apr 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 18882995
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rosanna McNeill Stafford (1772–10 Oct 1857), Find a Grave Memorial no. 18882995, citing Stafford Cemetery, Oakland Crossroads, Dillon County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Gloria Tune (contributor 46777289) .