Andrew “Andy” Neil

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Andrew “Andy” Neil

  • Birth 4 Aug 1839 Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
  • Death 13 Oct 1909 Amber, Mason County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Mason County, Michigan, USA
  • Plot 29
  • Memorial ID 21227913

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


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  • Created by: Diann
  • Added: 28 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21227913
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Andrew “Andy” Neil (4 Aug 1839–13 Oct 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21227913, citing Towns Cemetery, Mason County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Diann (contributor 46932671) .