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McNeil, William


Age: 0, credited to Charlotte, VT
Unit(s): 1st MO CAV
Service: SGT, Co. F, 1st MO CAV, pr SGM

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Birth: 05/29/1826, Charlotte, VT
Death: 09/07/1910

Burial: Village Cemetery, Shelburne, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 22839557


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, application 7/20/1896, widow Lucia E., 9/30/1910, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Village Cemetery, Shelburne, VT

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William McNeil, a son of Charles and Jerusha (Lyman) McNeil, was born in Charlotte, Vermont, May 29, 1826, and was reared on the farm and educated in a private school, after which he was sent to a high school in an adjoining town. In 1850, being seized with the "gold fever" which then attacked so many, he went to California, where he engaged in mining and was also United States weigher in the custom house. At the end of six years he returned to Charlotte, and later went to Missouri, where he was living at the outbreak of the Civil war. Enlisting in Company E, First Missouri Cavalry, he was made sergeant of his company, and later was promoted to the rank of sergeant major of his regiment and subsequently became sergeant provost marshal, serving three years and three months. At the close of the war he returned to Vermont and engaged in the cultivation of a farm, which now forms part of the "Shelburne farms," owned by Dr. W. Seward Webb. Mr. McNeil is now the owner of a small farm in the village of Shelburne, where he is living a retired life, enjoying the fruits of a long industrious life. In politics he acts with the National Prohibition party, and, with his wife, is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Mr. McNeil married, in 1856, Miss Lucia Comstock, daughter of Levi and Maria (Lewis) Comstock. Her father was a native of Vermont, born in Fletcher, in July, 1793, and came with his father, when five years old, to Shelburne, where he died May 16, 1885, at the great age of ninety-two years. He was a farmer throughout his life. He served in the war of 1812, and took part in the Battle of Plattsburg. His wife, Maria Lewis, was born April 5, 1798. The father of Levi Comstock was Levi Comstock, Sr., who was born April 3, 1766, a son of Captain Daniel Comstock, who derived his title from armv service during the Revolutionary war. Captain Comstock died January 11, 1816, aged seventy-four years. His wife, Mary, wove, on a hand loom, in 1810, a rug which is now- used as a portiere in the home of William McNeil.

To William and Lucia (Comstock) McNeil were born three children: Clinton, who died at the age of thirty-three years; George C, now a resident of Philadelphia; and Fanny M., who lives with her parents.

Source: Hiram Carleton; Genealogical and Family History of Vermont, Volume 2 p. 439


William McNeil, Aged 64, Passes Away After Long Illness

Shelburne, Sept. 7. - William McNeil, one of our oldest citizens, died today after a long illness aged 84 years. Mr. McNeil had been precariously ill for some weeks and his death was not unexpected. He suffered a fall on the sidewalk last winter and injured his head badly, being confined to the house for a long time. He recovered, however, and was able to walk out of doors. His last illness extended over a period of several months and he was unable to rally even with an unusually strong constitution.

Mr. McNeil leaves a wife, who was Miss Lucia Comstock, a son, George of North Carolina, and a daughter, Miss Fanny McNeil, who resides at home. Mr. McNeil for many years conducted a farm in West Shelburne which he sold to Dr. W. S. Webb years ago. And removed to Shelburne village, where he led a retired life. He was a longtime member of the Methodist church and gave liberally to the denomination. In politics he was a Prohibitionist and ran on the county ticket at one time for assistant judge. With the exception of E. S. Cowley who is a few years his senior, Mr. McNeil was the oldest male resident of the town.

Source: Burlington Free Press, September 7, 1910.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.