The Family of Lewis NEILL and
(8th. Generation)
and Extended Line

152 Lewis NEILL, b. ____, s/o William NEILL, d. 1775, Frederick Co., VA, m. c1737, Frederick Co., VA, (153) Lydia HOLLINGSWORTH, d/o Abraham and Ann (ROBINSON) HOLLINGSWORTH. Lewis NEILL, in 1730, left Lurgen, IRE, with his two brothers, John and William, landing at Philadelphia, and first settled in Lancaster Co., PA. In the company of a number of Friends, they (Lewis, John, and William) migrated to Frederick Co., VA, where Lewis settled on the banks of the Opequon Creek (now in Clarke Co., VA) at a point known as Burnt Factory. He lived in a cave until he built a house, and soon added a large grist mill. He was engaged in the mercantile business, trading in PA, and is said to have dabbled in slaves. In 1743, he was appointed Justice of the Peace. In 1746 he was on the rent rolls in Frederick Co. for 250 acres, and in 1750 he was on the list of landholders.  He was commissioned sheriff of Frederick County on 19 Apr 1751. He became quite wealthy, owning large estates, mills, and other property. At his death, his possessions were estimated at forty-nine thousand acres of land and current money totaling two or three hundred thousand dollars. He attended Hopewell Church in his latter years, but there is no record that he ever joined. He worked as a mason helping to build Hopewell Church, and was buried in the churchyard cemetery. WILL (FH8 p175-183, VAFRB2, VAFR10 Bk 4 p316) Children:

152.1 Ann NEILL b. 28 Jan 1738, Frederick Co., VA, m. 26 Aug 1762, Henry REES by whom she had four children.  Ann married 2nd. John LUPTON, by who she had two children. Ann was left a large farm for her use during her natural life, to revert to her children, Lydia and James REES at her death, along with household furniture and 100 lbs. current money. She joined the Friends by request. (FH8 p184) Children:

152.2 William NEILL b. 7 Mar 1740, Frederick Co., VA. According to Jolliffe, Historical Account of the Jolliffe Family, this William NEILL did not m. Mary FROST, and is confused with a man named William O'Neal, who m. Mary FROST, and migrated to Waterlee Meeting, SC, on 6 May 1765. William O'Neal had two children named Abijah and Sarah, neither of which fit the naming pattern of the NEILL  families. ((FH8 p184, LE35)

152.3 John NEILL, b. 20 Oct 1744, Frederick Co., VA, m. Anne HOLLINGSWORTH, b. 12 Jun 1751, d/o Isaac and Rachel (PARKINS) HOLLINGSWORTHH. John NEILL was left a large tract of land, now situated in Clarke Co., VA; a negro man Forrester, a house and lot in Winchester, and a sum of money. John was not a Friend, though his wife was. (FH8 p184) Children:

152.4 Lewis NEILL, b. 12 Jun 1847, Frederick Co., VA, m. 5 May 1774, Loudon Co., VA, Rachel JANNEY, d/o Abel and Sarah (BAKER) JANNEY. Lewis received a large tract of land from his father in Frederick Co., with a flour mill, called Swarthmore. He also received a large farm in Clarke Co., and a sum of money. He joined the Society of Friends, 4 Feb 17771, prior to his marriage. He was executor of his father's will. During the revolution he housed three members of the Friends who had been banished from Philadelphia for their beliefs. (FH8 p184-185) Children:

152.5 Thomas NEILL, m. 28 Jun 1787, Abigail DUNN. Thomas and his wife left no children. From his father he inherited an estate in Frederick Co., a negro man Harry and his two children, Samuel and Catherine, household and farming equipment. According to Jolliffe, his brother-in-law, Lupton, drew up his will after his death, leaving all of Thomas' lands to the Luptons, giving the Lupton family large estates on Apple Pie Ridge. (FH8 p188-189)

152.8 Joseph NEILL, b. 22 Nov 1757, Frederick Co., VA, m. 7 Apr 1790, Rebecca MCPHERSON, d/o Daniel MCPHERSON. Joseph joined the Society of Friends by request. From his father, he received a tract of land south of Winchester, and another tract near his brother Lewis' Swarthmore, a Negro Daniel, his wife and two children, household and farming equipment. (FH8 p189-190) Children:

(9th. Generation)
304 ______ NEILL:
The parents of Lewis, John, and William, the first immigrants, are not known. Only the three children of this unknown parent are known. (FH8) Children:

304.2 John NEILL, m. Anne ______. He was at one time a Justice of the Peace in Frederick Co., VA, and had acquired a sizable estate by the time of his death in 1750. He had settled on the Opequon upstream from brother Lewis. (FH8 p182) Children:

304.3 William NEILL, d. 10 Dec 1778. According to Jolliffe (FH8), William remained in PA, but he was obviously wrong. James M Brundage-Neill has evidence that William also came to the valley, owned property in Frederick Co., VA, and in 1743 was sworn in as an appraiser of the estate of Con Conerly, along with brothers, Lewis and John. (LE35, 66) One child known, but probably other are known by James Brundage-Neill. Child:

(10th. Generation)
608 William O'NEILL/NEILL-This William NEILL joined the Society of Friends at Caven, IRE, in 1656. He dropped the "O" from his name, and was thereafter known as William NEILL. He is the grandfather of the three immigrant brothers, Lewis, John, and William, who migrated to PA, then to the Shenandoah Valley because of persecutions they suffered for their beliefs as members of the Society of Friends. According to Jolliffe, these NEILLS were descended from the Royal House of Ulster, Hugh Boy O'NEILL. There is more information in Jolliffee's, Historical Account of the Jolliffe Family, p175. Nothing more is known about this William NEILL. (FH8 p176)




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