Posted By:Nancy Page
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Subject:Re: Neal post Office
Post Date:November 24, 2007 at 18:03:41
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Forum:Madison County, TX Genealogy Forum
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Barbara,
The community of Neal derived its name from Rev. John D. Neal who came to Madison Co. in the 1850s. He was married to Celia Freeman Nixon the widow of Thomas Graves Nixon who was murdered in MS. John Neal m. Celia a widow with her 5 children and fathered Fanny Neal (Ms. John G.Heath), John Freeman Neal, and Sarah Ella Neal. One of Celia's Nixon sons, Isaac Pipkin Nixon married Mary Ann Clapp (of Clapp's Ferry) Another of Celia's sons(Thomas Graves Nixon,Jr) m. Jane G. Young the daughter of William F Young of Midway who was at San Jacinto. http://www.sanjacinto-museum.org/Herzstein_Library/Veteran_Biographies/Browse_Biographies/biographies/default.asp?action=bio&id=3742 Neal is now the community of Cottonwood which is 10 miles from Madisonville on the road to Bryan. If you have more questions I will be glad to answer.