The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, January 25, 1906
GEORGE MCNEELEY was born in Highland County, Ohio, on October 16, 1840, and died in Russell, Iowa, on January 19, 1906, aged 65 years, 3 months and 3 days.
His death was caused by heart disease, terminating in hypostatic pneumonia. He was the son of JEREMIAH and PRISCILLA (SPRINGER) MCNEELEY, and was one of five children, three sons and two daughters. In 1848 he removed with his parents to Henry County, Iowa, locating near Mt. Pleasant where he resided until the breaking out of the rebellion. On September 14, 1861, he enlisted as the 5th Corporal in Company "G." 11th Iowa Infantry, and was mustered into service October 15, 1861, at Davenport, Iowa. He was promoted to the 4th sergeant June 1, 1862, and at the battle of Shiloh to 2nd corporal for bravery and prompt action, by which he prevented the capture of his regiment. On Janaury 1, 1864, his first enlistment having expired he re-enlisted and remained in the service until the close of the war, being mustered out at Davenport on June 15, 1865, having served 3 years, 9 months and 1 day. He served mostly under Grant and Sherman and was engaged in the battles of Shiloh, Fuka, Corinth, Vicksburg, Kennesaw, Lookout Mountain, Atlanta and a few others. At the battle of Shiloh he was wounded in the hand and foot, and at the siege of Atlanta he received injuries from which he never recovered. It was near Atlanta that he was taken prisoner and was confined in Andersonville Prison for 2 months, then 3 weeks in Charleston Prison, and for 4 l/2 months in the Prison at Florence from which he escaped February 21, 1865. At the close of the war he returned to his father's home. On May 14, 1865, he was married to ANNA ELIZA NEEL, at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. To this union were born six children, three sons and three daughters. One son died at the age of four years. The others with their mother, one brother and one sister beside many friends, mourn their loss. In April, 1871, he located in Washington Township, Lucas County, Iowa, where he resided until failing health caused him to remove to Russell in October, 1902. He served as a Representative of Lucas County in the 24th and 25th General Assemblies of Iowa. In November, 1878, under the labors of Rev. William King, he was converted to God, and united with the Trinity Evangelical Church of Washington Township, of which he remained a faithful member until death. In 1883 he was licensed to preach the Gospel by the Des Moines Conference of the United Evangelical Church and in 1889 was ordained a deacon by the same body. He served in the active ministry on charges in the Des Moines district of the above conference for four years, rendering very efficient service.
The funeral services were held on Sunday, January 21, 1906, at 2:30 p.m., in the Baptist church in Russell. According to the request of the deceased something over a year since, Rev. T.M. Evans of Des Moines preached the sermon, assisted by the pastor of Trinity Church, Rev. Chas. Pickford, and the Rev. A.H. Stote of the Baptist Church of Russell, after which the G.A.R. Post of Russell closed the service. Despite the unfavorable weather and roads a large congregation of friends and neighbors attended the service.
A manly man, a brave soldier, an honored legislator, a good citizen, an affectionate husband, a faithful father, and a devoted servant of God has gone on before. Let us cherish his memory, emulate his example, and be as ready as he for roll call.
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September 17, 2004
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