Doctor D. S. Neville, according to family lore, was the physician for the Native Americans in the Upper Sandusky and Indian Lake area during the 1800's. He also birthed my grandfather, Clarence Neville Briley, whose parents were Thomas Henry Briley and Rebecca Paugh. They lived in Roundhead, Ohio which was the historic Indian site for Chief Roundhead and his Wyandot tribe that supported Techumseh (Shawnee). The Briley's thought so much of Dr. Neville that my grandfather was obviously named after him as noted above.
Family lore also says that Rebecca Paugh was related to Chief Roundhead. But, she was suppose to be Shawnee, not Wyandot. Distance relatives say she was Cherokee. My research cannot verify any Native American heritage. We do know that William Briley (my gg. grandfather) and Samuel Briley (his brother?) worked for the U.S. Government as Millers for the Indians in that same region.
It is also part of Briley family lore that Dr. Neville kept a detailed diary or record of his work. I would love to talk to someone who has information about this diary or about Dr. Neville in general. You may have information vital to us claiming or debunking the Native American connection.
Thanks - Rev. Richard G. Briley
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