Nathaniel was incorrectly identified as DANIEL Neely in the 1860 Mercer county census, this was the only instance we can find where his name was Daniel. On his children's marriage records he is Identified as N.M and also as Nathaniel M. His confederate war records identify him clearly as Nathaniel McClure Neely.
Who is Nathaniel Neely's father? His mother was Matilda Neely and I think his father might be the John Thomas mentioned in the will of John Neely.
Carol writes: I looked back through my John Neelys and I don't have one married to a Matilda. I do have one John Neely married to a Martha Neely. They had a daughter named Matilda Neely who supposedly married a John Thomas before 1844 and had a son named Nathaniel born 1834. Yet she's living with her older sister in the 1850 census; no husband. Her father was angry with her and her sister Margaret for marrying a set of brothers named John and Henley Thomas.
1850 Giles Co., VA census
Hanah Neely 45
I think it's the same set of people. Either John Thomas died before 1850 or they divorced. He and Matilda may not have been married in the first place. from Carol Pack-Urban [email@example.com]
I find Hannah in the 1870 and 1880 census, though I have not found her in the 1860 census.
1870 MERCER Census
East River dist.
Neely, Hannah 65
Hobbs, William S 30
Cinthia J 4
James T 2
1880 SUMMERS county census
Jumping Branch dist -(poorhouse)
In the home of Robert C. Lilly
Neely, Hannah wf 74 boarder pauper VA VA VA
I find Margaret in the Census:
1860 Census - Mercer Co. WV
427/398 Thomas, Henley 55 Farmer.. Virginia
Polly A. 19
Nancy E. 17
Arena R. 16
1870 Mercer county census
East River dist.
Thomas, Henly 66
Nancy E 27
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