The following information was recorded on two register pages in a family Bible that is now just crumbling pieces. There is an existing title page for the New Testament that reads, "The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, translated out of the original Greek; and with the former translations diligently compared and revised. Philadelphia, William W. Harding, 1872." It evidently originally belonged to the John R. Neal family and was passed down through the Duncan family. The Bible was probably taken to Texas during the early 1900s when the family moved from Giles County, Tennessee. The register pages are now in the possession of Carol Sue Gibbs of Bay City, Texas.
[ ] indicate information added by Carol Sue Gibbs from other sources.
The entries have been rearranged here to clarify relationships.
John R[obert] Neal was born May the 20th 1834
John R. Neal and John Ella Hicks were married October 27th 1867 [Giles Co, TN]
[Children of John and John Ella Hicks Neal]
John Ella Neal died Aug 22nd 1879, Age 34 years, 10 mo, 4 days
John R. Neal and [Martha] Mattie A. Allsup were married Dec 21st 1880
[Children of John and Mattie Allsup Neal]
Rubin C. Duncan was Born March 27, 1851
[Children of Rubin and Nancy Joines Duncan]
[Rubin C. Duncan d 5 Apr 1878 and was buried in the Joines/Shrader Cemetery in Giles Co, TN. Nancy Joines Duncan then married John D. Henson c 1881]
[The following date was written before the names of Nancy and John D. Henson's children] Wrote March 27, 1918
Lizzie Henson was Born March 13, 1882
[Children of Robert Carvell, son of Nellie L. Duncan, and Ethel Durham]
Additional information from other sources.
John Robert Neal died 21 1898 and is buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Giles Co, TN along with his two wives, John Ella Hicks, and Martha "Mattie" Allsup. Mattie died 9 Jul 1921.
John Robert Neal and his son, John Hicks Neal were both doctors.
John Ella Hicks was the daughter of John Hicks and Mary Sanders. John died in 1844 and John Ella was born 6 months after his death.
Mary Sanders was the daughter of William Sanders and Elizabeth Bellenfant. The Sanders family moved from Rockingham Co, NC to Giles Co, TN. Mary Sanders married Clayton Hamilton Witt after Neal's death.
John W. Martin, husband of Reda Carvell, was the son of James F. Martin (6 Sep 1855 - 14 May 1936) and Sarah Pairlee Bonee (21 Mar 1855-11 May 1907). They are buried at May Cemetery in Lawrence Co, TN.
Nancy P. Joines, wife of Rubin C. Duncan, was the daughter of George W. Joines (18 Mar 1822-27 Feb 1908) and Elizabeth Keltner (4 Mar 1826-21 Nov 1886). Elizabeth Keltner was the daughter of Emmanuel Keltner and Nelly Pernina Musgraves
John Robert Neal was the son of William (b c 1802 in VA) and Harriet Apperson Neal (b c 1807 in VA). They are family #99 in the 1850 Giles Co, TN Census and #79 in the 1860 Giles Co Census.
Contributed by Carol Sue Gibbs