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Descendants of Andrew O'Neal Generation No. 1

1. ANDREW2 O'NEAL (BAILLEN BRITTAIN1) was born July 13, 1799 in Greenville, SC, and died September 12, 1856 in Dekalb County, AL. He married (1) DELPHA UNKNOWN Bef. 1818 in SC. She was born Abt. 1802 in SC. He married (2) NANCY ANN L. ALLEN June 27, 1827 in Clarkesville, Habersham County, GA, daughter of HOWARD ALLEN and MARY UNKNOWN. She was born 1810 in NC, and died January 27, 1890 in Big Springs, Meigs County, TN. He married (3) ANN SMITH ALLEN August 30, 1856 in DeKalb County, AL. She was born 1810 in NC, and died January 27, 1890 in Big Springs, Meigs County, TN.

Notes for ANDREW O'NEAL:
Burial: Union Baptist Church Cemetery (O'Neal section), Dekalb County, AL Cemetery Location: 3512 County Road 155, Dekalb County, AL. Take AL 75 north from Ider, AL, about 9 miles, then left on Co. Rd. 155 about 3 miles to church. There are 29 unmarked graves in the O'Neal section and this is believed to be the O'Neal Cemetery as it predates the church, per Bill Emmett. Marker is a piece of rock that has been crudely chiseled with name and dates, barely legible.

Scottish/Irish -- McNeal. They immigrated to Burke County, NC in mid 1700's where they used "Neal". By the 1820's they were in Habersham County, GA. Andrew and sons, Zachariah and Edward, went to Madison County, GA and by 1850's to Dekalb County, AL and some to Marion County, TN. The "O'Neal" began in Habersham County, GA.

One source says his first marriage was to Nancy Ann Allen, vice Delpha, but that marriage was 1827 and Andrew already had two sons by then, presumably by a former wife. It could be that Andrew's first wife died after the birth of Edward and Zachariah, then he married Ann L. Allen. It is possible that Ann was previously married to an Allen and her maiden name being Smith.

Appeared on 1850 DeKalb County, AL census:


 Andrew   O'Neal    	51M      Farmer     	b. SC
 Ann L.                   40F                      b. NC
 Britton B.               20M               		b. GA
 Augustus                 16M               		b. GA
 Phillip L.               15M               		b. GA
 John W.                  12M               		b. GA
 Andrew J.                10M                      b. GA
 Mary T.                   8F                      	b. GA
 Ann L.                    6F               		b. GA
 Cicero                    4M   	             b. GA
 Thomas                    3M               		b. GA
 Jonathan                  7/12M               	b. GA
 Martha Highfield      	21F               		b. GA

Also listed next to them on the census were the following who may have been related since Andrew's wife's maiden name was most likely ALLEN:


 Mary Allen                72F               b. VA (?)
 Martha Highfield     	 44F               b. NC
 John Highfield         	 19M               b. GA
 Jonathan Highfield  	 16M               b. GA
 Jane Highfield         	 14F               b. GA
 Thursey (?) Highfield 	  8F               b. GA

Much of the following information was provided by Leah Jackson O'Neal, the wife of a descendant of Zachariah O'Neal, Andrew's brother:

Ann Smith Allen married Andrew O'Neal on August 30, 1856 in DeKalb County, AL. Note that he married Ann Smith Allen a week before he wrote his will dated September 7, 1856. Also, he may have been in ill health since he died on September 12, 1856, less than a week after making out his will. It appears he was either trying to protect her interests or make an honest woman out of her. It is easy to assume that since Ann was living with him in 1850, that she was his wife but the 1850 census does not specify relationships.

Andrew was one of the fortunate drawers in the 1827 Land Lottery and at the time he was living in Habersham County, GA where he married Nancy Allen in 1827. Later he moved to Madison County, GA.

Contacted another family researcher, Leah Jackson O'Neal, who thinks Ann Smith Allen may have been a sister-in-law of his second wife and was there helping him take care of the children.

In his will he mentions his wife Ann Smith O'Neal and a son, Phillip S. O'Neal. He also mentions an interest in a grocery store kept at Trenton, GA by Zachariah O'Neal's son.

Andrew O'Neal was the administrator for Francis Allen in Madison County, GA. Part of the property was deeded to Edward O'Neal, presumably Andrew's son. Question is, how was Francis Allen related to Nancy Allen and Ann Smith Allen?

Andrew O'Neal's will:

The State of Alabama, DeKalb County, September the 7th A.D. 1856. The last will and testament of Andrew O'Neal of the County and Stte aforesaid.

I, Andrew O'Neal, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say I give and devise to my Son, Edward W. O'Neal, his heirs and assigns, the east of the south half of the north east quarter oof section thirty in township 5 range 10 .

I give and devise to my Son, Zachariah O'Neal, his heirs and assigns, the south east quarter of the south east quarter of section twenty five of township 5 and range 9.

I give and devise to my Son, Briton B. O'Neal, his heirs and assigns, the west fourth of the south half of the north east quarter of the south half of the north east quarter of section thirty of township three and range ten.

I give and bequeath to my Son, Phillip S. O'Neal, one sorrel bald faced horse colt, one cow and one yearling, five head of hogs.

I give and bequeath to my daughter, Hamer Wilson, three cows and young calves M---- hart and black as a balance of her portion with what she previously has given to her.

I give and bequeath to my daughter, Nancy O'Neal, two dollars and fifty cents.

I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Ann Smith O'Neal, the west half of the southeast quarter of section nineteen in Township three and range ten. I give and bequeath to her one sorrel mare, one man's saddle, one rifle and shot pouch. I also give all the balance of my stock that has not been portioned off and mentioned above, cattle, hogs, sheep, geese and bee stands that is now in my possession, also my interest in a stock (?) of hogs that is in the possession of my son Edward W. O'Neal at this time, also a sow and yearling that is in the possession of my son Zachariah O'Neal at this time. I also give and bequeath to her all my interest in the present crop including corn, wheat, oats, and all household and kitchen furniture, all the farming tools and tools of all kinds. It is my wish and will that the tract or parcel of land known as the north west quarter of the nort east quarter of section twenty two and township three and range ten be sold and the proceeds together with all the debts due me by notes and accounts also all my interest in a grocer store kept at Trenton by Zachariah O'Neal's son be collected out of the above proceeds.

It is my wish and will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid off out of any of the above income and the remainder to be collected and paid over to my beloved wife aforesaid. All of the above items mentioned, I give and devise and bequeath to her for to keep and hold during her natural life and widowhood to raise her children and to dispose of as she thinks best and then all that remains to belong to her children including Augustus F. O'Neal and all younger equal shares. I, furthermore and lastly, hereby appoint Edward W. O'Neal and D. B. Burkhalter my sole executors of this, my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made in witness. I set my hand and seal.

Andrew (W?) O'Neal

The above and within consisting oof one sheet was now here subscribed by Andrew O'Neal the testator inthe presence of each of us and at the same time declared by him his last will and testament and we at his request sign our names hereto as attesting witnesses.

Levi Steel residing in Alabama

William West-----

More About ANDREW O'NEAL:
Burial: Union Baptist Church Cemetery, DeKalb County, AL

Notes for DELPHA UNKNOWN:

 1860 Marion County, TN census -
 Delpha                   age 58   Washer Woman            Born SC
 Elizabeth                     18    Serving			SC

Marriage Notes for ANDREW O'NEAL and DELPHA UNKNOWN:
Divorced.

More About ANDREW O'NEAL and DELPHA UNKNOWN:
Marriage: Bef. 1818, SC

Notes for NANCY ANN L. ALLEN:
Appeared on the 1860 DeKalb County, AL census as follows:


 #104
 Ann L. O'Neal  49F Domestic  b. NC
 Augustus   24M Student  b. GA
 John W.    20M Domestic  b. GA
 Andrew J.   19M       "  b. GA
 Mary J.   16F       "  b. GA
 Ann S.   15F                "  b. GA
 Cicero   14M   b. GA
 Thomas    13M   b. GA
 Jonathan    10M   b. GA
 William S.    8M   b. AL

Another researcher show her maiden name as Smith or Smythe.

It is possible that Ann was previously married to an Allen and her maiden name being Smith. Ann Smith Allen married Andrew O'Neal on August 30, 1856 in DeKalb County, AL. It is easy to assume that since Ann was living with him in 1850, that she was his wife but the 1850 census does not specify relationships.

Andrew was one of the fortunate drawers in the 1827 Land Lottery and at the time he was living in Habersham County, GA where he married Nancy Allen in 1827.

More About ANDREW O'NEAL and NANCY ALLEN:
Marriage: June 27, 1827, Clarkesville, Habersham County, GA

Notes for ANN SMITH ALLEN:
Smith may have been spelled Smythe.

More About ANDREW O'NEAL and ANN ALLEN:
Marriage: August 30, 1856, DeKalb County, AL

Children of ANDREW O'NEAL and DELPHA UNKNOWN are:
i. EDWARD W.3 O'NEAL, b. Abt. 1818, SC; d. Bef. 1870, Probably Marion County, TN; m. ELIZABETH FREEMAN, Abt. 1840; b. April 1820, GA; d. Aft. 1900.

Notes for EDWARD W. O'NEAL:
Came from Habersham County, GA into Madison County, GA, then to Dekalb County, AL after Aug. 26, 1850.


 1850 Madison County, GA Census: taken August 26, 1850, 56th Sub-division
 Edward W. O'Neal         age 32  Male     Farmer      Born So. Carolina
 Elizabeth  (wife)               "    28 Female                     "
 Georgia
 Elizabeth   (dau)              "      9 Female                      "
 Georgia
 Joel            (son)              "      7 Male                         "
 Georgia
 William      (son)              "      5 Male                         "
 Georgia
 Hannah      (dau)              "      4 Female                     "
 Georgia
 Zachariah  (son)              "       1 Male                        "
 Georgia

 1860 Marion County TN census -
 Edward        age 42  Day Laborer          born GA
 Elizabeth         40                                        GA
 Joel A.              17 Day Laborer                   GA
 William B.        16                                        GA
 Hannah J.         12                                        GA
 Zachariah         10                                        GA
 Julia Ann            9                                         AL
 Nancy E.            5                                         AL
 Sarah T.             1                                         AL

 1870 Dade County, GA Census -
 Elizabeth O'Neal      	Widow   age 45
 Nancy                      Daughter  "   16
 Sarah                            "         "   14
 Martha                                    "   12
 Jackson                                  "   20

Notes for ELIZABETH FREEMAN:
1870 Dade County, GA census:

 Elizabeth                             age 45  white female     Widow, KH	b. GA
 Nancy E.                                     16  white female			b. GA
 Sarah                                          14  white female			b. GA
 Martha                                        12  white female			b. GA
 Jackson                      20  white male            Farm Laborer		b.GA

More About EDWARD O'NEAL and ELIZABETH FREEMAN:
Marriage: Abt. 1840

ii. ZACHARIAH O'NEAL, b. Abt. 1820; m. AGNES W. FREEMAN, February 20, 1840, Madison County, GA; b. Abt. 1820, Madison County, GA. Came from Rowan County, NC (where name was written as NEAL) into Habersham County, GA, to Madison County, GA

Marriage Notes for ZACHARIAH O'NEAL and AGNES FREEMAN:
Married - Madison County, GA - Book A, Page 137

More About ZACHARIAH O'NEAL and AGNES FREEMAN:
Marriage: February 20, 1840, Madison County, GA

Children of ANDREW O'NEAL and NANCY ALLEN are:
iii. BRITTAIN BURRS3 O'NEAL, b. June 24, 1829, Madison County, GA; d. December 31, 1903, Rutherford County, TN; m. TENNESSEE ELIZABETH ROCKHOLT, July 12, 1863; b. October 20, 1847, Savannah, Chattham, GA; d. February 12, 1881, Smyrna, Rutherford County, TN.

Notes for BRITTAIN BURRS O'NEAL:
Per Charles Austin: There are two Britton O'Neals; one married Cornelia Countiss, his gg Aunt. Cornelia's father was "Newnam", not "Newman". The other Britton married Tennessee Elizabeth Rockholt.

More About BRITTAIN BURRS O'NEAL:
Burial: Caves Graveyard, Rutherford County, TN

Notes for TENNESSEE ELIZABETH ROCKHOLT:
Listed as age 30 on 1870 census of Rutherford County, TN On the 1880 District 3, Rutherford County TN: O'Neal 55 GA FSCMGA, Tennessee E. 34 TN FMTN, Robert 16 TN, Mary Jane 14 TN, Margaret A. 12 TN, Mallinda E. 9 TN, John F. 8 TN, Martha Ann 5 TN, Dawson A. 3 TN, Brennard B. 1 TN,p> More About TENNESSEE ELIZABETH ROCKHOLT:
Burial: Jefferson City, Jefferson County, TN

More About BRITTAIN O'NEAL and TENNESSEE ROCKHOLT:
Marriage: July 12, 1863

iv. AUGUSTUS F. O'NEAL, b. Abt. 1834, Madison County, GA; d. April 17, 1904; m. ELIZABETH C. UNKNOWN; b. Abt. 1854, TN.

Notes for AUGUSTUS F. O'NEAL:
In Capt. James Cooper Nesbit's Co. "H Silver Grays", 21st Regiment, GA Volunteer Infantry, CSA, Dade County, GA, Private, March 1, 1862.


 1880 Rutherford Co., TN
  O'Neal, Gustus F. , 47, GA FSCMNC,
  Elizabeth  27, TN FMTN,
  Charles W. 3 TN,
  Samuel E. 2 TN

v. PHILLIP SHERRILL O'NEAL, b. July 17, 1836, Madison County, GA; d. October 19, 1920, Hamilton County, TN; m. (1) ELIZABETH MAHAN, July 11, 1858; b. December 22, 1837; d. October 11, 1874; m. (2) ANNIE MCBRIDE, September 02, 1875, Hamilton County, TN; b. Abt. 1857, TN.

Notes for PHILLIP SHERRILL O'NEAL:

1860 Walker County, GA census. Phillip and Elizabeth were here in 1860.

1870 Catoosa County, GA Census - they appeared on the census in this county and living with them was his brother Augustus F. O'Neal.

1880 Hamilton County, TN Census, District 15 , page 79D

 Shearl ONeal             male   married   white   age 44   born GA
 (Blacksmith) Parents b. SC
 Annie ONeal    wife    female marrried  white   age 23   born TN Keeping
 house  (Parents -born in  Ireland)
 John ONeal   Son       Male    Single    white     age 18   born GA -
 Farming (Parents b. GA)
 Sallie ONeal   Dau     female  single    white    age 15   born GA
 (Parents b. GA)
 Nash ONeal    Dau    female   single   white    age 19   born GA
(Parents
 B. GA)
 Bird ONeal      Dau     female   single   white    age 11   Born GA
 (Parents B. GA)
 Mary ONeal    Dau     female   single   white    age 2    Born TN
(Parents B. GA)
 Ruthie ONeal  dau     female   single   white    age 4M  born TN
Parents
 B. GA)
 James Brock   Other   male                  white    age 19   born TN
 Laborer on Farm

Information from fellow researcher, Leah Jackson O'Neal, indicates there was another Phillip O'Neal living in Jackson County, AL in 1848 who was selling his land in Dade County, GA at the time. Phillip Sherrill O'Neal was living in Georgia before moving to Tennessee so he was not the Phillip who married Canzada Troxell.

Obituary:
Chattanooga Times October 20, 1920:
" Phillip S. O'Neal Dies At Chickamauga Home. Philip Sherrill O'Neal, 84, prominent farmer of near Jersey, died yesterday morning at 6:30 at his home after a long illness. Funeral services will be held from Chickamauga Baptist Church this afternoon at 1, the Rev. Claude E. Sprague officiating. Interment will be in the Tyner cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be: J.M. Poe, William Lightfoot, Sherrill Benton, John Poe, George Walker and S. M. Howard. Active pallbearers will be: Lee, John and Hannibal Lightfoot, Fred Sterchi, Wallace Moore and John Sweney, all nephews of the deceased. Mr. O'Neal was a Confederate veteran, was born at Madison, Ga., on July 7, 1836. He served in the Confederate army under Gen. White, having enlisted at Cleveland in 1861. He took part in many of the important battles fought during the Civil War. He was twice married. Children surviving him by his first wife are J. F. and B. B. O'Neal, of Arkansas. Survivors of the second marriage are his wife, who are Miss Annie McBride, and the following children: Mrs. H. Moss, Mrs. A. E. Dawson, Mrs. Thomas Ryall, Mrs. Rudolph Haensler, of New York, Mrs. W. E. Shelton, of Sacramento, Cal., Mrs. Benton Potter, Fred D. and P. S. O'Neal, Jr. of Chattanooga. Deceased had lived in Hamilton county since 1875. He was a devout Baptist and in earlier days was known to drive as far as fifty miles in order that his congregation might not fail of representation in the associations. He retired from business several years ago and had been an invalid for twelve months.

More About PHILLIP SHERRILL O'NEAL:
Burial: Tyner Cem., Tyner, TN

More About PHILLIP O'NEAL and ELIZABETH MAHAN:
Marriage: July 11, 1858

More About PHILLIP O'NEAL and ANNIE MCBRIDE:
Marriage: September 02, 1875, Hamilton County, TN

vi. JOHN W. O'NEAL, b. 1838, Madison County, GA.
vii. ANDREW J. O'NEAL, b. Abt. 1840, Madison County, GA.
viii. MARY JANE O'NEAL, b. Abt. 1842, Madison County, GA; d. 1920, TN.

Notes for MARY JANE O'NEAL:
Never Married.

Another source says death date is January 8, 1890.

ix. ANN S. O'NEAL, b. Abt. 1844, Madison County, GA; m. UNKNOWN BONDS.

Notes for ANN S. O'NEAL:
Moved to Texas.

x. CICERO O'NEAL, b. Abt. 1846, Madison County, GA; m. ELIZAR PAYNE, July 25, 1867, Dade County, GA; b. Bet. 1843 - 1853.

Notes for CICERO O'NEAL:
Another source says his wife's name was "Bettie" Unknown.

More About CICERO O'NEAL and ELIZAR PAYNE:
Marriage: July 25, 1867, Dade County, GA

xi. THOMAS O'NEAL, b. Abt. 1847, Madison County, GA.
xii. JONATHAN O'NEAL, b. November 23, 1848, Madison County, GA; d. October 07, 1920; m. MARTHA ANN BREWER, 1874; b. Abt. 1855, TN.

Notes for JONATHAN O'NEAL:
1880 ED 207 District 24, Rutherford Co., TN: O'Neil, Johnothan, 30 b GA Blacksmith FMGA, Martha 25 TN FMTN, J. F. 4 TN, Rhody (female) TN, Ann S. O'Neil, Mother 74 GA, FM Not recorded, Mary J. O'Neil sister 38 GA FMGA, Mecky J. Barnes Niece 14 GA FM Not recorded.

More About JONATHAN O'NEAL and MARTHA BREWER:
Marriage: 1874

xiii. WILLIAM SIMPSON O'NEAL, b. 1854, Sand Mountain, DeKalb County, AL; m. (1) NARVY WELLS; m. (2) SUSAN NITE; m. (3) LUCY E. NELSON; b. Abt. 1842, NC.

Notes for WILLIAM SIMPSON O'NEAL:
1880 Rutherford Co., TN O'Neal, William S. 27, GA FSCMNC, Lucy E. 38 NC FMNC, James W. 15, TN, Brewer, Lucy P. 3 Granddaughter TN FMTN

This information was submitted by Bill O'Neal


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