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McNeil Family
Contributed by Suanne Nesland

Robert B. McNeil born 27 November 1836 - Died in September 1924.
Married to Jean Lyle 4 July 1856 in Ogle Co. IL.
Jean was born 22 Jan 1839 - died 13 July 1920.
Both are buried at Riverside Cemetery.

Children of Robert & Jean (Lyle) McNeil:
~ Alexander J. McNeil - b. 06 Aug 1857
~ William E. McNeil 12 Oct 1860 died 25 May 1944 married Mary A. Clemons
Children of William and Mary: Bessie, Wm. Lester, Walter W. & Jean L.

~ Walter W. 26 Dec 1890-22 Dec 1964 m Isabell M. Hopkins.
Children of Gwendolyn who married Orville Thome & H.D. Thompson Marjorie, James & Maxine who married a Duncan.

~ John Mason McNeil - 2 Sep 1864 died 12 May 1931

~ Jean L. McNeil - 2 Aug 1866 - died 6 Sep 1921

~ Robert Bruce McNeil - 22 Sep 1872 - 3 Sep 1957 married Alice Mary Winters 3 May 1893
Children of Robert & Alice: Wayne Lincoln, Althea Mary, Dorothea Evol, Sarah Elberta, Ethel Jean, & Robert Carl

~ Mary McNeil married Kadel

~ Margaret McNeil married Hoover

~ Agnes J. McNeil married James H. Donaldson

~ George McNeil died young

Alexander J. McNeil
- b. 06 Aug 1857

A.J. McNeil was born in Rock Falls and lived in Sterling from 1885 to 1899, when he returned to live in Rock Falls, and later moved to DesMoines, where he retired.

He returns to Sterling several times each year and was here during the Centennial. He was prop. of the "Old Reliable Hardware" store in Rock Falls. May 19, 1915, A.J. McNeil moved to Des Moines to give his daughters advantages of a higher education. In enclosing a picture of his father, Robert McNeil, for the permanent display at the library, he included the following interesting sketch of the life of his father: Robert McNeil was born Nov. 27, 1836 in Paisley Scotland, and came to America in 1849 with his father, his mother having died while they were on the Mississippi river, and was buried near where Albany now is. Three sisters and one brother came with the family. Isabel, who later married Burril Stone, Mary who married Henry Batcheller, Jane who married John A. Lyle, George.

The father being a machinist and there being no shops in Sterling in those days, went to Chicago, leaving young Robert as head of the family at a very early age, having three sisters and a brother to care for before he was in his teens. Robert worked for Hezekiah Brink and others of the early settlers, attending night school, thus supporting the family until they were married, and all lived to a ripe old age, adding their share toward making Sterling the lovely city it is today, and their descendants are doing their share in the same way, all center in or near Sterling.

George, the brother of Robert, became an expert machinist and was on the "Yankee cheese box" the Monitor, during the Civil war and later he was head machinist in the Williams and Orton shops, and assisted in making Sterling's famour Charter gas engine and other machinery that put Sterling on the map, an dlater for many years wasa with Crane Brothers of Chicago,.

Robert McNeil resided on a farm on Dixon avenue, Rock Falls, after his marriage and was very much interested in civic and political and church affairs and anything for the uplifting of Sterling and Rock Falls. His oldest son was the owner of the "Old Reliable Hardware Store" in Rock Falls, and his youngest son, Robert, was a reporter on both Sterling's daily papers for years. [Source: Family records of Wilma Moore, south of Rock River]

Robert McNeil
born in PAISLEY, Renfrew, Scotland, Nov. 27, 1836, son of Alexander and Janet Mason McNeil, came to the US in April 9, 1849. They arrived safely in New Orleans, but Mother Janet had taken sick and died before reaching Whiteside. She was laid to rest in the Cemetery at Albany, Illinois. Upon arrival Alexander left the family in care of Uncle John Mason and Robert. He had been a machinist in Scotland, so ventured into Chicago for work. Brothers Nelson and Carlyle MASON had already arrived in Whiteside. They settled in Coloma across the river from the village of Sterling. Alexander and Janet Mason had 5 children, Isabella N.; Mary; Robert; Jane; George M.

1) Isabella N., born Jun 1832, Scotland; died 01 Oct 1915 in California. She married Burrel Stone, children Mary J., Mina, Jesse and George.

2) Mary, b 26 Apr 1834, Scotland; died 04 Jun 1916 Coloma, Whiteside; married Henry F. Batchellor, 3 children Imogene, Addison, Fay.

3) Robert, born 27 Nov 1936, Scotland; died 12 Sep 1924, Dixon, Lee, Illinois; married Jean L. Lyle; 9 children, Alexander James, 1857-1935; Agnes Janet, 1859-1936; William Ernest, 1860-1944; Jean Lyle, 1863-1921; John Mason, 1864-1931; George A., 1865-(?) possible infant death; Georgianna Margaret, 1868-1938; Robert Bruce, 1871-1957; Mary Isabelle, 1875-1963.

4) Jane, b 1841, Scotland; married John A. Lyle.; 4 children William R.; Girtrude; (?). Family lived in Florida 1900 Census; personal notes 1915 show living in Oelores, California.

5) George M., Jul 1843, Scotland; expert machinist and was on the "Yankee Cheese Box" the MONITOR during the Civil War. Married Anna (?) and has 3 children. They lived in Chicago. No death date found.

My family [Suanne Nesland] is from #3 child Robert.
William Ernest McNeil married Mary Alethia Clemons, younger sister to Louisa Johanna CLEMONS-PFULB. There is a family binder of the McNEIL's in the Sterling Library, Genealogy section that has more documentation. The pictures enclosed are of this family, Bessie died in California; William died in Havre, Montana; Walter died in Alamogordo, New Mexico and Jean L. married Harold K. Palmer.

left to right:

Lou Pfulb-Gettle, Lola, Charles and Sue Gettle

Harold Payne, James, Gwen & Marjorie McNeil

Isabel & Maxine, Aunt Maude, Uncle Ed

Uncle Will McNeil and Aunt Minnie

Sinnissippi Park 1924 - Sterling Illinois


Isabel McNeil, Lou Gettle, Ed Clemons, Charles Gettle,

James & Gwen McNeil, Maude Clemons

Marjorie & Minnie McNeil, Maxine McNeil on lap of Anne Pfulb

Sinnissippi Park - 1924

Martha Clemons Payne, Harold K. Palmer, Jean L. McNeil Palmer, Louise Pfulb Gettle

Gettle home at 600 3rd Avenue - Rock Falls IL

McNeil Family
Taken 1945


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