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Biography ~ Hon. S. P. McNeill

"Biographical and Historical Record of
Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa"
(Lewis Publishing Company (1887)), p. 575:

“HON. S. P. McNEIL, farmer and stock-raiser, section 2, High Point Township, was born in Mason County, Kentucky, February 14, 1827, son of Dominie and Nancy (Pinkard) McNeil, the former a native of Maryland, and the latter of Virginia. They lived and died in Mason County. Mr. McNeil was reared to the vocation of a farmer until sixteen years of age. He then learned the carpenter’s trade, which he followed from 1843 until 1849, then enlisted in the Mexican war, and served one year with Captain Morgan’s mounted dragoons. After the war Captain Morgan was elected to Congress several terms. After being honorably discharged from service, Mr. McNeil clerked seven years in a large cotton warehouse, then immigrated to Wayne County, Iowa, where he remained three years, and purchased a small farm. In 1861 he settled in Decatur County. February 16, 1859, he was married in Garden Grove to Nancy Arnold, daughter of Sylvanus and Lucretia (Baker) Arnold, who was born in Seneca County, Ohio, in 1837. Of their nine children eight are living – Grace, Kate, wife of M. E. Wells, an attorney at Elwood; Guy, of Montana; Edward R., of Iowa City; Anna, a teacher, living at home; Mary B, Nora and Ruth. Several of the children are college graduates. Mr. McNeil was elected to the Legislature on the Republican ticket, in 1873, serving a full term with satisfaction to his constituents. He has held the office of justice of the peace, and other minor township and school offices. He is at present extensively engaged in farming, being the owner of 800 acres of land. He is entirely a self-made man. His father died when he was but a few days old, leaving his mother with eight children. He commenced life poor, but by hard labor, good management, fair dealing, and the assistance of his excellent wife, he has acquired a large property. He is charitable and benevolent. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Postoffice, Garden Grove.”

(Submitted to the Decatur County GenWeb site by Christy Jay, email: Jaygenie@aol.com)