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Floyd NEELY

Male 1823 - 1895  (72 years)


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  • Name Floyd NEELY 
    Born 1823  Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  West Union, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1850  [3
    miller 
    • In the hotel of Francis F. M. Smith, his brother-in-law.
    Census 1860  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1860, 1863  [4
    sheriff 
    Census 1870, 1880  West Union District, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation farmer  [5, 6, 7
    Residence 1883  Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Military Colonel, 180th Regt, W.Va. Militia, Civil War  [8
    • In his capacity as commander of the local militia during the Civil War, Floyd Neely sent the following handwritten letter to Francis P. Pierpoint, the original of which is on file at the West Virginia State Archives Library in Charleston:

      West Union, W.Va.
      May 30 1864

      F. P. Pierpoint Esq
      Adjutant Genl

      Dear Sir,
      I have caused a very considerable amount of guard duty performed by the Militia of this County during the last three weeks, since the last gang of Horse thieves were discovered. We have guarded up to this time all the important passes leading South from this County. We are using every effort in our power to capture the banditties, if they make their appearance again. We have run short of Ammunitions especially Caps. We have some Cartridges yet. I would like to have 500 or 1000 caps and one Box Cartridges for Austin muskets 69 in Cal. The safety of our property in this country requires a consent of action on the part of the Citizens in the absence of regular soldiers. A portion of the Militia South of the Rail Road have been very prompt in the discharge of any duty required of them, while there are another portion almost uncontrollable. That portion are of the Butter Nut Tribe. These are a few persons residing on the waters of the North Fork of Hughes River in Ritchie County and one in this County near the Ritchie line, all in the same section of Country, who from recent developments I [am] satisfied are aiders and abetters in the horse stealing business, so far as harbouring and giving them information, and think the Country would be well rid of them.
      Hoping to hear from you at once,
      I am your Obt Servt --
      Floyd Neely, Col, 180th Regt
      W.Va. Militia


      NOTE: "Butternut" was a term used prior to the war to refer to people (especially those of Sourthern origin) who lived in southern Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. During the war, the expression commonly was applied to Confederates, especially Rebel soldiers, whose clothing -- like that of the original Butternuts -- was often a light-brown color, owing to the use of dye made from butternuts or walnuts. At times, as in Letter 13 in chapter 2, it was applied to Northerners who were sympathetic to the Confederacy.
      SOURCE: "The Wilderness of War: The Civil War Letters of George W. Squier, Hoosier Volunteer," University of Tennessee Press, 1998.
      https://books.google.com/books?id=q-ZuI6W854wC&lpg=PA29&ots=MMl4i_c3ZT&dq=butternut%20tribe&pg=PA29#v=onepage&q=butternut%20tribe&f=false
    Died 29 Nov 1895  West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Buried Archbold Cemetery, Smithburg, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Notes 
    • Floyd Neely was the second merchant in partnership with M. E. Smith, operating a business as Neely & Smith in West Union. He was appointed sheriff for 3 or 4 years prior to 1852, and was High Sheriff in 1860, 1863 (first under the new state constitution), and also in 1870 and 1872. A grandson of John Neely, who was a Revolutionary War Militiaman from New York, Floyd Neely was a Colonel in the 180th W.Va. Militia in the Civil War. Floyd Neely's home was located in West Union at 203 Court Street, at the corner of Columbia Street. With its distinctive mansard roof, it was built in about 1858. In the early 2000s, the home was owned by Dr. James B. Kirkwood (1938-2010) and became known during that time as the Kirkwood House.
    Person ID I60455  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 4 Jul 2016 

    Father Matthew NEELY,   b. 5 Dec 1791, Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1857  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Maria NEWLON,   b. 22 Aug 1802,   d. 24 Feb 1851, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 1 Feb 1818  Lewis Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F26163  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Jane Ann FITZWILLIAMS,   b. 16 May 1835, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1876, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Children 
     1. Matthew NEELY,   b. 17 Jan 1856,   d. 30 Mar 1856  (Age 0 years)
     2. Annie M. NEELY,   b. CA 1857
     3. Ada B. NEELY,   b. CA 1859
     4. Cora J. NEELY,   b. CA 1862
     5. Maggie NEELY,   b. 21 Nov 1864, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1866, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     6. (Unnamed son) NEELY,   b. 22 Dec 1867, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Grace NEELY,   b. CA 1868
     8. Julia NEELY,   b. CA 1871
     9. Clara NEELY,   b. CA 1873
    Family ID F35258  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Nannie SMITH,   b. 30 Mar 1839, Isle of Wight County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1924, Wood Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 3 Apr 1883  Parkersburg, Wood Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F35260  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1850 - West Union, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Apr 1883 - Parkersburg, Wood Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Nov 1895 - West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Archbold Cemetery, Smithburg, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Documents
    60455_NEELY_Floyd_Letter-to-Pierpont_30May1864.jpg
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    75340_1850Census_WestUnion-DoddridgeCoVa_Hotel-of-FrancisMFSmith.jpg
    75340_1850Census_WestUnion-DoddridgeCoVa_Hotel-of-FrancisMFSmith.jpg

    Histories
    999999_Legislative-Petition_29Dec 1852.txt
    999999_Legislative-Petition_29Dec 1852.txt

  • Sources 
    1. [S638] Headstone (year only).

    2. [S2050] Wood County Marriage Records, Parkersburg, WV.

    3. [S941] 1850 Census, Doddridge County, (W)VA.

    4. [S2219] Hardesty's "History of Doddridge County", H. H. Hardesty, (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvpioneers/doddridgecountyhistory.html).

    5. [S1890] 1860 Census, Doddridge County, (W)VA.

    6. [S1999] 1870 Census, Doddridge County, WV (West Union Twp).

    7. [S2148] 1880 Census, Doddridge County, WV (West Union District).

    8. [S2544] Doddridge County Cemeteries, Vol. II, Donald Edward Ramage (1934-2016), (4117 Almaville Rd, Smyna TN 37167 (1988, rev. 1999)), p. 12.
      Citing Jim Comstock's WV Heritage Encyclopedia (p. 47), this source reports Colonel Floyd Neely's military unit as the 18th WVa Infantry, which did not exist. But Col. Neely's actual military unit was the 180th Regt WVa Militia, as shown in his original correspondence on file at the West Virginia State Archives.
      http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvmemory/militia/militiabox04f02.html

    9. [S1563] Doddridge County Death Records, West Union, WV, DR p. 97 : http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=5046745&Type=Death.
      Identified as Floyd Neely, white male, age 73, married; died Nov 29 1895 in West Union, cause of death cardiac insufficiency, burial in Smithton (now known as Smithburg) on Dec 1 1895.
      (NOTE: Floyd Neely's headstone at Archbold Cemetery in Smithburg has birth-death dates of 1823-1905. In view of this death record, the death date on the headstone is clearly incorrect. It should be noted that the headstone is of a more modern type than would have been used at the time of burial.)

    10. [S2544] Doddridge County Cemeteries, Vol. II, Donald Edward Ramage (1934-2016), (4117 Almaville Rd, Smyna TN 37167 (1988, rev. 1999)).