Biography of

Rachel Cameron Beard McNeel

 

Born 10 Aug 1868
Died 24 Mar 1939
Married George Alexander McNeel, 12 Dec 1894, Hillisboro, Oak Grove Presbyterian
 

Mrs. McNeel spent her entire life to the Hillsboro community.  She loved her home and was devoted to her family.  She was the very soul of industry and counted it no hardship to be called upon to sacrifice if only she could serve the better.  She lived a good life and carefully trained her children. She watchfully guarded her home from worldly and unworthy influences.

 

Children Born
Blair Jason McNeel 24 Oct 1895
Mary Elizabeth McNeel 02 Aug 1897
George Earle McNeel 29 Jul 1900
Martha Davis McNeel 11 Jul 1903
Margaret Beard McNeel 07 Jan 1906
George Alexander McNeel 20 Jun 1910
 

References

Obituary : Rachael Beard McNeel, daughter of John G. and Elizabeth Jane Beard, was born near Hillsboro, West Virginia, August 10, 1868 and died of pneumonia, March 24, 1939.  She united in marriage by Rev. A. C. Hamill to George Alexander McNeel at Hillsboro, December 12, 1894, of this union there were born six children; three boys and three girls.  She was converted under the ministry of Rev. W. C. Early and united with the Methodist Church at Hillsboro November 16, 1924 of which she was a consistent member.  She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, George Alexander McNeel, her six children, Jason Blair McNeel, Lewisburg, Polly McNeel, Covington, Virginia; George Earl McNeel,, Biand, Ohio; Mattie Davis McNeel; Margaret Beard McNeel and Alexander McNeel, Jr. at home; two sisters : Mrs. Mattie McNeel and Mrs. Jennie Hill of Farmington, Washington, and the brother , George W. Beard of Hillsboro.  One sister, Minnie Beard, preceded her in death, and one brother, Willie Beard, died in infancy.  Three half-brothers, Luther J. Beard, Jim W. Beard and Joel Winters Beard preceded her.  Mrs. McNeel spent her entire life to the Hillsboro community.  She loved her home and was devoted to her family.  She was the very soul of industry and counted it no hardship to be called upon to sacrifice if only she could serve the better.  She lived a good life and carefully trained her children. She watchfully guarded her home from worldly and unworthy influences.  Just a few days before her final illness she warned her family of the necessity of being prepared when God called them.  A faithful wife, a devoted mother, a good friend, and a kind neighbor, her going is mourned by a host of friends and loved ones.  The funeral service was conducted at the home by her pastor. Rev. L.S. Shires, Sunday March 26 after which her body was laid to reset in the Oak Grove Cemetery.  Our hearts go out in tender sympathy to her bereaved loved ones.
Obituary : Mrs. Rachel Beard McNeel, wife of Alex McNeel died at her home near Hillsboro on Friday afternoon, March 24, 1939, after a short illness of pneumonia.  her age was seventy years.  Burial on Sunday afternoon in the family plot in Oak Grove Cemetery, the service being conducted by Rev. L.S. Shires.  Mrs. McNeel was a a daughter of the late John G. and Elizabeth Blair Beard.  her sisters are Mrs. Mattie McNeel and Mrs. Fannie Hill, both of Farmington, Washington.  her brother is George Beard.  She is survived by her husband and their six children, Blair, George, Polly, Margaret, Martha, and Alex J.
Obituary - George Alex McNeel, aged 77 years, died at his home in Dilleys Mill on Tuesday, January 1, 1957, after a long illness.   On Thursday afternoon, the funeral services were held from the Hillsboro Methodist Church by the pastor, Rev. E. D. Summers.  His body was laid in the Oak Grove Cemetery.   Mr. McNeel is survived by his three daughters; Mrs. Martha Lewis, at home; Miss Polly McNeel of Marion, Virginia; and Miss Margaret  McNeel of Northeast, Maryland; and by three sons; Blair at home; George of Renick; and Alex Jr. of Annadale, Virginia.  Also, by his sister Mrs. Lydia Sydenstricker of Hillsboro; five grandchildren and one great grand-children.  His wife, Mrs. Rachel Cameron Beard McNeel preceded her husband some years since.  This good citizen was the son of Jacob and Mary Jordan McNeel of the Levels.  The only remaining member of this family is his sister, Mrs. Lydia Ann Sydenstricker, of Hillsboro.