• 695 members
Are you a member of the MacNeil project?
John Wilkinson John Wilkinson has a question!
2 hours ago
Hello, my name is John Wilkinson. I recently learned that one of my three 67/67 marker matches traces his line to an Alexander McNeill (multiple spelling variations) born about 1760 who lived on Tyree. Broader Y testing may eliminate match status, but the 67/67 seems sufficient for me to add my test results to this project's database to see what degree of alignment there is. My family traces it's paternal line back to an oldest known ancestor named Thomas Wilkinson, believed to have been born in Antrim Ireland c. 1700. His son John (born c. 1725 in Antrim) emigrated to North Carolina probably some time in the mid 1700s. There is some indication that Wilkinson may be an anglicization of McQuilkin (or variants) or possible McQuillan (or variants). My Yhaplotype has been SNP tested down to R-L20. I've seen some research which links R-L20 to Norman arrival, and other research that the McQuillan line descended from a branch of the de Mandevilles, a Cambro-Norman family who settled in Ulster during the Anglo-Norman invasions under the de Courcys in the late 12th century. As descendants of Hugh de Mandeville, they assumed the Gaelic name Mac Uighilin (Mac Hugelin, a diminutive of Hugh), whence McQuillan. I'm joining the McQuillan project too. Administrators, if after assessing my results you think I am in the wrong neighborhood, just let me know and I can drop out. Thanks much. And if anyone has any suggestions, please chime in. Best regards to all.
Jennifer Gregory Jennifer Gregory
September 23 @ 1:49pm
Let's try again, is there any information available about the MacNeill's of Lot #3 in Prince Edward Island?
Justin McNeill
September 23 @ 7:05pm
Do you know where in Lot 3 they lived? Any specific names you may be looking for? Here is a MacNeil family in Lot 3 in 1881 (from lines 6 to 12) , head of the family is Donald aged 60, born in PEI, Catholic, Scottish origin, Farmer. Given the family was Catholic there is a high likelihood of a Barra origin I'd bet.
Jennifer Gregory Jennifer Gregory has a question!
September 23 @ 1:48pm
Is their information about he MacNeills of lot 3 in PEI.
Perry McNeal Perry McNeal
May 31, 2016 @ 5:35pm
Hi! My name is Anna McNeal McCallister, and I am representing my father, Perry Jerome McNeal. He did a little Family Finder DNA test with Ancestry last year and it led us to some of his cousins (which we already knew. lol!), and so I transferred his results here, and joined this group. After looking around here a bit, it seemed prudent that he do a Y-67 test and we have just received his new kit. I am wondering how I can get his results included with this group?
1 Comment
Kathryn Schultz
August 30 @ 9:39pm
I have wondered for a long time whether there might be a connection between our Daniel McNeil and your John and Winnifred McNeal because of some similar sons’ names, in ours an Elbert Burton McNeil and Jarrot Wesley McNeil, and in your family a son named Jarret Elbert. (Am I remembering these details correctly?) I haven’t ever been able to find a connection. Our Daniel was also born in 1791 (on April 6), but I have no idea other than in North Carolina or Georgia. They might be cousins, and maybe DNA can help us figure out whether there is a connection.
Perry McNeal
September 18 @ 12:20am
Haha, Kathryn! I was just about to respond to you in the post above this one...saying that there are a lot of similarities between my John and your Daniel! I
Perry McNeal
September 18 @ 12:24am
I haven't been able to figure out a connection either, other than the similar, unusual names (HAS to mean something!!) I wish DNA would help. Dad has tested to the 111th marker now and I'm just more confused. lol!
Justin McNeill
September 22 @ 6:22pm
You can easily determine if your McNeals are related. What are the haplogroups? If one is Haplogroup I and the other is R, then they are not related.
Donald Tipton Donald Tipton
September 16 @ 10:42am
I was requested to join this group due to a high number of Tiptons who are showing close relationship with McNeils. Ple ase feel free to contact me. I am actually Donald Tipton's daughter Ann. His advanced Alzheimer's prevents his use of this site personally, so I administrate his data and affairs. Also, he is on GED Match, T835003.
Edna Scannell Edna Scannell
September 15 @ 11:17am
Family story goes: We are descendants of Archibald McNeill, a Boston Baker who sided with the English and evacuated with General Howe. I am having a hard time connecting the generations. My Great Grandfather was Michael James McNeill born 24 Dec 1858 in Cape Brenton, Nova Scotia. He died in St Johns New Brunswick 20 May 1926. Can anyone help me with this? Information on Archibald can be found in the United Empire Loyalists, and in the Winslow Papers, pages 304 and 305. He was a baker in Boston, had a large amount of land in Massachusetts and the Casco Bay Area ‘Archibald McNeil of Boston went to Halifax with the Royal army on the evacuation of that place in 1776. He was proscribed and banished. He went to Boston on business in 1784 and was committed to jail, but finally allowed to rejoin his family at Quebec. In the month of August in the same year as he was journeying from Quebec to Halifax he was murdered by an Indian when asleep in the woods. In November this Indian was tried and convicted in the court of King's Bench at Quebec. The place where the offence was committed is described in the indictment as “near unto the village of Madawaska, in the district of Quebec, in the province of Quebec." In the Quebec Gazette of the 11th of November, 1784, there is an account of the execution of this Indian, and the case is remarkable for the commutation of the mode of execution ordered by the governor, with the advice of the council. This will appear in the following extract from the minutes of the council : There were present at the meeting of the council His Excellency Frederick Haldimand, governor; the Hon. Henry Hamilton, lieutenant governor, and ten members of council. " His excellency the governor laid before the council a. sentence pronounced “this day (Nov. 3, 1784), against an Indian named Charles Nichau Noiste, “ condemning him to be hanged by the neck until he be dead, and stated that “ application had been made to his excellency by the friends and relations of " the culprit, the Indians of his nation, and the Indians of other nations, to "change the punishment pronounced by the law. into that of shooting, which “ is more consonant to the ideas of savages. The council having weighed the " matter and the consequences that might ensue, were of opinion unanimously “that the punishment should be changed. and that the said Charles Nichau “Noiste should be shot in place of hanged."
Justin McNeill
September 15 @ 5:34pm
Hello Edna, What do you know about Archibald McNeil, such as his date of birth, marriage, death, siblings, children, etc. Was his family Catholic or Protestant (this seems to be an important difference between families with Barra roots and Mainland Scotland roots)? Do you know where Archibald McNeil settled in Canada? Do you know the names of Michael James McNeill's parents? Did Michael marry in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick? I recommend you contact Vince MacNeil of the Clan MacNeil in Canada website, he is well versed in the many MacNeil (all spellings) families from Nova Scotia (especially those from Cape Breton).
Edna Scannell Edna Scannell has a question!
September 15 @ 11:16am
Hi my name is Edna Scannell, and I need help connecting generations:
David McNeill David McNeill
August 19, 2015 @ 10:19am
I am David McNeill, age 59 in North Carolina. My father was of the Tennessee McNeill clan, born in Mitchellville. My ancestry that I know of goes back 11 generations to the Isle of Barra. The first ancester to USA was Thomas McNeill (b. 1724) who arrived in America around 1750 in Caswell County, NC.
David McNeill
August 19, 2015 @ 10:20am
# of Generations Name Born Died birth location 11 Alexander MacNeil 1595 1651 10 Hector MacNeil 1637 Isle of Barra, 9 Robert MacNeil 1670 Isle of Barra, 8 Robert MacNeil the 2nd 1694 Born Isle of Barra, moved to Scotland 7 Thomas McNeill 1724 1781 Born Ireland, move to NC 1750 6 Benjamin McNeill 1757 1815 moved to TN 5 Joseph N McNeilll 1/9/1810 12/29/1890 Roberson Co,TN 4 John Henry McNeill 1/20/1848 2/5/1937 Roberson Co,TN 3 James Hershel McNeill 5/7/1880 5/5/1943 Roberson Co,TN 2 Dan Caldwell McNeill 4/17/1918 5/1/2007 Sumner Co, TN 1 David Caldwell McNeill 1/18/1956 Harrisburg, PA
Kathryn Schultz
August 30 @ 9:57pm
David, do you know whether Thomas had other sons besides Benjamin? I am trying to find the parents of our Daniel, born 1791 in North Carolina or possibly Georgia. He ended up in Amite Co. in southwest Mississippi, possibly as a result of the War of 1812, where he is first shown in a record when he married there in 1814.
Justin McNeill
August 31 @ 10:17am
Kathryn, to help you determine possible relationships between your Daniel McNeil and other McNeil families you should pay attention to your McNeil family's Y-DNA haplogroup. If the haplogroups are different and certain McNeils of interest do not appear on your Y-DNA match list they are not related. For example if your family is Haplogroup I-M223, but the haplogroup of a family you are suspecting might be related is R-L21 there is no relation (at least not for several thousand years).
Gary Goodwin
September 9 @ 12:51am
David McNeill do you know why your Thomas McNeill was born in Ireland? It might help me solve a mystery.
S F McNeil S F McNeil
September 8 @ 11:53am
Trying to contact Larry Ray McNeil, close DNA match to S F McNeil. The email listed as his contact is not active. If anyone knows how to contact him, please let me know!
Ernest McNeill Ernest McNeill
August 18, 2015 @ 11:26pm
Ernest McNeill
August 18, 2015 @ 11:26pm
Ernest L. McNeill
Ernest McNeill
December 22, 2016 @ 11:24pm
The McNeill family settled in the Cape Fear Valley around 1734 about 13 miles north of Fayetteville, NC near the Old Bluff Church area. I have significant history.
Perry McNeal
April 5, 2017 @ 5:35pm
Hi Ernest! Which Cape Fear McNeill family are you from? There are so many, and all with the same names. Haha! Also, do you have any ancestors that migrated to Georgia or Alabama? Thanks, and good to "see" you! ~Anna McNeal McCallister
Kathryn Schultz
August 30 @ 9:23pm
My Daniel McNeil’s family was from North Carolina (no clue yet where or their names), then possibly in Georgia (from conflicting birth locations in Censuses). He migrated to southwest Mississippi, possibly as a result of the War of 1812, where he married in Amite Co. in 1814.