Daniel McNeill of Taynish & unknown 1st wife; 2nd wife Margaret McTavish
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Associated Grants/Deeds:
1740 - Royal Patent, Gov. Johnston to Daniel McNeill, 400A on CFR, Bladen Co. NC
1737 & 1743 - Originally a Royal Patent, Gov. Johnston to John Martileer, part of what would become Daniel McNeill's CFR land; then endorsed in 1743 by John Martileer to Daniel McNeill, 600 acres (actually 671 acres), part of Daniel McNeill's CFR land known as "Tweedside", Bladen Co., NC;
1754 - Daniel McNeill to James Rutherford, 571A (minus Duncan Campbell's previous purchase of 100A of it) on CFR some 13 miles above Rockfish Creek, Cumberland Co., NC;
1757 - Daniel McNeill to Col Thos Armstrong, 147A of 400A tract dated 1740 on CFR, Cumberland Co., NC;
1763 - James Rutherford to Duncan Campbell, Campbell's purchase of second part of Daniel McNeill's former lands on the CFR, Cumberland Co., NC;
1772 - John Rutherford to Thomas Rutherford, Daniel McNeill's former plantation "Tweedside", Cumberland Co., NC;

1. The Clan Macneil, Clan Niall of Scotland by The Macneil of Barra, 45th Chief of the Clan, Scotpress 1985;
2. Article, "The McNeill Family' from "McNeill's Ferry Chronicle and Campbell University" by Everette McNeill Kivette;
3. "The North Carolina Settlement of 1739" by A.I.B. Stewart;
4. Article, "Highland Emigration to America with Particular Reference to North Carolina" by Hon. A.I.B. Stewart, Argyll Colony Plus publication, Vol. 6 No. 1, April 1992, page 3;
5. McAlester Letters, NCDAH;
6. Cumberland County deeds;
7. Bladen County North Carolina Abstracts of Early Deeds 1738-1804 by Brent H. Holcomb, C.A.L.S.;
8. Article, "Whistler's mother and the West Coast", http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/history/scottishroots/histories/;

9. Carolina Scots by Douglas F. Kelly;
10. Hometown Heritage by Lucille Johnson, p.33;
11. A letter to the Fayetteville Observer, under the title of "The Battle of Elizabethtown" by Hamilton McMillan, dated 27 June 1901;

12. Will of Dr. Archibald McNeill, 1772, (probated 1774) Dorchester Co., SC, South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
13. Bladen County North Carolina Tax Lists 1775 through 1789, Vol. 2, by William Byrd, III, page 50.
14. Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticane Vol 4, page 54.

15. South Carolina Marriages from "The South Carolina and American General Gazette", compiled and edited by A.S. Salley Jr., 1914; Genealogytrails.com: http://genealogytrails.com/scar/marriages_1766_1782.htm.
16. Wilmington Gazette, 5 May 1803.
17.McAllister Family Papers, Cumberland County 1747-1935; Letter from Alexander McAllister of Cumberland Co., NC;
18.Robeson County Register Vol. 1 No.2, May 1986 issue, page 43.


  Daniel McNeill of Taynish, Gigha, Argyll

Birth c. 1700 Place Gigha, Taynish, Scotland
Chr Place
Death c. 1774 Place Bladen County, NC
Burial Place Near Brown Marsh Presbyterian Church, Bladen County, NC
Father Neil McNeill of Taynish; Neill was son of Donald Macneil and Marie Campbell1 Mother Elizabeth Campbell, daughter of Alexander Campbell ("Commissar of the Isles" and an Auchenbreck Campbell) and his wife Margaret Campbell daughter of George Campbell of Airds
Marriage Place Probably Scotland
Margaret McTavish, daughter of Archibald McTavish, chief of McTavish Marriage married Margaret McTavish in Scotland
WIFE   unknown first wife
Birth Place Probably Scotland
Chr Place
Death Place Probably Scotland
Burial Place
Father Mother

Notes (updated Aug 2014): It is my own belief—and I have no proof—that this Daniel McNeill, as a lesser brother of Hector McNeill of Taynish who was chief of the Southern Clan of McNeills, left Argyll in 1739 and brought with him his two younger brothers, Neill and Archibald McNeill. Evidence of late has shown that Neill McNeill of Tranthams Creek is likely one of those brothers and "Scribbling Archie" was perhaps the other. This is a bold statement but I'm willing to stand by it after all the research I've done and evidence I've found.
     Of the most notable of the descendants of Daniel McNeill of Taynish is the artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler. In correspondence with someone who inquired of his Scottish ancestry, Whistler stated his mother, Anna (the subject of his painting "Whistler's Mother"), was descended from the McNeills of Barra: "Our MacNeills are those of Bar[r]a—the Highland McNeills….though I fear I have rather neglected my cousinships, having lived so much away from my own people."1 To which McNeill family branch he refers here is unknown. He may have been referring to Daniel of Taynish, or to Daniel's daughter's husband, William McNeill who was Whistler's great-grandfather. Whistler's mother, Anna Matilda McNeill, was born in 1804 in Wilmington, NC. According to notes in the collection of Miss Betty Capo of Wilmington, NC, the plantation, Oak Forest, associated with Anna's family in Bladen County may have been the homestead that was identified in records by Wanda Campbell as having been on Trestle Road near Clarkton.
    Daniel's first wife's name is unknown; however, they had one child, Margaret, who bore a daughter in 1759 by her husband Rev. Mowat. If a typical woman of this time married at 15 she had a 25-year window in which to bear children. Jean, Daniel's daughter by his second wife, was born in 1730 according to her 1803 obituary. The math places Margaret's birth, perhaps Daniel's first child, at least around 1725.
    Daniel's children by Margaret McTavish are found in a genealogical chart in the McAlester family collection at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh, NC (which was drawn up by one of the staff genealogists there) and in the article entitled "The McNeill Family" by Everett McNeill Kivette from his "The McNeill's Ferry Chronicles and Campbell University." Kivette's genealogical record of the McNeill family is the most comprehensive—and logical—of all the accounts of the descendants of "Black Neill" McNeill and Daniel McNeill of Taynish. The Bladen County tax list of 1770 shows a Daniel McNeill with over £1500 taxable. It is generally accepted he lived until 1774 but I have found no record showing he was alive that year.
    Daniel McNeill's plantation on the Cape Fear River, "Tweedside" (or 'Tweeside', depending on the document), was sold in pieces by Daniel McNeill to three parties: James Rutherford whose brothers inherited it along with the dwelling and outbuildings; 147 acres was bought by Col. Thomas Armstrong; and 150 acres of it was bought by Duncan Campbell who moved to Bladen by 1768 (see Associated Grant/Deeds in the link just above). The Rutherford brothers eventually sold their portion to an Archibald Simpson who married a Rutherford widow— Daniel McNeill's granddaughter Jean Rutherford, born Jean Dubois. After Simpson died, Jean married a third time to Duncan McAuslan of Cumberland Co. they lived at Tweedside until they sold it in 1804. Duncan Campbell gave his section of it to his grandson, John Campbell of Campbells Bridge at Drowning Creek in Robeson County. John Campbell sold it to Stephen Gilmore in 1800.
    It is broadly claimed that "Scribbling Archie" McNeill was one of the sons of Daniel McNeill of Taynish by his first wife. I have found this questionable because that would have given Daniel two sons named Archibald, as Daniel had a son Dr. Archibald McNeill who lived and died in Dorchester County, SC, per his 1772 will in that county. Daniel and his first wife were not childless. One child, Margaret who married Rev. Mr. Mowat of Gigha, was listed in Dr. Archibald's will in SC as a "half-sister." Adding to confusion, Ian Roderick Macneill, the 45th Chief of the Clan Mcneil, did not show a first wife for Daniel at all but listed only Margaret McTavish as his wife.
    Hamilton McMillan of Robeson County wrote in an article he submitted to the Fayetteville Observer that he had been shown personally the graves of Col. John Slingsby and his wife Isabella McNeill McAlester Slingsby (Daniel's daughter) at Slingsby Shoals in Bladen County, and had no doubt that he was the only white man who knew their location. In the Bladen County tax lists of 1776, Colonel Slingsby was living next door to his sister-in-law, the widow Jane Dubois.

Children Birth Death Spouse Cht #
Children by 1st wife whose name is unknown:
1. Margaret McNeill12,14
Married Rev. William Mowat of Gigha, Scotland between 1753 and 1759; Margaret was his 2nd wife and she bore a daughter Isabel in 1759. Margaret died in Sept 1784, a several months after her husband.
Children by 2nd wife Margaret McTavish:
1. Dr. Archibald McNeill12
c. 1730
1st: Mary Wright, who died by 1772. 2nd: Margaret Postell. She remarried to John Glaze, Esq. in June 1775 in SC. Dr. Archibald McNeill was practicing medicine in Dorchester District in 1757, and died in Dorchester Co., SC 15
2. Jane/Jean McNeill
April 180316
John Dubois of Wilmington, NC who died just before 9 Dec 1768. John DuBois who owned large tracts in Bladen County in 1736.7 John and Jean had several children in Wilmington and one of them, named Jean, may have lived at Tweedside until 1803 when it was sold to the Elliott family. Jean Dubois is found in the 1776 Bladen Co., NC tax list with 9 slaves, next door to Col. John Slingsby, her brother-in-law. A Donald Bain and a John McNeil are living with Col Slingsby.13
3. Elizabeth McNeill
c. 1735?
alive 1772
Married William McNeill of the Ardelay McNeills who is in the 1789 Bladen Co. tax list with 540 acres, six slaves. This William and Elizabeth McNeill (through their son Dr. Charles Daniel McNeill and his 2nd1 wife "the beautiful Martha Kingsley") were the grandparents of Anna Matilda McNeill (b. 1804 & the subject of the painting "Whistler's Mother"), the mother of the artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Dr. McNeill had a sister, Ann McNeill McDiarmid, wife of Rev. Archibald McDiarmid of Ardnave plantation on Lower Little River, and Ann was an aunt of Anna Matilda McNeill Whistler.10 Rev. Archibald McDiarmid was a witness to the will of "Scribbling Archie" McNeill.
4. Isabella McNeill17
c. 1735?
1st: Capt. Hector McAlester before 1767.17 Lost at sea on a voyage to West Indies in April 1770. He and Isabella had two children, a girl and a boy.17
2nd: After June 1772 to Tory Colonel John Slingsby who was killed at Tory's Hole in the Battle of Elizabethtown 29 Sept 1781. Isabella and Col. Slingsby were likely buried at a place called Slingsby Shoals (near Colleys Swamp?) presumably near the lands of Robert Stewart and wife Negalena (youngest daughter of 'Black Neill' McNeill). Early in the 20th century, according to his article to the Fayetteville Oberver dated 11 July 1901, Hamilton McMillan stated he had seen the graves of Col. Slingsby, his wife Isabella and his son Robert at Slingsby Shoals in Bladen Co., shown to him presumably by an guide since he stated he was probably the only white man who knew the site. Slingsby owned the The River plantation, located three miles above Whitehall and 12 miles from Brown Marsh. Isabella and Col. Slingsby had a daughter, their only daughter, who married Rev. Wm. Bingham.