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John McNeill
Contributed by Danyelle McNeill Fletcher
<dfletcher10@earthlink.net> August 29, 2004

(Hinds County Gazette, May 11, 1881)
John McNeill - died on May 7, 1881; burial unknown
"Death of Col. John McNeill"  (Hinds County Gazette, May 11, 1881)

John McNeill - died on May 7, 1881; burial unknown
"Death of Col. John McNeill"  (Hinds County Gazette, May 11, 1881)
We greatly regret to announce the death of Col. John McNeill, which event occurred suddenly and unexpectedly at his residence four miles from Raymond on Saturday night last of apoplexy.
Col. McNeill came to Hinds County about thirty years ago from North Carolina. He resided until the war on his plantation near Dry Grove, but since the war on his farm near this town, and was in Raymond Saturday afternoon apparently in good health.  He was a man of intelligence and remarkable energy, perseverance, and public spirit and as a friend, was obliging and faithful.  Whatever he took hold of, he took with all his heart and spirit, and if he sometimes went too far, it was a pardonable fault.  He was a useful man, a kind-hearted man, and a man always ready and willing to do a favor and to assist in a public enterprise.  He was of the Presbyterian faith in religion and ever took a lively interest in all moral and  Christian enterprises.  He was an honest and just man – honest in all his dealings and just in all his intercourse with his fellow man.  If, at a moment of excitement he did an injury, he was brave enough to acknowledge it when the moment of reflection came and to make proper reparation.  How much better for all the world it would be if we all had more of this spirit?  We deeply regret Col. McNeill’s death, especially as it was so sudden and unexpected, and we extend to his family our most sincere sympathies in this hour of their great bereavement.


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