The McNeely Family Saga– Part 1 and 2


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Photo by Krista Lee


The McNeely Saga thanks to John Armour for sharing. It’s only through sharing that we share history.

Notes regarding on section of the Clan who emigrated to Canada were compiled by Elizabeth McNeely, the eldest living descendant of Brice McNeely, the son of Brice McNeely, who was born in Ireland in 1794 and came to Canada with his father in 1820.

It is not known when the spelling was changed from MacNeill to its present form but it would seem that there were several branches in Scotland and in Ireland and presumably all were descended from the House of Niall of the ancient Royal Line in Ireland.

During these years there have also been other groups associated with those already mentioned such as the Moores, the Crookses and the Grahams. Brice McNeely, Sr., b.1794, married Jane Moore Patrick Crawford married Elizabeth Moore James MacDowell married Mary Moore The Moores were sisters so when Brice McNeely Jr., married Mary MacDowell, he married his cousin. Mary MacDowell always maintained that her family was descended from the Earl of Montrose.


First Installment of the The McNeely Saga thanks to John Armour–

JAMESMcNEELY–from Carneal Co., Antrim, Ireland, who came to Canada in the year 1820 with his family of two sons and four daughters: BRICE–JOHN–MARY ELIZABETH–MIRIAM–JENCY–SUSAN


Ad from Carleton Place newspaper 1873 from .. Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
There has been a report that two brothers came out together but that the family of the other one remained and settled in Nova Scotia. It may be that this brother was the ancestor of a group of McNeelys who trace the families from Western Ontario back to Peterborough–Omemee–Kingston. They may have come from Nova Scotia via the St. Lawrence to Kingston. The impression given by some articles written by the Carleton Place, Lanark Co.

Historian, Mr. Harold M. Brown– the family of that name who reached there about 1820 travelled by the Ottawa River.James received a grant of land, lots 15 and 16 on the 11th line Beckwith Township, near Carleton Place, on the Mississippi River, Lanark Co., Ontario, Canada.Brice, Sr., was born in 1794;m. Jane Moore in Ireland and came to Canada in 1820. Their children were: Thomas Moore, Jan. 29, 1824; James, September. 22, 1825; Nathaniel Drummond Moore, Aug1, 1827; Mary Elizabeth died in infancy; Brice, Jr., June 14, 1831–Tanner; Joseph,
Dec. 26, 1832; John, May6, 1835; Drummond, Oct. 4, 1838, Millwright and carpenter; William Moore, Oct.24, 1842.

More to come–Thanks John Armour


 Photo- John Armour-Drummond Moore McNeely (circa around 1905)



Second Installment of the The McNeely Saga thanks to John Armour–


BRICE Thomas Moore, a blacksmith at Appleton, m. Ellen Duncan. John went to Los Angeles, California- Knox Mabel


William McNeely William went to Tupper Lake, m. a French Canadian. Alfred–returned to Carleton Place, d. Lennie Ida Helen Jane m. Peter McCallum of Almonte. (In 1956–99 years of age. Still living, Easter 1959.)

James d. young John Duncan m.Marguerite Jacques


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Kate m. Justin Barr Kate McNeey Ellen m. John Lang Jessie m. Robert Armour


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Jessie McNeely and Robert Armour

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Walter Armour

Willys Keith Weldon

Charles Armour William Audrey Charles Ronald Clair

Brice died in USA. Figure 5 Robert Armour





McNeely Related Reading

Howard McNeely- I Aim to Please

So Who Lived at 410 Franktown Road?

School Salaries of 1918

Dream a Little Dream About the Hemlock Tree

The Carleton Place House with the Coffin Door

You Would Never Find Warm Leatherette at the Local Carleton Place Tannery

“30 dollar bid it now, 35, will you gimmie 35 to make it 35”?–Howard McNeely

Before the Canadian Tire Gas Bar There Was..

The Photos of John Armour

The Angling Adventures of John and Leonard McNeely

It’s The McNeely’s Baseball Team!


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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