Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Annie (Murphy) Neill (about 1840-1897)

Annie (Murphy) Neill was born about 1840 in Ireland. She married Samuel Neill in New Brunswick, Canada, in 1864 and died in St. Albans Township, Hancock County, Illinois. From Annie, I learned:

  • Unfortunately some women leave behind few records. Annie only left behind a death certificate, marriage record, and census enumerations in 1870 and 1880.
  • Don’t forget to look for obituaries in all newspapers. While writing this post, I realized there’s a newspaper where I’ve not searched.
  • Watch out for snakes. Family tradition has it that she died as the result of lingering effects of a snakebite.

My ancestor table can be viewed on my site. Annie is my great-great-grandmother.


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