Midgett Family of Hatteras Village


Notes for Christopher O'Neal

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O'NEAL
(O'NEIL, NEIL, NEAL, NEEL, NEALE)

The name O'NEAL was interwoven with the early history of Ireland for many centuries. The powerful and warlike High Niall of the "Nine Hostages," ascended the throne A.D. 377. He had eleven sons, but as surnames were not introduced until the 11th century, by Brian Botce, they did not all bear the same cognomen, but all became leaders and rulers of various septs, tribes or clans that became notable factors in Erin's history. During the 6th, 7th, and 8th centuriesit was written of the "Island of Saints and Scholars," so numerous were its monasteries and other great schools to which pupils flocked from many lands for instructions in the sciences, fine arts, literature, etc. Then came the era of pillage and destruction by the Danes, the waning of the glory of her earlier times, until finally Ireland becamea notion of fighters, each clan warring against the other for supremacy.

Five brothers, descendants of the Earls of Ireland, came to America and disagreing in religion and politics, one of them retained the "O" while the others deopped it. This may mean the neale families of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia all spring from the same family in the old country." (from "Colonial Families of the Southern Statess of America")

The O'Neals have been in Eastern North Carolina for many centuries, mugrating from Virginia over 300 years ago. The "Register of Ancestors" by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the Common Wealth of Virginia lists the following: JOHN NEAL d. 1721 Burgess, Accomock Co. 1639-1640, 1642 justice 1639. CHRISTOPHER NEALE b. Ireland 1644 d. 1696 m. HANNAH RODMAN, Justice North Cumberland Co. 1685. CHRISTOPHER NEALE b. 1671 d. 1710-1715. RICHARD NEALE b. 1682 d. 1729 m. (1) DORCAS SPENCE (2) HANNAH SHAPLERGH, Burgess, North Cumberland Co. 1710-1714. These names have been repeatedly handed down in every generation for over three hundred years.

The name of O'neil, O'Neal, Neal, Neale and even Nigel was introwoven with the early history of Ireland for many centuries . The powerful and warlike High Nial of the "Nine Hostages," ascended the throne A.D. 377. He had eleven sons, but as surnames were not introduced ubntil the 11th century, by Brian Borce, they did not all bear the same cognomen, but all became leaders and rulers of various septs, tribes or clans that became notable factors in Erin's History. During the 6th, 7th, and 8th centuries, it was written of the "Island of Saints and Scholars," so numeious was its monasteries and other great schools in which pupols flocked from many lands for instructions in the sciences, fine arts, literature, etc. the waning of the glory of her earliest times, until finally Ireland became a nation of fighters, each clan warring against the other for supremacy.

Five brothers, descendants of the Earls of Ireland, came to America and disagreing in religion and politics, one of them retained the "O" while the others dropped it. This may mean the Neale families of Massachusetts, New hampshire, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia all sprang from the same family in the old country.****

****ALL OF THE ABOVE WAS COPIED FROM THE BOOK "COLONIAL FAMILIES OF THE SOUTHERN STATES OF AMERICA"

The O'Neals have been in Eastern North Carolina for many centeries, migrating from Virginia over 300 years ago.

The "Register of Ancestors" by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the Common Wealth of Virginia lists the following; JOHN NEAL d. 1721 Burgess, Accomock Co. 1639-1640, 1642 Justice 1639. CHRISTOPHER NEALE b. Ireland 1644 d. 1696 married HANNAH RODMAN, Justice North Cumberland Co. 1685. CHRISTOPHER NEALE b. 1671 d. 1710-1715. RICHARD NEALE b. 1682 d. 1729 married (1) DORCUS SPENCE (2) HANNAH SHAPLERGH, Burgess, North Cumberland Co. 1710-1714.

These names have been repeatedly handed down in every generation for over three hundred years as can be seen in the Ocracoke Line of O'NEALS.


The character, laughter, and accent of these ancestors remain strong in the O'NEALS of the Outer Banks of North Carolina today. I have traced the Ocracoke O'NEAL line back to CHRISTOPHER O'NEAL who received a land patent #5840 dated 23 Oct 1761 for 500 acres in Currituck on Chicamacomico Banks, NC. His will dated 12 July, 1769, proved 1771 WB-1 Currituck, states that he lived in Currituck and names his children.
















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