The Neville Family is one of the most interesting families to follow through history. My interest became piqued through the Neville family's intermarriage with the Dodson and Hanks families and the kinship with a number of Revolutionary War veterans.
There are a number of branches of Nevilles in the U.S. Many of these have been shown to be interconnected, but others still elude researchers as to how they might be connected with other Neville families scattered throughout North America or elsewhere in the world.
Because of my research on the Neville family, in the spring of 1997 I started a Neville E-Mail List sponsored with Indiana University and later through Rootsweb. This list really took off with lots of Neville researchers coming together to share ideas and information. Later that year I also became the founding president of the Neville Heritage Society which publishes the Neville Heritage Review and has a very active presence on the World Wide Web and other places as far as genealogy research on the Neville family in North America and abroad. I have three links to the Neville family--one to the American progenitor John Neville who immigrated to Maryland on the Ark and the Dove in 1634; and a second possible link through the Harris family back to the English Nevilles who intermarried with the Royal Family and was very active in the Wars of the Roses.
A third link has recently been discovered through a link in my SWAIN family which goes back to Nantucket Island, Massachusetts and back into England. This line has links back to English Royalty and to some of the Magna Charta barons through intermarriage with the PADDOCK and SEARS families back in the early 1600s. The SEARS family intermarried with the KNYVETT family who in turn intermarried with the GREY, HOLLAND, and finally the PLANTAGENT families. That link goes back to Edward III, one of the Plantagenet Kings of England. Several of the other noble families that married into this line descend from Magna Charta barons, and the NEVILLE family is one of these families that intermarried with English royalty during the Middle Ages.
***NEVILLE BOOKS REPRINTED***
In recent years I have reprinted some of the Neville genealogy works, as a way to assist other Neville researchers. Joseph B. Neville did a lot of work on the Neville family in the U.S. over the last 30 years or so. He published a family newsletter and also a 360-Year-History and a 370-Year History of the Neville family. Joseph B. Neville is deceased, and he left no heirs. His materials were out of print, so I have reprinted them, giving him credit where needed. Here is the information on these publications which are now for sale:
Neville, Joseph B. A 370-YEAR HISTORY OF ONE NEVILLE FAMILY (1612-1972). Tempe, AZ: Privately published, 1988. 166 p.--$15.00
(This book is spiral bound with 8 1/2 by 11 in. size paper. It is 175 pages (9 intro. pages, plus 166 pages of text). This history outlines the descendants of John Neville, who came to America on the Ark and the Dove and settled in Maryland in 1634. Descendants scattered into Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, and other states. This is the most up-to-date book on the Neville family that I know of. It includes footnotes, but no index.)
Cost = $15.00 (this includes postage)
Neville, Joseph B. A 360-YEAR HISTORY OF ONE NEVILLE FAMILY (1612-1972). Elmdale, KS: Privately published, 1974. 43 p.
(This book is spiral bound with 8 1/2 by 11 in. size paper. (It originally was in a 3-ring binder and had no cover page, so I created one to match the style of the later book and put it in a spiral binding.) It is 63 pages (20 intro pages plust 43 pages of text). This is also a very good book on the Nevilles that Joe Neville printed earlier. It includes a good table of contents which makes it easier to locate individuals. It also has a chronology of the Neville family and other references which are not found in his later work.)
Cost = $5.00 (this includes postage)
Swallow, Henry J. THE BATTLE OF NEVILL’S CROSS. N.p.: n.p., 1885. 20 p.
(This booklet tells the history of a famous battle in English history which occurred on Oct. 17, 1346 and involved Lord Ralph Nevill of Raby. NOTE: This is a rare booklet. The copy is dim in several places. I have traced with pencil as needed to make the clearest possible copy.)
Cost = $2.00 (this includes postage)
Neville, Joseph B., ed. SOCIETY OF JOHN NEVILLE DESCENDANTS NEWSLETTER. 1976-1980. 88 p. (legal size)
(This set of newsletters contains much information on the Neville family, mostly in the U.S., which was compiled by Joseph B. Neville and Robert Jett (both now deceased). Some of this information later found its way into the 370-YEAR HISTORY listed above. Lineages of all subscribers to this newsletter is given and much valuable information and sources are shown. These are legal size pages (8 1/2 X14 in.). The margins are very tight, but I have had them all reprinted and spiral bound (at top margin). Total number of pages is 88 pages. I have numbered the pages at the bottom to help in organizing. Also, should someone wish to make an index of this set, it would be much easier to do now.)
Cost = $8.00 (This includes postage)
Copies of the above publications may be ordered from Glenn Gohr. Please contact me by email to make arrangements for payment and shipping.
At least one early Neville family, as well as the Dodson and Hanks families belonged to the Broad Run Baptist Church in Fauquier County, Virginia, which was constituted December 3, 1762. I am assuming that this church was associated with the Primitive Baptist or “hardshell” Baptist faith, since that was the faith of the earliest Dodsons (who intermarried with the Nevilles and Hankses) that I am aware of (although undoubtedly the very earliest Nevilles in Maryland and Virginia must have belonged to the Anglican Church, which was the recognized church of the early colonists). This material is fascinating reading and gives insights into the lives of the members. Many times letters are issued to members transferring or "removing" to new and distant locations. The reader may also be entertained by the “successes” and “failures” of human nature reflected in the church’s dealings with its communicants.
p> One thing I discovered is that there is a reference to the baptism of a Nancy Hanks on June 13, 1778; however, after further checking, I find that this Nancy Hanks could not have been the mother of President Abraham Lincoln. His mother was born on the 5 February 1784 in Campbell County, Virginia. This Nancy Hanks was born much earlier.
There is also a Captain Neavel mentioned who owned some slaves. Possibly he is John Neville (who later commanded Fort Pitt at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and became a Brigadier General in the Revolutionaory War) who was the son of Joseph Neville, Sr.
I have made a page which includes transcriptions of the minutes of this church.
Here is my NEVILLE lineage here in the U.S.:
Here is a NEVILLE lineage that reportedly goes back to Medieval England and beyond. I feel confident that the lineage is correct from Baldric Teutonicus down to Sir William Harris of Cricksey, Essex, England. However at this point in time there is no proof that Sir William Harris is the father of my Captain Thomas Harris of Jamestown, Virginia, so there is a break in the lineage at that point. Some current researchers believe that Captain Thomas Harris may be a nephew or cousin of Sir William Harris rather than a son. This family line connects with the Royal Family of England and with many famous persons in history including Hotspur Henry Percy who was very active in the Wars of the Roses:
If you have queries concerning the NEVILLE surname in the U.S. or Canada, you may post these at the Neville Family Genealogy List which I manage.
Neville Genealogy List is a part of the Rootsweb e-mail discussion lists. It offers free queries and discussion on the Neville surname and variant spellings of Nevill, Nevills, Neavill, Neaveill, Nevel, Nevell, Nevels, Nevils, Neufville, etc.
To subscribe, send an e-mail to: NEVILLE-Lemail@example.com
Leave subject line blank (This will be ignored).
In the body of the message type: subscribe
Then a welcome message will be sent telling how to post messages. Once you are subscribed, you may send a query to everyone on the list by sending e-mail to: NEVILLE-L@rootsweb.com
Archived postings to the Neville e-mail list can be found on the WEB at:
Also, I have initiated a second e-mail discussion list called Neville-Origins. Neville-Origins Genealogy List offers free queries and discussion on the Neville surname and variant spellings in Great Britain, Ireland, France, Australia, and anywhere else other than the U.S. and Canada. Undoubtedly much of the discussion will center around the noble family of Neville which was prominent in England during the Middle Ages, but any query regarding Neville ancestors who lived anywhere other than North America will be acceptable to this list.
To subscribe, send an e-mail to: NEVILLE-ORIGINS-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org
Leave subject line blank (This will be ignored).
In the body of the message type: subscribe
Then a welcome message will be sent telling how to post messages. Once you are subscribed, you may send a query to everyone on the list by sending e-mail to: NEVILLE-ORIGINS-L@rootsweb.com
Archived postings to the NEVILLE-ORIGINS e-mail list can be found on the WEB at:
An online genealogy forum for posting queries has also been set up specifically for the NEVILLE family on GenForum. It can be found at the following address:
***Note***During the Fall of 1998, GenForum combined with Family Tree Maker, which means that all queries and information posted to that site becomes the property of Family Tree Maker. This is still a good site to look up information and get contact names for the NEVILLE lines you are searching, but be advised that if you now post a new query or a response to something on that site, chances are that sometime in the future Family Tree Maker will include that information on a CD-ROM which they will sell for profit to anyone who is interested. I do not like the idea of someone else using my hard researched information and ideas and selling them for a profit without my knowledge. This same practice is evident on all of the Family Tree Maker pages which are found on the internet, if you will read the disclaimer notices on those pages. I recommend the Family Tree Maker pages as good look up pages, but I don't recommend posting information there. Similar things can be said for Ancestry.com and MyFamily.com which are connected to each other and seek to make a profit from genealogical materials on the internet.
Some other Neville researchers and web sites include:
Ancestry.com Search for Neville. (Includes info. on Nevilles from 1400s to the present. Some references given are free, and some are for subscribing members of Ancestry.com only.)
Wendell C. Neville Page and Wendell Cushing Neville Page and Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz) Recipients of Medal of Honor. (These sites each have info. on Wendell Cushing Neville, Major General, U.S. Marine Corps, b. 1870 Portsmouth, VA, d. 1932 Edgewater, FL, who was a Medal of Honor Recipient for his services in the Spanish-American War and who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery)
Wayne Stafford's Home Page (He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, National Huguenot Society, and the Anderson County Genealogical Society; the site includes ancestral charts for both him and his wife.)
and Ancestors of Charles Wayne Stafford. (He descends through Mary Neville, b. ca. 1730 VA, d. aft. 1790 TN; md. Thomas "2nd Fork" Dodson, b. 1728 VA, d. 1811 Hawkins Co., TN; Mary is the daughter of Joseph Neville, Sr., b. ca. 1707 Isle of Wight Co., VA, d. aft. 1790 Hardy Co., VA), both maintained by Wayne Stafford at: email@example.com
Some Descendants of James Nevills md. Eve DeShired of NJ, posted by Mark H. Neville at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifehead Neville. (Has info. on village of Fifehead Neville, UK, named partly for William de Neville of Normandy.)
Granderson Dandridge Nevill Webpage. (Has info. on ancestors and descendants of Granderson Dandridge Nevill, b. 1812 in NC or TN and d. aft. 1880 in TX; son of Solomon Neville, b. 1777 Orange Co., NC, d. 1848 Montgomery Co., TN, who md. Susannah Walton; grandson of Jesse Nevill, b. 1746 NC, d. 1810 Halifax Co., NC who md. Elizabeth Park; great-grandson of Benjamin Nevill, b. ca. 1705 and md. Elizabeth), maintained by Kathy Duncan at: email@example.com
Last updated August 28, 2006.