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A History of the O’Neal Families in Harrison and Mercer County, MO

 

 

Earliest O’Neals in Mercer County – Jesse O’Neal

A number of O’Neal families called Harrison and Mercer ‘home’ during the second half of the 19th century.    The first occurrence of an O’Neal family in this area that I have found in the records is in the 1850 Census.   Prior to that census, there are no records of O’Neals in the far northwest section of Missouri.    In the 1850 Census, the following entry is found in the Mercer County section:

 

·         Household 184          Jesse O’Neil   (actually Jesse O’Neal)

 

Since first identifying this census entry, I’ve come to learn quite a bit about Jesse O’Neal and his family.  I’ve even been in contact with a number of his descendants, one of which has written an extensive book on the history of that O’Neal family.     Jesse did not stay in Missouri, as he left for California, eventually making his home in Mendocino County, California. 

 

Throughout my research, I’ve attempted to determine if this Jesse O’Neal, who apparently migrated to Mercer County, MO in the 1840’s, while northwest MO was largely a wilderness area, is related to my earliest O’Neal ancestors who also came to that area during the 1850’s.   Although I suspect they are related, as of yet, a firm connection between the families can not be identified. 

 

Hugh O’Neal

In addition to Jesse O’Neal and his family, Hugh Alonzo O’Neal brought his family to the area, settling in Harrison County, Missouri, possibly as early as the 1860s or 1870s.   Hugh or “Lonzo” O’Neal, moved around quite a bit, but several of his children were born in the Harrison County, Missouri area in the late 1870s and 1880s.    I’ve been able to trace Hugh’s ancestry to an extant as well, which I will post on this site soon, but have not been able to make a firm connection between Hugh O’Neal’s ancestors, Jesse O’Neal’s ancestors and William O’Neal’s ancestors.   As this is an ongoing “pet project” of mine within my overall genealogical research activities, feel free to contact me if you’d like to participate in this research or feel you may have knowledge or information about these potential connections to contribute. 

 

Other published research on these O’Neals

A fair amount of research information has been published on the internet on these families.   I’ve listed a few links here to some of the available genealogy information on these individuals if you would like to review it.

 

 

Individual

Information Published by:

 

Link

 

Jesse O’Neal descendants and researchers

 

Jesse O’Neal

 

Kathie Chambers, a descendant of Jesse

Family Tree at Rootsweb

Jesse O’Neal

 

Janet Miller, a descendant of Jesse

Family Tree at Rootsweb

 

Hugh Alonzo O’Neal descendants and researchers

 

Hugh Alonzo O’Neal

 

Shawn O’Neal, a descendant of Hugh.

Shawn’s info at genealogy.com

Charles Henderson O’Neal

        (One of Hugh’s sons)

Unknown

Charles Henderson O’Neal

Hugh Alonzo O’Neal

 

Karen Sue Allen

Karen’s info at rootsweb.com

Hugh Alonzo O’Neal

Dennis O’Neill, a descendant of Hugh

 

Dennis inquiry at rootsweb

Aden O’Neal

        (One of Hugh’s sons)

Unknown

Aden O’Neal

 

 

 

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