George W. Neal

            George W. Neal is a native of Scott County, Ky., and born September 27, 1844. He is the son of Robert H. and Lucy Ann (Wells) Neal, and is of German-Irish descent . His father was born in Scott County in 1816, and died at Omer, Indiana, in 1863.  His mother was born in the same county, August l0, 1823, and died March 23, 1862.  The Neal family came to Indiana in 1862, and settled at Shelbyville.  The subject here treated is the oldest of six children, four of whom still survive.  He received a common school education.  When about twenty years of age he embarked in the boot and shoe business, wherein he continued until 1882.  During the years 1882 and 1883, he served as deputy under Sheriff Sid Conger, of this county.  Mr. Neal was married to  Miss Phoebe A. White,  of Shelby County, October 4, 1870.  Mrs. Neal was born September 10, 1852, and is now the mother of four children:  Herbert M., Ella D.,  Clarence R., and  Clethra M.  George W. Neal has been a life-long Republican, and cast his first vote for General Grant for President. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., Shelby Lodge No. 39. Mr. Neal is one among our best citizens. He is straight-forward in all of his transactions, and is known as a generous and sociable man.  Mrs. Neal and her daughter are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
History of Shelby County, Indiana,  "Shelbyville Sketches," page 518-19, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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