Facts and Events
Alexander Neely was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records of Alexander Neely in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - MAY, 1768 (A). - Same (Boyd) vs. Alexander Neelly.--Defendant is a tailor, and lives at Fort Chiswell.
Records of Alexander Neely in Sumner County, TN
- In obediance to an order from Sumner County Court dated July term 1796 And also agreeably to an act of assembly (unreadable) an act authorizing and empowering the County Court officers and quarter Sessions to divide and appropriate the real Estate of Intestates. Passed at a General Assembly begun and held at Tarborough on the 18th day of November 1787.
- After being first sworn to do Justice amongst the claimants. We have divided and appropriated the real estate of Alexander Neely deceased in the following Manner (To Wit). A presumption of Six Hundred and forty acres of Land lying on the East fork of Goose Creek, Granted originally to the said deceased by (letters patanded) under the great Seal of the State of North Carolina bearing date the 27th day of June 1793. We have divided by a line Beginning at a Lynn a Walnut & Hackberry. Standing in the North boundary of the original Tract and at equal distances from each end thereof. Thence South two hundred and twenty six and a half perches (Transcribers note = 3737.25 feet) to the South boundary of said tract. Now all that part lying to the west of said dividing line containing three hundred and twenty acres We appropriate to William Neely his heirs and assigns forever as his Dividend of the real estate of the said deceased, And all that part lying to the East of said dividing line also containing three hundred and twenty acres We appropriate to the heirs of John Neely deceased his heirs and assigns forever As their dividend of the real Estate of the said Alexander Neely deceased. And we do award further that the said William Neely shall pay to the heirs, or guardians of the heirs of the said John Neely deceased the sum of Seventy five Dollars being the difference by us adjudged to be paid between their said Dividends. A tract of Land containing Two hundred and eight nine acres and 90 Rod lying on the watrs of Bledsoe Creek, conveyed to the said Alexander Neely deceased by Isaac Bledsoe, by deed bearing date the 28th of february 1789 we have appropriated to Joseph Neely his heirs and assigns forever as his Dividend of the real estate of the said Alexander Neely deceased.
- Given Under our hands and seals in Sumner County this 30th day of
- September in the year of our Lord 1796
- James Reife seal
- Matthew Alexander seal
- J Winchester seal
- State of Tennessee
- Sumner County The -------- and above Division of Land between the heirs of Alexander Neely decd is duly registered in book 1 page 155 13th June 1807.
Source: Sumner County TN Archives, Loose Records, #914; Bond Book - pages 64 - 65, microfilm
Information on Alexander Neely
From "History of Sumner County, Tennessee", by Bill Puryear:
- In 1790, Alexander Neely and his two sons, James and Charles, were killed about a mile north of Bledsoe’s Lick, where they were going to haul tanbark from their farm.
From "The South-Western Monthly, Volumes 1-2", pub. by Wales & Roberts, 1852, pg. 335:
- Mr. Alexander Neely and his two sons, James and Charles, were killed in the summer of 1790, at about one mile distant from Bledsoe's Lick fort. They had moved out from the fort to his farm, and the father and the two boys had taken a cart to haul some bark ; but the Indians lying in wait for them, killed all three. Duringthe same summer or that following, the Indians killed Henry and William Ramsay, two brothers. Henry was killed first, the Indians having fired upon several of a party, of which he was one. A Mr. Hicks was wounded at the same time. The brother, William Ramsay, came up from White's Creek soon after to attend to his brother's estate, and on his way back, the Indians lying in wait at the mouth of a lane killed him and his horse, also.