Malcom McNeill1,2,3

ID# 16866, (1796 - 1875)
FatherHenry McNeill4,5 (29 Mar 1755 - 3 Nov 1820)
MotherDorothy Pryor4,6 (23 Feb 1755 - 17 Mar 1824)

Key Events:

Birth: 18 Feb 1796, Person Co., North Carolina7,8,9
Marriage: Mary Branch (about 1793 - 11 May 1816)10,11,12
Marriage: 29 Jul 1817, Anna Branch ( - before Oct 1820)13,14
Marriage: 12 Oct 1820, Martha Rivers (19 Feb 1800 - 5 Aug 1827)15,16,17
Marriage: 29 Nov 1829, Eliza D. Lynch (before 1805 - 8 Dec 1837)18,19,20
Marriage: 4 May 1846, Catherine Boddie (9 Aug 1805 - 2 Sep 1876)21,22,23,24
Death: 21 Feb 1875, "Hemphill", Kentucky25,26
Burial: the Boddie Family Cemetery, Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky27

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Malcom McNeill was born on 18 Feb 1796 in Person Co., North Carolina.7,8,9
     Malcom attended from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1813, studying law, but never practiced.28,29
     Malcom married first Mary Branch.10,11,12
     His wife died on 11 May 1816.30
     Malcom moved to Christian Co., Kentucky, one mile south of the Sinking Fork bridge on the road from Hopkinsville to Princeton, in about the same time as his parents, in 1817. He took the oath of citizenship there on 28 Feb 1817.31,32
     He began accumulating property at an early age, first near his home in Kentucky, but later within the city of Natchez, which greatly increased in value.33,34,35
     Malcom married second Anna Branch, sister of his first wife, on 29 Jul 1817.13,14
     Anna died before Oct 1820.36
     Malcom married third Martha Rivers on 12 Oct 1820.15,16,17
     Martha died on 5 Aug 1827.37
     Malcom married fourth Eliza D. Lynch on 29 Nov 1829.18,19,20

Establishing a Cotton Plantation in Mississippi --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, signed 27 Sep 1830, sent the Choctaw Indian tribe to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, and opened the northwestern part of Mississippi to settlement by Europeans. Coahoma Co. was established in part of the former Choctaw territory 9 Feb 1836. Malcom and his older brother Hector were acquiring land in that county as early as 1834, before it was officially formed. Just were in the county that land was is unknown because the deed books have been lost.38
     It appears that at least some his purchases were in the western part of Coahoma Co., in an area then on the Mississippi River. The river has since changed course, and this property now is on a cutoff section called Desoto Lake. Malcom gave his son Thomas a parcel of 698 acres there 22 Dec 1857.39
To see the extent of his Coahoma Co., Mississippi, properties see map.

     The majority of the lands he acquired were inland. Most of this land was in two contiguous groups, the larger extended for seven miles just west of the present city of Clarksdale, Mississippi, and a smaller one centered about six miles south of the city. He disposed of four parcels in this area in the 1850s. He gave his nephew, Prior M. Grant, about 800 acres on 6 Jun 1851. He sold three other parcels, totalling about 2,800 acres, in 1854 through 1857, for a total of $9,075. He still held over 20 square miles, about 13,000 acres, until shortly before his death.40,41
     Malcom and Eliza sold 633 acres in Christian Co., Kentucky, to Dr. Davis Green Tuck on 15 Nov 1835, which Davis was already "in possession and cultivating." He paid $3,165 for the property.42
     Eliza died on 8 Dec 1837.43,44

Investing in Chicago Real Estate --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Malcom made his first investments in Chicago in 1842, at a time when travel there required carriages or horseback. Details of his early investments were lost when all property records were burned in the Great Fire of 1871. What we do know is at his death he owned ten lots in what is today "the Loop," the center of downtown Chicago, all but one of them now occupied by high-rise buildings.45,46,47
To locate his downtown Chicago properties see map.

     He became a man of great wealth, described in an 1884 history of Christian and Trigg counties as "perhaps the richest man in the county, with a large estate and many negroes both there and in Mississippi."46,47
     Malcom married fifth Catherine Boddie, daughter of George Boddie and Lucy Williams, on 4 May 1846.21,22,23,24
     Malcom and Catherine Boddie appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Christian Co., Kentucky, enumerated 7 Aug 1850, reporting real estate valued at $60,500 and 57 slaves. Their son Malcolm was listed as living with them, as was Malcolm Carothers. He reported an additional 72 slaves on his plantation in Coahoma Co. Alabama.1,48,49
     Malcom and Catherine appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Hopkinsville, Christian Co., Kentucky, enumerated 9 Apr 1860, reporting real estate valued at $240,000, and personal estate of $36,000, including 46 slaves houses in 10 slave houses. Malcom Caruthers, age 12, whose relationship is not known, is listed as living with them.2,50
     After the death of his son Thomas in 1866, his younger children Benjamin, William and Rivers came to live with Malcom and Catherine.51
     Malcom and Catherine appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Hopkinsville, Christian Co., Kentucky, enumerated 30 Aug 1870, reporting real estate valued at $29,700 and personal estate of $5,000. His widowed daughter Martha, by is third wife, and her children Elizabeth, Lucy, George, Malcolm, John, Willie and Nicholas were listed as living with them. Also listed were Benjamin, Rivers and William, three of the younger sons of his late son Thomas, and Lula Musgrove, age 20, a school teacher. His children Martha were listed as living with him.52

Beginning to Dispose of His Real Estate --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     On 11 Jan 1872 Malcom sold 589 acres on the Mississippi River in Coahoma Co., Mississippi, to Ralph S. Jones, for $9,000.53
     On 1 Oct 1873 Malcom gave two parcels each to seven grandsons, Alexander, Rivers, and William McNeill, and John, Willie, Malcolm, and Nicholas Van Boddie. Each was given one section (about 640 acres) from his main plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi.54

A Fourteen-Page Will --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Malcom left a will dated 8 Nov 1873 stating he was of Christian Co., Kentucky, in which he directed that his debts be paid from the rents of his property in Chicago. He directed that his homestead in Christian Co. be divided where an existing east-west fence was, and that 200 acres of the western part of this southern part was to go to his daughter Martha, including the land where her home was. He left the remainder of the southern part to his wife Catherine for her lifetime, then to go Martha and her children. He also left his wife all the household furniture and equipment, half the livestock and farm equipment, and the buggy, and a $1,000 per year annuity for her lifetime from the rents of his Chicago properties. The other half of the livestock and farm equipment was left to Martha so that she and her stepmother could support each other.55
     He also left Martha, for her lifetime, the rents from five and half lots in Chicago, after payment of his debts, and a share of the annuity for his widow and the cost of rebuilding houses on his lots which had burned in the great fire of 1871. Four lots had houses, one had a house before the great fire, which are to be rebuilt by him or his executor, and the half lot was vacant. After her death the rents were to go to her children until the youngest reached the age of 21 when they were to be given title to those properties. But if any of those children have sold their interests the sale will be void and his or her share would go to the others. Martha was also to receive a cotton ware house in Memphis, an 11½ acre lot two miles outside that city, and for her lifetime the dividends that may be paid on his $10,000 investment in the building of the Pacific Hotel in Chicago, which was to go to her children afterwards.55
Malcom McNeill
from family portrait

     He left to the children of his late son Thomas the northern part of his plantation in Christian Co., and a second 11½ acre lot in Memphis, which the executors could sell, rent or divide as they though proper. He also left them the rents from five and a half lots in Chicago, less a share of the annuity for his widow, payment of his debts, and the cost of rebuilding the houses burned in the great fire of 1871. One lot had a four story house, three had houses before the great fire, which are to be rebuilt by him or his executor, and one and the other half of the lot left to his daughter Martha were vacant. Title to these lots was to be given to the then living children when the youngest, Alexander, reached the age of 21, to sell or divide. But if any child sold his interest before then the sale would be void and his or her share would go to the others. In order to provide his married granddaughter Flora "full and perfect protection" from this clause her interest was to be held in trust by her brother Malcom (her sister Ellen was also married but received no such "protection.")55 He also left them 6½ square miles (about ?4,160? acres) of land in Coahoma Co., Mississippi. His executors were to sell, rent, or do what they thought best with it in the interests of the children, with any proceeds to be divided equally between them. In order to provide his married granddaughter Flora "full and perfect protection" from this clause her interest was to be held in trust by her brother Malcom (her sister Ellen was also married but received no such "protection.")55
     He left to Malcolm Carothers, son of his late daughter Elizabeth, the rents of two adjacent lots in Chicago, less a share of the annuity for his widow, payment of his debts, and the cost of rebuilding of his houses burned in the great 1871 fire. The lots contained a three-story and five story house, rebuilt since the great fire. These lots would be given to him when he reached age 30.55
     He left personal items, such as his gold watch, gold headed cane, and silver spurs to various grandsons, and specified his books were to be equally divided among his grandchildren, except those purchased from the estate sale of his son Thomas Henry, which were to go to his children.55
     He appointed as executors John Boddie Crudup, husband of his granddaughter Ellen Meshew McNeill, and his grandsons Malcom M. McNeill Jr. and Malcolm Carothers. He directed them to use the rents of all the Chicago properties to rebuild "houses" on those that had burned in the fire of 1871. His directions were quite specific as to size (four or five stories), quality and style of the buildings, to be in keeping with adjacent buldings and designed to be profitably rented. He requested that they keep the Chicago propertied insured by good offices at the rates they find in place when they take charge.55

Four Codicils to His Will --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Malcom amended his previous will with a codicil dated 20 Nov 1873, in which he clarified that his debts were to be paid from monies due him or falling due, and if that was not enough to be paid from rents, but that no property need be sold.56 He made a second codicil, which is undated, in which he left his neice Elizabeth Quait, daughter of his sister Margaret Burke, $100 per year for five years, and if she didn't live that long, the remainder to her daughter Susan Fuqua.57 He made a third codicil 13 Nov 1874, in which he stated that his neice Elizabeth Quait had died, and cancelled totally the second codicil.58 He made a fourth codicil 4 Feb 1875, in which he stated again that everything being left to his granddaughter Flora Rivers McNeill or her children was for her separate use free from control or debt of any husband she may have at any time, and again appointing her brother Malcom as trustee of all properties due her or at her death to her children.59
     Malcom died on 21 Feb 1875 in "Hemphill", Kentucky, at age 79.25,26 He was buried in the Boddie Family Cemetery, Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky.27
     His will and codicils were proved in Mar 1875 term of the Christian Co., Kentucky, court.60

Children:
     There were no children with Mary Branch

Children:
     Child with Anna Branch:

  • John Pryor Branch McNeill61 (18 Aug 1819 - 1820)

Children:
     Children with Martha Rivers:

Children:
     Child with Eliza D. Lynch:

  • Malcolm L. McNeill Jr.65 (20 Jan 1833 - 14 Apr 1857)

Children:
     Child with Catherine Boddie:

  • infant daughter McNeill27 (5 Jul 1847 - 5 Jul 1847)

Citations

  1. [S1763] Malcom McNeil household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  2. [S2153] Malcom McNeill household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  3. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 135, shows name as Malcom Mc Neill.
  4. [S8718] Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, pg 236.
  5. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 136.
  6. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 135.
  7. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 136, shows date, county, and state.
  8. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 135, shows date.
  9. [S1763] Malcom McNeil household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows age 54 and state.
  10. [S8718] Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, pg 237, shows as his first marriage.
  11. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 136, shows as his first of five marriages.
  12. [S2665] Perrin, Counties of Christian and Trigg, Kentucky, part I, pg 310, shows he had four wives, the first named Branch.
  13. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 136, shows date, that she was his second wife, and was sister of his first.
  14. [S8718] Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, pg 237, shows as his second marriage.
  15. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 136, shows date, and her as his third wife.
  16. [S8718] Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, pg 237, shows as his third marriage.
  17. [S2665] Perrin, Counties of Christian and Trigg, Kentucky, part I, pg 310, shows he had four wives, the second named Rivers.
  18. [S2664] Wake, "Thomas Henry McNeil," e-mail to author, 13 Apr 2010, shows date and as his third marriage.
  19. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 135, shows her as "consort of M. McNeill."
  20. [S8718] Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, pg 237, shows as his forth marriage.
  21. [S2664] Wake, "Thomas Henry McNeil," e-mail to author, 13 Apr 2010, shows date, and has his fourth and her second marriage.
  22. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 136, shows her as his fifth wife.
  23. [S2665] Perrin, Counties of Christian and Trigg, Kentucky, part I, pg 310, shows he had four wives, the fourth named Body.
  24. [S1763] Malcom McNeil household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  25. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 136, shows date, place, and state.
  26. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 135, shows month and year.
  27. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 135.
  28. [S8944] Sketches of the History of the University of North Carolina, pg 172, shows year.
  29. [S8718] Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, pg 237, shows school, major.
  30. [S2664] Wake, "Thomas Henry McNeil," e-mail to author, 13 Apr 2010.
  31. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pp 136-7, shows year moved, county and state, and oath of citizenship.
  32. [S2665] Perrin, Counties of Christian and Trigg, Kentucky, part I, pg 310, shows he moved at an early date.
  33. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 137, describes purchases.
  34. [S2153] Malcom McNeill household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows occupation as planter.
  35. [S3398] Malcom McNeal household, 1870 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows occupation as farmer.
  36. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 136, shows she died before her husband's their marriage.
  37. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 166.
  38. [S8953] General Index of Land Deeds, Coahoma Co., Mississippi, vol 1, first page for initial Mc, shows David W. Connaly to M & H McNeill, filed 31 Mar 1834.
  39. [S8958] Deed Books, Coahoma Co., Mississippi, , F:904, Malcom McNeill & wife Catherine to Thomas Henry McNeill, 13 Aug 1858.
  40. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 137, shows he bought thousands of acres in Mississippi.
  41. [S8958] Deed Books, Coahoma Co., Mississippi, , E:287-8, Malcom McNeill & wife Catherine to Prior M. Grant, 24 May 1853; F:93-4, same to Nicholas L. Thomas, 2 Nov 1854; F:449-50, same to Joseph P. Strother, 7 Apr 1856; and F:628-9, same to John M. Burke, 3 Mar 1857.
  42. [S7768] Deeds, Christian Co., Kentucky, V:524-6, Malcom McNeill & wife Eliza D. to Davis G. Tuck, 1 Jan 1836.
  43. [S2664] Wake, "Thomas Henry McNeil," e-mail to author, 13 Apr 2010, shows date, as Dec. 8, 1837.
  44. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 135, shows date as December 18, 1887. Given that her husband re-married in 1846, and the death date from other sources as Dec. 8, 1837, I believe the decade was mis-read from the stone.
  45. [S8718] Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, pg 237, shows year, as 1843, travel by buggy or horseback.
  46. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 137, describes purchases and that he accumulated a large fortune.
  47. [S2665] Perrin, Counties of Christian and Trigg, Kentucky, part I, pg 310, describes his wealth.
  48. [S1755] Malcolm McNeil, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  49. [S1374] Malcolm McNeil, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Coahoma Co., Alabama, slave schedule.
  50. [S2154] Malcom McNeill, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  51. [S8718] Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, pg 238.
  52. [S3398] Malcom McNeal household, 1870 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  53. [S8958] Deed Books, Coahoma Co., Mississippi, , K:5-6, Malcom McNeill to Ralph S. Jones, 31 Jan 1872.
  54. [S8958] Deed Books, Coahoma Co., Mississippi, , L:342, Malcom McNeill to Alexander McNeill, 3 Dec 1873; L:344, same to Rivers McNeill, 3 Dec 1873; L:346, same to John Thomas Boddie, 4 Dec 1873; L:351, same to Willie Boddie, 4 Dec 1873; L:353, same to Malcom M Boddie, 5 Dec 1873: L:355, same to William McNeill, 5 Dec 1873; and L:356, same to Nicholas Van Boddie, 6 Dec 1873.
  55. [S2014] Wills, Kentucky, W:501-10, will of Malcom McNeill, Mar 1875.
  56. [S2014] Wills, Kentucky, W:510, first codicil of Malcom McNeill, Mar 1875.
  57. [S2014] Wills, Kentucky, W:511, second codicil of Malcom McNeill, Mar 1875.
  58. [S2014] Wills, Kentucky, W:511, third codicil of Malcom McNeill, Mar 1875.
  59. [S2014] Wills, Kentucky, W:511, fourth codicil of Malcom McNeill, Mar 1875.
  60. [S2014] Wills, Kentucky, W:512, proof of will and codicils of Malcom McNeill, Mar 1875.
  61. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 137.
  62. [S3372] Anderson, "some facts," e-mail to author, 31 Mar 2008, citing Bible located at "HempHill," Christian County, KY. compiled by Margaret Metcalf McNeill Ayers, Memphis, Tennessee.
  63. [S8718] Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, pg 237.
  64. [S2705] Smith, Reported Deaths, The Nashville Christian Advocate, 1897-1899 vol, pg 50, citing 7 Jan 1888 issue, Martha Boddie notice.
  65. [S1763] Malcom McNeil household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently living as parent and child.