Rivers McNeill1,2,3

ID# 16897, (1858 - 1918)
FatherThomas Henry McNeill4,5 (1 Aug 1821 - 29 Nov 1866)
MotherRebecca Ann Tuck6,4 (3 Oct 1824 - 22 Nov 1859)

Key Events:

Birth: 12 Nov 1858, Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky7,8,9
Marriage: 1885, Stella Elizabeth Corby ( - 1895)10,11
Marriage: 1898, Ella R. De Hart (Apr 1860 - )12,13,14
Death: 12 Oct 1918, Evansville, Cook Co., Illinois15,16
ChartsDescendants of Dr. Davis Green Tuck
Descendants of David Dutt/Toot
AncestryThe Tuck Family
The Dutt/Toot Family

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Narrative:

     Rivers McNeill was born on 12 Nov 1858 near Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky.7,8,9
     His mother died on 22 Nov 1859, when Rivers was 1 year old.17,18,19
     His father died on 29 Nov 1866, when Rivers was 8 years old.20,21,22,23 After the death of their father, Rivers and some of his younger siblings went to live with their grandfather, Malcom McNeill, in Christian Co., Kentucky. They went to school there during the winter months and worked on his farm in the summer.4 Rivers appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Shelby Co., Tennessee, in the household of John P. Caruthers and Flora Rivers McNeill, his sister and her husband.24 He also appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Hopkinsville, Christian Co., Kentucky, in the household of Malcom McNeill and Catherine Boddie, his grandfather and his fifth wifeer.25
     Rivers was named an heir in the will of Malcom McNeill, his grandfather, dated 8 Nov 1873 in Christian Co., Kentucky, to receive, shared with [SPP] eight siblings, the rents on five lots in Chicago, one with a four story house, one vacant, and three which had houses before the great 1871 fire, which are to be rebuilt by him or his executor, and the other half of the lot left to [SPP] aunt Martha. Title to these lots was to be given to the then living siblings when the youngest of them reached the age of 21, but not to any who had sold their interest before then.26
     After the death of their grandfather, Rivers and his younger siblings moved to Chicago.4
     Rivers graduated from Emory and Henry College, Virginia, in 1879, with a B. A. degree. He then studied medicine, but abandoned that field and turned to commercial endevors.27 He then moved to Chicago and remained in that area the rest of his life.28
     Went to work for a general mercantile house in Chicago, and was shortly promoted to management of one of the departments. Then he became an auditor for one of the largest publishing houses in the West.29
     He joined with a number of her siblings, their spouses, and the children of her deceased sister, in filing a contest to the will of Sarah Elizabeth Tuck, his mother's sister, on 20 Oct 1883.30
     In 1885 Rivers and his brother Thomas entered the real estate businss in Chicago, taking charge of the estate left them by theyr grandfather, Malcom.31
     Rivers married first Stella Elizabeth Corby, daughter of Ralph Corby and Emily [surname unknown], in 1885.10,11
     His wife died in 1895.28
     Rivers married second Ella R. De Hart in 1898.12,13,14
     He and Ella R. De Hart appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Evansville, Cook Co., Illinois, at 1312 Maple Ave., enumerated 21 Jun 1900, reporting that the family rented its home. His children Malcolm Rivers, Cherrill and Dorothy Mesha were listed as living with them, as were two female servants, Julia Christenson, age 25, and Nettie Hurd, age 20.32
     Rivers and Ella appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Evansville, Cook Co., Illinois, at 1312 Maple Ave., enumerated 22 Apr 1910. His children Malcolm Rivers, Cherrill and Dorothy Mesha were listed as living with them, as was a 26-year old housekeeper, Auguste Busse.33
     He was a real estate agent and later became a dealer in real estate.34,35
     Rivers served as a delegate to the Deomocratic Convention at Baltimore, which nominated Woodrow Wilson as President. Wilson later appointed him Collector of Customs for the Chicago District in 1912 in Baltimore.28
     Rivers died on 12 Oct 1918 in Evansville, Cook Co., Illinois, at age 59.15,16

Children:
     Children with Stella Elizabeth Corby:

  • Emily R. McNeill28 (8 May 1886 - 1 Aug 1887)
  • Malcolm Rivers McNeill32,33,29 (2 Jun 1886 - )
  • Cherrill McNeill32,33,29 (21 Dec 1890 - )
  • Dorothy Mesha McNeill32,33,29 (4 Dec 1894 - )

Children:
     There were no children with Ella R. De Hart

Citations

  1. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, bond 20 Oct 1883 by Malcom McNeill, et at, for $250; Petition filed 20 Oct 1883 by Malcom McNeill, et at, both show name as Rivers McNeill.
  2. [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, shows name as Rivers McNeill.
  3. [S630] Jno. P. Caruthers household, 1870 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee, shows name as Rivers McNeill.
  4. [S8718] Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, pg 238.
  5. [S1225] Anderson, "Rebecca Tuck," e-mail to author, 10 Jun 2007.
  6. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, Petition filed 20 Oct 1883 by Malcom McNeill, et at, shows her as his mother.
  7. [S8718] Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, pg 243, shows date, town county, and state.
  8. [S630] Jno. P. Caruthers household, 1870 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee, shows age 11 and state, as Tennessee.
  9. [S3398] Malcom McNeal household, 1870 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows age 12 and state, as Mississippi.
  10. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 138, shows date.
  11. [S1389] Anderson, "Re: Rivers McNeill," e-mail to author, 3 Apr 2008, show Stella as his first wife, and the mother of his children.
  12. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 138, shows as his second marriage, and year.
  13. [S1387] Rivers McNeill household, 1900 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois, shows married 4 years.
  14. [S1390] Rivers McNeill household, 1910 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois, shows married 13 years.
  15. [S718] Illinois State Archives, Database of Death Certificates, online, record for Rivers Mc Neill, citing cert. no. 11272, shows date, city, and county.
  16. [S1391] Frederick J. Kihm household, 1920 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois, shows his wife as widowed.
  17. [S1289] Register of Deaths, Commonwealth of Kentucky, , 1859, Christian Co. 1859, Rebecca A. McNeal, shows date, as 22nd, place, and residence as Mississippi.
  18. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows date, as 20th.
  19. [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, shows date, as 20th.
  20. [S1225] Anderson, "Rebecca Tuck," e-mail to author, 10 Jun 2007, shows date, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  21. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 137, shows year, and at his plantation, Coahoma Co., Mississippi.
  22. [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, shows date.
  23. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 135, shows date.
  24. [S630] Jno. P. Caruthers household, 1870 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee.
  25. [S3398] Malcom McNeal household, 1870 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  26. [S2014] Wills, Kentucky, W:501-10, will of Malcom McNeill, Mar 1875.
  27. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 138, shows year, college, and degree.
  28. [S3374] Boddie and Boddie, Boddie and Allied Families, pg 138.
  29. [S8718] Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, pg 243.
  30. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, bond 20 Oct 1883 by Malcom McNeill, et at, for $250, lists all the petitioners; bond same date for $500, lists petitioners but omits name of Rivers McNeill, apparently in error; Petition filed 20 Oct 1883 by Malcom McNeill, et at, list petitioners and give relationship to Sarah, as well as stating cause of action; response of executors 6 Nov 1883 and 24 Jan 1884 claims no evidence was provided in support and does not provide sufficient grounds; and order of Probate Court 9 Feb 1884 transferring case to Circuit Court to try the validity of the will.
  31. [S8718] Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, pg 244.
  32. [S1387] Rivers McNeill household, 1900 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois.
  33. [S1390] Rivers McNeill household, 1910 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois.
  34. [S1387] Rivers McNeill household, 1900 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois, shows occupation as real estate agent.
  35. [S1390] Rivers McNeill household, 1910 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois, shows occupation as real estate dealer.