THOMAS A. NEAL, farmer, Banksville, Banks Co., GA., son of William and Lavinia(Conley) Neal, was born in Franklin(now Banks) county in 1829. His paternal grandparents were Robert and Tabitha(Chandler)Neal. He was a native of North Carolina, migrated to Georgia early in life, and settled in Elbert county. He was a large and prosperous farmer, Mr. Neal's father was born in North Carolina and came to Georgia with his parents when a small boy. He lived and died a farmer. His mother was a daughter of Charles and Kesiah(Stokes) Conley, native North Carolinians who settled in Franklin county.

Mr. Neal was raised on the farm and educated at nearby schools, and when he reached manhood engaged in farming. In 1862 he enlisted in Company I-of which he was elected captain-Thirty-fourth Georgia regiment; but being taken sick shortly afterward he returned home. After the war he had nothing-had to take a fresh start, and has devoted himself exclusively to farming with entirely satisfactory results. He is the owner of a 600-acre farm as good as any in the county, and ranks among the best as a farmer and citizen, and for business integrity.

Mr. Neal was married in 1856 to Miss Margaret(born in Franklin county in 1835) daughter of Alexander F. and Elizabeth(McCracken)Ash. (See sketch of William Ash in Biographies) To them the following children were born: Ella L., wife of W.S. Mise(Mize);William A.; Mary E., wife of R. L .Neal; Laura, and Albert. He is a Master mason, and himself and wife are prominent members of the Presbyterian church.


Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Volume I., Southern Historical Association, 1895



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