Thomas G. Neeley (1844-1916) came to Arkansas about 1874 when the second child was born. Thomas was born in Marshall Co., Miss. to John O. and Susannah Sarah (Lizzie) Bills Neeley. Thomas was married to Penny A. Sorrell (1844-1895) in Dyer Co, Tenn. on 20 Feb., 1866. HE is buried in Johnson Chapel Cemetery, east of Boydsville.
Thomas G. Neeley served in the Civil War with the 34 Mississippi Volunteer Regiment Infantry. He applied for a pension (No. 15619) which was granted 14 Aug., 1901 in Arkansas. He applied for an increase at age 66 and it was granted. His doctors were Dr. Sam W. Houston and Dr. E. M. McAulty.
Thomas and Penny had these children: (1) Indiana Neeley was born in 1872 in Tenn. and nothing more has been found on her. Lack of a married name is the hindrance here. (2) George Marion Neeley (1874-1920) is buried in Johnson Chapel Cemetery, age 46, and information is lacking on him. (3) Elnora N. Neeley (1876-1946). (4) Imenta Neeley (1887- ) and no information was found. (5) Matilda (Tildy) S. Neeley (1889- ) married Frank Easley (1881- ) in May, 1903 in Clay Co. and nothing more has been found.
Thomas G. Neeley was married to Dicy -----, who later married a Carmon. Dicy and Thomas had these children: (6) Homer L. Neeley (1890-1964); (7) John Grover Neeley (1892-1959); and (8) Iva E. Neeley (1896-1975). Dicy was named in Iva’s obituary as the mother of Iva and the wife of Thomas and nothing else was found on her. The marriage to Thomas would have burned in the courthouse fire. Homer, John Grover, and Iva were referred to as half brothers and sisters in another obituary. Thomas was listed as a widower on the 1900 Clay Co. Census.
Thomas G. Neeley, 67, of Piggott was married to Mrs. Rebecca Huggins, 49, of Dunklin Co., Mo., on 7 Dec., 1911 in Clay County. Thomas died in 1916 so they did not show up on a census.
Elnora Nora Neely, daughter of Thomas and Penny, married James Andrew Benson (1877-before 1900) 11 Oct., 1894 in Clay Co., and had two children: Birdie Mae Benson (1896-1972) who married George Edward Birchett and had Cletus, Reba Pauline, Willard Wilburn, and George. Birdie’s second marriage was to Thomas (Jack) Richard Pruett (1885-1971) who had six children by a first marriage. Jack and Birdie had George, Ezra, and Sterline Pruett. Birdie and Jack are buried I n Post Oak Cemetery north of McDougal. Elnora’s other child in her first marriage was Lessie Benson (Oct. 1897- ). Elnora’s second marriage was to Joseph Bale Easley in Sept., 1900 and they had Roy Easley. Elnora’s third marriage was to James W. Cooper, and they had Eva and Shelly who preceded her. James’s children by a first marriage were James Thomas and William Matthew Cooper.
Homer Neeley, son of Thomas and Penny, married Sarah Fitzgerald in Clay County in Sept. 1910. Homer is buried in Post Oak Cemetery and Sarah does not have a marker.
John Grover Neeley, son of Thomas and Penny, married Melvina Lulu Harris, daughter of Frank and Adeline Harris, on 28 April, 1918 in Clay County and both were from Boydsville. Their children were Narine Bradberry, Earl Neeley, Mary Conyers, Jean Sutfin, and Doyne Neeley. John and Lulu are buried in the Piggott Cemetery.
Iva E. Neeley, daughter of Thomas and Penny, married Joseph L. Cooper in Feb. 1914 in Clay County and they had Elmer Cooper (1915-1984) who married Goldie M. Conyers; Mildred Cooper Cobb (1917- ); Gayland Dewayne, Mrs. Clarence Speck and a daughter who died at age five. Joseph and Iva are buried in New Hope Cemetery. Iva later married Richard Owen and also has a marker with the Owen name in New Hope. She died in Carson, Calif.