A Biography of John O'Neal


JOHN7 O'NEAL (ELEAZER6, SAMUEL5, BARTON4 O'NEALE, JOHN3, PETER2, JOSEPH1) was born
January 16, 1855 in Ross County, Ohio, and died February 24, 1931 in LeRoy, McLean County, Illinois. He
married HANNA KEZIAH REES July 01, 1875, daughter of WILLIAM REES and KEZIAH PRAY. She was born
December 28, 1856 in McLean County, Il., and died January 18, 1929 in McLean County, Il..

            GOLDEN WEDDING HELD AT LEROY
    Bloomington Relatives attend Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J. Oneal.

Eighty relatives of Mr. and Mrs. John Oneal of LeRoy met at their home on Wednesday, July first and completely
surprised them on their fiftieth wedding anniversary. A grand son had invited his grandparents to his home to spend
the day and after all had arrived, they were called home telling them company from a distance had come. Each
family had brought well-filled baskets and after the bounteous repast, Rev. R. D. Brown, of Lovington, Ill.,
delivered a brief address on his acquaintance with the couple and presented them with the gifts of those present,
among them being several gold pieces.

Mr. and Mrs. O'Neal are the parents of three daughters, Mrs. John Krieg, LeRoy (Ill.) Mrs. Ralph McNaughton,
Parnell, Ill.; and Mrs. Verne Land, of Lilly, Ill. Two sons, Minor and Melvin, are deceased. There are six
grandchildren and five great granchildren. Mr. Oneal,the son of Eleasure and Margaret Oneal, was born January
16, 1855 in Ross County, Ohio. He was the fifth of a family of twelve children. The living brothers and sisters are
Samuel, of Gibson City; Daniel and William, of Saybrook; Eleasure of Bloomington R.R.; Henry, of Leroy; Mrs.
Samuel Rees, and Mrs. Jno. Coit, of Saybrook; Mrs. Martin Brittin, of Humeston, Ia.; and Mrs. Mary Jane
Wampler of Kansas. Two sisters, Mrs. Simeon West and Mrs. Dan Rees, deceased.

Mrs. Oneal, the daughter of Wm. and Keziah Rees was born December 28, 1856, in McLean County. She was also
one of a family of twelve children. The brothers and sisters are as follows: Samuel, Lewis, Mrs. Wm. Oneal, all of
Saybrook; Mrs. Guy Kerr, Bloomington; Mrs. Charles Hoyt, Glenville, Neb.; Daniel of Shirley and John, of
Tallula, Ill.; two sisters, Rebecca Oneal and Mrs. Elizabeth Rutledge and one brother, William have departed this
life.

Mr. and Mrs. Oneal were married near Leroy, Ill., July first, 1875, and have since resided in this vicinity, having
retired from the farm about fifteen years ago. After a very enjoyable day, all wished them many more years of
happiness and departed to their homes. Mrs. Guy Karr, sister of Mrs. Oneal; and Mrs. J. Pheiffer and Mrs. Ernest
Cryer neices, were guests present from Bloomington on this interesting occaision. Two cousins had arrived from a
distance. Mrs. Hill, of Kansas City, Kansas and Mrs. Van Horn, of Spruce, Missouri, who had not seen Mrs.
Oneal for fifty-one years. They are now making visits with relatives in this vicinity. Other towns represented at this
happy occasion were Saybrook, Gibson City, Forrest, Lilly, Shirley, Deland, Parnell, Lovington, and Holder.

Source: Bev Crowe, 4/18/2001