TOGA - X - 2002.
The O'Neal Genealogy Association Expedition 2002,
Day 4, The Sween Library, Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland

    Day 4 of the TOGA-Xpedition was by far the most fruitful of all. We started out by visiting The Sween Library, in Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland. Named after Jane C. Sween who operated the library for many years, The Sween Library contained a veritable wealth of O'Neal records. We were fortunate that on the day we visited, Jane Sween, who is now retired, just happened to be at the library. We were at the doors first thing in the morning, waiting for them to open. When they did, we walked in and announced that we were here to search out information on the Montgomery County O'Neal's. Jane smiled and told us we had come to the right place, offered us a table to sit at and began delivering, books, ledgers, indexes, etc. to our table. These contained, deeds, christenings, birth & death records, marriage records, land plats, bills of sale, etc.
    We dove into the data and before we knew it the day was drawing to a close. We began packing up our gear and we were very excited when we realized we had accumulated $40.oo in copying fees at .25¢ per copy, which amounts to 160 pages of documentation. Bev & I are still working at transcribing all this data into spreadsheets. At last count we have added 367 records to the spreadsheet with many more to go. When completed the spreadsheets will be converted to html documents and posted on the TOGA Website.
    I'd highly recommend any researchers looking for O'Neal information visit the Sween Library. I'm sure we did not capture EVERYTHING they had to offer during our one day visit there. Also, while we were there we were told that teams of local researchers and students continue to go through old records and are transcribing and/or copying them, to make them available to future researchers.

The O'Neal Genealogy Association Expedition 2002,
Day 4, Misc Travels, Montgomery County, Maryland

     While at Sween Library we found some plat maps of John O'Neal's property and set out to look for the property. We soon learned that the entire area has now become Seneca State Park. The area where John O'Neale's home had stood has been flooded many years ago by the Park service to create a bigger, better lake for boaters and water enthusiasts enjoyment. While driving around the Park we found a cabin that was restored from the area and we took a photo of it. While this is probably not John's home, it certainly would have resembled a cabin from that time period.  We also drove around the Barnesville and Poolesville area where "Rebel" Rose O'Neale grew up. We found the Barnesville Catholic Church where some of Rose's sisters were baptized and married. We also found the Barnesville Cemetery, but could not find any O'Neale tombstones within.
    We had also learned of a Church cemetery in Middletown, Frederick County, and decided to check it out. It was about 15 minutes out of our way, but we decided that 15 minutes was worth the effort, since we's always wonder, what if..... had we bypassed it, so off we went. We were happy we did, since we found 18 O'Neal's interred here. Below is the list.

Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery,  Middletown, Frederick County, Maryland-GPS Coordinates, N39 26.816 W77 32.665

          Surname Given.............Spouse...........................B'date........Death..............Epitath
          O'Neal.. Frances.............George Frederick Hutto.  8/9/1923...10/22/1985..... N/A
          Hutto George Frederick...Frances O'Neal.............. 5/17/1924 12/5/2000....... N/A
          O'Neal Millard C. ...........Mary L. Unknown.......... 1902........  1980 ............. N/A
          Unknown Mary L.  .........Millard C. O'Neal ...........1895........  1968.............  N/A
          O'Neal George W. .........Julia M. Unknown ...........10/14/1858.12/26/1935... N/A
          Unknown Julia M. ..........George W. O'Neal ..........6/25/1867.. 2/23/1855..... N/A
          O'Neal John William .......? ...................................  10/26/1899. 8/14/1959.... N/A
          O'Neal Dorothy ..............Unknown Clark............   3/14/1903... 6/21/1971.... N/A
          O'Neal Albert E. .............Naomi M. Unknown...... 10/15/1899 ..12/12/1978 ..Father
          O'Neal Naomi M. ...........Albert E. O'Neal.............3/30/1904.. 4/14/1994 .....Mother
          O'Neal Grace E. .............Unknown Wiles.............  12/21/1925. 2/4/1963 ......Daughter
          O'Neal Glenn C. .............?..................................   8/20/1930 ...10/26/1994....In Loving Memory
          O'Neal Elmer R. .............Francis M. Unknown..... 3/11/1907.... 4/28/1991 ....PFC USArmy WW II
          O'Neal John Emory ........?..................................   9/22/1876..... 4/13/1937.....N/A
          O'Neal Cora Emaline ......?..................................  8/17/1877..... 11/21/1969...N/A
          O'Neal Ralph W. ............?..................................  3/31/1905..... 7/1/1981 ......N/A
          O'Neal Mildred H. ..........?..................................  1/18/1928..... 3/18/1928.....N/A
          Unknown Francis M. .......Elmer R. O'Neal............1/27/1909 .....8/24/1965..... N/A