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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


JESSE McNEELY, farmer, P. O. Rutan, Penn., was born in Wayne Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania, April 11, 1851.  He is a son of John and Elizabeth McNeely, who were natives of Pennsylvania and settled after marriage in Greene County, where Mrs. McNeely departed this life in Wayne Township.  Mr. McNeely afterward married a Mrs. Coen, whose maiden name was Stockdale.  They moved to Center Township and remained until Mr. McNeely’s death.  His widow came to her death June 13, 1888, by the falling of a porch roof.  She was standing on the porch when the roof fell in and killed her instantly.  Jesse was united in marriage November 6, 1875, with Melissa VanCleve, who was born in Center Township, August 7, 1852.  Her parents were John and Ursula (Throckmorton) VanCleve, also natives of this county and and [sic] residents of Center Township.  Mr. and Mrs. McNeely have two children—James A. and John H.  In connection with his farming Mr. McNeely has been engaged extensively in the lumber business.  He is the owner of seventy-six acres of land, where he and family reside.  He has served as school director of his township and was elected justice of the peace February, 1888, for a term of five years.  Mrs. McNeely is a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.


Page 588-589


History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 12 June 2007

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