McNees in America
Draft 1.1 - 5 March 1999, revised 10 October 2010
   

Genealogy of R.E. McNees Family

Background - This data is taken from McNeese - McNees Family History  - The Brothers Three - Joab - Joseph - Jehu and their Descendents; Researched, compiled and indexed by Henrietta McNeese McMenama of Lexington, Kentucky, published in 1983 by the Lexington Copy Center, 1974 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, Kentucky. She visited with my grandmother, Zelma Mae Hurst McNees of Farmland, Indiana in compiling this data and presented to her a copy of the book in 1984. Some interesting McNees Family Lore is included on a separate page.

The immigrant Isaiah McNeise arrived in Philadephia, July 24, 1736 with a letter from Coote Hill, County Cavan Ireland dated February 21, 1736. McNeise, a widower with a large number of children, said that he had lived in County Cavan for the past 20 years and was a Quaker in good standing. He was born in 1677. He was known to have five sons: John, Sr., James, William, Samuel and Henry, all born in Ireland. There was no known McNeise in the Colony prior to 1684 and none took the oath in the State of Pennsylvania between 1779 and 1789. All of the McNeise's in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina were believed to descend from this one immigrant.

Most of these families moved from Cumberland County, Lancaster, Pennsylvania on to Lunenburg, Charlotte County, Virginia. Then, in 1770 most moved onward to the 96th district of South Carolina. The 96th District formed from Craven County discontinued in 1785. Laurens County, South Carolina formed from the 96th District in 1785.

The parents of Joab, Joseph and Jehu McNees and the parents of Sarah McCollum sought shelter at Fort Sullivan, South Carolina, near the  city of Charleston, for protection from British and Indian raids. Joab McNees was born at Fort Sullivan. Joab W. McNees and his family moved to Washington County, Tennessee and on to Randolph County, Indiana, settling in Stony Creek Township, near Georgetown in 1829. Joab and Sarah had sixteen children, 12 were grown, and ten married. He moved eleven of the children from Washington County, Tennesee to Indiana. In those days it took 28 days to travel from Tennessee to Randolph County, Indiana. The fifth child of Joab and Sarah (McCollum) was Joseph McNeese.

Genealogy of Joseph McNeese Family

 
(Brother of Joab and Jehu)
  • 1 - Joseph McNeese - Born 1785  - Washington Cnty Tennessee, Resided Stoney Creek Township - Randolph County, Indiana, Married Alice ?, Died 1840-50.  4 children.
    • 1.1 Henry McNees Bn 1811, Washington Cty, TN, D & buried 1850 Randolph Cty, IN.
    • 1.2 John McNeese, Bn July 14, 1814, Washington Cty, TN, D Aug 28, 1907, Randolph Cty, IN, Buried- Maxwell Cemetery 56 yrs - 29 days; Married Lydia Davis, Feb 12, 1839, Randolph Cty, IN: 5 sons
      • 1.2.1 - First son died in infancy
      • 1.2.2 - David C. McNees - Bn Jan 22, 1842 Randolph Cty, IN, Died June 12, 1912 Randolph Cty, IN, Buried Maewell Cemetery, randolph Cty, IN, 70 yrs - 18 days; Single, lived w/ brother Albert N. McNees. Served Civil War - 19 Regiment Infantry; 124 Regiment, Co. G - mustered out August 31, 1865. Wounded in service, walked with a cane and had a limp.
      • 1.2.3 James H. B. McNees, Bn August 23, 1844 - Randolph Cty, IN, Died July 24, 1931, Muncie, IN, Buried Woodlawn Cemetery - Randolph Cty, IN - 86 yrs - 11 months. Farmer and plasterer. Lived W William Street, Farmland, IN until 1915. Resided Muncie, Delaware Cty, IN 1915-1931.  Civil War Service - Company A - 84 Indiana Infantry Regiment.  September 20, 1863, Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia   - wounded in right arm above the elbow mangling his arm and disabling his right hand. Returned to active duty November 4,1863. Transferred to V.R.C. - Mustered out June 14, 1865 - rank of Corporal. Married December 10, 1868 in Randolph Cty, IN to Angeline Slagle - Bn Aug 3, 1849 in Randolph Cty, IN, died April 26, 1915, Winchester, IN. Buried - Woodlawn Cemetery - Randolph Cty, IN - 66 yrs - 9 months - 4 days. Daughter of Levi Slagle (Bn Penn) and Mary (Fisher) Slagle (Bn Virginia). 4 Children.
        • 1.2.3.1 - James Franklin McNees - Born June 21, 1868 - Randolph Cty, IN. Died December 11, 1909 - Randolph Cty, IN. Buried Woodlawn Cemetery - Randolph Cnty, IN. 41 yrs - 5 months - 20 days. Typesetter. Married May 11, 1891 - to Grace (Merrick) McNees, Muncie, Delaware Cnty, IN. Marriage dissolved September 29, 1894 - Randolph Cnty, IN. James Franklin received divorce, care and custody of only child - daughter Angie Rhea.
          •     1.2.3.1.1 - Angie Rhea McNees - Bn 17 February 1892 Farmland, Randolph Cnty, IN. Died 1992, Cleveland, OH. Married Fred Applegate, January 8, 1917, Delaware Cnty, IN. No known children.

          James Franklin McNees - 2nd marriage - July 11, 1899 - Randolph Cnty, IN to May Hannah James - Bn Feb 1874. Died March 17, 1959 - Randolph Cnty, IN. Buried Woodlawn Cemetery - Randolph Cnty, IN. 85 years. Daughter of Jacob H. James (Bn 1831 - Died 1905 Randolph Cnty, IN -Buried Cedar Cemetery, Randolph Cnty) & Sarah (Sackett) James (Bn 1840, died 1918 - Randolph Cnty, IN. 78 yrs - Buried Cedar Cemetery - Stoney Creek Tnship, Randolph Cnty, IN). 4 children.

          • 1.2.3.1B.1 - Erin Leon McNees -Born April 10, 1900 - Farmland, Randolph Cnty, IN. Died Feb 25, 1976 - Bluffton, IN. Buried - Muncie Cemetery, Delaware Cnty, IN. Age 76 yrs. Married July 10, 1918 - Zelma Mae (Hurst) McNees - Born January 10, 1899, Randolph Cnty, IN. Daughter of Arther Newton Hurst (Born June 1868 Randolph Cnty - died Oct 24, 1947 - Randolph Cnty - buried Buena Vista Cemetery - Randolph Cnty - 79 yrs) and Wilda Alma (Starbuck) Hurst (born Aug 17, 1873 Randolph Cnty - died February 8, 1954, Randloph Cnty, IN - 80 yrs), married 1892 in Randolph Cnty. 2 children.
            • 1.2.3.1.1.1 - Hobart Eugene McNees - Born Mar 27, 1919 - Randolph Cnty, IN - died Jan 7, 1975 - Lake Cnty, IN - buried Chapel Lawn Cemetery - Schererville, IN - 56 years. Insurance Agent - Hammond, IN. Married June 18, 1947 Union City, IN to Margaret Evelyn Musselman, (daughter of Harry Morton Musselman and Pearl Hanna Hart Musselman of Union City, IN, both deceased)- born June 7, 1925 - Randolph Cnty, IN - resides Munster, IN. 2 children.
              • 1.2.3.1.1.1.1 - Richard Eugene McNees - Born May 22, 1952 - Winchester, Randolph County, IN - Married Linda Jeanne (Long) McNees - Aug 17, 1974, (daughter of Ned Long (Farmer, Delphi, IN) and Mildred Lucille (Townsend) Long, an artist) - born Feb 15, 1952 - Indianapolis, IN. Graduated 1970 Delphi High School, Delphi, IN, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, BS 1974). Richard graduated 1970 Munster High School, Munster, IN, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (BS 1974) (Acacia Fraternity #1030 '71), and attended Northwestern University Graduate School of Management, Chicago, IL. Worked at Micro Focus, Inc., PLATINUM technology, inc. Oak Brook Terrace, IL as Sr VP Business Development , currently Security Specialist, IBM, formerly, Operations Director and AVP Business Development, SAIC, McLean, VA. Resides Naperville, IL since 1978. 4 children.
                • 1.2.3.1.1.1.1.1 - Erin Leigh Long McNees
                  - Graduate Naperville Central HS, Naperville, IL, 1999
                  - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, BA Education and Fine Arts, 2003, MA in School Administation, NIU 2006, Teaching High School Art, Chicago, IL. Married to John Fort of Naperville, IL; resides Western Springs, IL
                  • Lucy Leigh Fort - 2010
                  • Johnny Richard Fort - 2013
                • 1.2.3.1.1.1.1.2 - Richard Ryan McNees
                  - Graduate Naperville Central HS, Naperville, IL, 2001
                  - Graduated 2005, University of Iowa. Married to Michelle Diamond of Naperville, IL. Resides in Chicago, IL.
                  • Marleigh Rose McNees - 2013
                • 1.2.3.1.1.1.1.3 - Sean Austin McNees
                  - Graduate Naperville North HS, Naperville, IL, 2003
                  - Attended Illinois State University, Moody Bible Institute, Graduated Bendictine University, BS Economics.
                • 1.2.3.1.1.1.1.4 - Alec Townsend McNees
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                  Graduate Naperville North HS, Naperville, IL, 2008,
                  Graduated Indiana University Kelly School of Business, Bloomington, IN, 2011, resides Hoboken, NJ.
              • 1.2.3.1.1.1.2 - Janilyn McNees Conrad - Born April 18, 1956 - Elmhurst, IL - Graduated Munster HS, Munster, IN 1974, Indiana University BA 1978. Married 1981 to William Conrad, Phoenix, AZ - resides Huntington Beach, CA. 2 children.
            • 1.2.3.1.1.2 - Willard Francis McNees - Born April 14, 1928 - Farmland, IN; died Oct 4, 2009, Brownsburg, IN. Graduate Purdue University, Masters Indiana University in 1959. 16 years as public school teacher and coach, principle, then attended Indiana University Law School. Married Sally Jean (Stone) McNees - (dissolved Aug 1977 in Lawrenceville, GA). 2 children. Married Edie Edwards, Dec 1977 in Lawrenceville, GA.
              • Thomas Stone McNees - Bn April 28, 1954 - Randolph Cnty, IN, Graduate Indiana University.
              • Michael Alan McNees - Bn May 25, 1955 - Ripley Cnty, IN, Graduate Indiana University, MBA Louisiana Tech University. Former City Manager Sarasota, Florida, currently COO of USAA Track & Field, Indianapolis, IN. 
          • 1.2.3.1B.2 - Lela Alice McNees
          • 1.2.3.1B.3 - Sara A. McNees
          • 1.2.3.1B.4 - Kenneth Earl McNees
        • 1.2.3.2 - Albert M. McNees
        • 1.2.3.3 - Lulu B. McNees
        • 1.2.3.4 - Pearley L. McNees
      • 1.2.4 Joeseph William McNees
      • 1.2.5 Albert N. McNees
    • 1.3 Samuel M. McNees - picture of headstone - from McNeese photos - from McNeese research
    • 1.4 Martha E. McNees
This is the geneaology of one branch of the McNees family. This is merely a small fraction of the family history and lineage information listed in the aforementioned book. If you have information, comments, questions or have data to list on this site, please contact us. Thank you.
   
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