John McNeill papers

John McNeill papers

Dates: 1859-1901

The collection contains information pertaining to the life of John McNeil and family in American Fork, Utah.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: McNeill, John, 1827-1903
  • Call Number: MSS 6047
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged in two series: Series 1. John McNeill family papers, 1859-1901. Series 2. John McNeill professional papers, 1859-1901.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from John McNeill family and professional papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 6047; John McNeill family and professional papers; 19th Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6047, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
McNeill, John, 1827-1903--Archives; American Fork (Utah)--History; Families--History--19th century; Families--United States--History; Mormon families; Utah--History--19th century
Genre / Form
Personal papers
Appraisal Information
19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
McNeill (John) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by John M. Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-05-25T04:11-0600
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Biographical History

John McNeill (1827-1903) was a Scotland native who traveled to Utah with the pioneers. He eventually served as the American Fork mayor, alderman, and justic of the peace.

John McNeill, American Fork, Utah, farmer and city official, was born 1 March 1827 in Arniston, Midlothian, Scotland, to George McNeill and Margaret Logan McNeill. He was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 23 June 1847 and married Janet Bowman on 23 August 1850. He and his family left for the United States in 1851 and arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1851. His wife, Janet, and young son, George, died of cholera near St. Louis, Missouri. Continuing his westward trek, John McNeill joined the pioneer party of John S. Higbee and arrived in Salt Lake City 14 August 1852.

While he worked in Salt Lake City he met Sophia Crooks. They were married 20 march 1853. In September 1853 they moved to American Fork, Utah. John McNeill and Sophia Crooks McNeill had eleven children; the couple later divorced. In 1868 John McNeill married Charlotte Spencer and the couple had ten children. In 1892 he married Eliza Goalen and they had two children. Eliza Goalen was born in Woolwich, Kent, England, 22 March 1861 and was buried in American Fork, Utah county, Utah, 21 November 1927.

John McNeill assisted in the construction of a community fort at American Fork and worked as a farmer. Active in local and civic affairs, he served as American Fork mayor (1882-1883), alderman, and justice of the peace. He died 19 March 1903.

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