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From: "janemc" <>
Subject: DALLAS/ELLIS COUNTIES
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2000 14:26:23 -0500
I am looking for descendants of the Francis Marion Neely family from Ferris,
Texas, Ellis County. Francis Marion Neely was born on Feb. 10, 1840 in
Illinois. Both of his parents were born in Kentucky. He moved to north
Texas, but I'm not sure when. He was married to Loucretia Ann Neely. I'm not
sure what her maiden name was. She was born on Sept. 26, 1842 in Alabama.
Her father was born in Alabama. Francis Marion Neely died on March 10, 1917
in Ferris, as far as I know. Loucretia Ann died on Feb. 2, 1919. I believe
they are both buried in Ferris, Texas in Ellis County. Francis Marion Neely
was a strict Seven Day Adventist and his wife was a Baptist. They were
farmers in Ellis County. These are their children:
1. John C. Neely--born Oct. 13, 1869 and died on July 9, 1885
2. Mary A.Neely--born Oct. 14, 1877 and died on Aug. 26, 1943
3. Sarah Elizabeth Neely--born April 18, 1882 and died July 13, 1888.
When F.M. Neely died, his only child left was Mary Neely who married
I think that F.M.Neely's parents were Charles Neely and Sarah Neely. I'm not
sure about that.
I have also heard that the Neely's were kin to the Weatherford's from
the same area.
On July 7, 1872, my great grandmother, Ella Anderson, was born in Sweden
as the story goes. She had a brother, named Mac Anderson who was born on
Feb. 24, 1870 also in Sweden as the story goes. At some point in time when
these children were very small, their parents came to America and to Texas.
This is the story that I've heard all my life, but I don't know if it is
correct or not. Something happened to their parents in this small town of
Ferris down by the river bottoms where they lived in a log cabin. The
children were found wondering around by the Trinity River and were taken in.
My great aunt told me that she had had the little dress that her mother had
on when she was found at one time. Ella came to be raised by the F.M.Neely
family but it is possible that she lived with another family for a time
before they took her in. Mac was taken in by the Thomas W. Weatherford
family and adopted supposedly. He went by the Weatherford name. Ella always
went by the Anderson name until she married Judge Carson Little from Wilmer,
I would love to be able to talk to some of the descendants of the
Neely's or anyone else from that town that may know something about this
situation. Are there any survivors out there for Mary Ann Neely Bramlett? Or
Jane Little McEndree
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