A. C. McNeill, merchant of Huntingdon, Tenn., began business in 1851. He was born in 1821 in Fayetteville, N.C., and is a son of William L. and Rachel B. (Clark) McNeill, who were natives of North Carolina. The father was born in 1787 and in 1826 came to West Tennessee and after residing one year in Weakley County, came to Carroll County and purchased land and erected a grist-mill and cotton-gin and in connection followed merchandising. He died in 1837 and his wife in 1862. Of their eleven children, eight are now living. A. C., the fourth child, was reared at home and at the age of fourteen began clerking for his brother James at Paris, Henry County.

He remained with him four years and the following two years clerked for Mr. Crawford at the same place. In 1841 he came to Huntingdon and clerked for his grandfather, Col. John Clark. The Colonel died in 1850 and A. C. succeed him in the business. March 8, 1854, he married Sarah W. Murray, daughter of Robert and Mary (Gwin) Murray. Mrs. McNeil, was born in Carroll County in 1835 and died in 1859 leaving one son, William L. In 1862 Mr. McNeil, married Mary E. Baker, daughter of Rev. Robert Baker. She was born in Carroll County in 1841 and is the mother of five children: George H., Robert B., Kate, Addison W. and Maggie E. Mr. McNeill keeps a fine stock of general merchandise and is noted for his honesty. He is a Democrat and a member of the G. C. and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.


Transcribed by David Donahue

Source: History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Carroll, Henry and Benton Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978.