Photos of Stephen B. Neal are courtesy of  Roxana L. Tea who is a direct descendant of  Judge Neal. The photo of the bust of Judge Neal was taken by Douglas Hall who is also a direct descendant.

Sources for Stephen Neal data:

Stephen Neal's granddaughter Grace F. Neal who furnished information to Carl B. Neal, author of the Beaver Pond Neals of Virginia.

National Cyclopedia of Biography.

Lebanon (Indiana) Pioneer 6/29/1905 issue.

Portrait & Biographical Record, Boone County, Indiana by A.W. Bowen & Co.

Boone County Biographies [database online] Boone County INGENWEB, 2007

Judge Neal: 

This Obit. for Judge Stephen Neal appeared in the "The Sun" in New York City on June 24, 1905.

"Judge Stephen Neal DEAD

Author of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution Passes Away.

LEBANON, Ind., June 23 -- Judge Stephen Neal author of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution died here this afternoon in his eighty-eighth year. He had been ill for several weeks but was conscious up to a few moments before death.

When the question of amending the Constitution was under discussion soon after the civil war, Judge Neal, who then resided at Lebanon wrote out the fourteenth amendment and sent it to Godlove S. Orth, Congressman from the Lebanon district, saying that it was submitted as a suggestion. In a few days he received a reply from Orth saying that he had submitted the amendment to the committee and that it had been agreed to report it practically as submitted."

Transcribed by: T. Stover - September 17, 2007

Repository: Library of Congress



Obit. for Carl B. Neal, author of the Beaver Pond Neals of Virginia:

Eugene Register Guard September 23, 1974

Funeral Slated Tuesday for pioneer forester, 87

A memorial service will be held Tuesday in Portland for Carl B. Neal, a former Eugenean who was a pioneer forester, and who died Friday in Olympia, Wash. 

Neal, 87, was born March 15, 1887, in Hemingford, Neb., and moved to Eugene with his parents in 1903.

He received a bachelor's degree in forestry from the University of Oregon in 1910, and received his master's degree from Yale University in 1913.

Neal became prominent in his work as one of 20 young foresters who pioneered the concept of multiple use of forests, as that concept was put forward by Gifford Pinchot. (Pinchot, a noted forest conservationist, became the first head of the U.S. Forest Service when that agency was formed in 1905.)

In addition to his work in the area of multiple use, Neal also discovered a spring at the foot of a butte on top of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide, when he was a young ranger working in the Rogue River National Forest. The spring was subsequently named after him, and still is known as Neal Springs.

Neal was supervisor of the Umpqua National Forest, working out of Rosburg, from 1922-30; supervisor of the Deschutes National Forest, working out of Bend, from 1930-39; and supervisor of the Olympic National Forest in Washington from 1929-1953, when he retired. He has lived in Olympia, Wash. since then.

He was a member of the Society of American Foresters.

Neal and Jenny Lilly were married in 1919, and she died in 1945. In 1946, he married Mildred Sinnott, who survives him.

Besides his wife, Neal is survived by two daughters: Patricia Arnold of Madera, Calif., and Shirley Phipps of Portland; and five grandchildren.

Cremation was performed at the Selene Mortuary in Olympia, Wash., and a memorial service will be held in Portland.

The service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 147 N.W 19th


John Hatchett:

Excerpts from "A Short Narrative of the Life of John Hatchett". Probably written at different times from 1790 to 1805.

"I was born in the County of Amelia, Va., near Avery's Church, the 18th day of December, in the year of our Lord 1769. My parents were both born in the same county.

My Father's grandfather came from England as a little boy; he was named John Hatchitt; he married a Miss Bass and settled in Chesterfield County, where they raised a large family, and the old people lived and died in Chesterfield.

My father's father moved to Amelia; he went by the name of William Hatchitt, where my father was born. My father's name was John Hatchitt. My father's mother came from France when young, with her parents, who fled from the persecution that raged there under Louis XIV, and settled on James River at the Manekin town.

My father's mother's family was one of the name of Remay; they were all of the Protestant religion. My father's mother's family all soon died after coming to this country, and left her the only one of the family. Her name was Margaret Remay. She married a Mr. Levenston, who soon died and left her a widow with one daughter. She was married again to a Mr. John Neal; he also died and left a daughter. She then married my grandfather, moved to Amelia, and they raised several children, to wit: John, William, Archer, Abraham, Marthey, Anne, Jane. My grandmother's first children were Elizabeth Levenston and Mary Neal.

My grandfather lived a strictly honest life and his religion was of the Church of England. My grandmother was a truly pious Christian of the same Church, and a constant communicant.
The old people moved the latter part of their days to Nottoway County. The old lady lived to bury three husbands and died aged 92.

My mother was by the name of Mary Neal, daughter to Roger Neal. My mother's parents came to this country from Ireland. My mother's mother was by the name of Catherine Malone, previous to marriage. They settled on the Beaver Pond creek in Amelia County, as also my mother's grandfather and grandmother Neal, and several uncles in the same neighborhood, all from Ireland settled on the Beaver Pond; they were honest, industrious, money making people, Protestant religion. These old people were great church people, their creed and catechisms were strictly attended to and learned to their children at an early age.

My mother's parents lived on a rich plantation on the Beaver Pond where they had seven children, two of them died before they were raised, the other five lived to be raised and their names were as follows: Margaret, Anna, Mary, John, Stephen. Grandfather Neal died before these above named children were all grown. Grandmother Neal married the second husband, a Mr. William Feston, a tailor by trade, a native of England, that soon died and left the old lady a widow, as she remained during the remainder of her life, moved to Prince Edward and there she was buried."