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Cyrus/Neatsville, and Uncle John Damron's request

Excerpted from Judge H.C. Baker's "Sketches of Adair County," No. 27, Adair County News, 1918.

Neatsville Community

Rudolph Neat, the ancestor of the Neat family in the county, built the first water mill on Green river in the county, constructing a dam across the stream at Neatsville, which was named in his honor. He was a man of considerable property, and influential in his day.

Neatsville was at one time a place of considerable business, having three stores, a carding machine, a cabinet shop, blacksmith shop, a hotel and saloon. At an early day it had a boat yard, where flat boats were made and launched, loaded with tobacco for the New Orleans market.

Neats, Pelleys, Winfreys, Mills, Hardwicks settled here

In this section of the county settled the Neats, Pelleys, Winfreys, Mills, Hardwicks, and other prominent families, whose descendants are still found around there.

"Uncle John Damron" also lived at Neatsville. He was for a long time a magistrate from that district, and was ninety-two years old when he died.

Green River now runs where Uncle John Damron dispensed justice

Green river has cut away the site of his residence. and runs where he sat when dispensing justice.

When he discovered that the river was making inroads on him, he applied to Judge Durham, who was then in Congress, to secure an appropriation from the Government to arrest the depredations of the streams The judge promised to do all in his power in that direction, but, "Uncle John" died without securing the needed appropriation, nevertheless, the promise made him a warm friend to Durham.
Central Ohio Bureau Chief


Neatsville and Pellyton: Pride in My Adair CountyHeritage!

I am a descendant of Rudolph Neat (ca. 1754- ca. 1821)and Maria Margaretha Frey Neat (1755->1820).Neatsville is named in honor of my ancestor, RudolphNeat. The Rudolph Neat family came to Adair County aspioneers from North Carolina.

Asenath Pelley (ca. 1782->1855), daughter of James(ca. 1756-1820) and Mary Pelley (ca. 1756-<1801),married John Neet (1776-1856). John is the son ofRudolph Neat and Maria Margaretha Frey Neat.

The children of James Pelley came to Adair County fromNorth Carolina in the early 19th century. Pellytonwas named in honor of the Pelley family. The name ofthe historic Pelley family is spelled as Pelly by mostdescendants in Adair County today.

After 1849, John Neet and Asenath Pelley Neet leftAdair County for Carroll County, Missouri. Mary Neat(ca. 1807-1857), daughter of John Neet and AsenathPelley Neet, married first, James Bowyer (ca.1805->1834); and second, Thornton Jones (ca.1814->1879). James is the son of Joseph Bowyer (1777-ca. 1858) andBarbara Petree Bowyer (1780->1860). The Joseph Bowyer family wasalso a pioneer family of Adair County from NorthCarolina. 'Neat' is the preferred spelling of thefamily name in Adair County and 'Neet' is thepreferred spelling of the family name in CarrollCounty, Missouri.

The appreciated _CM_ article, "Cyrus/Neatsville, &Uncle John Damron's request", contributed by thebenevolent phantom of the website, Cyrus, honors thememory of my historic Neat and Pelley ancestralfamilies. I'm certain Judge H. C. Baker was referringto more of my ancestral families in this article withhis identification of 'other prominent families'.

My esteemed ancestor, George Harmon (<1766-ca. 1817),is the patriarch of the Adair County Harmon family. George's son, John Harmon (ca. 1783-1829), married MaryPendleton (ca. 1797->1875), daughter of Adair Countypioneers, John (ca. 1773->1854) and ElizabethPendleton (ca. 1773->1849). The John Pendleton familyarrived in Adair County from Virginia.

I couldn't resist including my Harmon and Pendletonancestors among notable personages. Adair County hasNeatsville and Pellyton communities named in honor ofmy ancestors. Perhaps the communities or landmarkshonoring the name of the Harmon and Pendleton familieswill be found in some of the relic 'Great Republic ofAdair County' annals! The George Harmon family andJohn Pendleton family settled along Green River veryearly in the 19th century.

Where was the Harmony precinct? Could it have beennamed in honor of my Harmon ancestral family?

My grandmother told me many early Harmon familymembers lived at Tabernacle. Perhaps they humblyencouraged naming their community, Tabernacle, insteadof having a community named for themselves! Acongregation of the faithful assembled at Tabernaclebefore the Tabernacle Christian Church wasestablished. The Harmons were among that number of thefaithful. I am very proud of all my ancestors, even ifcommunities do not honor the names of their historicpresence in Adair County.

The grave of Lewis Harmon is in the TabernacleCemetery. Lewis is the son of my ancestors, JohnHarmon and Mary Pendleton Harmon. Tabernacle Cemeteryand Tabernacle School were early landmarks of thiscommunity. The cemetery and church remain asidentifiable landmarks. My second cousin, Mattie LouSinclair Neat, attended the Tabernacle School.Tabernacle is located in very close proximity toNeatsville.

Oh, I guess everyone should know Burton Ridge is namedfor the grandeur of my and many proud Adair Countians'Burton ancestral family. It will be a pleasure tocommunicate especially with descendants of my historicAdair County Neat, Pelley, Bowyer, Harmon, Pendleton,and Burton ancestral families. I always enjoy meetingnew cousins!

--E. H. Lepiarczyk

Re: Neatsville and Pellyton: Pride in My Adair CountyHeritage!

by Anonymous on Friday, January 13, 2006 @ 13:49:06CST

Well done Erwin. I too share the Harmon Heritage withyou.My Family left Adair Cty. to take up Homestead inGreen Cty. in the area which is now Taylor Cty. Ky. Ialso share my Benningfield Heritage with others of thesame Family line. Most of my Benningfield Family ofthe past can be found at the Elkhorn Methodist ChurchGrave Yard,Taylor Cty. Ky.

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