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following list is an attempt to show all known graves, using several
different sources. There may be other graves which are unknown due to
missing, unreadable, destroyed or broken markers. Photos by Daniel L Elliott, 17 Mar 2010 and Ernie Lasley about 2004.
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||Notes & Inscriptions||Photo
|Neely||Joseph||25 Oct 1758
||26 Oct 1811
||Husband of Martha JOHNSTON NEELY. Son of Charles NEELY.|
(See biography by Allan Gilbertson at bottom of page.)
Photo by Ernie Lasley about 2004.
Joseph Neely was born aboard ship en route from Scotland. He was the son of Charles Neely. As a boy Joseph learned the blacksmith's trade. At the age of 17 he enlisted in Capt. John Marshall's Company, Col. Samuel Miles' Battalion, which was raised in Hanover Township, Dauphin Co. (now Lancaster Co.), in April 1776. They were called the Pennsylvania Rifle Regulars. He was a sharpshooter.
1776, Neely was captured at the
battle of Flatbush, along with Colonel Miles, several officers, and over 300
men. He escaped from a prison ship in New York harbor and swam ashore, going
first to Pennsylvania, then to Virginia and later rejoining his
Marshall's Company crossed the Delaware with Gen. George Washington at Coryell's Ferry on December 25, 1776. It is believed that Joseph Neely had rejoined his company in time to make this "celebrated crossing."
Neely was wounded in the ankle in the Battle of Brandywine September 11, 1777. According to one source, he was lame for the rest of his life. He was later at the battle of Germantown. One source states that he was at Valley Forge that winter with Gen. Washington, but this has not been proven.
On May 6, 1778, Neely's first enlistment ended. There was a second enlistment, lasting two years, during which time Neely served as part of General Washington's bodyguard. He was at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.
In 1781 Joseph married Martha Robertson Johnston, possibly in Lancaster County, Penn. She was the daughter of Thomas Johnston, his employer as a boy, and was born in 1761 in Alexandria, Va.
The family lived in Washington County, Penn., from 1781 to 1790 and then migrated to Kentucky, near Lexington, where they lived about two years. They then moved to Mercer County. According to recollections of Joseph's daughter, Patsey, the family embarked from Pittsburgh on a large flat boat loaded with flour and horses for the New Orleans markets. They came down the Ohio as far as Maysville, Ky. In 1803 they continued down the Ohio from Maysville to the landing where Evansville, Ind., is now located. Neely received a grant of land in Indiana in 1805 for his Revolutionary War services.
Joseph Neely died on October 26, 1811, in Gibson County, Ind. His wife died between 1811 and 1813. He is buried on Neely Hill northeast of Patoka, Ind. No original gravestone survives, but in October 1929 the DAR placed a marker near where Joseph Neely lies buried. The marker stands beside the old Petersburg-Evansville trail. More than 200 persons, many of whom were descendants of Joseph Neely, attended the ceremony on the farm of Henry Jones.