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James Neale

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Drury Lane, London, Middlesex, England
Death: March 29, 1684 (65-73)
Charles County, Province of Maryland
Immediate Family:

Son of Raphael Neale and Jane Neale
Husband of Anna Maria Neale (Gill)
Father of Dorothy Brooke; Henrietta Maria Lloyd Bennett; Anthony Neale; Jane Neale and Capt. James Neale
Half brother of Dorothy Forman; Clement Forman and Henry Neale

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About Capt. James Neale

Captain James Neale, who, according to Semmes, was the grandson of "Shane the Proud," O'Neill and great-grandson of Conn O'Neill, surnamed Bacach (the Lame), the first Earl of Tyrone. When Shane was usurped and beheaded in Ireland in the early 1600's, Priests secretly whisked away his son to Spain for safekeeping. This son was raised at Court by the King of Spain. His name was changed to Neale to hide his identity. [Fiction!]

James Neale was actually descended from a respectable, armigerous family of the untitled English gentry. If they were Catholics, they weren't especially fanatical ones.

That he had his own ship is likely; that he was in the British Navy is less certain.

In 1652 he came to America, liked what he saw and petitioned Lord Calvert for a land grant. It was issued for services to the Crown. He built a Plantation (Wollaston Manor) on the junction of the Wicimoca and Potomac Rivers that stood until the early 1900’s, when it was consumed by fire. Captain James Neale’s descendants played a huge role in establishing Catholicism in early Maryland and his descendants all married well and were among the elite pioneers of early Maryland.

Captain Neale represented the Lord Baltimore in Holland and in Maryland. Through his daughter Henrietta Maria Neale, there was planted descendents who furnished the Province with an exceptionally large group of distinguished families.

The Neales appeared first in Virginia. The relationship of the families in the two colonies has not been entirely traced but there was obviously a link between them. Henry Hill, Commander of the Horse in Virginia, was witness to a lease in 1630 to "his loving friend John Neale", who had a large business as a merchant in Accomac County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia adjoining and south of the Eastern Shore. A cousin of Captain James Neale was guardian of Margaret, the only daughter of John Neale, so there is no reason to doubt a connection of some kind. [Per current family tree, they were first cousins.] The Maryland members of the family, however, were more prolific and regarded as more important than those in Virginia. [Says a Maryland-based source!] Anna Gill, having become, in time, a member of the royal household, one would expect to hear something of her ancestry, but the record (currently available) goes back no further than her father Benjamin Gill, who died in London in 1655.The unusual achievements of Captain Neale and his wife must therefore be attributed to their own good qualities and not to inherited position.

In June 1638, a large consignment of goods was shipped to James Neale in Maryland, of a kind that shows quite clearly he was trading with the Indians. He is said to have been an Admiral in the Royal Navy and he was certainly Captain of a Maryland "pinnace". In 1642, he was commissioned by Governor Calvert to go to Boston to buy mares and sheep. While there, one of his two vessels, a "pinnace", was found to be.....(see page 76, my copy is incomplete)...........was told to advise with Captain Neale in all matters of importance. The previous year, Lord Baltimore placed Captain Neale and other members of his Council in charge of his property, with power to sell it from time to time. He also told them to sell all his carpenters and other apprentice servants,saying he understood they would yield 2,000 pounds of tobacco each, although they had only one year to serve. The anxiety to liquidate his property was due to the success of the Puritans in England and to disturbances in the Colony brought on by Claiborne and by the "pirate" Richard Ingle. I say pirate, because the records of the Assembly sometimes refer to the miseries suffered from "that notorious villain, Richard Ingle," or mention him briefly as "that pirate Ingle." He was looked upon differently in England where Parliament rewarded his iniquities. Claiborne was in the forefront of trouble as usual, breaking the settlers' honeymoon at St. Mary's, where crops were growing, peach trees were in blossom, Indian maidens were friendly and all was contentment when one of Claiborne's ships, the "Long Tayle", sailed into Maryland waters to trade without a license from Lord Baltimore. It was detained by officers of the Provincial government, whereupon Claiborne sent an armed pinnace to retaliate. In doing so, he was merely carrying out instructions from his own government for in 1634, when he asked the Virginia Council if he should recognize the Maryland claim to Kent Island."It was answered by the board, that they wonder why any such question was made; that they knew no reason why they should render up the rights of that place of the Isle of Kent, more than any other formerly given to this colony by his majesty's patent; and that, the right of my lord's grant being yet undetermined in England, we are bound in duty and by our oaths to maintain the rights and privileges of this colony." The first naval battle (according to this record) on inland waters in America then took place in the Pocomoke River on the Eastern Shore on 23 APR1635,between Claiborne's vessel commanded by (ended on page 77).

Descendents of James Neale include: Leonard Neale, Vicar General to Bishop Carroll and later President of Georgetown College and Archbishop of Baltimore in 1815. Sources include but are not limited to: "Ancestral File" and the "IGI", "International Genealogical Index", both resource systems developed and solely owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints also; "Pillars of Maryland".

In 1660 he returned to Maryland and petitioned for and obtained naturalization for children Henrietta Maria, James, Dorothy, and Anthony, who were born in Spain.


Birth: 1615 Greater London, England Death: Mar., 1684 Charles County Maryland, USA

James Neale is the son of Raphael Neale and Mrs Jane Baker Forman. Born Drury Lane, London. He married Anna Maria Gill, Daughter of Benjamin Gill and Mary Mainwaring, 1657. Children are Dorothy, Henrietta Maria, Anthony, James, Jane.

The Neale family of Charles Co, MD with the background and position which it held in England and Later in the colonies, takes its place among the leading aristocratic colonial families in America. Captain James Neale of Drury Lane, London and Wollaston, Northamptonshire England. James Neale , a royalist maintained an enviable position at the court of Charles I and later in the colonies, married Ann Gill who was said to have been a lady in waiting to Queen Henrietta Maria. Both of these families go back to the nobility of England.

On 25 Jul 1641, Celilius, Lord Baltimore, requested his brother, Gov Leonard Calvert to survey for James Neale, Gent a manor of 2,000 acres with full manorial rights. Neale named his manor Wollaston after his paternal grandfathers lordship in Northamptonshire, and it was accordingly laid out on the west bank of the Wicomico River on the neck formed as the river meets the Potomac.

As a young man, James Neale was almost at once appointed to posts of trust and importance. Within the year after his arrival, he was made a member of his Lordships Council and commissioner of the Tresurey. In 1642 he seems to have imprudently connived at the escape of his fillow-Captain Ingle, who had been arrested on a charge of "highe treason". Neale swore he was not guilty and the Council believed him. In 1644, He was commissioned a magistrate of the local court. After 18 Sep 1844, however he returned to England and was in Europe as a merchant and as an ambassador for Charles I at the Spanish and Portugese Courts and as a agent for the Duke of York. Some of his children were born in Spain. He next appered in Maryland in 1661 with a letter from Lord Baltimore that permitted him to have back all the lands he had abandoned, provided he paid up the accrued quit rents. He had been sent back to Maryland to expell the Dutch, but before Maryland decided to act, the British warships in the harbor of New Amsterdam had forced the Dutch to surrender. In 1661 James Neale was sworn a Councillor. He was later Deputy governor. In 1666 Neale petioned for the naturaliztion of four of his children who were born in Spain during his residence there. One of these children was Anthony Neale. The petition was granted the next year. Captain Neale represented Charles Co, Md in the house of Burgessses in the year 1666 and perhaps later. Besides the four children born in Spain, Capt Neale had a dau Jane, apparently born after 1661 when he returned to Maryland, Jane married William Boreman. In Aug 1682 a pre nuptial agreement was made between Capt Neal and William Roswell of St Mary's, Gent whereby he made a deed of gift of a portion of his manor to Neale's Son Anthony, in consideration of his bethrothal to Elizabeth Roswell the dau of William. His will dated 17 Nov 1683 was probated in Charles Co, Md 19 Mar 1684 Neale, James, 27th Nov., 1683; 29th Mch., 1684. To sons James and Anthony, gifts of land, etc., confirmed. To grandson Raphael Neale, 100 A. is Charles Co. To grandchild., viz., Roger, James and Dorothy Brooke, Jane Boarman, dau. of William and Jane Boarman, and Jas. Lloyd, personalty. To wife Anne, son Anthony, and daus. Henrietta Maria Lloyd and Jane Boarman, residue of estate, equally. Exs.: Wife Anne and son Anthony afsd. Test: John Darnall. 4. 40.

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 Anna Marie Gill Neale (1630 - 1698)

 Dorothy Neale Brooke (1646 - 1680)*
 John Neal (1648 - 1735)*
 Anthony Neale (1659 - 1722)*
 James Neale (1660 - 1727)*
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Inscription: It is only a guess that he is buried on his property at Wollaston Manor in Charles Co, MD This grave site is no longer present. The area of where James was possibly buried is now a huge housing development. His property has been turned into a huge golf course on the water with homes all around. It is called Swan Point. As far as I know it is unknown as to where James Neale is even buried. There is a grave site in the area just before entering the housing/golf course area. There are a few Neales buried there

Burial: Wollaston Manor Cemetery Wicomico Charles County Maryland, USA

Created by: JKK Record added: Aug 19, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 40851489 ___________________________________

Neale applies for naturalization of children

In 1666 Captain James Neale, an English born subject, then of Charles Co., petitioned the Assembly for the natualization of his children, stating that he, "hath lived divers yeares in Spain and Portugal following the trade of merchandize and his Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke in Several Emergent Affaires as by commissoion herewith presented may appeare dureing which tyme of his abode in those he had four children by his lawful wife Anna Neale, vizt, Henrieretta Maria James Dorothy and Anthony Neale which four he hath now liveing in this Province of Maryland." His ancestry is listed in the Visitation of Bedfordshire.

REF Md Archives. Vol 2, p. 89-90; Harleian Pub. Soc., vol. 19, pp. 33, 34, 185; Md. Hist.Magazine, vol. 7, p. 201

Source: To Maryland From Overseas by Harry Wright Newman, published 1982
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Capt. James Neale's Timeline

London, Middlesex, England
March 29, 1646
Age 31
Warnford, Hampshire, England
April 28, 1647
Age 32
Madrid, Spain
November 22, 1655
Age 40
Calvert County, Province of Maryland
Age 47
Charles, Maryland, USA
October 23, 1663
Age 48
Madrid, Corona de Castillo, España
March 29, 1684
Age 69
Charles County, Province of Maryland