William Neale, Jr.

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William Neale, Jr.

Birthplace: Castle Dunnington
Death: August 26, 1674 (33)
Immediate Family:

Son of William Neale and Miss Pim Neale
Husband of Anna Neale
Father of Tobias Neale; Sarah Neale; Joseph Neale and Mary Neale
Brother of Richard Neale

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About William Neale, Jr.


"In the 1650s it gained numerous converts among farmers and craftsmen in both rural and urban areas. It has been estimated that by 1660 the movement had between 30,000 and 40,000 members in England. The first record of Quakers in county Laois dates from about 1654.

Around that year, William Edmundson visited two Quaker families in Rosenallis. The two families appear to have been the Cantrills of Tineil and the Chanders of Ballyhide. In 1659, Edmundson, with a group of other Quakers, settled in the vicinity of Mountmellick. William Edmundson is believed to have been the first Quaker in Ireland. He was not a Friend when he first arrived in Ireland. While on a trip to England, William became 'convinced' of the truth of Quakerism by James Naylor. Edmundson had a charismatic personality. He converted numerous people to Quakerism and was totally convinced of the righteousness of his convictions.

Although the Quakers held their first meeting in Mountmellick in 1659, it was not until 1709 that the first official Quaker Meeting House was built. Their first school was opened in January 1786. John Pim, John Heiton, Jack Gatchell and Mungo Bewley built the boarding school to provide education to poor Quaker families. In 1824 three privately owned Quaker schools were recorded in Mountmellick and these were the only private schools in County Laois. Below is a list of some of the early Quaker settlers in the area:

  • William Edmundson (1627 - 1712)
  • Thomas Stalker
  • Thomas Beale
  • Robert Wardel
  • Rodger Boswel (died, 1666)
  • William Archer
  • John Savage
  • Thomas Stevenson
  • Godfrey Cantrel (died, 1686) aka Cantrill
  • William Walpole (died, 1691)
  • William Barcrof (c. 1612 - 1696)
  • John Hug (family then emigrated to West Jersey)
  • John Pim (1641 - 1718) (some descendants of this family then emigrated to West Jersey)
  • John Goodbody
  • John Edmundson
  • William Neale
  • William Capton (died, 1672)
  • Richard Jackson (1643 - 1697)
  • William Parker
  • Evan Bevan
  • Tobias Pladwell aka Pleadwell (family is here on Geni dot com) < related to the Neale
  • John Chandler aka Chandlee" see Benjamin Chandlee here on Geni
  • John Thompson (died, 1695)
  • John Gee
  • Richard Scot (1625 - 1707)
  • William Moon (died, 1659)
  • Nicholas Gribbell (c.1641 - 1728)"
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William Neale, Jr.'s Timeline

Castle Dunnington
May 16, 1666
Age 25
October 15, 1668
Age 27
Queens, Ireland
August 10, 1671
Age 30
Queens, Ireland
August 26, 1674
Age 33
October 12, 1674
Age 33
Queens, Ireland