James Mullen O'Neal was born about 1796 in North Carolina (possibly Guilford County) to James and Frances McClound O'Neal.
James had 6 other siblings, two of them were to James and Nancy Unknown O'Neal. He married Nancy Elizabeth Caplinger on Jan 20, 1817
in Wilson County, Tennessee where they had 8 of there 9 children. From Wilson County, Tennessee James and Elizabeth moved to Holly Springs, Mississippi
stopping in the 1830 in Henderson, Tennessee. James probably came to Williamson County, Illinois to look for land about 1839, where
he brought his family there about 1842. The land was near Pleasant Grove Church.
In the 1820 census, James was living in Lebanon, Wilson, Tennessee with his wife Nancy and son Samuel and daugther Annie.
To view his wife and children click there names. Then in the 1830 census they moved to Henderson, Tenn.
In the 1840 census, James was in Illinos and the family was in Southern Division, Marshall, Mississippi living with other family. In 1842 James moved his family to Williamson County, Illinois to live on there new farm. In the 1850 census, we have James as head of household with his children: William, Esther, and Frank. His wife Nancy passed away Aug 23, 1849 in Williamson County, Illinois.
On Nov 13, 1851 in Marion, Williamson County, Illinois, James married Sarah Baker Pulley of Tennessee. Sarah's daughter Sarah Catherine Pulley will
later marry James son William Martin O'Neal. In July 1852 they had a son James M. O'Neal. In the 1860 census, James and Sarah were living alone in
in Williamson County, Illinois.
To view his wife and child click on there name.
We have James O'Neal in the Marion, Williamson County, Illinois census in 1865 so we know he was alive in 1865 and living in Marion. From there we have nothing else showing anything on James. James's first wife Nancy Elizabeth Caplinger O'Neal is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Which is where we think James is buried also but have not found any proof of that. After James death, we have his second wife Sarah traveling with his son William Martin O'Neal and his wife, Sarah's daughter, Sarah Catherine to Forsythe, Missouri in the 1880 census.