Neill Sidney McDonald, circuit preacher
When Neill Sidney McDonald was born on October 8, 1812, in Eagle Springs, North Carolina, his father, John, was 37 and his mother, Catherine, was 26. He married D Laura Amanda Keeler on October 9, 1848, in South Carolina. They had five children in 10 years. Studied at Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA. Ordained as Presbyterian minister at Fayetteville Presbytery 14 Nov 1846. At Ashpole and Smyrna Churches 1846-1851. Began Texas ministry in Lancaster (near Dallas), then Unity (near Paris, Texas) and Bosque County in 1872, before settling in Turnersville.
He died on February 3, 1875, in Turnersville, Texas, at the age of 62, and was buried there. The photo demonstrates the rough position he was in when he died. He returned from a routine circuit visit to Comanche from his Turnersville hope. He was surprised by a sleet and snow storm. His horse got him home but died, standing in ice, that night. Family got Neill inside and tried to warm him up but he reportedly passed during the early morning.
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