FROM: The History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).  P. 732-733

          Dr. E. G. Neel, physician and surgeon, was born in Butler County, Ky., May 24,1838, the son of Wade and Lucy (Wand) Neel. The father, of German descent, was born in Butler County, Ky., March 5, 1805, where he married, lived, and died in 1873. He was sheriff of Butler County for one term. The mother, of English origin, was born in Bowling Green, Ky., in 1815, and died in 1847. Their eight children are all living. Oar subject was educated in the home schools, when sixteen left home, and for about four years was in the grocery business. November 18, 1856, be married Mary E. Dempsey, born in Fincastle, Va., in 1838. Their children are John, Vara (wife of T. P. Stephenson), Wade, Mary (wife of James A. Ball), Bartlett R and Hallie. After marriage he located in Greenville, Ky., and in 1864 began the study of medicine under Dr. Dempsey, with whom he remained five years. In 187 2 he took a course at Louisville Hospital, and in 1877 graduated from the American Medical College of St. Louis. In 1869 he was appointed deputy United States revenue collector, of the Second District Kentucky, and afterward appointed United States gauger and inspector of the same district, serving in both four years. He began practice at Greenville, Ky., and in 18 73 settled at Henderson, but since 1880 he hag had his present practice at Thackery. He has been here longer than any other physician, Find is a leading member of his profession in the county. He is a Republican, first voting for Lincoln. He is a member of the 1. 0. 0. F. at Greenville, and of Encampment, Mount Olivet, No. 55. He and his wife have been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, for twenty-five and thirty years respectively. In 1877 he was made honorary member of the Missouri State Medical Society.

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