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Near Ennis in Ellis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Thomas C. Neel

(1825-1863)

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, July 12, 2020
1. Thomas C. Neel Marker
Inscription.  Georgia native Thomas C. Neel married Willia E. Latimer in 1848. The couple moved their family to Texas in 1854 and to Ellis County in 1855. They established a cotton and wheat plantation near what would become Ennis. Neel called his wife "Will" and the plantation became known as Will's Town, which later was shortened to "Wilton." A post office opened on the plantation in 1857; it served under both the United States and Confederate governments. In 1861 Neel was appointed a delegate to the Secession Convention. Later that year, he was elected to represent the 42nd District in the House of Representatives in the 9th Legislature. Shortly after that term ended, he was elected State Senator from the 19th District, but he became ill and died before he was able to serve in the 10th Legislature.
 
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11863.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 32° 19.596′ N, 96° 43.034′ W. Marker is near Ennis, Texas, in
Thomas C. Neel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, July 12, 2020
2. Thomas C. Neel Marker
Ellis County. Marker is on U.S. 287 east of Boyce Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ennis TX 75119, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Richardson Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); Frederick Harrison Rankin (approx. 4.4 miles away); Ivan D. Goodwin (approx. 4.4 miles away); Old Lake Dam (approx. 4˝ miles away); Myrtle Cemetery (approx. 4˝ miles away); Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Moore House (approx. 4.9 miles away); Jack Lummus (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ennis.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.
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