Winfield in Columbia County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Basil Neal - Soldier of ‘76
"Happy Valley", homesite and burial place of Basil Neal, Revolutionary soldier, lies one-half mile off this highway in the direction the arrow points.
Basil Neal or O`Neal, was born in Maryland in 1758. When he was 17 years old his family moved to Virginia. There he grew to manhood and married Miss Ellen Briscoe, daughter of an eminent Virginia physician, granddaughter of Colonel Stuart, of New York, and great-granddaughter of Lord Bromfield of England.
Basil Neal fought heroically against the Indians and British before, during, and after the Revolutionary War. In 1780 he came to Georgia and settled in Columbia County on this plantation where he built his home and called it "Happy Valley." After the death of his first wife, who had borne him six children, Basil Neal married Miss Sarah Hull Green, daughter of Captain McKeen Green, who also had served in the Revolutionary War under the command of General Nathanael Greene, to whom he was related. Six children also were born of this second marriage, including Basil Llewellyn Neal, who served in the Confederate Army as a flag bearer, was captured and imprisoned at Ft. Lookout, Md. He is buried near his father.
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 36-02.)
Marker series. Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 36.392′ N, 82° 22.775′ W. Marker is in Winfield, Georgia, in Columbia County. Marker is on Cobbham Road (State Road 150) near Happy Valley Lane, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Appling GA 30802, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sharon Baptist Church (approx. one mile away); William Few Signer of the U.S. Constitution (approx. 1.3 miles away); Shiloh Methodist Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); First Baptist Church in Georgia (approx. 5.1 miles away); Religious Liberty in Georgia (approx. 5.2 miles away); Jabez Pleiades Marshall (approx. 5.4 miles away); Damascus Baptist Church (approx. 5½ miles away); Columbia County (approx. 5½ miles away); Woodmen of the World Veterans Monument (approx. 5½ miles away); Rev. Daniel Marshall (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winfield.
Also see . . .
1. Biography of Basil Neal. (Submitted on August 25, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Basil Neal Family Cemetery. This cemetery is located on Happy Valley Lane, north off of Cobbham Road in Winfield, Columbia County, Georgia. It (Submitted on August 25, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • War, US Revolutionary •
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