James Clinton Neil
Historical Marker
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


Historical Markers || Biography of James Clinton Neill


Located at City National Bank 1465 West Second Ave. Corsicana, Texas

James Clinton Neill

Born in 1790 in North Carolina, James Clinton Neill came to Texas in 1831 with Stephen F. Austin's third colony.  He settled in Milam County, and represented his neighbors at the Convention of 1833.  On September 28, 1835, Neill entered the Texas army as captain of artillery, and was promoted to Lt. Colonel in December.  He was in charge of artillery at the siege of Bexar, and soon thereafter was appointed by Sam Houston to the commandancy of San Antonio and the Bexar District, including the fortifications at the Alamo.  When he received word in February of illness in his family, Neill left the Alamo in the command of William B. Travis, and so was not among the defenders who lost their lives on March 6.  In charge of an artillery unit with Sam Houston's army in April, Neill was wounded in a skirmish on April 20, one day before the Battle of San Jacinto.  He was appointed Indian Commissioner in 1844.  Neill was living in present Navarro county when it was created from Robertson county in 1846.  He and two partners donated land for the county seat.   James Clinton Neill and his wife, Margaret Harriett, were the parents of three children.  Neill died in March 1848, and is buried in Grimes County.

Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

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Dedication Program

3:00 P.M. Friday, December 18, 1987

Master of Ceremonies ... J. Forest Green, Chairman, Navarro County Historical Commission

Invocation ... Rev. E. F. Bohmfalk

Dedicatory Remarks ... Honorable Tom Waldrop, 12th District State Representative

Dedication of marker ... Hubert Farmer, President of Navarro County Historical Society

Acceptance of Marker ... Honorable Jim Gill, Mayor, Corsicana

Unveiling of Marker ... June Clark, President of City National Bank

Historical Research by Wyvonne Putman, Executive Secretary, Navarro County Historical Society

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