A native of Bladen County, NC, Daniel McNeill was the son of William McNeill who emigrated in 1739 from Scotland to America, and settled in the Brown Marsh area of Bladen County, NC, where he established a plantation.
Dr McNeill appears to have been educated in Edinburgh, Scotland. He practised medicine in Wilmington, NC, and New York. His name appeared for the first time in 1807 in the New York City Directory, and his residence was given as 22 Greenwich Street.
During the American Revolution, his loyalist beliefs were perhaps the cause of his trip to Scotland, where he married his first wife Alicia Clunie, at Whitekirk, East Lothian in 1784. On his return to the US, they had two daughters: Eliza McNeill and Alicia Margaret Caroline McNeill who both later returned to Britain where they settled for the rest of their lives.
After the death of his first wife, Dr McNeill returned to Wilmington, NC where he married Martha Kingsley, and had six children: Isabella McNeill; Mary McNeill; William Gibbs McNeill (1801-1853); AMW; Charles Johnson McNeill (1811-1870); Catherine ('Kate') Jane McNeill (1812-1877). Eventually Dr McNeill died in Bladen County on 7 December 1828.
William M. MacBean, Biographical Register of Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York, New York, 1925, vol. 2, pp. 1-2; Stuart, A. T. B. 'The North Carolina Settlement of 1739,' The Kintyre Antiquarian and Natural History Society Magazine, UK, 1984, pp. 4-12; Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949 at www.ancestry.com (accessed 2002).