I am seeking the birth information and parents of Stephen L. NEAL. According to marriage and census records, he was born in 1815 or 1817 in the states of Virginia or Alabama. What we do know is he was in Independence, Arkansas before 1840. He would marry Synthia (Cynthia) Ana ELMS on March 8, 1840 in Independence, Arkansas. Her parents were Samuel ELMS and Mary Polly PEEL.They would have 8 children. Clannin L. NEAL in 1844, James M. NEAL in 1847, Jonus M. NEAL in 1849, Stephen NEAL in 1852, William A. NEAL in 1854, Andrew Jackson (AJ) NEAL in 1856, Thomas Henry NEAL in 1859 and Mary Jane NEAL in 1860. Stephen would purchase 4 parcels of land – one in Van Buren County in 1844, and 3 in White County in 1849, 1856, and 1860. According to his probate record, he dies in 1864 in White County, Arkansas. His wife and children were all listed as heirs, but Clannin name gets crossed off before the probate was completed. I believe Stephen was buried in the Patton Hollow Cemetery close to his home.
I believe his brother was John M. NEAL who was born in 1802, place unknown. John was married to Margaret ELMS (older sister to Snythia ELMS) in 1838 in Independence, Arkansas. John would buy farm land in Van Buren and White Counties. Stephen would buy land next to John. In one case Stephen buy land from John without a purchase price which is only done if the two are related.