Through DNA testing, it has been determined that our direct ancestor on the male side of the family
is Thomas Neely b. 1695 in Ireland. This has been confirmed with the 111 marker DNA test.
What we know at this time is that Thomas had the following children:
Samuel Neely was born about 1722 in Ulster, Ireland and lived in York County, Pennsylvania.
Thomas Neely II was born in County Tyrone, Ireland and lived in Mecklenberg County, North Carolina.
Jackson Neely was born in County Tyrone, Ireland and lived in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
John Neely was born about 1729 in County Tyrone, Ireland and lived in Adams County, Pensylvania.
Mary Jane Neely was born about 1731 in County Tyrone, Ireland
Matthew Neely was born about 1733 in Pennsylvania and lived in York County, South Carolina.|
There seems to be a high probability that John Ellis b.1772 was in fact a Neely that
may have been adopted by the John Ellis (b. 1750) family. As Nancy Ellis points out in her genealogy of the Ellis Family, our grandfather
John Ellis, (b.1772) kept meticulous notes in his family bible regarding all births, deaths, and marriages of our family
but absolutely no mention is made of his father or mother.
Nancy Ellis also points out that the custom of the times was to name the first son after the paternal grandfather. John
Ellis (b.1772) named his first son William Neal Ellis. It is also worth noting that the first child of Ida Margaret
Ellis and John Hiram Bollinger was named James Neely Bollinger.