Carroll County IL Biography

Dudley O'Neal was born March 9, 1829 in Hunter, Greene County, New York, the son of John and Mary Ann (McGee) O'Neal. He moved from New York state to Carroll County, Illinois in the fall of 1839 with his parents. In 1841 he was educated in the first school in Mt. Carroll Township, located in a log schoolhouse near what was the "four corners" area, in what is now Section 10 - 11. In about 1857, Dudley O'Neal bought land in Section 22, Mt. Carroll Township, Carroll County, Illinois and was a farmer. He served as a Private in the Civil War, enlisting August 13, 1862 in Company I, 92nd Illinois Mounted Infantry, fighting at Chickamaunga, Resaca, with Sherman (to the sea), and in Carolina.

Ann Lambert was born October 18, 1841 in Yorkshire, England, daughter of Thomas and Rosamond (Watson) Lambert. She immigrated with her parents and family in 1842, settling in Carroll County. Before 1861, she attended Mt. Carroll Female Seminary and also Union High School, Carroll County, Illinois. Between 1861 - 1866, she tought school, some of it at the Ferrin School, a country school in Mt. Carroll Township. Ann Lambert married Dudley O'Neal on March 15, 1866 in Carroll County, Illinois. He farmed in Section 22 Mt. Carroll Township all his life. Their children were Ella M. O'Neal (husband Charles F. Casselberry), Myral O'Neal (husband Joseph Warren Duncan), and Amy O'Neal. Ann Lambert O'Neal died August 18, 1920 in Mt. Carroll Township.

Buried at Hickory Grove Cemetery

Photos and information by Alice Horner

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