NameWilliam (Old Speaker) MacNeill
Birth Date1781
Birth PlaceCavendish, PEI
Death Date1870
FatherJohn MacNeill (1750-1815)
MotherMargaret Simpson (1759-1849)
Birth Date1788
Death Date1859
Death PlaceCavendish, PEI
Marr Date1806
ChildrenMargaret (~1807-)
 John (1808-)
 Helen (1810-1879)
 Ann (1811-)
 Jane (1812-)
 Euphemia (1813-)
 William A (1814-)
 Thomas (1816-)
 Alexander (1820-1898)
 James (1822-)
 Mary (1827-)
Notes for William (Old Speaker) MacNeill
Born in Cavendish. Married Eliza Townsend (1788-1859) daughter of
Capt. James Townsend. They made their home on the Townsend land
called Park Corner. Eliza's father, Capt. James Townsend was in the
British navy. He had received a large grant of land in P.E.I. for
service to his country. This land , Park Corner, was named after the
family estate in Berkshire, England.

William MacNeill was a many of many parts - a law clerk in Halifax
and a ship builder in French River before his marriage. He later was
a school teacher, a farmer and a politician. He was a member of
legislature from 1814-1834, speaker of the House of Assembly and know
later as "William the Speaker" or "Old Speaker Macneill".

Grandfather of Lucy Maude Montgomery
Last Modified 14 Dec 2016Created 6 Mar 2017 using Reunion for Macintosh