Biography of John Nevill
Winona County, MN Biographies

JOHN NEVILL, son of Patrick Nevill, was born in Sullivan county, New York, January 15, 1844. Patrick Nevill, his father, was born in Limerick, Ireland, A.D. 1794. Came to America when he was seventeen years old and settled in Montreal, Canada, where he was married; he then removed to the United States and settled in Sullivan county, New York; was naturalized in 1841, and while there the subject of this sketch was born; came to Minnesota in 1852, and was the first white settler in the town of Wilson. Died January 5, 1882. John Nevill was but a mere boy when his father landed in Minnesota, but has some vivid recollections of the hard times endured by the early pioneers. He had two brothers, James and Napoleon, who came to Minnesota, but both are now dead, John being the only survivor of his family. He enlisted in the army in 1861, joining Co. B, 2d Minn. Inf., under Capt. Markham, and participated in all battles in which his regiment was engaged. Was in the battles of Mill Springs, Nashville, Pittsburgh landing, Corinth, Kenesaw Mountain, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge; served over three years; went with Gen. Sherman to the sea; was in all the principal battles of that memorable campaign; lost only thirty days' duty during his term of enlistment; he was one of the soldiers who did actual service, prompt in the discharge of all his duties. After coming home from the war he settled down on his farm in Pleasant Valley. Mr. Nevill is married, but the union never having been blest with children, he has adopted two. Mr. Nevill is an active,- hardworking man, taking a lively interest in all practical matters; has helped organize and develop the town, is now one of the town supervisors. He owns a beautiflil farm five miles from the city of Winona in Pleasant Valley; is a. democrat in politics and Catholic in religion.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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