George W. McNeely was born in Cape Girardeau County on February 7, 1836. He is the son of John R. McNeely, a native of North Carolina. The latter was reared in his native State, and was married there to Mary Shufford, who was also a native of North Carolina, born in 1807.
After their marriage they immigrated to Missouri, and settled in Cape Girardeau County in 1833. There they entered land and improved a farm, upon which Mrs. McNeely still resides. Although Mr. McNeely was a cooper by trade he managed his farm during his life, and died there about 1843. They were parents of six children, four of whom are living. One son, Archibald, resides in California. The two other sons and the daughter live in Cape Girardeau County. George W. grew to manhood on his father's farm, and in 1858 was united in marriage with Marillus Hale, daughter of Thomas Hale.