MCNEEL, PLEASANT D.
MCNEEL, PLEASANT D. (1796–1871). Pleasant D. McNeel, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, San Felipe official, and soldier, son of John McNeelqv and brother of George, John G., and Sterling McNeel,qqv was born in Kentucky on July 19, 1796. He probably moved to Texas in 1822. On August 7, 1824, he received title to a sitio of land in what is now Brazoria County. His plantation on the San Bernard River joined that of his brother Leander on the west. He took office as third regidor at San Felipe in May 1831. In October 1831 he was appointed judge for one of the polling places in the Mina precinct. He was first regidor in February 1832. When the Anahuac Disturbances broke out in the summer of 1832, he was on a committee that reported unanimously in favor of war with Mexico. In June 1835 Henry Austin was urging McNeel's attendance at a meeting to decide how to prevent revolution. McNeel was with Stephen F. Austin and the volunteer army at Gonzales in October 1835 (see GONZALES, BATTLE OF) and was appointed to a committee to appraise army equipment. He fought in the battle of San Jacinto as a private under Robert J. Calder in the First Regiment of Texas Volunteers. McNeel received bounty land of 320 acres and donation land of 640 acres for his participation at San Jacinto. In 1852 he was among the second ten most productive sugar planters in the county; that year he harvested 210 hogsheads of sugar. Between 1852 and 1858 the plantation produced four crops. On August 1, 1865, McNeel signed a letter asking David G. Burnet to go to Washington, D.C., to request the release of Jefferson Davis. McNeel died at Gulf Prairie in December 1871.
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