My mother's maiden name was DeNeal, father Charles--she was from Bismarck, Ill. about 15 miles from Danville, Vermillion Co. I've found a Mexican War discharge form for James C. (G?) DeNeal--oral family history said brothers fought over slavery on the family plantation, one shot the other and ran away to the Midwest, not knowing the wounded brother survived! Speculation is he joined the Army, was discharged, and given land in Illinois, which I guess was being done at the time. No proof of this yet. There may be a family reunion brewing in Maryland in Aug., hosted by Edward DeNeale III. Don't know for sure, yet. The National Archives in DC has census records, military records, etc. I'm trying to find out if James DeNeal(e) served in the Revolutionary War. I believe John DeNeal did. I also found a ship's manifest from 1702/03 showing a Thomas DeNeille coming from France, but my earliest traced relative is James C. DeNeale from about 1740. email me for more info.