J.J. Neeley was born 20 July 1841 at Perry Co., OH, the son of William Thompson and Mary (Johnston) Neeley. They moved to Hardin Co, OH when he was young.
He was a Private in Captain Samuel R. Motts Co. C of the 57th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He enlisted on 9 December 1861 and was discharged on 2 January 1865. The company fought in:
Shiloh or Pittsburg landing, TN; Wolf Creek Hindman, AR; siege and assault of Vicksburg and Jackson, MS; Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, TN; Snake Creek Gap, Dallas or New Hope Church, Kenesaw Mountain, seige of Atlanta, Jones Brook, Fort McAllister, Savannah, GA; Fayetteville, Bentonville, and Goldsboro, NC and a number of minor engagements and skirmishes.
On 14 March 1865, he married Elmina J. McGowan at Bourbon Co., KS. They returned to Hardin Co., OH, and had nine children:
1. Harvey Slaman Neeley, born 18 Feb. 1866
2. Charles Harmon Neeley, born 19 April 1867
3. Lena E. Neeley, born 6 September 1868
4. James A. Neeley, born 20 June 1870
5. Mark Wood Neeley, born 15 January 1872
J.J.'s pension application describes him with red hair and a beard, and blue eyes.
He and his family were members of the Pleasant Valley United Brethren Church in Cumberland Co., IL.
He died of pancreatic cancer on 17 September 1908 at Casey, Clark Co., IL and is buried in the Washington St. Cemetery there. Louisa died on 12 March 1917.