The Arch O’Neal Family
Arch O’Neal was born May 28, 1871 to James Alien O’Neal and wife Violet Clarinda Dunn. He left the family home in Trenton at age 16, going to LaFayette, Georgia. Theophilus Archibald O’Neal (known as Arch or T. A.), became a typesetter for the Walker County Messenger owned by the Nathan Napier family. Later he went to Chattanooga, Tennessee to manage a grocery store. He married Eleanor Maude Hatfield, daughter of Samuel Van Buren Hatfield and wife, Sarah Jane Massey. Samuel’s parents were John Hatfield and wife Eleanor Duvall. John was a teacher in Walker County in 1884. Maude O’Neal’s great-great-grandfather, Joseph Hatfield of Virginia, served in the Revolutionary War as a scout and Indian spy.
Arch became eligible for the position of R.F.D. carrier in LaFayette. He and family returned to LaFayette where he served 30 years as carrier on R.F.D. #1, living 18 years after his retirement. He was one of the first carriers to deliver mail by car. Many times during the winter he would attempt to use the car but the roads would be impassable. He would return home, park the car, and finish the mail delivery with horse and mail wagon. Arch O’Neal died on April 1, 1953, age 82, and Maude died in 1976, age 91. Both are buried in the family plot in LaFayette, Georgia.
Maude and Arch had five children: Sarah Elizabeth, who married A.F. Lt. Col. Clifford H. Dwinell, and had two sons- Jeffrey and Gregory. Elizabeth was employed at Westover A.F.B. in Massachusetts. Their home is in Granby, Mass. Bonnie Mae married James Newton Stewart, both deceased and buried in LaFayette. They had one son, James Richard, married to Margo Orr. They have a daughter, Pamela. Their home is in Dunwoody, Georgia. Paul Erwin “Bus” married Belle Rogers Bandy. Both are deceased and buried in Trion, Georgia. Edna Maude married Luther E. Harrover, Arlington, Virginia. Her husband is deceased and is buried in Pohick Cemetery near Mount Vernon, Virginia. Anna Leila first married William Fred Newton and had one daughter, Dorothy Ann, who is married to Larry Douglas Scoggins. Her second marriage was to Joseph
C. Cummings, deceased. She lives in Roswell, Georgia.
Dorothy Ann and Larry, who also live in Roswell, have four children: Tracy Lynn, Steven Brian, Susan Catherine, and Robert Scott. Tracy first married Jose Bracero of New York and had two children: Melissa Clarice and Kevin Joseph. Her second marriage to Vincent Johnson of California produced Christina, Adrienne, and Ryan. They presently reside in San Jose, California. Melissa is married to Brian Komrosky, who will make the army his career. Brian Scoggins lives in Waxhaw, North Carolina and Catherine (Cathy) lives in Alpharetta, Georgia. Scott married Kimberly Dianne Barfield of Marietta, Georgia, and they have two children: Krystal Danielle and Marcus Hunter. They reside in Social Circle, Georgia.
The census record of 1790 shows that Britton and wife Hannah Sherrill O’Neal lived in Greenville County, South Carolina. By the census of 1820, Britton and Hannah had moved with two of eventually four children, Britton Jr., and Zachanah, two slaves and two foreigners to Habersham County, Georgia, thence to Dade County, Georgia. He died in Trenton about 1850. Hannah about 1840-1850.
Leila O. Cummings Roswell, Ga. 30075