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George Washington & Ella Frances (Tillett) O'Neal

Photo of Ella made 1954
Ella Frances Tillett, daughter of Benjamin Dough Tillett and his 4th wife, Almira Blake Hayman, was born in Kitty Hawk on Aug. 11, 1879 and died in Norfolk, Va. on April 3, 1955.  Ella married George Washington O'Neal at Colington, NC on Feb. 23, 1905.  George W. O'Neal, the son of Evan O'Neal and Mary Susan Whitson, was born at Nags Head on Feb. 22, 1877 and died in Elizabeth City, NC on Mar. 23, 1967. [see obit] Ella & George are buried in the Austin Cemetery at Kitty Hawk.

They had the following children:
1) Hester Odell Tillett (1901-1970) married Celia Richard Gray.  Hester was Ella's son by a previous relationship.
2) Melvin Gold Tillett (1904-1991) married Mary Holland Sanderlin. Melvin was listed as a Tillett and "adopted" in 1910.  He was buried as an O'Neal.
3) Eva Leola O'Neal (1905-1993) married Leon Hardy Perry
4) Oscar Delton O'Neal (1907-1938) married Mary Florence Hughes
5) Carl Clifton O'Neal (1909-1909)
6) Alvah Elbert O'Neal (1912-1977) married Sadie Violet Brice
7) Mitchell Howard O'Neal (1917-2009) married Muriel Weed, Doris Hanson & Ena Ingeborg Pust.  He died in a nursing home in
Homosassa, Florida and was cremated and there was no funeral.  His ashes were scattered in Kitty Hawk Bay Christmas week 2009.)

[Photographs submitted by Sandy Midgett]



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