ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A Belmont County plot map, dated 1868, is on loan to the Belmont County Sheriff’s Residence Museum from William Glenn Neely in remembrance of his mother, Betty Ann McKelvey Neely, and her ancestors whom participated in the settlement of this county.

The 5-foot by 5-foot framed map shows the names of property owners in 1868. Neely said the map is one of two found by a family member over 50 years ago, hidden under the counter of an old drug store that they purchased in Quaker City, Ohio. Neely had the map professionally restored, mounted and framed. It now greets visitors to the Sheriff’s Residence Museum, hanging in a place of prominence near the front entrance. Neely said that to his knowledge, the map is one of only two in existence, and for a long time it was at his family’s circa 1815 farmhouse in Tacoma. He and his wife, Kay sold the house and moved to Georgia, taking the map with them.

Neely said he loaned the map to the museum because so many of his family members moved to Belmont County early in its formation and he thought residents would enjoy seeing it.

"The map just cries out to be shared with others," Neely said.

After leaving Barnesville in 1963, Neely worked for Barnett National Bank in Florida for two years, served in the US Army for two years during Vietnam, owned a White Auto Store in South Georgia for 12 years, went to Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky (Master of Divinity, Magna Cum Laude) went to University of Kentucky and University of Georgia Doctor of Education, (summa cum laude) then spent 28 years as a financial advisor with Edward Jones and Wells Fargo Advisors. In retirement, he pastors a church in Macon, Ga. He and Kay have five children and 11 grandchildren. Neely is active in Sons of the American Revolution, with 43 proven Revolutionary ancestors. Kay is in Daughters of the American Revolution with 24 proven Revolutionary ancestors.

Neely’s ancestors include:

Jesse White – 1802 founded Concord Quaker Meeting House in Colerain. He was from Chester County, Pa.

James Starr – 1805 settled near Belmont. He was a Methodist Circuit Rider for the West Wheeling Conference and was from Pennsylvania.

Elisha Harris – 1805 settled south of Caldwell, then in Belmont County. He was from Fauquier County, Virginia.

William Frost – 1808 settled south of Bethesda. He was from Fayette County, Pa.

Israel Orrison – 1800 was north of Marietta, arrived in Belmont County in 1812 from Loudoun County, Va.

Joseph Pancoast – 1812 in Belmont County. He was a Quaker from Loudoun County, Va.

Henry Lamp – 1820s came to Belmont County with five sons from Frederick County, Va.

William Ridgeway – 1820s from Maryland.

Solomon Hoge Jr. – 1820s from Loudoun County, Va.

James Kinney – 1820s from Ireland.

Edward McKelvey – 1820s from Ireland.

Samuel Moore – 1908 from Marion County, West Virginia.

Once the home of the county sheriff and his family, the fully-restored Belmont County Sheriff’s Residence Museum is now a museum that houses many artifacts and pictures telling the history of the communities in Belmont County. Discover hidden gems that Belmont County is proud to hold in its history, from the designer of the USS Constitution to a major role in the glass industry.

In the past under Ohio law, the sheriff was required to live on the premises of the jail. From 1888 until 1976, all sheriffs and their families lived in what was called the sheriff’s residence, which was connected to the jail.

Belmont County was awarded the State Historic Preservation Award "Award of Merit" for the rehabilitation of the 1890 Belmont County Sheriff's Residence by the Ohio History 2015 State Historic Preservation Office.

Hours of operation for guided tours are Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December. The museum is located at 101 E. Main St. in the center of downtown historic St Clairsville Ohio, just minutes from the Ohio Valley Mall. Group tours are available by appointment by calling 740-298-7020.