On 7/15/1880 Amelia was head of the household in Clayton Twp, Taylor Co, IA. She was a 46 year old widow engaged in farming. Son Charles, 21, worked the farm. Also living there were Margaret E, 19, Martha C, 17, John W, 12, and Emily Bell, 9.
The only Amelia Neal in IA at census time on 6/1/1900 was a patient at the Iowa Hospital for the Insane at Mt Pleasant, Henry Co. However that lady was 53, born 5/1847 in MD, was a widow, and had birthed 7 children but only 6 still survived. So was it her?
Relatives said she died in Morehead, IA but there was/is no Morehead, IA.