Julian Hilary McNiel, Sharp McNiel



Born: No­vem­ber 13, 1873, Glen­fawn, Tex­as.

Died: Ap­ril 23, 1911, Na­cog­do­ches, Tex­as, of ap­pen­di­ci­tis. He had been liv­ing in Cush­ing, Tex­as, at the end of his life.

Buried: Gould Ce­me­te­ry, Sul­phur Springs, Tex­as.


Sharp was the son of George T. Mc­Niel and Su­san Fran­ces Wall­ace, and hus­band of Net­tie L. Ir­by.

Sharp was ed­u­cat­ed in the pub­lic schools, and be­gan stu­dy­ing mu­sic at an ear­ly age, un­der his bro­ther L. L. His next teach­ers were J. B. Mar­tin and Miss Mar­ga­rite Wood.

In 1898, he at­tend­ed his first ses­sion of the South­ern Nor­mal Mu­sic­al In­sti­tute (SNMI) in Mans­field, Tex­as, con­duct­ed by An­th­ony Sho­wal­ter and Ed­win Moore. He re­ceived his di­plo­ma from the SNMI at Child­ress, Tex­as, in 1901.

He lat­er taught at a num­ber of nor­mals and oth­er schools, and with Ber­nard N. Ri­chards, formed the Mc­Niel-Richards Mu­sic Com­pa­ny in Cus­hing, Tex­as. The com­pa­ny pro­duced at least two shape note song books in the ear­ly 1900s. In his books, McNiel some­times used the # symbol (a mu­sic­al sharp) for his first name.