March 24, 1854, Nova Scotia, Canada.
May 20, 1928, Tacoma, Washington.
Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood, Washington.
Neal was the son of John Archibald McAulay and Catharine Nicolson, and husband of Lucy Lee Richards (married 1887 in Iowa).
He moved to Boston, Massachusetts at age 21, and in 1876 to Portland, Maine, where he learned the hatter’s trade.
He came to Christ in 1877, and in 1882 moved to Chicago, Illinois, where for a year he devoted his time to mission work, and to the Young Men’s Christian Association.
He entered McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois, in 1883, received his degree in 1886, and the same year became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Wilton, Iowa (home town of song writer Charles Gabriel). In 1907, he accepted a call to Lyons, Iowa.
He began writing Gospel songs in 1889, and also wrote some Masonic poetry. As of 1916, he was director of the Clinton, Iowa, Ministerial Association.
McAulay’s full name