Nancy McKinnis: Birth: 5 AUG 1799 in Allegheny (now Butler) County, Pennsylvania. Death: 27 NOV 1862 in Liberty Township, Hancock County, Ohio
Note: From the url: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kieffer/p595.htm Robert McKinnis b. 21 March 1777, d. 22 August 1863 Relationship 4th great-grandfather of Craig Allen Kieffer. Father Charles McKinnis1 b. 1722, d. 16 January 1806 Mother Rachel Carr1 b. circa 1751?, d. 29 June 1816 Birth 21 March 1777 Robert McKinnis was born on 21 March 1777 in Westmoreland (now Butler) County, Pennsylvania.2,3,4 Marriage circa 1796 He married Elizabeth Craner, daughter of Philip Craner and Agnes Fulton, circa 1796 in Allegheny (now Butler) County, Pennsylvania.5,4 Purchased Land 11 March 1809 On 11 March 1809 Robert "McGinnis" bought a tract of land in Buffalo Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania from Stephen Lowrey for one dollar. The deed stated: "Whereas the said Robert McGinnis was an actual settler on a certain tract of land situate in the township of Buffaloe in the county last aforesaid surveyed on a warrant in the name of George (Luttman?) under contract with Robert Morris late of the City of Philadelphia deceased for whose use said warrant ____ and whereas the estate and interest of the said Robert Morris in said kind is now vested in the same Stephen Lowrey subject to said contract and whereas the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by patents bearing date the twelfth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and eight enrolled in the ____ Office in patent track number sixty two page ninety eight hath granted the said tract of land unto the said Stephen Lowrey in fee now this Indenture' Cost: one dollar Acres: 100 and 5 perches with 'allowance of six per cent for Bends and Highways".6 Sold Land 11 March 1809 On 11 March 1809 Robert and Elizabeth McKinnis sold the 100 acres in Buffalo Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania that they had purchased the same day for $1 to Francis Anderson. It was described as "Land whereon the said Robert formerly resided now in the possession of the said Francis Anderson." The deed was signed Robert McKinnis and Elizabeth (her E mark) McKinnis.6 Event 1812 Robert McKinnis served as a teamster in the War of 1812.7 Census 1820 The 1820 census listed Robert McKinnis in Scioto Township, Ross County, Ohio.8 Event 1822 In 1822 Robert McKinnis moved to Hancock County, Ohio.4 Event 4 April 1822 On 4 April 1822 Robert McKinnis received a patent for 56.95 acres in Hancock County, Ohio in E 1/2 NW, section 7, township 1-N, range 10-E, 1st principal medidan.9 Event 8 April 1824 On 8 April 1824 Robert McKinnis received a patent for 85.37 acres in Hancock County, Ohio located in E 1/2 SE, section 7, township 1-N, range 10-E, 1st principal medidan. On the same day he received a second patent for 6.82 acres also located in Hancock County, Ohio in SWSW, section 8, township 1-N, range 10-E, 1st principal medidan.10,11 Event 12 September 1825 On 12 September 1825 Robert McKinnis received a patent for 96.5 acres in Hancock County, Ohio located in E 1/2 SW, section 7, twp. 1-N, range 10-E, 1st principal medidan.12 Census 1850 The 1850 census listed Robert McKinnis in Liberty Township, Hancock County, Ohio. The household consisted of: 1. Charles McKinnis, 52, farmer, real estate value $4000, birthplace Pa. 2. Mary McKinnis, 49, birthplace Va. 3. Robert McKinnis, 25, birthplace Ohio 4. Thomas McKinnis, 22, birthplace Ohio 5. Elizabeth McKinnis, 18, birthplace Ohio 6. John McKinnis, 16, birthplace Ohio 7. Philip McKinnis, 13, birthplace Ohio 8. Mary Ann McKinnis, 8, birthplace Ohio 9. Robert McKinnis, 73, farmer, birthplace Pennsylvania.13 Census 1860 The 1860 census listed Robert McKinnis with his daughter and son-in-law in Richland Township, Defiance County, Ohio. The household consisted of: 1. Samuel Kepler, 67, farmer, real estate value $1000, personal property value $6000, birthplace Pennsylvania 2. Rachel Kepler, 56, birthplace Pennsylvania 3. Josiah Kepler, 26, farmer, real estate value $600, personal property value $1100, birthplace Ohio 4. Sarah Kepler, 18, birthplace Ohio 5. Lucy M. Kepler, 16, birthplace Ohio 6. Robert McKinnis, 83, real estate value $1000, personal property value $1200, birthplace Pennsylvania 7. Amanda Ward, 20, servant, birthplace Ohio 8. Benjamin F. Winery, 22, laborer, birthplace Ohio 9. Henry Berhn, 22, laborer, birthplace Germany.14 Death 22 August 1863 Robert McKinnis died on 22 August 1863 in Dubuque County, Iowa, at age 86.2,7 Burial He was buried in Indian Green (aka Worden) Cemetery, Liberty Township, Hancock County, Ohio.2 Gravestone His tall gravestone displays two inscriptions: 1. "ROBERT McKINNIS DIED AUG. 22, 1863 AGED 86 Y. 5 M. & 1 D" 2. “ELIZABETH WIFE OF ROBERT McKINNIS DIED JULY 1, 1845. AGED 68 Yrs. & 2 Mos." This small cemetery is very old but it was in excellent condition and well maintained in 1998. Other McKinnis and related gravestones are also in the cemetery.2 Inventory 12 May 1864 The inventory of the estate of Robert McKinnis, late of Lincoln Township, Dubuque County, Iowa, indicated: 1. 1 grey mare 2. 1 yearling colt 3. 1 second handed buggy 4. 1 set of single harness 5. 1 trunk 6. 1 satchel 7. 1 grain bag 8. 1 razor 9. shave box & pipe 10. 1 note of hand, dated April 4th A.D 1861, calling for one hundred and fifteen dollars made payable to dec. or bearer, on interest at ten per cent from date, made by John McGhee 11. 1 note made by William Glendenin to dec. or bearer for fifty dollars, on interest from date at ten per cent & dated October 15th 1857 12. 1 note of hand, made by James McKinnis to dec. or bearer, calling for two hundred dollars or interest at 10 per cent from date, dated March 10th 1858, on which is a credit Jan. 16th AD 1860, of one hundred dollars 13. 1 note, made by J. McKinnis, dated June 30th 1862, calling for one hundred dollars, the rate of interest not mentioned from date 14. Cash in government notes $22.50 15. Cash in American gold & silver $334.60 16. Due on mortgage of John Crebil to May the 9th 1864; $932.53 17. Real estate, N.W. 1/4 of Section 24, Town 91. Range 4, 160 acres, Clayton Co. Iowa 18. an instrument, made by James McKinnis to deceased as appears for support, dated Dec. 17th 1845, executed in Hancock Co Ohio, calling for 25 bushels of wheat, 25 bushels of corn & 10 dollars yearly, as appears, in consideration of land deeded to him by dec; "There is no credit of any payments & the instrument is poorly got up." "The above is all of any value in my hands, belonging to the above estate & all that I have any knowledge of." Signed: A. J. Scroggy, Administrator, 2 May 1864.7 Probate The estate file of Robert McKinnis in Dubuque County, Iowa indicated payments to and receipts from the following heirs of Robert McKinnis: 1. "Received of _ S. Hunpstead County Judge the sum of Four 65/100 in full for balance of my distribution share of the estate of Robert McKinnis dec. Also, thirty six 53/100 as the share of Elizabeth McGhee, and also, Two hundred and five 13/100 dollars as the full share of Rachel Kepler as per receipts of said McGhee & Kepler on file January 24, 1866 James McKinnis" 2. "Rec. of S. Hunpstead two hundred & five 13/100 dollars in full for the Distrbution Share of Sarah Fishel in the foregoing estate - by her written Receipt and order on file Feby 20th 1866 John Fishel" 3. "Rec. of S. Hunpstead four hundred and thirty seven 71/100 dollars for the heirs of Robert McKinnis dec. to wit: John McKinnis $84.63 Elizabeth Ewing $34.00. Philip McKinnis $205.13. Rachel Radabaugh $22.79. James Poe $22.79 Margt. Todd $22.79. Nancy Disterman $22.79 & Jacob Poe $22.79 as per their several receipts filed. James McKinnis March 8/66" 4. "Rec. of S. Hunpstead Two hundred and sixty two 35/100 dollers for the heirs of Robert McKinnis dec. to wit. Thos McKinnis $34.18 John McKinnis $34.18 Philip McKinnis $34.18. Mary A. McKinnis $34.18. Anna McKinnis Guardian $34.18. Geo. L Poe $22.79 Nelson Poe $22.79. Robert Poe $22.79. Elizabeth and Amos Cooper $22.79. which is received by virtue of a power of attorney May 14/66 James McKinnis atty. in fact for heirs."7 Probate 28 November 1865 On 28 Nov 1865 the accounting of Robert McKinnis's estate was filed in Dubuque County, Iowa: Assets: 1. Cash on hand: $22.55 2. Gold and Silver on hand; $334.60 sold by advice of heirs at 43% prin.: $477.47 3. Collected on mortgages: $902.53 4. Notes and interest from John McKinnis: $120.30 5. Notes and interest from John McGhee: $168.60 6. Notes and interest from James McKinnis: $203.77 7. Proceeds from sale of personal property, cash: $86.03 8. Proceeds from sale of personal property, note of James McKinnis, $168.77 Total assets: $2,152.22 Payments: 1. Court costs: $14.85 2. L. W. Watt monument: $200.25 3. James McKinnis for monument foundation stone: $6.00 4. Appraisers fees: $4.50 5. taxes, 1863: $16.23 6. claim of James McKinnis: $172.06 7. administrator’s cost on $2,152.22: $78.80 8. court costs: $18.45 Total of above payments: $511.14 Amount remaining for distribution to 8 heirs: $1,641.08 Amount to each heir: $205.13 On which distribution administrator has paid: 1. To James Mckinnis his note and interest: $203.77 On sale of personal property: $168.77 Total of above: $372.54 Less his claim against estate: $172.06 Remainder: $200.48 Balance due James on his share: $4.65 2. To James McKinnis note and interest: $120.50 Balance due James McKinnis on his share: $84.63 3. To John McGhee his note and interest: $168.60 Balance due McGhee on wife’s share: $36.53 Amount due each of the other 5 heirs: $205.13 “There will therefore remain in the Adm’s hands the sum of $1151.50 for distribution to the heirs as above stated which he will pay unto Court on final hearing to be distrubuted to the said heirs and as he has fully administered the affairs of said estate and nothing more remains for him to do as such Admr. he therefore asks to be discharged as such Admr from all further responsibility or liability in the matter of said estate all of which is respectfully submitted” Signature: A. J. Scroggy, administrator Dated: 28 Nov 1865.7 Event 1886 In 1886 a published biographical sketch indicated: "This [Liberty Township, Hancock County, Ohio] township was one of the earliest settled portions of Hancock County. Sixty-four years ago Robert McKinnis, with his wife, Betsy, and seven children, viz.: Charles, James, Philip, John, Sarah, Rachel and Eliza, settled on the Blanchard in Section 7. Mr. McKinnis was a native of Butler County, Penn., whither his parents had emigrated from Ireland. He grew to manhood and married in his native county, thence removed to Ross County, Ohio, coming to Hancock in the spring of 1822. He built his cabin on the south bank of the Blanchard in Section 7, the farm now owned by Oliver P. Shaw. Here he began to make for himself a home in the wilderness. Charles, his only son then married, settling across the river on the same section. At the first election held in Findlay Township (then embracing the whole county), July 1, 1823, when thirteen votes were cast, he was elected justice of the peace, Wilson Vance being the other justice chosen at that election. On the 5th of April, 1824, he was elected overseer of the poor, this being the second election in what is now Haucock County. In March, 1828, Mr. McKinnis was chosen by the General Assembly one of the associate judges of Hancock County, and served in that capacity seven years. Judge McKinnis possessed a fair education and good executive ability, and was well qualified for such official positions as he filled in this county. On the 2d of September, 1824, his daughter, Rachel, was married, by Wilson Vance, justice of the peace, to Samuel Kepler, who lived on the Maumee, this being the first marriage in the county. His daughters Sarah and Eliza were afterward married to John Fishel and John Magee, respectively, and about 1851 removed with their husbands to Iowa. Judge McKinnis was flank, genial and generous, possessing that friendly nature so characteristic of the Irish race. His wife died in this township in 1845, and about 1851 he removed to Iowa, where he spent the remainder of his days, dying August 22, 1863, aged over eighty-six years."15 Event 1914 In 1914 Charles L. McKinnis wrote: "The McKinnis family is now a numerous and widely scattered clan, but only a little more than a century ago it was represented only by the members of the household of three of Jackson county's [Ohio] most prominent pioneers, Charles McKinnis, the grandfather of Charles W. McKinnis, of Coalton, was born in 1780 in Pennsylvania, and in 1802 emigrated to Chillicothe, Ohio, accompanied by his wife and family, and also his brothers, Robert and George, and their families. Their trip over was quite adventuresome and wll worthyof mention. Robert made the journey overland from Butler county, Penn., but prior to his departure the brothers felled a large pine tree on the banks of Beaver Creek, Butler County, and from its trunk fashioned a ver commodius canoe, of such size, it is said, that the family flour barrel was stowed crosswise in the stern during the trip down the Ohio. The canoe was floated down the creek and the Allegheny River to Pittsburgh where Charles loaded his family and all their possessions and proceeded down the Ohio River to what is now Portsmouth, where they were met by the brother, Robert, and with the assistance of his arm and rifle they safely made the rest of their journey to Chillicothe. Chillicothe at that time was one of the few military posts in the new state of Ohio, and the brothers made livelihood by raising corn and other agriculture products for sale to the government for the garrison. However, the entire family suffered severely from malaria and ague, and shortly moved to Jackson county, taking residence at the old McKinnis homestead north of Coalton. This site was selected on account of its proximity to the sulphur springs on the old farm, discovered by my great-grandfather on one of his hunting trips, and to the benefifial effects of these waters he attributed the cure of the entire family from the fevers that troubled them while on the Scioto. At that time Indians still roamed in this vicinity, and these resident bands took a great fancy to Joe, the small son of the family, the father of L. W. McKinnis, and Mrs. L. H. Tripp, who lived at Hamden. So pressing were their attentions that Mrs. McKinnis, becoming alarmed, induced the pioneer to move back again, nearer the protection of the garrison at Chillicothe. This they did, and again engaged in agicultural pursuits, raising corn and stock. They were not only able to raise enough for their own needs, and to sell to the garrison, but engaged in the New Orleans trade with profit, transporting corn and pork by flatboat during the rises of the Scioto down the Ohio, and thence via the Mississippi to the gulf. Charles again took residence at the homestead in Coal township, building the nucleus of what became of theold farm home with which most of us associate fond memories of happy times. This home was destroyed by fire about 1897, and was situated near the present Thornhill residence on the Coalton-Byer Pike. While conducting an extensive farming business, he still employed a portion of his time in the river business as pilot of flatboats in the Ohio and Mississippi trade, and the cause of his death, March 29th, 1837, was directly traceable to a strain received while 'shooting the rapids' at Louisville. While he lost his life in the service, it is a fact that he never lost a boat on these rapids, the most dangerous portion of the whoe route from Portsmouth to New Orleans."16 Family Elizabeth Craner b. May 1777, d. 1 July 1845 Child 1. Nancy McKinnis+ b. 5 Aug 1799, d. 27 Nov 186215 Citations 1. Charles L. McKinnis, comp., Lineage of Charles McKinnis and Rachel Carr 1722-1914 (n.p., 1914), p. 2. The introduction of the book indicates that it was printed after the 10th annual McKinnis family reunion which was held 28 August 1913 in Tecumseh's Trail, Lafayette, Indiana and before the 11th reunion, which was going to be held in 1914. The book may have been printed in Otterbein, Indiana which was home of the compiler, Charles L. McKinnis. 2. Robert and Elizabeth McKinnis gravestone, Indian Green, aka Worden, Cemetery, U.S. Route 224, 100 yards west of State Route 186, Liberty Township, Hancock County, Ohio, read by Craig Kieffer, 23 June 1998. 3. Birth place probable or possible based on residence of parents at time of birth. 4. R. C. Brown, History of Hancock County (Chicago: Warner, Beers and Co., 1886; reprint, Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, 1978), 427. 5. Marriage date very approximate based on the birth date of the first known child. 6. Butler County Deed Book [CD]; Recorder of Deeds Office, Butler County Judicial Center, Butler, Pennsylvania. 7. Roger Handke and Margaret Handke, Fischel Family History Book Three (Colesburg, Iowa: privately printed, 1992), unpaginated. . 8. Robert McKinnis household, 1820 U.S. census, Scioto Township, Ross County, Ohio, p. 233; National Archives microfilm M33, roll 92. 9. Land Patent Report, accession number OHO730__.392, Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States, General Land Office, online <http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/>, downloaded 20 Feb 1999. 10. Land Patent Report, accession number OHO760__.128, Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States, General Land Office, online <http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/>, downloaded 20 Feb 1999. 11. Land Patent Report, accession number OHO760__.129, Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States, General Land Office, online <http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/>, downloaded 20 Feb 1999. 12. Land Patent Report, accession number OHO770__.283, Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States, General Land Office, online <http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/>, downloaded 20 Feb 1999. 13. Charles McKinnis household, 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Liberty Township, Hancock County, Ohio, p. 390B stamped, line 40, dwelling 29, family 29. 14. Samuel Kepler household, 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Richland Township, Defiance County, Ohio, p. 82 written, p. 317B stamped, line 17, dwelling 599, family 592. 15. R. C. Brown, History of Hancock County (Chicago: Warner, Beers and Co., 1886; reprint, Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, 1978), pp. 427-429. 16. Charles L. McKinnis, comp., Lineage of Charles McKinnis and Rachel Carr 1722-1914 (n.p., 1914), pp. 1-2. The introduction of the book indicates that it was printed after the 10th annual McKinnis family reunion which was held 28 August 1913 in Tecumseh's Trail, Lafayette, Indiana and before the 11th reunion, which was going to be held in 1914. The book may have been printed in Otterbein, Indiana which was home of the compiler, Charles L. McKinnis. Compiler: Craig Kieffer, 5409 Wehawken Road, Bethesda, MD 20816-3139; [email protected]@aol.com
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