The Hidden Purpose Behind this Newsletter


It's true, there is a hidden purpose behind this newsletter. In addition to distributing McAninch genealogical information, I want you to share information on your research, so we can work together, to share both our break-throughs and our dead-ends, and try to avoid duplication of effort.


I'm really doing this to promote networking, in hopes of getting more information from each and every one of you -- maybe this coming holiday season, when you see relatives, you'll ask about "those darn McAninch's", or "crazy grandma Pike", and somebody will surprise you with a wealth of new-found information. I have decided to not solicit a subscription fee yet, because what I really want is "more data" on our McAninch ancestors.


Earlier this year, it got to the point where I was copying the same info for 3 or 4 people, so I decided to encapsulate it "newsletter style" and send copies to everybody involved. The plan is to focus on genealogical information relevant to early McAninch lines, wherever we can find them (Kentucky and Pennsylvania, confirmed, and maybe Virginia colony, before the Revolutionary War?). I've done very little 20th Century research, and always try to protect the privacy of people who are still living.


I've always wanted to know where the McAninch name came from, which led to an interest in the people themselves, the history of the local areas, and their life stories. Since I've been corresponding with Kathy, who's working on another Samuel McAninch line, I've come to realize just how many McAninch's there were in early Kentucky, and how confusing it is.


Please, share what you've got with the other McAninch researchers, and we'll try to sort out the McAninch genealogical puzzle(s) together.


McAninch Pioneers, Hendricks County, Indiana, 1820's and 1830's


In June, my bother's daughter graduated from high school, in Ohio, and we chose that occasion for our family get-together this summer. On the way, stopped over in Chicago, and Cousin Lillian and I made an intensive three-day research trip down to Hendricks County, in southern Indiana.


Our great-great-great-grand-father, Samuel McAninch, was born in 1789, [probably] in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and moved to Kentucky before 1800. After many years in Casey County, Kentucky, he moved on to Hendricks County, Indiana, and we found his original land, 200 acres, recorded in September 1832.


Samuel married his second wife, Polly Skidmore, in Kentucky, and they had 12 children, many of whom remained in Indiana, while 4 went west to Iowa. Samuel died in 1859, and was buried in Hendricks Co., although both the Old Pleasant Hill Methodist [Methodist Episcopal?] Church and Cemetery are lost now (plowed under a farmer's field in the 1960's!). One special reward was driving the county roads through his section of land.


Also found information on Daniel (J.?) McAninch, who may have been a younger brother of Samuel. Daniel was one of the first settlers in Mill Creek Township, in 1828 (originally part of Hendricks County, shifted into Putnam County in 1860). There are many McAninch descendants in that area, and it will probably take many months to sort through all the data.


McAninch Family History Newsletter, Vol. I, No. 3, August 1993 pg.2      page 1993-09


[original contents (except as noted); change font for online presentation (May 2003)]


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