McAninch from Kentucky through Tennesee to Missouri


Charles Winston McAninch

"Charles W. McAninch, extensive farmer and stockman, of Hughesville, has resided in Pettis County for sixty-one years [pub. date 1919]. From a modest beginning he has accumulated one of the largest estates in this section of Missouri, his acreage totalling 1,225 acres of rich lands on the prairie country in the vicinity of Hughesville. His home farm embraces 705 acres in one continuous body, upon which Judge McAninch and his family have resided since 1883. The farm residence is an imposing and an attractive building, which has been remodeled and modernized, every comfort enjoyed by residence [sic] of the city being available in the McAninch home. The farm buildings are extensive, and are kept in an excellent state of repair. Charles W. McAninch was born March 5, 1849, in Page County, Kentucky [sic, Note 1 below]. He is a son of Harrison [Note 2] and Polly Lockett (Walker) McAninch. Harrison McAninch was born in 1809 and died in 1849. He was a native of Kentucky, and was reared and married in that State, to Miss Polly Lockett Walker, who was also a native of Kentucky and a daughter of Kentucky parents. Harrison McAninch was the son of George McAninch, a native of Glasgow, Scotland [born in Kentucky, see Note 3], who emigrated to America late in the eighteenth century and settled in Kentucky. Harrison and Polly L. McAninch were parents of the following children: Mary P., James L., Zach T., and Charles W. The mother of these children died in 1849, not long after the birth of the subject of this review.


Mary P. McAninch was born in 1841, and when she was eleven years old came to Missouri. She married P.H. Salmon, of Cooper County, Missouri, and died in 1915.


Zach T. McAninch was born in Kentucky in 1847 and came to Pettis County in 1852, and is now living retired at Sedalia. He married Mary Neill, of Pettis County. She died in 1910, leaving a son, C.J. McAninch, a farmer, near Beaman, Missouri.


In the spring of 1863 Zach T. and James McAninch crossed the plains, and spent the winter at Salt Lake City and Denver, eventually locating at Boise City [sic], Idaho, where they remained for six years.


When he was eight years of age [ca.1857] Charles W. McAninch came to Pettis County and was reared to young manhood in the home of his uncle, Charles Walker. When he became of age he received his first wages from his uncle, who paid him $15 per month, and for the year's work his uncle also gave him a horse and saddle. The three McAninch brothers, Charles W., Zach T., and James L., then rented a large tract of land in partnership for five years, and were extensively engaged in farming and stock raising. This venture was a profitable one, and after the marriage of Zach T. McAninch [1875] the partnership arrangement was continued by Charles W. and James McAninch. The brothers continued to rent large tracts of land until 1883, when Charles W. McAninch made his initial purchase of 700 acres in Hughesville township. As the years have passed Judge McAninch has added to his acreage until he is owner of one of the largest farms in Pettis County.


On October 2, 1883, Charles W. McAninch and Miss Leonora Walker were united in marriage.

The children born of this union are: James F., a farmer, Hughesville, Missouri; Walter, died at the age of twenty years; Paul V., was born in 1892 and enlisted in the aviation department of the National Army in July, 1918, and is stationed at the Brooks aviation field, near San Antonio, Texas; Mildred C. is at home with her parents.


Mrs. Leonora McAninch was born in Pettis County, five miles south of Sedalia. She is a daughter of Austin and Pernetha J. (Fowler) Walker, natives of Kentucky. When the Walkers first emigrated from their native State they settled in Callaway County, Missouri. After a residence there of some years they came to Pettis County. Austin Walker died in this county in 1865. Mrs. Pernetha Walker departed this life in 1895. Of six children born to Austin and Pernetha Walker, five are living: Mrs. Samantha Redd, Mrs. Ella Reid, Mrs. Belle Funk, Thomas E., and Mrs. Charles W. McAninch.


McAninch Family History Newsletter   Vol. IV, No. 4, December 1996, pg. 3    page 1996-31


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