Miscellaneous info, and Nuggets from recent letters (by States, alphabetical order)


Dubious Publishers: We all get mail-order come-ons, from Bath, Ohio, Denver, and other places – 

1. Halbert’s latest come-on offers “The McAninches in America: From 1790 to 1997”, allegedly

   from Robert D. McAninch, but “No direct genealogical connection to your family or to your

   ancestry is implied or intended”, and the mailing address is “Census Book Offer c/o Halbert’s”,

   so, it’s really just a list of census extracts (first census, 1790) and information from phone disk.

2. Also, "The McAninch Archives", Denver, Colorado. Their real address is The Family News,

   and we wonder what they really have specific to "McAninch", or are these just printed lists of

   Census data, government Marriage records, and addresses from Social Security Death Index?

These books may be interesting, but they are not family genealogy! If anyone has any experience

with them, good or bad, let us know, and we'll pass it on. Our recommendation: Save your money.


Illinois: 1860’s, Civil War – only one service record from Illinois

McAnaich, Sylvester, 9th Illinois Cavalry, Company G, [mustered in ] Pvt., [mustered out] Pvt.”,

original file under “McAnneck, Sylvester”, also indexed “McAnnick” and “McAnnench”, from the

Compiled Union Records at the National Archives, Laguna Niguel, California.   


Missouri: 1860 census, Iron County, Arcadia Twp, P.O. Ironton City, 8 June 1860 -- 

Henry McAnich [sic]

59  M  Hotel Keeper


--/450; Can Not Read & Write

Elizabeth  " 

58  F



Nelson  " 

22  M  Teamster



Peter  " 

20  M  Teamster



Susan  " 

17  F



Nancy  " 

15  F


Attended School in Year

George  " 

17  M  Teamster



[Henry, b.Abt.1801, Elizabeth, b.Abt.1802, Nelson, b.Abt.1838, Peter, b.Abt.1840, George,

b.Abt.1843, Susan, b.Abt.1843, Nancy, b.Abt.1845, all (believed Armstrong Co.) Pennsylvania].

[other (Hotel) surnames include Farr (Tarr?), Renshaw, Kes(ling?), Bo(iles?), Crossgrove, Morris,

Goohan, and Carter; occupations include Furnace Hand, Moulder [sic], four other Teamsters].

[Nat’l Archives, M653, Roll 624, pg. 23, reported by Leslie G. Saylor, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin].


Missouri: 1893 1883:

North Arkansas and Southern Missouri remember the Wilson Murder Mystery:

“December 18, 1893, about 7:30 p.m. ... Hunter Wilson, a 52 year old farmer and stockman, living

in the Northeast corner of Baxter County, Arkansas, was killed ...” “The first clues pointed to

Bill McAninch and his nephew, Walter McAninch, of Bakersfield, Missouri ...” “News of the

murder reached Bakersfield , Mo., and Dr. Sullivan, a resident of Bakersfield, went to tell Bill

McAninch, a stockman and farmer, also a former partner of Wilson’s in the stock trading business ...”

Bill and his nephew were arrested, tried, and convicted on circumstantial evidence, but

Justice prevailed, the real murderers were caught, and the McAninch men were released.

This fascinating story, written by W.H. Wilson, now 81 years old, the only son of Hunter Wilson,

was found by Lillian McAninch on the World-Wide Web, Baxter County, Arkansas, at their URL:



Ohio: 1860’s, Civil War – two service records from Ohio

1. “McAnich, John, 121st Ohio Infantry, Company E, [mustered in] Pvt., [must. out] Pvt.”, and  

2. “McAninch, John H., 144th Ohio Infantry, Company A, [mustered in] Pvt., [must. out] Pvt.”

Could be the same John? Compiled Union Records, National Archives, Laguna Niguel, California.


McAninch Family History NL, V-3  August, 1997  Copyright Frank McAninch   page 1997-23   

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