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


Arkansas: 1905. Arkansas Land Records search (no McAninch nor McIninch surnames indexed):

McNinch, William H., Apr. 18, 1905, 160 acres, public land (BLM), Searcy County, Section 27,

Township 16 North, Range 18 West; <http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/arkland/arkland.pl>


Indiana: 1893: Stilesville Christian Church, Hendricks County: “Mrs. Florence McAnich” [sic]

was a Charter Member of the Ladies Aid Society, and “W. A. McAnich” [sic], in list of Church

Elders, 1907-1911; Historic Sketches of Christian Churches in Hendricks County, Indiana, by

Dr. John S. Reagan, pages 23-24, pub. Plainfield, Indiana, 1926. (LDS film 1,468,571, item 27).

This is believed to be William A. McAninch, born 4 June 1852, in Indiana, son of Elisha and.

Bersheba (Scott) McAninch, g-son of Samuel McAninch, who mar. Florence Foster, 30 Sept. 1875


Kentucky: 1790’s: How did people get from western Pennsylvania to Kentucky in the 1790’s?

1. Down the Ohio River, probably on a flatboat (Ohio on the north bank, Kentucky on the south).

    It has been said, “River beats walking”, and they stayed on the Ohio to Kentucky and points

    West, even into Indiana in the early 1800’s. The Ohio River was one of our greatest pathways.

2. Another, feeding from the Southern end of the Shenandoah Valley, was the New River, to

    the Kanawha River, then north to the Ohio River. This is basically the land route followed from

    Augusta County, Virginia [and south-western Pennsylvania] to Point Pleasant, then Virginia,

    now West Virginia, to defeat the Indians, sometimes called Lord Dunmore’s War (1774).

3. And, farther south, to enter Kentucky through the Cumberland Gap. From 1750 to 1799,

    almost 300,000 people passed through the Cumberland Gap, most on crude wagons and carts,

    driving their animals in front of them, holding the children, sitting on their meager belongings.

Clearly, since Daniel and William McAninch appear to have been in Greene County, Tennessee,

before their move into Kentucky [McAninch F. H. Newsletter, Vol. V, No. 4, Nov. 1997, pg. 29],

they were probably part of the large movement through the Cumberland Gap, circa 1797-1799.


Kentucky: 1949 -- “Jas. McAninch says that he is a resident of the State of Kentucky, and 

that he knew of Bob McAninch who died intestate on or about 1909, a resident of Casey Co.,

Kentucky, and that at the time of death he was married and left surviving him the following

persons as his widow and only heirs at law having an estate of inheritance in his land:

Tilda McAninch, of Anne, Texas, widow, deceased; W. B. McAninch, 45, San Antone [sic],

Texas, son; G. L. McAninch, 42, San Antone [sic], son; Charlie McAninch, 59, Anne, Texas,

son; Alice L. Estep, daughter; Zoe Ellen Pach, 23, grandchild; Eula Faye Ray, 21, grandchild.”

“Affidavit of Descent”, recorded 5 March 1949, Deed Book 61, pg. 179, Casey Co., Kentucky.

Received from Ellwyn Worley, researching McAninch and Ross marriages and descendants from

Casey County; 828 W. Westview St, Springfield, MO 65807-4646, <ELWorley@worldnet.att.net> 

Robert McAninch, born 30 May 1867, Casey Co., Kentucky, twin brother of George Lapsey McA.,

sons of George Riley “Buis” and Rachel W. (Quinton) McAninch, grand-sons of George A. and

Mary Elizabeth (Ross) McAninch, and g-g-sons of Daniel [O.?] McAninch. Robert married Sarah

Matilda “Tilda” Van Scoder (believed married in Texas), and they lived in Texas. Their children,

born in Texas, included Charlie J. McAninch, b. 20 Nov. 1893; Alice L. McAninch, b. July 1894;

Willie B. McAninch, b. 14 Feb. 1897; George Lemuel McAninch, born [est.] 1898; and Zora Elva

McAninch, b. 28 Dec. 1900, McKinney, Collins Co., Texas. The person giving the Affadavit is

probably James John “Leathers” McAninch, younger brother of Robert, born Jan. 1870, Casey Co.


McAninch Family History NL, VI-1  January, 1998  Copyright Frank McAninch   page 1998-02


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