Pennsylvania: circa 1804 (?), Henry McAninch married Mary Lucas, possibly in Indiana County:


“John Lucas was born in what is now Connemaugh township [1880], near the site of Saltsburg, in

1803, and was a son of Robert and Ann Lucas nee Cummings, natives of Ireland, where they were

married. The former was a recruiting officer in Ireland. He migrated to Cumberland county, where.

he resided for some years. About 1786, in company with three brothers, Thomas, Samuel, and

Patrick, he [Robert] removed to a tract of land on the north side of the Connemaugh, a part of

which was afterward occupied by Clemence McGara. He [Robert] removed above Kittanning,

where he died in 1805, about fifty years of age; his wife died in 1840, about 80 years of age. His

children were: Mary, d. [before 1880], m. to Henry McAnninch [sic], d.; Robert, d., m. to Susan

Lewis; Thomas, d.; Anna, d., m. to Thomas McKee, d.; Sarah, d., m. to Peter Brinks; Samuel, m. to

Margaret Henderson; and John [born 1803], m. twice, his second wife being Ruth Cunningham.

[John Lucas] Our subject’s children were: Robert, Mary Ann, m. to J. E. Coulter; Elizabeth;

John D.; Thomas, d.; Peter; Sarah, d., m. to Elias Freet; Samuel; James; Joseph; and Caroline,

m. to William Sweeney. Our subject has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church

since 1826, joining at a camp meeting at Black-lick. He has been a shoemaker for fifty-four years.”

History of Indiana County, Pennsylvania, 1745-1880, orig. pub. by J. A. Caldwell, Newark, Ohio,

1880; re-print (c) 1981, Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, Indiana, PA, p.429.


From the sewing sampler [McAninch Family History Newsletter, Vol. VI, No. 3, July 1998, pg.24],

we know their birth dates, Mary, born June 1, 1788, and Henry, born May 18, 1777. They married

circa 1804 (no records found), and their first child, Anna, was born Oct. 14, 1805, in Pennsylvania

(probably Armstrong Co.). In 1807, they sold their land in Armstrong County, and went to Ohio.


There are at least three reasons to believe that this is the same Henry and Mary McAninch

1. the time and place are correct, Indiana County is adjacent to Armstrong County on the east

2. there were two other Henry McAninch’s in the area, and their wives are already known

a. Elizabeth Bowser, born 1804, mar. Henry McA., m. est. 1820-1825, prob. Armstrong Co.,

b. and [Mary?] Polly Crowe, mar. Henry H. McA., H. H. born 10 June 1818, mar. est. 1840.

3. Henry and Mary had three daughters, Anna, Nancy, and Sarah. Mary Lucas has only two sisters,

Sarah and Anna, and Henry’s contemporary John McA. had a daughter named Nancy (b. ca. 1794).

Also, four Lucas males can be found in the 1807 Indiana County Tax List, in Armstrong Township,

with Patrick, laborer, Samuel, weaver, Capt. John, blacksmith, and John, tailor. In the 1830 census,

John is in Indiana Borough, Indiana County, and there are many burials at Bethel Church Cemetery

“Patrick, [died] Apr. 25, 1842, 80y”, and “Nancy w/o Patrick, [died] Apr. 1, 1836, 79y”, and in the

Curry Run Cemetery, “John Lucas, [died] Apr. 4, 1844, 62y” [b. 1782?] [research by Liz Watson].


Pennsylvania: 1890’s, two Civil War Pension Applications, widows of Pennsylvania volunteers:

McAninch, Hiram”, Co. K, 8th Penn. Infantry, application no. 420,052, by his widow, Martha J.

McAninch, date filed Apr. 17, 1890; certificate no. 353,307; state from which filed: Pennsylvania

McAninch, James C.”, Co. D, 63rd Penn. Infantry; application no. 548,050, by his widow,

Rachel McAninch, date filed Apr. 21, 1892, certificate no. 400,271; state from which filed: Ohio

Source: U.S. National Archives, General Pension Files 1861-1934, microfilm T288, roll 293.


Texas: Civil War – Confederate Pension Records have been computerized by the Texas State

Library, online at <>. However, no McA/I/Ninch’s --

odd, there were many McAninch Confederate veterans in Texas, but there are no pension records(?)


McAninch Family History NL, VII-1  January 1999  Copyright Frank McAninch   page 1999-03


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