A. McAninch Males, Father-Candidates for Mary Narcissa and Martha Jane 

 

The patriarch of the family, Daniel [O.?] McAninch, was born 1750-1755 (believed County Antrim, Ulster, northern Ireland). Kentucky land grant records and county tax books establish that Daniel was in the same small part of Kentucky (originally Lincoln County, now part of Casey Co., formed 1807) from 1799 through (at least) 1817. This (earliest) Daniel [O.?] McAninch had five known sons – 1) John McAninch, b.Abt.1780; 2) Samuel McAninch, b.Feb.1789; m. Polly Skidmore, went to Indiana 3) George A. McAninch, b.Abt.1794; m. Eliz. Ross, remained in Casey Co.; 4) Daniel J. McAninch, b.Abt.1796; m. Dorcas Burks and went to Indiana, and 5) a fifth son, name unknown (in 1820 census).

 

John McAninch, son of Daniel [O.?] McAninch of Kentucky, was born ca. 1780-1781 (Pennsylvania?), and moved into Lincoln / Casey County, Kentucky, with his father. On 7 Oct. 1801, he married Patsy Cooper, in adjacent Pulaski Co., Kentucky, and started a family. They are in Casey Co., 1810 census (4 children), and then they moved south to Giles Co., Tenn. (1812 Tax List in Giles Co., see the article “John McAninch, of Kentucky and Tennessee”, MFHN, Vol. III, No. 2, May 1995, pg. 1995-16 to 20).

 

John’s youngest children were born 1820-1825 (1830, 1840 census records); thus, John and Patsy were not the parents of Mary Narcissa nor Martha Jane. Two of John’s sons were born 1800-1810; William McAninch, b.est.1805-1806, went west to Iowa, with his own children, and he was not the father of Mary nor Martha Jane. Another son of John, name unknown, b. 1802-1804 (1820 census, 1 M 16-18), is a definite Father-candidate for Mary N. and Martha Jane. John’s other two sons, born 1810-1820, names unknown, are probably too young (apparently, one b.1815-1819, other b.1820, on 1830 census).

 

There are five other McAninch families in the 1830 census, discussed in alphabetical order. The first, known only by his initial “A.”, was born 1800-1810, and was already married by the time of the 1830 census; thus, “A. McA/I/Ninch” is a definite candidate for Mary Narcissa and Martha Jane’s father.

 

The next one, Henry McAninch, is probably not father of Mary N. nor Martha Jane, for three reasons:

1) his first wife, Elizabeth, and a daughter, Mary E., both died in 1829, buried Mt. Moriah Cemetery;

2) although he married again, they only had 1 daughter born 1830-1835, not 2 (1840 census data); and

3) they are in McNairy Co., Tenn., in the 1840 census, but Mary N. and Martha Jane still in Giles Co.

 

The third person, known only by his initial “S.”, was born 1800-1810, and was already married by the time of the 1830 census; thus, “S. McAninch” is also a Father-candidate for Mary N. and Martha Jane.

 

The fourth one is Samuel McAninch, born 10 April 1807, Casey Co., Kentucky, son of William and Laodieca (Rawson?) McAninch; William died 1813, Casey Co., and named his five sons in his Will. This Samuel married Margaret Myers, 1828 (believed Giles Co., Tenn.), and their first child, William C. McAninch, was born 7 Nov. 1830, in Simpson Co., Kentucky. They went to Missouri, and lived in Cass Co., Missouri, for 46 years; this Samuel is not the father of Mary Narcissa nor Martha Jane.

 

The last 1830 record is William McAninch, born 1804-1805, Lincoln Co., Kentucky, also a son of William and Laodieca McAninch; William died 1813, Casey Co., and named his five sons in his Will. Son William and family moved west, to Shelby Co., Tenn., ca. 1833, and then south into DeSoto Co., Mississippi, ca. 1836-1837; thus, we know that William is not the father of Mary N. nor Martha Jane.

 

Based on this analysis, there are two Father-candidates, “son of Daniel”, and “son of John”, two males born 1802-1804 (Lincoln and/or Pulaski Co., Kentucky). In the 1830 census of Giles Co., Tenn., these two are identified only as “A. McAninch” and “S. McAninch”, and no further information is available.

 

Mary Narcissa McNinch Thompson, born 1831, Giles Co., Tenn. (pg. 2 of 9)   McN Mary N .doc

McAninch Family History NL, VII-4  October 1999  Copyright Frank McAninch   page 1999-28

 

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