Daniel McAnitinie (York County, Pennsylvania, 1771), by Lillian McAninch


The following ad appeared in the Pennsylvania Gazette, a weekly newspaper published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Number 2245; January 2, 1772; page 4?) [Pages not numbered]:


F O U R  P O U N D S  Reward


Ran away, the 15th of December last [1771], from the subscribers, living in Carroll’s Tract, York County, two Irish servant men, one named DANIEL M’ANITINIE, a well set fellow, about 21 years of age, about 5 feet 8 inches high, of fair complexion, has no hair on the crown of his head, and speaks very bad English. Had on an old blanket coat, old blue and white jacket, new cloth breeches, strings in his shoes, an old grey wig, a linen cap and a felt hat. The other calls himself JAMES M’CORMICK, about 27 or 28 years old, 5 feet 6 inches high, well made, of fair complexion, speaks good English, supposed to have been in this country before. Had on, and took with him, a green coat and waistcoat, a brown coat, and black everlasting breeches. Whoever takes up and secures said servants in goal, or brings them to their masters, shall have the above reward of Forty Shillings each, and reasonable charges, paid by Michael Finley and John Crawford.


Source Notes:

[1] This ad was transcribed from microfilm on Feb. 12, 2000, at the Prescott, Arizona, Public Library, by Lillian McAninch, 1917 North Fleet St., Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314, lillian@cableone.net.

[2] Microfilm owned by Arkansas State University Library: Penn. Gazette, Jan. 6, 1772 - Dec. 28, 1774; Reel 16, 283402. The reel and item numbers appear to be assigned by the lending library.

[3] The above issue of Philadelphia Gazette was printed in Philadelphia by David Hall and by William Sellers “at the New Printing Office, near the Market.”

[4] This issue included two other ads for runaways.  Both offered rewards of 20 shillings, which seemed to be the norm in other issues viewed. [why were Daniel and James worth 40 each? /fm]

[5] The Pennsylvania Gazette reference to Daniel McAnitinie was first found in a search of Family Tree Maker CD 257, Irish Immigrants to North America, 1803-1871 (Broderbund Software, Inc.), which indexes nine books on  Irish immigrants. CD 257 cites Irish Emigrants in North America,Part III, by David Dobson (Fife: St Andrews, 1996) as the source volume. The reprinted three books in one, Irish Emigrants in North America, by David Dobson (Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1998; Part III, p. 17) gives the following:

“MCANITINIE, DANIEL, born 1750 in Ireland, an indentured servant who absconded from his masters M. Finlay (sic) and J. Crawford in Carrol’s Tract, York County, Pennsylvania, 15. 12. 1771 [Pennsylvania Gazette #2245]”

[6] Neither Daniel “McAnitinie” (checked all persons named ‘Daniel’ with surnames beginning with A, C or M) nor James McCormick is listed in the index of Record of Indentures[1771-1173] of Individuals Bound Out as Apprentices, Servants, Etc.and of German andOther Redemptioners in the Office of the Mayor of the City o Philadelphia, October 3, 1771to October 5, 1773 (Excerpted from The Pennsylvania GermanSociety Proceedings andAddressses, XVI, 1907.) Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1973.

[7] Brief abstracts of ads for runaways may also be found in Runaway Servants, Convicts and Apprentices Advertised in the Pennsylvania Gazette 1728-1796, by Farley Grubb (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub., 1992). The abstract for Daniel McAnitinie on page 108 gives master’s name, county, ad publication date, ethnicity, age, number of days since escape, height, reward amount.

[8] Could this be our Daniel McAninch, born circa 1750, County Antrim, Ulster, (northern) Ireland? Remember that this was published in 1772, and the original (hand-written) spelling has been lost.


McAninch Family History NL, VIII-2  April 2000  Copyright Frank McAninch   page 2000-12


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