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


Australia, from Scotland: -- Peter McAinch, born ca. 1836, Kilmadoch, Sterling [Shire], Scotland, married Janet Lowrie, on 11 Mar. 1857, St. Ninians, Sterling [Shire], Scotland. Their oldest son William born Glasgow, Lanark [shire], Scotland, other children born Victoria Colony, Australia, including son Peter McAinch, born ca. 1861, Riddles Creek, Victoria. William McAinch married Sarah Margaret Wilson, 14 Feb. 1887, Lancefield, Victoria, and they had eight children.


Information from Jennifer Anne Buckingham, 16 The Ridge, Woodvale, Perth, Western Australia, Australia 6026; Sarah Margaret (Wilson) McAinch was Jennifer’s grand-mother’s sister, see the genealogy on her web site, http://www.wantree.com.au/~jabuck; Email: jabuck@wantree.com.au.


Editor’s Comment: There may, or may not, be a connection with the McA/Ninch surnames from County Antrim, Ulster, (northern) Ireland, since many of these people went back to Scotland, and Peter, born in the 1830's, could easily have parents who were born in Ulster (can be seen clearly on the 1881 census of Scotland, lots of "born Ireland"; cf. MFHN Vol.VIII No.2 April p.2000-15). The other possibility is that it might be a variation of McAinsh, from a different part of Scotland, and not related to the McA/I/Ninch folks from County Antrim. /Frank McAninch, January 2001.


Kentucky: 1796 – the old pack-horse trail, [Daniel] Boone’s Road, and the earlier Indian trails that it followed, including the centuries-old Warrior’s Path from Flat Lick to the Cumberland Gap, had been the route into Kentucky for many decades. With statehood (1792), though, Kentucky wanted to upgrade the route into a wagon road, and, in 1796, funded by the State of Kentucky, Colonel Joseph Crockett and Colonel James Knox built the new “interstate highway” of their day. Announcement of the road’s completion was printed in the Kentucky Gazette, October 15, 1796, which the editor John Bradford spread across all four columns of the front page in display type:


The WILDERNESS ROAD from Cumberland Gap to the settlements in Kentucky is now completed. Waggons [sic] loaded with a ton weight, may pass with ease, with four good horses. Travellers [sic] will find no difficulty in procuring such necessities as they stand in need of on the road, and the abundant crop now growing in Kentucky, will afford the emigrants a certainty of being supplied with every necessary of life on the most convenient terms. /s/ Joseph Crockett, James Knox, Commissioners (The printers in the various states are requested to re-publish this notice)


Source: book, The Wilderness Road, by Robert L. Kincaid, pg. 191; re-published 1990, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrowgate, Tennessee; orig. pub. 1973, Middlesboro, Kentucky.


Texas: 1863, Bell County -- Captain Wat Grave's Company, Company A, 4th Texas Cavalry, 1863 or 1864, Compiled by Sam W. Bishop and others.


Officers: Graves, G. Wat, Captain; Damron, John U., First Lieutenant; Bishop, Sam W., Second Lieutenant; Smith, Joseph, Third Lieutenant …


Privates: Aiken, John W., Armstrong, V. … [second column starts with Hall, Alfred G.] … Jordan, John J., Light, Thomas, McAninch, John F., McKinzie, John, Morris, Alf … Walker, Joe, Whitley, J. C. [John F. McA. on 1860 census with T. B. Whitley (relationships?)]


Book History of Bell County, Texas, by Bertha Atkinson, Burnet, Texas, August 1929, pg. 134; re-pub. May 1970, Bell County Historical Society; found by Kathy McAninch, Houston, Texas.


McAninch Family History NL, IX -1  January 2001  Copyright Frank McAninch   page 2001-02


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