Daniel McAninch, Part II: From Pennsylvania, 1790, to Lincoln County, Kentucky

by Frank McAninch

During the 1790’s, Daniel McAninch [Note 1] and his family moved from south-western

Pennsylvania to southern Kentucky, along the classic Ulster-Scot / Scots-Irish migration trail

down the great Shenandoah Valley of western Virginia, into eastern Tennessee 1796-1797,

and then through the Cumberland Gap on the new Wilderness Road into southern Kentucky.

Before 1790, there is some evidence for Daniel, in Pennsylvania, but “Part I” has not been

written yet (in 2001) (forward references, MFHN v.XXVII n.1, June 2019, and n.2, July 2019,

Daniel McAninch 1770s to 1790, Pennsylvania, and 1776 Marriage, Cumberland County, Penn.)

This article attempts to trace Daniel’s journey down to Kentucky, and to show the various

connections between Daniel and his family at both ends, and along the way.

In the 1790 First Census of the United States, there are only two McAninch’s in the country:

Daniel McAninch, and John McAninch, and both in Westmoreland County, Penn. [Note 2].

“McAninch, Daniel  3 1 4 0 0”

Washington Township [and probable composition of family]

                                  3 Males

>= 16: Daniel, 35-40; John, 11-12, mis-counted?; a third man?

                                  1 Male

< 16 years: presumably, Samuel, age 1 (born 1789, Penn.)

                                  4 Females

wife and three daughters? Peggy and Rhoda not born yet?

                                  0 0

0, No other free persons, and 0, no Slaves

“McAninch, John  1 1 3 0 0”

Derry Township (John, son William, wife and two daughters?)

There is no evidence (yet) of any relationship between Daniel and this John. Later, after 1790,

there is evidence of this John and his family in Armstrong County, Penn., not discussed here.

Daniel had five (known) sons, some born in Pennsylvania, one in Virginia, and the last two in

Kentucky: John, and Samuel, born in Pennsylvania; George A., born in Virginia; Daniel (Jr.?)

and (?) Henry, born in Kentucky. In the standard Scots naming pattern, the eldest son (John) is

named after the paternal grandfather, the second son (Samuel) for the maternal grandfather, and

the third son after the father. In this family, the fourth son was apparently named for the father

(Daniel), so, who was the third son (George A.) named for?

Also, in Daniel’s family, in 1790, the identity of the third male over 16 is not known (yet).

This could be a younger brother (William?), who was not married yet, and all traveling together.

Or, did Daniel have another, older son? (Archibald? James? William?). If so, estimated date of

birth circa 1770-1775 (assume ‘third male’ born while Daniel in his early 20’s, yet ‘third male’

born before 1775, he’s ‘16 & over’ in 1790, and, ‘third male’ was prob. born in Pennsylvania.).


(add Forward References, re-balance table format for web pages, June 2019 /Frank McAninch)

Daniel McAninch, Part II: From Pennsylvania, 1790, to Lincoln County, Kentucky (1 of 6)

McAninch Family History NL, IX -2  April 2001  Copyright Frank McAninch   page 2001-11

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