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


by Frank McAninch


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

southern Kentucky, along the classic Scots-Irish migration trail down the great Shenandoah Valley of.

western Virginia, and then through the Cumberland Gap on the new Wilderness Road into Kentucky.


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


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 enumerated in the entire

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; son John, 11-12, mis-counted?; 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., which will not be discussed here.


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

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

In the standard Scots 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 Daniel early 20’s, yet born before 1775, he’s ‘16 & over’ in 1790), and, prob. born in Penn.


John McAninch, son of Daniel, was born 1778-1780, (probably) in Pennsylvania. Found in the early

Commissioner’s Books (Tax and Militia lists) in Lincoln County, Kentucky [Note 3], John is first

marked “21 and over” on the 1801 list, indicating that he became 21 during the period 1800 to 1801.

This is consistent with later census records, in Tennessee, 50-60 in 1830, and 60-70 in 1840 [Note 4].


John would have spent his teen-age years traveling with the family, arriving in Kentucky ca. 1798-99

[Lincoln County, Kentucky, Commissioner’s Books, Note 3]. On October 7, 1801, he married Patsy

Cooper, daughter of William and Susannah Cooper, in adjacent Pulaski County, Kentucky [Note 5].

John and his family are found in Casey County on the 1810 census [Note 6], with two sons and two

daughters. A short time later, 1811-1812, they move their family south to Giles County, Tennessee.


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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