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


Pennsylvania: 1904, Venango County -- Samuel Jones McAninch, 1822-1904


“The following obituary notice taken from a recent issue of a Franklin [Venango County] (Pa.) newspaper, has been handed to us [Jeffersonian Democrat] for publication. Deceased was the brother of ’Squire Sylvester McAninch, of Knox Township. There were eleven brothers and one sister in the family, and the ’Squire is the only one of the twelve remaining. All of the others are dead. [1904].


Samuel Jones McAninch, one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of Franklin died at his home, 404 Liberty street, at 6:25 o'clock on Wednesday morning, after an illness …


Samuel J. McAninch was born on what is the site of Brady’s Bend, on July 12th, 1822 … He was a son of one of the pioneers of that part of the country, William McAninch, who owned nearly all the land and different industries at Brady’s Bend. Samuel came to Franklin in 1861 and had since resided here. He first engaged in the oil producing business, in which he was eminently successful. After producing oil for a time he and Henry Kellogg entered into the refining business, buying later what was the Relief refinery, at the Valley station in Cranberry township. …


Mr. McAninch was first married … about 1848 or 1850, to Miss Melvina Scott, of Summerville, in Jefferson County. To them were born two children, both of whom, and afterward the mother died.


In 1858 he was married a second time, to Miss Rebecca Reinsel, a well known young woman of Clarion county, who survives her husband with the following children: Mrs. W. C. White, of Durango, Colo.; Mrs. Calvin McCullough and Charles McAninch, of Franklin. …


Mr. McAninch was a lifelong member of the Methodist Episcopal church … He was the oldest member of the Franklin lodge of Odd Fellows, … beloved by every member of that organization. …


The funeral will be held at the family home, 404 Liberty street, on Friday, at 2:30 o'clock. The religious obsequities will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Arthur C. Bowers of the M. E. church. The exercises will be in charge of the Odd Fellows and the internment will be in the Franklin cemetery.”


Source: “Samuel Jones McAninch, Deceased” article, in the “Jeffersonian Democrat” newspaper, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, Sept. 1, 1904; found by Linda Stitt, Fairmont City, Pennsylvania.


Additional: This Samuel, son of William and Isabel (Hopkins) McA., is a grand-son of the original John McAninch, Armstrong County pioneer. So, why did William and Isabel give their son Samuel the middle name “Jones”? May have been a family name on the McAninch side? Or Hopkins side?


Ulster: 1796 -- Three names in Spinning Wheel Index … Archibald McIninch, James McIninch, and Henry McIninch, in the parish of Ballintoy, on the north coast of County Antrim [filmed by the National Library of Ireland (LDS 1,419,442); found by Richard Schack, Vancouver, Washington].


The Spinning Wheel Index is a list of … people who were given a spinning wheel by the government (Ireland was still a Colony of the British Empire). These people had to grow at least 5 acres of flax; the wheel was to spin the linen thread [there are no ‘McAninch’ entries; MFHN v.IV n.1 p.1996-02].


McAninch Family History NL, v.XI.n.2  April 2003  Copyright Frank McAninch   page 2003-10


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