John W. McAninch (1823-1891), to Clinton County and Howard County, Indiana




Article by Frank McAninch, with additional research in Clinton County and Howard County by Marti McAninch and Bill Payne [Notes 1, 2, 3]


Samuel McAninch was born ca. 5 Feb. 1789 [4], Pennsylvania [5] (poss. Westmoreland County) [6], son of Daniel McAninch, and an unknown mother. Daniel was born 1750-1755, (northern) Ireland (probably County Antrim, Ulster province). Daniel and his family followed the classic Scots-Irish migration, western Pennsylvania in the 1790 census [6], down the Great Valley of the Shenandoah, stopped for a short time in Greene County, eastern Tennessee, then over the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky, arriving in Lincoln County, Kentucky, in the late 1790’s [7].


Samuel married (second) (Mary) Polly Skidmore, 5 July 1813, in Lincoln County, Kentucky. Polly is the daughter of Joseph and Hannah (McKinney) Skidmore; Joseph is a veteran of the Revolutionary War; he was a Private in the Virginia Line, and lived in Botetourt County, Virginia, at the time of his enlistment. In 1788, Joseph moved to Lincoln County (still Virginia), and also served from there during the Indian War of 1791. Joseph married Hannah McKinney, on 8 Aug. 1791, in Lincoln County, the year before Kentucky became the 15th state in the Union in 1792.


Samuel had a daughter, Sally (Sarah), from his first marriage, and then Samuel and Polly (Skidmore) McAninch had twelve children, including seven sons (six born in Kentucky): Elisha, b.12 Oct. 1815; Daniel (H.?), b.17 Apr. 1819; Joseph (P.?), b.2 Apr. 1821; John W., b.25 Jan. 1823; Enoch George, b.19 Oct. 1824; Samuel James, b.15 Nov. 1829; and William S., b.5 Mar. 1835, born in Indiana.


Samuel, and his younger brother Daniel, born ca. 1796-1798, in Kentucky (Daniel Jr.?), both took their families to Indiana, to the Mill Creek area along the county line between Putnam County and Hendricks County. Daniel came in 1828, from Mercer County, Kentucky (they probably traveled with his wife’s family, the Burks), and Samuel moved shortly after the 1830 census, from Casey County, Kentucky; Samuel bought land at the Crawfordsville Land Office, 120 acres in Hendricks County.


Samuel and Polly (Skidmore) McAninch’s fourth son, John W. McAninch, was born 25 Jan. 1823, in Casey County, Kentucky (same McAninch land, after Casey County was set off from Lincoln County in 1807). He was also called “John Wesley McAninch” on one of the traditional Family Group Sheets by an earlier McAninch researcher, but I have no direct evidence for that middle name [Note 8].


During 1831-1832, Samuel McAninch left Casey County, Kentucky, moving first to Putnam County, Indiana, and then settling in adjacent Hendricks County [9, 10]. In 1834, Samuel patented 120 acres of land in Hendricks County, filed at the Crawfordsville Land Office [11]. In 1839, he bought an adjoining 80 acres from Silas Bryant [12], and, on the 1841 Tax List he owns 200 acres in Hendricks County, in Section 9, Township 14, Range 2 West [13]. On the 1844 Tax List, Samuel McAninch owns a total of 220 acres, in Franklin Township, Hendricks County, and his second son, Daniel McAninch, age 25, has 100 acres, also in Franklin Township [14].


In 1849, a few days after his 60th birthday, Samuel donated a half-acre of land for the Pleasant Hill Methodist Episcopal Church [15]. This land was donated to the “Trustees M.E. Church”; and five Trustees are named in the deed: John Hancock, Tristram Pike, Elias Grimes, Daniel McAninch, and Benjamin Tincher. Three of the five Trustees are “family” to Samuel -- his son, Daniel McAninch;  


John W. McAninch (1823-1891), to Clinton County and Howard County, Indiana (1 of 6)

McAninch Family History NL, v.XI.n.2  April 2003  Copyright Frank McAninch   page 2003-11


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