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


Alabama (1900), Arkansas (and Indian Territory, 1886), Australia (W.W.II), British Columbia

(marriage and death records), Canada (western land grants), Kentucky (Pulaski County Tax Books,

1799-1802), Missouri (Sedalia, 1880), Nevada (1900, 1910 Census), Ohio (Wyandot County),

Pennsylvania (Armstrong County, 1807, 1810), and Ulster (graves, Lisnagunogue, County Antrim).


Alabama: 1900 – “McAninch, Albert / Boarder / M W / [born] Sept. 1872 / [age] 27 / S [single]

[occ] Electrician / b.Pennsylvania / f.b.Pennsylvania / m.b.Pennsylvania”; 1900 Census, Alabama,

Jefferson County, E.D.131, Ensley City [metro Birmingham], 9 June 1900 ; T623 Roll 22 p.316 ln.31


Arkansas: March 1886, Frank McAninch / McIninch


In the late 1800's, the Indian Territories west of Arkansas (later Oklahoma) had justice maintained

by a man known as the “hanging judge”. Judge Isaac C. Parker held court in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Many interesting stories of a historical nature related to this time and place are found at the National

Park Service's Fort Smith web site, http://www.nps.gov/fosm/index.htm.


Letter, 4 March 1886, from Hiram E. Eastwood to Capt. Thomas, Lebanon, I.T. [Indian Territory]:

“I have found the body of Pollard : six there recognized him as being the missing man : those who

found the body and saw it are John A. (Dink) Orr, Mr. Mathis, Frank McIninch, G.W. Brassfield,

George Holder and Dick Buford.”


Letter, 8 March 1886, from Deputy Marshal J.H. Mershon to U.S. Marshal John Carol, 

“15 miles west of Henderson's store : I will inform you that I have been blessed with good luck.

I have been successful and captured all of the murderers of E.V. Pollard, one amongst the horiblest

murders ever committed in this territory : but will not give particulars for I have just got into camp

after riding day and night and am very tired.”


Writ of Arrest, 12 March 1886 : Elisha (sic?) Lewis, Mrs. Elizabeth Brassfield and Dora Pollard did

in the Indian Country, within the Western District of Arkansas, on or about the 2nd day of December

1885 feloniously ... kill and murder one Edward Pollard.” /s/ J.H. Marshon, Deputy Marshal :

Witnesses: Hiram Eastwood, J.H. Scott, Bill Simpson, Bruce Quigly, Thomas McClure and

Frank McAninch [sic]


Source: “Brasfield / Brassfield Genealogies Surname Genealogy Site”, Brasfield, Prairie County,

Arkansas; “George W. Brasfield and The Hanging Judge”, http://www.brasfield.net/pollard.htm

Information regarding Elizabeth Brassfield can be found in Jacket No. 118, US District Court,

Western District of Arkansas, Fort Smith (National Archives, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas):


Analysis: This is probably (John) Frank(lin) McIninch, born 1 April 1856, St. Joseph, Buchanan

County, Missouri, son of Charles Postly and Synthia Jane (McCorkle) McIninch (Charles from Ohio).

Also known as ‘Mack’, he can be found in McCurtain County, (south-east) Oklahoma, in the 1920

census: “McIninch, Mack 62 b.MO / Mary 48 b.ARK / Benjamin 25 b.OK / Daniel 24 b.OK / Pearl

17 b.OK / Ruth 15 b.OK / Grace 12 b.OK / Robert 11 b.OK”; NARA, Vol.36, ED 135 sh.32 line 20.


McAninch Family History NL, v.XI.n.4   October 2003   Copyright Frank McAninch   page 2003-26


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