Iowa: 1887 – Mary McAnirch married Henry M. Gatton on 15 Nov 1887 in Muscatine County,

Iowa, according to “Muscatine County Iowa Marriage Records 1880-1910”, records transcribed from

index in county courthouse by Marlin W. Brossart, copy located in Muscatine City Library. Found by

Rosalie Schack, CGRS, Owatonna, Minnesota, with the hypothesis “This may be the Mary McAninch

who was Samuel's daughter. Her brother John McAninch married and lived in Muscatine for a number

of years.” [Samuel James McAninch, married Mary Jane Baker, 29 Dec. 1850, Cedar County, Iowa]


Iowa: 1910; Enoch G. McAninch (1824-1910) --  

Death of Enoch G. McAninch / Enoch G. McAninch, one of the oldest citizens of Ringgold

county, passed away at his home near Caledonia, on Friday, November 18, 1910, aged 86 years

and one month. Mr. McAninch was born in Casey County, KY, Oct 19, 1824.

When yet a small boy he was moved by his parents to Indiana. Here he spent much of his early life.

After his marriage to Mrs. A. Knighten he moved to Iowa and later to Ringgold County. He soon

settled on the farm where he died, having lived there over 50 years.

He was a gentleman of the olden time and his word was just as good as his bond. He wanted that

which was right for himself and cheerfully accorded it to others. In early life he united with the

Methodist Church and continued in that membership to the end. His faith in Christ's righteous

love was like that of a little child and he was but little troubled with death and [word?].

He leaves a wife and five children, namely, Lydia McAninch, Mrs. Eva Swigart, and sons Otis,

Jesse, and Howard. The funeral was held on Sunday morning and the remains were laid in the

family burial ground. Rev. Alb. T. Maxwell conducted the service. As an aged citizen of the

neighborhood he received many kindnesses and his children and friends are grateful for the same.

His death is the passing of an old and respected landmark.

Mt. Ayr Record News [Ringgold County, Iowa], 25 Nov. 1910, pg. 1.

Newspaper microfilms at the Iowa Historical Center in Des Moines, found by Rosalie Schack


Iowa: 1914; Aruanah (Knighten) McAninch (1841-1914)

Aruanah McAninch was born July 5, 1841, in Clayton, Ind., and passed away at her home

in Poe township, Ringgold county, Iowa, October 31, 1914. She was the daughter of John and

Elizabeth Knighton and her early life was spent in Indiana. On March 21, 1862, she was united

in marriage to Enoch G. McAninch and to this union nine children were born, four of whom

preceded her to the Heavenly home. The living children -- Miss Lydia, Mrs. Grant Swigart,

Otis, Jesse, and Howard -- were privileged to be with her during her last illness and were all

present at the funeral which was held Monday afternoon. In early childhood Mrs McAninch

united with the Methodist Episcopal church and remained a faithful christian until the end.

She was ever known as a true christian woman and her life was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Card of Thanks / We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to the neighbors and friends for their

kindness during the sickness and on the occasion of the death and funeral of our dear mother.

/s/ Her Children. Mt Ayr Record News, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1914, pg. 5.

Newspaper microfilms at the Iowa Historical Center in Des Moines, found by Rosalie Schack,

“It answers the question of who Aruanah Knighten's parents were, stating John and Elizabeth

Knighton. Enoch & Aruanah's first daughter was Mary Elizabeth, named for both mothers evidently

. . . . sons George, Otis, Jesse, and Howard, with no (known to me) middle names. With that many

sons, it seems that at least one would have been named after Samuel McAninch or John Knighten.”



McAninch Family History NL, v.XII.n.4  October 2004  Copyright Frank McAninch  page 2004-28


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