McAninch in the Old Laughlin Community Cemetery, Milam County, Texas


Elias Brown McAninch was born circa 1829, (prob. Giles County) Tennessee, second son

of William McAninch; and grand-son of the Kentucky pioneer William McAninch, who died

in 1813, Casey County, Kentucky. The younger William moved his family to DeSoto County,

Mississippi, where he ran the McAninch Ferry across Coldwater Creek in the late 1830’s.


Elias married Sarah Elizabeth Ross on 28 Mar. 1849, in Holly Springs, DeSoto County,

Mississippi. Sarah’s parents, (Rev.) David and Nancy M. (Hampton) Ross, their family, and

both McAninch families are living in the Southern part of DeSoto County in the 1850 census.


Elias’ family and the Ross family moved to Milam County, Texas, listed in the 1860 census.

In the war, Elias served in Hood’s 5th Texas Vol. Inf. Regt., Co. G (Milam County Greys)

[Elias Brown McAninch (1829-1890) by Kathy McAninch, MFHN v.III n.1, pg.1995-03].

Their second child, daughter Nancy Elizabeth McAninch (23 Mar. 1851 – 6 Apr. 1866) is

buried here in the Laughlin Community Cemetery.


John Forrest McAninch, younger brother of Elias, was born 28 May 1833, Shelby County,

Tennessee; John grew up in Mississippi, and moved to Milam County in the early 1850’s

[Family Bible Records of John Forrest McAninch, MFHN v.V n.1 pg.1997-05,-06a,-06b].

John married (1st) Leannah Server, 3 Aug. 1854, Milam County, and she died 24 Nov. 1857.

John married (2nd) Sarah J. McDaniel, 30 Sept. 1858, at the home of the bride’s mother,

“. . . married at Mary McDaniel's residence, by Rev. David Ross, of Milam County, Texas.”


William David McAninch, oldest child of Elias B. and Sarah Elizabeth (Ross) McAninch,

was born 23 Dec. 1849, DeSoto County, Mississippi, moved to Texas with the family, and

married Elizabeth Caroline Neill, 12 July 1857, Milam County, by Rev. Edward A. Martin.

Their second child, daughter America L. McAninch (4 Feb. 1883 – 10 July 1883) is the

second McAninch that is buried here in the Laughlin Community Cemetery.


Four readings of the same cemetery, in 1965, 1983, 1999, and on the web in 2006.




Old Community Cemetery




Located about 3 miles east of Davilla on Farm Road #487 to Lilac Church in


western Milam Co., on the Charles B. Robbins farm (postal address: Rt. #1,


Thorndale, Tex.) (The cemetery is not marked on the General Highway Map.)



McAninch Family History NL v.XV n.2 / April 2007 / Frank McAninch, Editor / page 2007-12


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