Early McAninch Families in Rhode Island (Oliver, Arthur, and William McAninch)†


Most of the early McAninch families in North America (Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Canada)

have been known, researched, and documented for some time now.†


Additionally, there was at least one early McAninch family in Rhode Island and New England

(although they came to North America considerably later than the other early McAninch families).


Oliver McAninch (b.ca.1792 in Ireland, d.1866 in Rhode Island)†


Oliver was probably born 1791-1792, in (probably northern) Ireland [census records, Note 2]

and (Oliverís wife) Jane was probably born 1790-1791, also in (probably northern) Ireland [2]

(dates 1775 and 1777 in the cemetery database do not fit with the other data available) [Note 1, 2].†


Oliver and Jane McAninch were probably married in Ireland, and probably lived there for many

years before they came to Rhode Island, since their first United States record (the 1860 census)

shows them living with their son William McAninch in North Providence, Rhode Island [Note 2].


Their son William came to Rhode Island before 1850, and his parents Oliver and Jane came to

Rhode Island before 1860. The Great Famine (Irish Potato Famine) occurred 1845-1852, so, it is

possible that they emigrated to escape the famine, but there are no records with any shipís names,

sailing dates, etc., and we do not know exactly when and where they arrived in North America

[and, it is possible that they came through Canada, along with so many other Irish immigrants].


Oliverís wife Jane died in 1865, and Oliver died a year later, in 1866; they are both buried in the

historic North Burial Ground in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island [Note 1].†


William McAninch (b.ca.1822 in Ireland, d.1909 in Rhode Island)


William McAninch, son of Oliver and Jane, was born ca.1822, (probably northern) Ireland, and

came to Rhode Island before 1850. In the 1850 census, William is listed in Jeremiah L. Olneyís

household, in North Providence, R.I.; William is 34, single, a Laborer, born in Ireland [Note 2}.


Ten years later, as noted above, his parents Oliver and Jane have come to Rhode Island, and the

1860 census record shows that the three of them were living in North Providence [Note 2].


At that time, the nation was on the brink of armed rebellion; on 20 Sept. 1862, at the age of 40,

William McAninch enlisted in Co. H, 12th R.I. Infantry, mustered in as a Private two weeks later,

on 3 Oct. 1862. Organized for nine months service, the 12th R.I. Infantry participated in the 1862

defense of Washington D.C. and the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, then west into Kentucky

(Lexington, Winchester, Boonsboro, Richmond, Somerset, and the fords of the Cumberland River).

They returned to Providence July 19-22, and mustered out July 29, 1863. [Notes 5, 6]†



McAninch Family History NL v.XX n.4 / Oct. 2012 / Frank McAninch, Editor / page 2012-40


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