John W. McAninch (1841-1930), Putnam County, Indiana; 1930 Obituary 


John W. McAninch was born in Indiana in 1841, third son and third child of Elisha and Basheba

(Scott) McAninch, grand-son of Samuel and (Mary) Polly (Skidmore) McAninch [from Kentucky

to Hendricks County, Indiana], and great-great-grand-son of Daniel McAninch, one of the two

original McAninch pioneers in Kentucky [Daniel, born 1750-1755, (northern) Ireland] [Note 4].


John W. died in 1930, with a biographical obituary published in the local newspaper [Note 1].


OBITUARY / John W. McAninch, son of Elisha and Basheba Scott McAninch, was born

near Mt. Meridian Dec. 6, 1841; died Aug.30, 1930; age 88 years, 8 months and 24 days.

He was the third child of a family of ten boys and one girl, though the last to depart.

His grandfather, Samuel McAninch, came from Kentucky to this state in an early day, locating

near Stilesville. Uncle John, as he was affectionately called by his neighbors and friends,

grew to manhood receiving the rudiments of an education as offered in that day. [Notes 2, 3]


When he came to manhood, the dark and ominous clouds of war were bearing down on this

fair land of ours. The youth of the North were answering the call of the great war president,

Lincoln, and our subject, as he has told the writer of these lines, felt his father's family should

do its part and it seemed he could go. So he and his brother Milton enlisted in Co. E, 78th Inf.

He served his time, came home and re-enlisted Feb. 27, 1864 . . . [in] Co. B, 59th Ind. Inf.

His captain being Jesse M. Lee, who in later years became Major-General in the U.S.A.

He was attached to Gen. Logan's division of General Sherman's army. Seeing service at

Resaca and Marietta, Georgia, around Atlanta and the March to the Sea, engagements about

Savannah and South Carolina and Northward  until the surrender of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston.

Finally he took part in the Grand Review of the Army in Washington at the close of the war.

He delighted in recounting his experiences of those days, especially was he happy in relating

his religious conversion which took place on a mountain in the Southland. His good Christian

mother gave him a small Testament to take with him when he left for war. He did not feel he had

a place in which to carry it. But she insisted and he took it with him. When all looked dark to him

and he did not know whether he would ever see his home folks again; one morning while on a

mountain he saw the Lord and was keenly conscious of a new life. His conversion grew brighter

to him as the years passed.


Coming home from the war he was married to Nancy Jane Allee, Nov. 21, 1865. To this union

were born nine children: Alpha, deceased; William A., Cora B., Josephine, Reuben H., Fred L.,

Jas.E., Lottie, who died at the age of two years, and Grace. He is survived by the good wife who

has walked with him down the pathway of life almost 65 years. Also 19 living grandchildren and

14 living great-grandchildren survive him. These all will cherish his memory, ever remembering

his fatherly advice, and how he rejoiced with them when success came their way, and sorrowed

with them in times of adversity.



McAninch Family History NL v.XX n.4 / Oct. 2012 / Frank McAninch, Editor / page 2012-45


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