The household in the 1810 census includes two people age 26-45 (b.1765-1784) [22].


Son James McAninch, born before 1786, implies that William may have had an earlier

‘first wife’ (mother of James), although no specific records have been found, and there

is no information about what might have happened to this ‘first wife’, if she existed.

The female age 26-45 in 1810 could have been a previously-unknown daughter of

William, or the wife of son James McAninch, or an un-related person (e.g. a servant?).


Where was William (age at least 25) in the 1790 census? Was he enumerated with


Daniel McAninch in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania? Did the two families travel

together down the Shenandoah Valley and then turn west into eastern Tennessee? [3]


William McNinch (sic) (age at least 31) and "Doshia Dosey" (Laodieca? Ladosha?

Ladisha?) (Rawson? Rosson? Rowson? or Dawson?) were married on October 7th,

1796, by John Newman, Justice of the Peace, in Greene County, (eastern) Tennessee.


There are no land records for William McA/Ninch in Tennessee. At the same time, on


14 Oct. 1796, Daniel McAninch bought 100 acres on Little Sinking Creek, north of the

Nolachukey River, in Greene County, Tennessee, for "55 pounds Virginia currency"

(so, it is possible that Daniel, William, and their families all lived on this land?) [5]


The new Wilderness Road “from the Cumberland Gap to the settlements of Kentucky”


opened for “wagons loaded with a ton weight (and) four good horses”. Soon, first

William, and then Daniel, took their families through the Gap into Kentucky [3].

Winter was the season when most settlers migrated; before the spring thaw; roads were

passable, arriving in time to make the ground ready for planting and harvesting the first

crop late summer or fall. William and his new bride probably left shortly after their

wedding, traveling through the winter, since he is taxed in Lincoln County in June 1797.

At that time, Lincoln County was a very large area, over a quarter of the present-day

state of Kentucky. The main migration trail ran north-west from the Cumberland Gap to

the Ohio River, through Hazel Patch, Crab Orchard, across Dicks River to Logan’s Fort

(Stanford, county seat of Lincoln County), Danville, and Harrodsburg. We may never

know why William chose the “Fishing Creek” area south-west of Stanford, although

we do know that Daniel McAninch also went to the same area about a year later [3]


Daniel McAninch sold his land in Tennessee (100 acres on Little Sinking Creek) to


Melon Haworth, and went through the Cumberland Gap to Lincoln County, Kentucky,

where he later claimed 200 acres on "Fishing Creek" watercourse [3] [6] [7].


Pulaski County, Kentucky, was set off from Lincoln County, effective June 1, 1799

(William owned land along the line between Lincoln County and Pulaski County).


William McAninch (born before 1765; died 1813, Casey County, Kentucky)

McA. Family. Hist. NL v.XXIX n.1  May 2021  Copyright Frank McAninch  p2021-05

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