The Casey County Tax Records show James McAninch (son of William), from 1807


(no land), 1808 (153 acres, Fishing Creek watershed, land originally entered by Isaac

Harris), through his last entry in the 1817 Casey County Commissioner’s Book [4] (a)


(Speculation) Did James marry before 1810? ‘1 female 26-45 on 1810 census’ could be


his wife, and the un-explained (third) 0-10 male on the 1810 census could be their son?

Unfortunately, there are no records of such a marriage, no names, dates, nor locations.


William McAninch and his family are in Casey County, Kentucky, in the 1810 census

"Wm. McIninch 3 1 0 1 1 - 0 0 0 1 1 - 0 0" (6 males, 2 females, 8 people in household,

with 0 ‘other people’ and 0 slaves). William and his wife are the two '45 & over' adults

(male and female, both born before 1765), with their four older sons (James, Jonathan,

William, and Samuel), along with an un-identifiable young adult female age 26-45

(son James McAninch, born ca.1786, would have been at least 24-25 in 1810) [11]


Daniel McAninch and James McAninch were paid witnesses at Casey County Court:

"May the 17th, 1810: John Elliott Plaintiff against Joseph Campbell Defendant"

"Trespass Assault and Battery" (assault by the Defendant) . . . Ordered that (Plaintiff)

"Johnston Elliot pay unto" (witnesses) Daniel McAninch, James McAninch (and four

others) (to pay each) "six shillings and three pence for three days attendance" [5]


"Jas McAninch" (James) and "John McAninch" (son of Daniel McAninch) are both

listed on the 1812 Tax List in Giles County, Tennessee [6]


William McAninch died in 1813 (age at least 48), between February 15, 1813 (date

when his Will was made) and April 17, 1813 (when William's land is listed in Laodieca's

name, with 'no white males over 21', on the 1813 Casey County Tax List) [4] (b) (c).

William probably died in Casey County, Kentucky, although no specific record of his

death (date and location) nor the location of his burial has survived to this day.

William named five sons in his Will (James, Jonathan, William, Samuel, and Jesse),

and William’s Will was proven in Casey County court on July 26, 1813 [7].

When his father William died, son James was about 27 years old, had land in his own

name, and was probably not living at home. However, the younger sons (Jonathan ~14,

William ~9, Samuel ~6, and Jesse, only 1 year) would still have been living at home.


James’ last entry in the Tax Lists in the Casey County Commissioners’ Books in 1817:

17:p13:07: McAninch, James, 50 acres, Fishing Creek watershed, 1 White Male over 21,

1 Horses & Mares, land originally entered by Isaac Harris [4] (a)


At this time, many McAninch’s from Casey County, Kentucky, migrated south to


Giles County, Tennessee, including James and two of his younger brothers, Samuel and

William, along with Daniel McAninch, his son John, and his youngest son ?Henry [12]


James McAninch (b.ca.1786, b.Pennsylvania?), Kentucky and Tennessee

McAninch Family History NL v.XXX n.2  / Copyright Frank McAninch / pg.2022-13

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