|Birth: ||Feb., 1838|
|Death: ||Apr. 15, 1915|
Margaret Barnes, was born in Miami Twp, Hamilton County, near a small town called Cleves. Her parentage is unknown, but Michael Rudisell [# 22773146] in a sworn affidavit states, he is her first cousin and for part of her childhood, she was raised by his parents, John & Nancy Shotts Rudisell of Miami Twp. Hamilton Co, Ohio.
As an adult for several years she worked as a domestic for John B & Cynthia Ann Matson, just north of Cleves.[Memorial# 22641059 & 2640933] During this employment she resided in their home.
In the summer of 1857, William H McKinney, a widower with 3 small children to raise, came to court her while at the Matson home. During this year long courtship, she continued to work for the Matsons saving money to pay for a new dress to wear on her wedding day.
It was in July of 1858, she wed William Henry McKinney. The newlyweds then took up residence in Whitewater Twp., Hamilton, Ohio. Which is where her first child, Frank was born.
Children 9 of the 10:
b 18 Jan 1866-02 Mar 1923
b 20 Feb 1867-23 Sep 1957
b Jul 1871-
Alma McKinney Hensel
Estelle "Roxie" McKinney
b Apr 1878-
Shortly after the birth of her daughter Tempie, in 1868, the family migrated to Indiana. Moving first to Howard County for about 2 years, then down to Marion County.
Finally settling in "The Village of Belmont" and her husband purchasing the old school house, on South Belmont. Converting it into a 9 room home, to raise their family in.
A few years later, they acquired the 3 neighboring lots from a fellow farmer David Johnson, who also lived on Belmont Ave., and in 1886 the family built a small three room home on this property.
Margaret was like most married women of that day, a housewife, who took care of the home and family, but this all changed with the sudden passing of her husband, in 1901.
It now was left to her to maintain the business that provided an income for her family. All the while being solely responsible for her two handicap adult children, Ezra was total deaf, very hard to manage, and her youngest daughter Stella "Roxie" McKinney had been a paralyzed invalid since the age of fourteen.
Her plan was to keep her late husband's delivery business open, while she moved into her smaller home, using the larger home as a boarding house. Margaret was hoping to maintain these two incomes, subsidized with her Civil War pension.
Unfortunately, with dawning of a new century, both the teamster business & boarding house was lacking, and it was not long before their debt was too much to overcome.
She tried to sell the property to recover her losses, but was unable to sustain a buyer. The family business, and house on S. Belmont were eventually repossessed sometime in 1906.
Following the repossession, she & Ezra moved in with her son Turner, on Troy Ave.,and for the remainder of days, she lived with her various children.
At the time of her passing, she was living on Morgan St., in Indianapolis, Indiana.
William Henry McKinney (1828 - 1901)*
Eber McKinney (1867 - 1957)*
Note: burial: APR 27,1915
Crown Hill Cemetery
Plot: Sec: 54, Lot: 320
Maintained by: Kandy J Kelly
Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Dec 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45982907