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Margaret Barnes McKinney
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Birth: Feb., 1838
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA
Death: Apr. 25, 1915
Marion County
Indiana, USA

Margaret Barnes, was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, 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. Unproven, but I believe her maiden name is either Rudisell or Schotts.

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 Matson family, 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.

Children 9 of the 10:

Frank McKinney
b 1859-
Elmer McKinney
b 1862-
Millie McKinney
b 1863-
Ezra McKinney
b 18 Jan 1866-02 Mar 1923
Eber McKinney
b 20 Feb 1867-23 Sep 1957
Tempie McKinney
b 1868-
Turner McKinney
b Jul 1871-
Alma McKinney Hensel
b 1875-1898
Estelle "Roxie" McKinney
b Apr 1878-

Shortly after the birth of her daughter Tempie, in 1868, the family migrated to Indiana. Moving first to an area in Howard County, for about 2 years, then down to an area near Southport, in Perry Twp., in Marion County.

Finally, settling a little further northwest to Center Twp., by 1880, in an area once called "The Village of Belmont," where her husband purchased the old school house, on South Belmont Avenue. 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 church member David Johnson, who also lived on S.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. Until,the sudden death of her husband, William, leaving her in an extremely difficult situation.

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, and she would stay in the 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. To complicate matters further the doctor who signed off on her husband's death certificate, had erroneously documented William was a 'widow" at the time of his passing. This error caused her widow's Civil War pension to be denied. Although she was able to rectify this error in time, it was not long before their debt was too much to overcome.

Margaret, tried to sell the property to recover her losses, but was unable to sustain a buyer. The family business, and both of the properties,the smaller three room home she was living in at #1327[in 1900] and the original homestead at #1337[in 1900] on S. Belmont Avenue, were eventually repossessed, sometime in 1906.

Following the repossession, she moved in with her son Turner, on Troy Ave., and for the remainder of days, she lived mostly with her various children.

At the time of her passing, she was living at 1755 Morgan St., at a home she had recently rented and moved into, in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Original: 2014
Revision: 5/2015

Family links: 
  William Henry McKinney (1828 - 1901)*
  Eber McKinney (1867 - 1957)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: burial: APR 27,1915
Crown Hill Cemetery
Marion County
Indiana, USA
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
Margaret <i>Barnes</i> McKinney
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Margaret <i>Barnes</i> McKinney
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Margaret <i>Barnes</i> McKinney
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