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Maj Joseph McKinney
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Birth: Sep. 21, 1773
Newburg
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: unknown
Shippensburg
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA

Major Joseph McKinney, sixth child of Thomas McKinney and Jane Bigham McKinney, was born September 21, 1773, near Newburg, in Hopewell township, Cumberland Co., Penna.; married Dinah Quigley, born February 16, 1776, near Quigley's Bridge, Cumberland Co., Penna., died September 30, 1823, daughter of Robert Quigley and Mary Jacob Quigley.

After marriage he and his family lived at Shippensburg, Penna., and were members of the Middle Spring Presbyterian church [he left Middle Spring Presbyterian Church in 1823*]. He was a merchant and a soldier from his youth. According to family tradition he rose to the rank of major during the War of 1812 [William Edgar Cobean's Battalion, Pennsylvania Volunteers] and bore the title through life. His granddaughter, Mrs. Kate A. Moore, of Martinsburg, has his commission, which entitled him to the rank of captain in the U. S. Army, 1799, signed by John Adams, President. It reads as follows: "John Adams, President of the United States of America, know ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity and abilities of Joseph McKinney, I have nominated and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint him a captain in the Tenth Regiment of Infantry, in the service of the United States, to take rank as such, from the tenth day of February, one thousand, seven hundred and ninety-nine. He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of captain, by doing and per forming all manner of things thereunto belonging. And I do strictly charge and require all officers and soldiers under his command to be obedient to his orders as captain. And he is to observe and follow such orders and directions from time to time, as he shall receive from me, or the future President of the United States of America, or the general or other superior officers set over him, according to the rules and discipline of war. This commission to continue in force during the pleasure of the President of the United States for this time being."

His characteristics were strikingly forcible and noble. With determined effort he allowed no petty obstacle to hinder his progressive spirit, and amidst the most trying circumstances he was always a true hearted gentleman. Their children were baptized, by Rev. John Moody, D. D., pastor of the Middle Spring Presbyterian church.

* From the History of the Middle Spring Presbyterian Church:

"In the earlier part of Mr. Moody's ministry, many of the families of the church, living in Shippensburg, desired a portion of his service. This was never countenanced by a majority of the people, and was never granted. They then, after the removal of Rev. Mr. Walker, pastor of the Associate reformed Church of Shippensburg, sought a union with that church, with the understanding that all parties assist in the remodeling of the house, and in supporting a minister, who was to be selected either from the Presbyterian or associate Reformed church, according to the leadings of Providence."

"Under this arrangement, the Rev. H.R. Wilson was called in 1823, and the following families left this [Middle Spring] church: D. Henderson, Maj. Joseph McKinney, Geo. McGinnis, D. Nevin, Wm. Snodgrass, John McClay, the Cochrans, the Rippies, B. Reynolds, S. Sturgeon, J. Criswell, George Hamil, David Mahan, and others."

From Early History of Shippensburg:

"The second Presbyterian Church in Shippensburg was under the care of the Second Presbytery of Philadelphia, in connection with the Associate Reformed Synod. It was built in 1798 on the east side of South Penn Street (which was then named Washington) between King and Orange Streets. It was a stone house of worship, which was plastered and was generally known as the "White Church." For a number of years the Reverend Mr. Walker was its pastor. He was followed by the Reverend Mr. Strong. As the result of the "Union of 1822" the Presbyterian Church of Shippensburg came under the Presbytery of Carlisle. The congregation continued to occupy and use the building erected in 1798. In 1823, the Reverend Mr. Henry R. Wilson was called and during his ministry the church enjoyed considerable growth. He was indefatigable and abundant in labor. The Reverend Mr. James Harper succeeded Dr. Wilson in 1840."

The location of the "White Church" was probably the east side of S. Penn St., between King and Orange streets. In the early 1900s, the cemetery was described as "On the west side of the building was the congregation's burying ground." 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas McKinney (1738 - 1787)
  Jane Bigham McKinney
 
 Spouse:
  Dinah Quigley McKinney (1776 - 1823)*
 
 Children:
  Thomas McKinney*
  Robert McKinney (1809 - 1876)*
  Jane Louisa McKinney Ege (1813 - 1853)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jean McKinney Wills (____ - 1823)*
  David McKinney (1767 - 1835)*
  Joseph McKinney (1773 - ____)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Cenantua
Record added: Feb 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48786145
 

 
 
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