|Birth: ||Sep. 21, 1773|
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 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.
Thomas McKinney (1738 - 1787)
Jane Bigham McKinney
Dinah Quigley McKinney (1776 - 1823)*
Robert McKinney (1809 - 1876)*
Jane Louisa McKinney Ege (1813 - 1853)*
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Record added: Feb 25, 2010
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