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Joseph Lake "Leath" McKinney
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Birth: Jul. 31, 1839
Shepherdstown
Jefferson County
West Virginia, USA
Death: May 12, 1908
Martinsburg
Berkeley County
West Virginia, USA

Only son of Robert (ca. 1808 - 1876) and Catharine Baker McKinney (ca. 1812 - ca. 1850). Maternal grandparents were Major Joseph McKinney (1773-?) and Dinah Quigley (1776-1823). Great-grandson of Robert Quigley (1744-1815) and Eleanor Mary Jacob (1745-1821). Brother of Catharine Ann McKinney Moore, who is also buried in Green Hill Cemetery.

Enlisted as a private, Co. B, 1st Potomac Home Brigade Cavalry (Maryland), Federal Army, American Civil War, Sept. 2, 1861 at Clear Spring, Maryland for a period of three years. Not stated if present or absent from September 1861 - December 1862. Apparently provided with a US Government horse. Listed as absent without leave for 3 days (since Dec. 22, 1862). Listed as absent without leave for 10 days but present during the February muster sheet. In confinement at Harper's Ferry guardhouse for having lost his carbine and pistol and a few other issued items as of Feb. 1864. On detached duty at Gen. William H. Emory's headquarters, August 1864. Discharged at Harper's Ferry on September 15, 1864, his term of service having concluded. Listed as having dark complexion, black hair, black eyes, born in Berkeley County, Virginia and occupation as a laborer. Filed for and received a pension for military service, at the rate of $10 per month under the act of June 27. 1890. Apparently filed August 1904 but reassessed under the act of 1907 for $12 per month from Feb. 27. 1907. Cert # 930873. See also Widow's Cert. # 664390.

1870: Listed as residing with father in Hedgesville, Berkeley County, WV.; occupation "Brakeman on RR".

Worked as a brakeman and conductor on the B&O railroad after the war through the early 1900s. Was severely injured in a incident in April 1906, when a runaway yard engine crashed into a string of cabooses standing on a side track in the Keyser, West Virginia yards, smashing the cabooses, killing two men and injuring three.

McKinney, "conductor on the B&O Railroad, from Martinsburg, was one of two men injured in a wreck in the yards of the railroad at Keyser, West Virginia, at 5 p.m. on April 7, 1906. Brakeman Kiser of Brunswick Maryland, was injured, and Conductor [James William] Jennings and Brakeman Long, both also of Brunswick, were killed. The accident was caused by an engine sideswiping another, throwing the throttle wide open and making the engine run wild. "It struck cabooses and masked them into splinters. Jennings and Long were pinned in the wreckage and were burned to death in sight of their comrades, who were powerless to aid. Jennings was held fast by one leg and begged piteously for help." 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert McKinney (1809 - 1876)
  Catharine Baker McKinney (1812 - 1850)
 
 Spouse:
  Bertha Virginia Kearns McKinney (1847 - 1912)*
 
 Children:
  Robert Monroe McKinney (1876 - 1956)*
  Ernest Hunter McKinney (1877 - 1958)*
  Leonard McKinney (1881 - 1902)*
  William Howard McKinney (1884 - 1944)*
  Goldie Ardella McKinney (1886 - 1959)*
  Joseph L. McKinney (1890 - 1892)*
  Hackett Squire McKinney (1895 - 1957)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jane McKinney*
  Catherine Ann McKinney Moore (1838 - 1915)*
  Joseph Lake McKinney (1839 - 1908)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Green Hill Cemetery
Martinsburg
Berkeley County
West Virginia, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 39.45452, -77.95511
 
Created by: Cenantua
Record added: Sep 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42236004
Joseph Lake Leath McKinney
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Joseph Lake Leath McKinney
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Joseph Lake Leath McKinney
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