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William Henry McKinney
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Birth: Feb., 1828
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1901
Marion County
Indiana, USA

William Henry McKinney, born Feb 1829, in Miami Twp., Hamilton Co., Ohio. Son of Andrew McKinney, b abt 1793, in Pennsylvania.
William, married first wife, Eliza Jane Burns, on 24 Jan 1850, in Hamilton. Jane born abt 1826, and she was raised in Miami Twp., Hamilton Co., Ohio. She passed away in Jan 1857/8, at their home in Miami Twp., Hamilton, Ohio. Both the McKinney and Burn's family worked for John D Matson, on his farmland in Hamilton, O.

Children :
1.Melissa Ana McKinney
10 Oct 1852-23 Apr 1914
Memorial #64436396
m Finley Coston
Memorial #64436379
2.Farris/Faris McKinney
1854-bf 1902
3.Eliza Jane "Lida" McKinney
Dec 1856/7-19 Sep 1920
Memorial# 14832782
m Samuel Butler

After their courtship, he married his second and final spouse, Margaret Barnes, who also was born & raised in Hamilton County. Several years junior to William, she had attended school with William's younger brother George. After they wed, William, worked a small farm, just west of Miami Town, in Whitewater Twp., Hamilton, Ohio. The first of their children were born while living there.

1.Benjamin Franklin "Frank" McKinney
04 Apr 1859-04 Nov 1939
m Mary Katherine Hewitt
2.Elmer McKinney
1862-bf 1902
3.Ezra McKinney
09 Jan 1866-29 Feb 1923
m unmarried
4.Eber McKinney
20 Feb 1867-23 Sep 1957
m Sarah Amanda West
5.Tempie McKinney
1868-bf 1880
6.Charles Turner McKinney
03 Jul 1872- 16 Aug 1914
m Agnes Ester Butler
7.Alma McKinney Hensel
1875- 17 Oct 1898
m John Harry Hensel
8.Estelle McKinney
Apr 1878-Aug 1904
m unmarried

In 1865, William Henry McKinney, along with his younger brother George [Memorial# 2859862] served in the G Company, while their older brother Andrew [Memorial# 104058243] served in D Company of 5th Calvary Ohio, near the end of the Civil War.

The family moved to Indiana, in the spring of 1868, to Howard Co.,Indiana. By Jun 1870, they moved to Southport area, in Perry Twp., then was off again, to Center Twp., by Jun 1880, both townships in Marion County.

William bought a one room school, on Belmont Ave., right on the Wayne Township's east boundary line, in Center Township. This area was once called "Sharpsville", later named "The Village of Belmont" by Mr. Knapps a large land owner, before it became part of Indianapolis.

Decades before our ancestors arrived, Sharpsville, was settled by the Charles F Riesner family and with the help of the few other local farmers, they built a one room school house, to educated the children. When completed it held 8 students.
This old school house was abandoned for the new two story brick school built on Reisner St. in 1881, later named West Indianapolis School #1. The McKinney family, purchased this Sharpsville, one room community school house, sometime before 1880.

William and sons, converted this small school house, into a nine room, one and a half story home. My great-great grandmother mentions in one of her writings, some of the rooms were very small. This old school located as William's home was # 77 [in 1896] on Belmont Ave, his house number was changed to #1827 by 1900. It was not located at the corner of Lambert & Belmont, as some of the old historical books, of West Indianapolis state. Sadly, it is not longer there.

They later purchased three additional lots just south of their original home, from David Johnson, for $600.00, in 1894, and built a small 3 room house at #1837 [in 1900] This little house, became the last residence Mr & Mrs McKinney, resided in together.

William & sons made a living in teamster deliveries. McKinney & sons, did contracted work, delivering gravel, which was used to cover or repair the mud roads of WI, and surrounding areas. Other teamster business of West Indianapolis, included hauling coal for heating and lumber for building , and of course commodities and supplies.

The family were of the Methodist faith, and in 1886, William a founding member, helped with the construction of the new Methodist Church built on then, William St., now Blaine Avenue. Years later it became the Blaine Ave. M.E. Church, and this building still stands today, as the St. John the Forerunner Orthodox Church, now located at 1427, South Blaine Ave.

On the 8th of January in 1901, he and his brother George, were in his horse drawn buggy, when it became trapped on the trolley tracks on Howard St., and were struck by a west bound electrified street car, at the corner of Lee St, in Indianapolis. His brother sustained serious injuries, but survived. William, was taken to his son Frank's home, at 1346, Lee St. [in 1901], where he passed, in just a little over two hours. He was nearing seventy three, at the time of his death.

Mr McKinney's will, includes Margaret his wife, and children are listed in birth order as follows, Melissa Coston, (ELiza Jane)Lida Butler, both daughters from his first union. Frank, Ezra, Eber, Turner and Estella McKinney. Also grandchildren from his deceased daughter, Alma McKinney Hensel, Fern, William, Walter,and Nellie Hensel.

His close friend David Johnson, was the executor of his estate. Date 22 May 1902.


•Original; 2010
•Revision : 12/2016

Family links: 
  Andrew McKinney (1793 - ____)
  Margaret Barnes McKinney (1836 - 1915)
  Eliza Jane Burns McKinney (1826 - 1857)*
  Melissa McKinney Coston (1852 - 1914)*
  Eliza Jane McKinney Butler (1857 - 1920)*
  Franklin McKinney (1859 - 1939)*
  Ezra McKinney (1865 - 1923)*
  Eber McKinney (1867 - 1957)*
  Alma McKinney Hensel (1875 - 1898)*
  Estella McKinney (1879 - 1904)*
  Andrew McKinney (1826 - 1905)*
  William Henry McKinney (1828 - 1901)
  John McKinney (1830 - 1917)*
  Emiline McKinney Burns (1833 - 1905)*
  George Mckinney (1835 - 1910)*
  James McKinney (1846 - 1909)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: burial: JAN 8,1901
Crown Hill National Cemetery
Marion County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Sec: 9, Lot: 837
Maintained by: KJhn
Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Dec 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45982962
William Henry McKinney
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