|Birth: ||Nov. 17, 1720, Scotland|
About the middle of the eighteenth century Joseph MacKenzie followed the tide of Scotch-Irish immigration into the CumberIand Valley, crossed the Conodoguinet creek and settled three miles northwest of the present town of Newburg, on the mountain road between Newburg and Roxbury in Hopewell
township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. At the foothills of the Kittatinny mountains he built his house of logs, found abundant pasture for his cattle in the clearing of hewn trees felled by his axe and utilized in the walls of his cabin home, and watered his flock in the mountain stream nearby.
In a few years the soil was tilled and fields waved with grain. Soon the paths through the forest were broadened into roads, neighbors could be reached within a short time, and the organization of the Presbyterian church at Middle Spring gave them the benefit of religious privileges. His wife probably was of Scotch parentage and came with him to America.
She lies beside her husband in Hanna's graveyard, near Newburg,
where for two generations the MacKenzie family buried their dead. Only a small number of the graves are marked.
The name was changed from MacKenzie or MacKinzie to McKinney by Joseph MacKenzie, as is shown by his signature
in his will which reads as follows: "In the name of 'God, Amen. I, Joseph MacKenzie, of the township of Hopewell, county of Cumberland, and state of Penna., husbandman, calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life,
and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do this the second day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five, make this my last will and testament, in form and manner. (and ended with the following) in witness whereof I hereunto set my
hand and seal the day and year first above written.
The will was probated August 12, 1785.
Grizelda McKinney (1717 - 1785)
Thomas McKinney (1738 - 1787)*
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Record added: Sep 02, 2011
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