William W. McGinnis

Mercer County, Kentucky, USA
Death 1842 (aged 59–60)
Pike County, Missouri, USA
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial
Memorial ID 58132167 · View Source
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Some records have his birth year as 1784

William fought in the War of 1812 along with his brothers Thomas and John and they all served under General Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans.

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The following information was sent to me in July 1997 by Gary D. Duke of Freeman, MO. He researched the McGinnis family for 15 years beginning in 1982. He is a descendant of William W. Jr.

I have visited Franklin and Anderson Counties and I found they consist almost entirely of steep hillsides. The major crop, then and now, is tobacco, which can be grown in small plots. William and Betsy lived in that portion of Franklin County which was split off in 1827 to create Anderson County. In 1835 they made a major move west to Pike County, Missouri.

Pike County abuts the Mississippi River north of present St Louis. Lincoln County is just to the south and Montgomery County is just to the west. William's sister Mary had married his first cousin Samuel and they lived in Lincoln before Samuel died. Mary then lived only a few miles west into Montgomery. William's other first cousin Greenberry lived in Lincoln County when William moved to Pike. There were also several nephews and a couple of distant cousins living in the same general area.

William W. was 51 years old when he moved his family to Missouri. Though I assume he lived adequately in Pike County, records suggest that he did not prosper. He lived on a 5 1/2 acre plot in southwestern Pike and owned and farmed another 18 1/2 acres Ony a short distance away. By 1840, he was in poor health and owed money to many creditors who were pushing him for payment. Perhaps because he was in poor health, or perhaps just to get the creditors off his back, on 10-3-1840, William W. decided to sell all his possessions for $1 to his son Strother. In fairness to William, it appears the reason for this action was probably poor health because in the deed of transfer, he instructed Strother to dispose of the possessions for the best value and then to pay off William's debts as best possible. This deed of sale amounts to a Will so I will describe it fully.

William W. McGinnis assigned all his land and possessions to his son Strother J. McGinnis with instructions that Strother is to do whatever necessary to pay off William's creditors. The reason given is that William is "indebted to many persons which I cannot pay". The deed mentions land owned by William as being 18 1/2 acres located between McDonald, Smith, Hough and Brown and another 5 1/2 acres between Watts & Brown "being where I now reside". Personal property mentioned is: 2 bay horses, 1 black cow, 1 red cow, 12 head of hogs, 6 beds & bedding, 6 bedsteads, 3 tables, 1 clock, 1 press, 12 chairs, 1 carry, 2 shovel plows, and "my crop of corn & tobacco grown upon the two farms above specified and upon the farm rented from Jesse Hughes by W. W. McGinnis and myself". (note this deed identifies William W. and another W. W. McGinnis who is co-renting land from Hughes. This other W. W. is his son) The deed also directs Strother to "first of all" pay debts on which Strother has co-signed as security for Strother's brothers William and Hardin. Then Strother is next to pay debts on which Strother has co-signed as security for William W. Lastly, Strother is to pay any other debts "generally".

Strother did as he was instructed. On 8-2-1841, Strother sold the 18 1/2 acres for $200. At that time William W. was still living in Pike, but on 4-1-1842, Strother sold the land where William W. had been living, the 5 1/2 acres with house for $206.58. There is no further mention of William W. or Betsy so I assume they had died in Pike before April, 1842. I do note that the sale of the 5 1/2 acres did not include "l5 feet square in the southeastern corner". This sounds like a burial plot where William W. and Betsy are probably buried.

After the death of William W. McGinnis Sr. and his wife in Pike County, their children began to move away from Pike.

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  • Created by: Ed Bartolacci
  • Added: 3 Sep 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 58132167
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William W. McGinnis (1782–1842), Find a Grave Memorial no. 58132167, ; Maintained by Ed Bartolacci (contributor 46942485) Non-Cemetery Burial.