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 David McKinney

David McKinney

Ohio, USA
Death May 1881 (aged 49)
Burial Bridgeport, Mono County, California, USA
Memorial ID 5852517 · View Source
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His tombstone says he died in May 1881 at the age of 49 years, 5 months and 12 days. That would put his birthdate in December 1831 or January 1832.

Epitaph reads: "Gone before us, O Our Brother, To the spirit land, Vainly look we for another, In thy place to stand."

David McKinney, driver of George (unreadable) team and a steady (unreadable) who enjoyed (unreadable) of all who knew him, was (unreadable) at Hawthorne on Sunday by (unreadable) caught under a falling mill (unreadable) bottom which he was assisting (unreadable) teamster to load. The men (unreadable) succeeded in getting the heavy (unreadable) well up the side of the wagon (unreadable) slipped and fell, catching McKinney under it. The pan was removed from the body as speedily as (unreadable), but the unfortunate man (unreadable) but seven minutes afterward. (Bodie Free Press, 5/3/1881, Tuesday)

The body of David McKinney, the unfortunate teamster who was killed at Hawthorne on Sunday, was brought into town Tuesday morning and taken to H. Ward's undertaking rooms. The deceased was a hardworking man, and leaves behind him a number of friends. Little or nothing I is known of the unfortunate man's relations, as he was always very reticent on the subject. An inquest was held at Hawthorne, and the acting Coroner makes the following statement: I, W. H. Keeland, Justice of the Peace, do hereby certify that I held an inquest upon the body of David McKinney, a native of Ohio, aged 42 years, at the Carson and Colorado railroad depot, Hawthorne, Nevada, on the 1st and 2d days of May, A.D. 1881. The verdict of the jury was that death was caused by falling of castings from a freight wagon upon him and crushing his breast and head. Hawthorne, May 2, 1881 - W. H. Keeland, Justice of the Peace. The funeral will take place to-day (Wednesday) at 2 o'clock from Ward's undertaking rooms. (Bodie Free Press, 5/4/1881, Wednesday)

Tombstone Transcription Listing, Daughters of the American Revolution, Vital Records of from Cemeteries in California, Volume 13 (Book 18), pp. 119-121 (Bodie, CA, 9/28/1952), California State Library Collection, qc 929.2 D2c:

Listed as David McKinney, Died, May 1881, Age 49 years, 3 mos. & 12 days, Native of Ohio.

LDS Listing (Reno Family History Center):

"Broken marble marker. Bottom half remains; has following inscription:

David McKinney, May 1881, aged 49 years, 5 months 12 days, Native of Ohio.

"Gone before us, O, Our brother, To the Spirit land, Vainly look we for another, In Thy place to stand."

"Remaining part of stone is cracked through the poem."

Email dated July 19, 2015:

During the conservation at Bodie cemeteries, the partial stone that is laying down in the picture, with the inscriptions, was found to actually belong to a different grave. We've reset it there, still in Wards. The remaining, upright, partial stone I believe is McKinney, but the rest of the stone is missing. While it is visible in a 1962 photo (from the back),it is long gone. That makes it one of at least three that are missing the upper portion with the names. Two of them were complete in the 1960s.
I hope you're doing well.
Donna Jones

(Ms. Jones is from the Bodie State Historic Park.)




  • Maintained by: Sue
  • Originally Created by: Lonnie DeCloedt
  • Added: 17 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5852517
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for David McKinney (Dec 1831–May 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5852517, citing Bodie Cemetery, Bridgeport, Mono County, California, USA ; Maintained by Sue (contributor 47371789) .