McKenneys of Belmont, Monroe, Guernsey and Harrison Counties, Ohio – 1880 to 1900

Hopefully you have landed here because you are researching a McKenney/McKinney family who came from Belmont, Monroe, Guernsey or Harrison counties of Ohio. If so, please contact me so that we can share information. Several families from the area now have taken a yDNA-37 test at FTDNA, and we need more families from the area to do this so that we may begin to get a better picture of these families and possible relationships between them.

The focus of my study right now are George Washington McKenney Sr. b. abt. 1832 in Ohio, William McKenney b. abt. 1827 in Ohio, married in Monroe Ohio, and Robert Eugene McKenney born about 1821 in Pennsylvania. They are each from the same area in Ohio and went to Van Buren County, Iowa and are closely connected, so I am assuming they are either brothers are cousins. DNA research shows this branch of McKenneys is not Scotch-Irish. Instead they are Irish and related to Irish McKennas.

As far as I can tell, no one has much studied the McKenneys from this area and I’m hoping eventually some people will drop by who are descendants of McKenney families from Belmont, Monroe, Guernsey and Harrison Counties in Ohio.

Some of the below is good solid census research. Other parts are speculation and subject to change as evidence presents itself, and hopefully evidence will present itself.

Things get confusing because of the repetitive names in these McKenney families of George Washington, William, John and Robert. I try to keep things straight by consistently (annoyingly, repetitively) attaching birth dates to individuals.

I’m also including research on the Bartows and some Shaffer families of Harrison county who married into the McKenney family, and also families who seem to be closely connected as they made the migration out to Iowa at the same time the McKenneys did, or who moved to the Ioway/Great Nemaha Reservation area at that time. George W. McKenney Sr. b. 1832 is said to have married an Ioway woman and I feel examination of these families is pertinent. These families who move to the Ioway/Great Nemaha Reservation are connected with the McKenneys through marriage but more obviously through close neighborhood associations with the Bartows and Shaffers.

We may never have direct lines for these McKenneys and may have to make do with a clan umbrella of kinship.

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Above is a selection of some of the known places G. W. McKenney Sr. and family would live in between 1850 and 1890. Many of the towns in which they are lived are no longer there.

G. W. McKenney Sr. b. 1832 is now in Arkansas.

17 June 1880 by J. F. SIMONDS
Pg. 33 (image 35 at
VAUGHN Amanda Black F 65 and family
TYRONE Charles Black boarder
VAUGHN Mary Black granddaughter
TAYLOR Champ Black m 50 b. Texas
Amy Black F 48 wife b. AR father b. TX Mother b. TN
MCKINNEY Clinton Mulatto 18 son b. AR father b. TN mother b. Arkansas
TAYLOR Hugh Black 16 son b. AR father b. TX mother b. AR
TAYLOR Willie Black 13 son b. AR father b. TX mother b. AR
MCCULLOCK Harriet Black 40 boarder
Andace Black 25 boarder
John H. Black 10 boarder
Emily Black Boarder
Isabel Black 4 boarder
ALLISON William Black 30
Rachel Black 23
Andrew? Black 7/12
John Black 8
BEAN Caroline Black 55 mother in law
MCKINNEY George W wm 48 Head given as single rather than widowed carpenter b. OH father b. Ireland mother b. PA
George W. Jr.wm 18 Son b. IA father b. OH mother b. PA
Addie M. wf 15 Daughter b. IA (has not been in school)
Eli W. wm 3 Son b. IA
MARTIN George W. 37 carpenter b. IA father b. VA
MARTIN Mary W 31 b. MO parents b. NY
John 12 b. IA
Frank 13 b. IA
Albert 4 b. TX
Mose? 1 b. MO
NOTE: This is the family of George Washington MARTIN b. 1842 IA, married 1867 in Hancock IL to Mary M. CUTLER b. 1849.
STARK Samuel B. white 30 b. MO parents b. KY
Martha 25 b. AR father b. TN mother b. AL
Wallis 8 b. AR
Lenore 5
William 2
Douglas 1/12
Mary 61 mother b. KY father b. VA mother b. KY
Leonice F 35 b. IL parents b. KY
BROWN William J. 49 b. TN
Ellen J. 45 b. AR
Nettie 18
Joseph 12
ATKINS William 15 stepson b. TX father b. TN mother b. AR
WOOD Harriet 45 servant b. AR

In Millwood, Guernsey, Ohio, there now appears a R. E. McKinney, age 68, shoemaker, b. in PA and father in Ireland and mother in PA. This almost matches with Robert Eugene McKenney though this R. E. has an unknown wife, Agnes J and is ten years older than Robert Eugene McKenney. This is however during a time when Robert Eugene was known to be widowed and he may have had unknown wives just as did George W. McKenney Sr. Also, I can’t find Robert Eugene McKenney on any other census. Up to some time after 1870, Rebecca McKenney, perhaps a widow of John McKenney 1 of Millwood, has been living in Millwood. I’m thinking that if this is Robert Eugene McKenney then he may have come back to Ohio at this time to settle the estate. Is R. E. McKenney shoemaker the same as Robert Eugene McKenney shoemaker? It seems he could very possibly be but I don’t know.

1880 OH, Guernsey Co. Millwood census:
pg. 20 ancestry
96/101 HAY Daniel and Mary
97/102 CLARY Thomas and Eliza
NOTE: Refer to the 1830 Millwood Guernsey Ohio census in which Samuel and Enoch Clarey appear a few households from John McKenney 1 b. 1795-1805).
98/103 MCKINNEY R. E. 68 Shoemaker b. PA father b. Ireland mother b. PA
Agnes J. 36 wife Keeping house

Also in Guernsey Cambridge Township
223/225 PIATT Charles 31 b. OH father b. NY mother b. OH and Mary
224/226 BEYMER Joseph B.
225227 SCOTT Wilson 49 b. PA father b. Ireland mother b. VA and Margaret
226/228 TINGLE Joseph 72 b. VA
227/229 DAVIS John b. WV
228/240 MCKINNEY John H. 20 grocer b. OH father b. OH mother b. NJ
Annie R. 19 wife
Ethel 4/12 daughter
WILLIAMSON Davis black family in household
229/231 MCKITRICK J. M. 35 sheriff of Co. b. OH parents b. VA
Lizzie 32
Mary Bell
SARCHET Moses 77 (born Isle of Guernsey?)
Martha 75 (born Isle of Guernsey?)
Page before is a HERRING B.S. 63 b. PA and his wife Rebecca (keeping a hotel)
Note: Refer to the 1850 Millwood, Guernsey, Ohio census in which Sarchets are living beside John S. McKenney b.1810.

A Henry W. Slaughter marries a Sarah Sadie Nolan of Atwood, Piatt, Illinois in Jewell, Kansas in 1876. They are however now living beside Lucinda W. McKenney Schalburg (she remarried to William Schalburg in Piatt in 1879) in Atwood, Piatt, Illinois. The Schalburg family continues in Piatt for some time then eventually moves to California.

128/132 SLAUGHTER Henry 25 stone mason b. IA parents b. NC mother b. NJ
Sarah 21 b. IL
Estella 2 b. KS father b. IA mother b. IL
129/133William H. SHALBARG 40 b. Denmark keeps restaurant parents b. Den
Lucinda 25 b. OH parents b. OH
Jerry stepson 2 b. IL father b. KY mother b. OH
130/134 HELTON Alexander 29 b. IN father b. NC mother b. IN
Mary 26 b. Baden
Gertie 9 b. IL
Bertie 7
Alfred 3
SONG Alexander 22 boarder b. KY father b. Ireland mother b. KY

Belleville, Chautauqua, Kansas, Philemon and Martha Sparks Thomas are living beside Isaac Eldridge, whose daughter Effie marries William Fronkier in 1895.


In District 61, Center, Wapello, IA, we find Thomas Evans Cole and wife Mary Jane Picken, married in 1867 in Mahaska, living beside Paris Caldwell, whose Hackney wife has died. (97 John R. Shepherd, 98 Paris Caldwell, 99, Thomas Evans Cole). Thomas Evans Cole is the son of William and Elizabeth Cole. Mary Jane Picken is the daughter of Alexander Picken and Rachel Conaway.


Illinois, Tennessee, McDonough. Bluett Partelow and wife in the Grammant household, daughter having married Frank Grammant. Cornelius McWhirt is no longer there and has now moved to Chautauqua Co. KS.


George Washington Martin and wife Mary Culter are now living next to George Washington McKenney b. 1832in Fayetteville, Washington Co. ARK. George Martin’s grandparents are Hugh Wilson and Susan Skiles. His uncle Wilson married Susanna Spoonamore, daugher of Philip and Rachel in 1833. Philip Spoonamore as late as the 1850 census was living next to a bunch of Skiles in Schuyler.

In 1880 Benjamin Sparks, a brother of Belle Sparks McKenney (she will marry G W McKenney Jr. in 1883) is living in the household of the Copples in Chautauqua County Kansas. William Henry Murphy, son of Harvey Murphy and Barbara Spoonamore, marries Margaret Copple abt 1910. A sister of Margaret Copple is Iantha Copple who marries an Irvin Sanborn. His cousin, Robert Sanborn, was Ada Brunger’s first husband (married in 1912). Ada Brunger’s 2nd husband was James McKenney, son of George Washington McKenney and Belle.

Meanwhile, in Mercer Co. MO, William and Lewis Hall live next to a George Dunn who was living next to the Martins in 1870. These Halls were in Fremont County in 1870 and one of them was married in 1866 at Council Bluffs. They don’t marry into the McKenney family until 1908, in KS, but for some reason a notation was left in an old McKenney trunk about an Emeline Hall. “Ermeline Hall wife of Lewis Hall married Apr 26, 1851.” The handwriting is said to have been difficult to read, I’ve not seen the original, and it’s confusing as we have no Emeline marrying a Lewis Hall in 1851. The only Emeline Hall in that particular line in my database wasn’t born until the 1870s. Another Emeline Hall in my database was in the Bluett Partelow household in 1856 in Lick Creek, Van Buren IA. She was the daughter of Augustus Caesar Hall and Ellen Lee, was born circa 1851-1852, and her mother had died. Her brother, Augustus, was in the 1850 census with Nancy Montgomery (mother of Letitia who married Bluett) living next to Bluett Partelow. With them was a 5 year old Douglas Dunn. After the elder Augustus remarried they are found in Bellevue in 1860. Further confusing matters, a John Augustas Hall is in Rulo NE by 1860, marries a Picard and is living a couple doors from the Rulos in 1870. Are they related? Augustus Caesar Hall was born in NY in 1814 and lived for a time in Ohio before going to Iowa. But Augustus Caesar’s father seems to have been born in MA while the Rulo John Augustas’ father, another John Augustas, is given in the census as born in Germany…and yet John Augustus Hall is a well known Massachusetts family name. John August Hall married Celeste Ellen Campbell, daughter of William Campbell and Clara Barada.


In Richardson County, NE, the Hurleys and Furrows (related to Franklin) live a couple doors from a Lawrence Harsin. Three of Lawrence Harsin’s half-siblings are married to Pershalls. Their father, Joseph Pershall is now living in Barada Nebraska before moving out to Washington State. He was before this an Indian trader in Chautauqua Co. KS. Some of his family is still living in Chautuaqua Co. and has married into my Crockett side of the family. The Crocketts have yet to marry into the McKenneys but are all currently in Chautauqua. The Hackneys come down from Lick Creek Van Buren IA in 1872 and by 1883 have married into the Crocketts. (One of the Harsins is married to a Kirendall. See 1875 for related Kirendalls from Van Buren Co. IA)


George Neff, who had been married to Virginia Boggs in 1866 (see 1860 McKenney column for connection to McKenneys) now marries Josephine Deroin. Josephine Deroin’s sister had married Charles Roubidoux in 1858 and was living next to George Neff’s brother, Daniel in 1860.

Abt. 1880, John A. Warner marries Lavina who had first been married to a Miles Simmonds. In 1880 and 1885 they are living in Mission, Brown, Kansas. Lavina’s son William E. Simmonds marries Mary Elizabeth Ogden before 1880. James Jim Ogden married Ida Mae Neff, a daughter of George Neff (see above in this column or 1860 McKenney column for connection to McKenneys). Brother William Ogden married Deall Mae Deroin. Brother Burt Ogden married Carolyn Roubidoux. Brother Daniel Ogden married Millie Lightfoot. Brother Ira married Julia Deroin. John A. Warner was a son of John Warner and Margaret Jane Chenoweth of Harrison County, Ohio and the family had moved to Brown, Kansas before 1874, John Warner dying there. Margaret Jane Chenoweth’s parents were Arthur Cheoweth and Elizabeth Baxter of Harrison County Ohio. Elizabeth Baxter was a first cousin of Emblem Baxter. George W. McKenney Jr was boarded with Thomas Merrit Baxter in 1871 in Osage, Neosho, Kansas. In 1840 Harrison County, Arthur Chenoweth and Mary Delong are living next to John Gault in Harrison County, Ohio. This John Gault was married to Nancy McKinney, daughter of George McKinney Sr. and Mary Campbell of Harrison Co. Ohio, probably relations of my George W. McKenney Sr.


1881-1882 Addie McKenney, daughter of George W. McKenney and Isabel, marries Samuel McWhirt, son of Cornelius McWhirt, they having settled in Chautauqua Co. at some point, and Addie and Samuel move to the Osage Reservation.

About this time, James Preson Tripp marries Jennie McWhirt, daughter of Cornelius Mcwhirt. He will later marry Mary Sparks.


Samuel Kelly Crockett marries Sarah Elizabeth Hackney, daughter of William Hackney and Mary Enlow (of Van Buren Iowa). They reside in Chautauqua Kansas.


George W. McKenney Jr., son of George W. McKenney Sr. and Isabella Love, marries Belle Sparks in Chautauqua Co. Kansas.


Robert Eugene McKenney is residing in Flandreau, Moody, South Dakota. Also in 1884 he is given as marrying Elizabeth A. Curtis in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota.


1885 news article gives George W. McKenney Sr. b. 1832 as living in vicinity of Cedar Vale in Chautauqua. He appears in the Center, Chautauqua Co., Kansas census with his son George W. McKenney Jr. but no one else. I am assuming that G. W. McKenney Jr.’s family may be already on the Osage Reserve. Eli likely is a he’s not in the Chautauqua County census. I’m imagining he was living with a sibling such as Addie McKenney McWhirt.

Robert Eugene McKenney is residing in Independence, Hennepin, Minnesota with wife Elizabeth A. Curtis who was born in Ohio.


George W. McKenney Sr. b. 1832 remarries to an Alice Tilson way out in Tennessee, and they move to Oklahoma Territory. He doesn’t appear anywhere in the 1900 census.


The Spoonamores marry into the Roy Ioway Line. Isaac Asbury Spoonamore marries Emma Jane Franklin.


The Spoonamores marry into the Roy Ioway Line. Isaac Asbury Spoonamore marries Emma Jane Franklin.


Ettie Partelow, daughter of Amos Partelow b. 1844, is now in Cedar Vale, Chautauqua Co Kansas and marries H. C. Parker there. It appears they go to Indian Territory (Osage or Kay County) where they have all their children, Ettie dies and Parker returns to Chautauqua Co by 1900.


William B. Neff marries Millie Tesson. See 1860 McKenney column for connection of William B. Neff’s mother’s family to Rogert Eugene McKenney.


The Partelows now marry into the Roy Ioway line. Ida Partelow marries Abraham Brien Jr., son of Abraham Brien and Louisa Roy. Perry Partelow marries Emma Brien, daughter of Abraham Brien and Louisa Roy.


About this time Franklins etc. move to Pawhuska/Kay Oklahoma area.


Jule Brien, son of Abraham Brien and Louisa Roy, marries Julia Tesson, daughter of Joseph Tesson and Elizabeth White Cloud in Falls City, Richardson, Nebraska.


Approx. 1888-1900 George W, McKenney Jr’s family was living in Oklahoma. They were in Kay County in 1894.


Paris Wood Hackney marries Dora Knox in Oregon. She is daughter of Thomas Lyttleton Knox and Sarah Ellen Oglesby. Dora Knox’ uncle, William Doughty Knox, was married to Amanda Jane Doughty, daughter of Skillman and Jane Downey Doughty who were in Wapello, IA by 1846. Skillman Doughty’s sister is Francis Fanny Doughty who married James Mason Ellis, parents of Mary Ann Ellis who married James Sparks. Thomas Lyttleton Knox’ parents were Samuel Knox and Malinda Doughty, another sister of Mary Ann Ellis and Skillman Doughty. Elizabeth Knox, a sister of Samuel Knox, m. Jonas Sparks, whose uncle was George Sparks, father of James Sparks who married Mary Ann Ellis.

5 Responses to “McKenneys of Belmont, Monroe, Guernsey and Harrison Counties, Ohio – 1880 to 1900”
  1. Deanna Sinks says:

    I am interested in this Bluett Partlow. Would you have any other information about him or any dates for the people you have referred to from the Partelows/Partlow


    • Todd Smith says:

      Hi Deanna, It has been a few years since this post. I am also interested in Bluett Partlow. My mother was a Grammont. Frank and Sarah are my great-great grandparents. From what I am trying to piece together if Bluett was born in Butler county, Ohio in about 1808. His father and mother (Amos and Sarah Bailey) were married in Butler Co. in 1809). I don’t know if he was illegitimate, and that is why he is not listed as a dependent of Amos. Amos and Sarah moved across the state to Meigs Co. Ohio and helped settle it. Somehow Bluett made it back east to Butler county to meet Letitia and get married in 1839? Or, was he left behind as a child with other family? I can’t find record of Amos is North Carolina. I don’t know if he is a dependent of John Partlow line (Virginia). If you have leads in any direction I would be most appreciative.
      Thank You

  2. admin says:


    He married Letitia Montgomery on Feb 21 1839 in Butler County, Ohio.

    He’s in the 1849 Van Buren, Iowa census.

    He’s in the 1850 Lick Creek, Van Buren, Iowa census.
    54/54 Nancy MONTGOMERY 54 b. VA
    Susan 28
    Douglas DUNN 5 b. IA
    Augustus HALL Jr. 1 b. IA
    55/55 BLUET? PARTLOW 43 $1000 b.. OH
    Letitia 32 b. VA
    Amos 6 b. IA
    Jane 12 b. OH
    Amos 50 b. NC

    He’s in the 1856 Lick Creek, Van Buren, Iowa census.
    97/97 Bluet PARTLOW 50 OH 12 years in the state
    Letta 33 IN 8 years in the state
    James 11? IA
    Emiline HALE or HALL 4
    Marshall HALE or HALL 1

    He’s in the 1860 Lick Creek, Van Buren, Iowa census.
    319/331 Blont PARTLOW 52 Farmer $760 $200 b. OH
    Lydia 32 b. IN
    Rachel E. 8 b. IL
    Marshall 5 b. IA
    Sarah 2
    Rebecca 9/12
    Amos 15 b. IA

    He’s in the 1870 Fountain Green, Hancock, Illinois census.
    1870 Illinois, Hancock County, Fountain Green
    Pg. 127
    PARTLOW Bluett 60 wh laborer b. IA
    May 46 b. IA
    Bluett 18 b. IA
    Sarah 15 b. IA
    Nancy 6 b. IA
    Bub 5 b. IA

    He’s in the 1880 Tennessee, McDonough, Illinois census.
    30/30 GRAMMANT Frank 22 farming b. IL parnets b. IL
    Sarah 22 wife b. IA father b. OH mother b. IN
    PARTLOW Blont 74 father-in-aw laborer b. OH parents b. Germany
    Lenna A. 52 mother-in-law helping the daughter b. IN father b. VA mother b. OH

    I am a little bewildered by the various names of his wife in the census so don’t know if he was perhaps married more than once but am currently treating it as one wife. I don’t know what happened to Bluett and his wife after 1880.

    1. Jane b. 1839 in Butler County, Ohio, don’t know yet who she married or what happened to her.
    2. Amos b. 1844 in Iowa m. Sarah Louisa Ludey before 1869
    3. Rachel E. Partelow b. 1852 in Iowa, unknown what happened to her after 1860.
    4. Marshall (Bluett?) b. 1852-1855 in Iowa, unknown what happened to him after 1870.
    5. Sarah b. abt. 1858 in Iowa married Frank Grammant 1880 March 4 in McDonough Co., Illinois
    6. Rebecca A. b. 1859 Sep 13 in Iowa married William Joshua Lovell on Dec 31 1876 in Hancock Co. Illinois
    7. Nancy b. 1864 in Iowa, unknown what happened to her after 1870.
    8. Bud b. 1865 in Iowa, unknown what happened to him after 1870.
    9. Ida M. b. 1870 married April 10 1889 to Abraham C. Brien Jr.

    Possible (unconfirmed) parents may have been Amos Partelow b. 1789 in NC, married Sarah Bailey 1809 May 25 in Butler Co. Ohio.

    That’s what I have on Bluett. I have some more on a few of his lines. My interest in this family is that they were closely associated with mine for a number of years and so my reasoning is they were perhaps related.

  3. Dixie Jakob says:

    1893 you list Joseph Tesson and Elizabeth White Cloud daughter Julia married. Do you have any info on Joseph Tesson. My line comes from Joseph first wife.
    Thanks for any help.

  4. jmk says:

    Dixie, this is the information I have thus far on Joseph Tesson Sr.

    Hope this is of some help.

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