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.
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.
1880 ARKANSAS WASHINGTON CO FAYETTEVILLE
17 June 1880 by J. F. SIMONDS
Pg. 33 (image 35 at Ancestry.com)
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
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
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
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.
1880 IL, PIATT, ATWOOD
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.