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William McKinney b. 1795 Ireland married Susannah Hardesty

William McKinney b. 1795 in Ireland was married 1825 Feb 17 in Belmont, Ohio, according to Belmont marriage records, to Susannah Hardesty. He is a possible relation or son of Robert McKenney b. 1770 Ireland and Margaret of Belmont>Guernsey>Monroe Ohio who were living in Richland, Belmont County, Ohio a couple of households from Susannah Hardesty in 1820.

Please if you have anything on this family, let me know!

As covered in my notes, William is too old to be a son of William McKenney in the below census. Susannah Hardesty (a widow of Samuel, son of Richard) is shown to be living close to Robert McKenney.

pg. 209
William MCKINNEY 3 2 – – – 1 1 – – – 1 – 2
(3 males under 10, 2 10 to 16, 1 45 and up, 1 female under 10, 1 45 and up)
Joseph BEEDY?
William NICHOL
pg. 213
Rudolph FARELL
Susan HARDISTEY 2 – – – – – – – – 1
(2 males under 10, 1 female 26 to 45)
Richard HARDISTEY – – – – – 1 – – – – 1
(1 male over 45, 1 female over 45)
Robert HARDISTEY 4 – – – 1 – 2 – – – 1
Robert MCKINNEY 1 1 1 2 – 1 – 1 1 – 1 – 3
(1 male under 10, 1 male 10 to 16, 1 male 16 to 18, 2 males 16 to 26, 1 45 and up, 1 female 10 to 16, 1 female 16 to 26, 1 female 45 and up. A Robert MCKINNEY in 1830 Belmont has 2 female 20 to 30, a male 10 to 15 and 1 20 to 30, plus two older adults, and could match this household.)
Dennis HALL
James BALL
William MARTIN
William BELL
Catherine DILLON

After 1820, William and Susannah disappear from the census for a couple of decades, at least I can’t find them, nor can I find the Hardesty sons of Susannah, at least one of which is likely in a separate household before 1840.

Susannah and Samuel Hardesty had:

1) Richard Hardesty b. 1812 Aug 9 in Belmont
2.) Samuel Hardesty (?), who is given as born abt. 1825 in Belmont in the 1850 census, which would have to be wrong as his father died in July of 1814.

I’m unable to locate Richard Hardesty in 1840.

A Rootsweb database gives Richard Hardesty as marrying a Deborah Wilmot (Wilmott, Wilmont?) who was born 1813 Dec 14 in Darke County, Ohio and died 1835 Dec 16 in Darke County. They had a daughter, Mary Ann Hardesty, b. 1835 Dec 14 in Illinois. This girl does appear in the 1850 census and gives her instead as born in Ohio. I don’t find this marriage in online Darke County marriage records that have been transcribed.

The same Hardesty database gives Richard Hardesty as married again, before 1846, to a Margaret who the web gives as born 1809 June 30 in Darke County, Ohio and had been previously married to a James Michael Westfall. This suggests they may have been in the Darke County ohio area in 1840 but I can’t find this Westfall family on the 1840 census nor do I find a marriage record in an online database of transcribed Darke County Ohio marriages. But one can see in the 1850 and 1860 census that there may have been a previous marriage and one of the children is a Nancy J. Michael.

At least according to the 1850 census, William McKinney and Susannah had 2 children:

1) William W. McKinney b. abt. 1829 in Ohio
2.) Clark W. McKinney b. abt. 1833 in Ohio

As stated, I’m unable to find the McKinneys in 1830 and 1840, and am unable to find the Hardestys in 1840, but these families are observed in the 1850 Ursa, Adams, Illinois census.

1850 Ursa, Adams, Illinois
William MCKINNEY 55 farmer b. Ireland
Susan 55
William 21 b. OH
Clark 17 b. OH
Mary A. HARDESTY 13 b. OH
NOTE: This Mary is the daughter of Richard Hardesty and his wife Deborah Wilmont

1850 Ursa, Adams, Illinois
Richard Hardesty 38 farmer OH
Rachael 40
Andrew M. 18
Nancy 14
James 13
Susan 10
Samuel 4
Angeline 2 IL
Emeline 2
Samuel 25 farmer OH
NOTE: I guess this is Margaret. The age is right. The children Susan, 10, James 13, Nancy 14 and Andrew M. would be from that previous marriage.

William McKinney and Susannah perhaps die after 1850 as I am no longer able to locate them in the census.

William W. McKinney marries Matilda Dunlap b. 1834 in Ohio on 1852 March 15 in Adams County, Illinois.

I don’t know where Clark W. is, but in the 1860 Mendon, Adams, Illinois census we observe both Richard Hardesty and William W. McKinney.

1860 Mendon, Adams, Illiinois
3404 Wm MCKINNEY 30 OH
Matilda 25
Isora 6
Charles 4
George W. 3

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Mendon, Adams, Illinois; Roll: M653_155; Page: 464; Image: 121.
Henry ZIMMERMAN household
3468/3554 Richard HARDESTY 49 OH
Margaret 51
Samuel 15
Nancy J. Michael 25
Susannah 20
Angeline Hardesty 12 IL
Emeline 12
Richard M. 8
Followed by William S. GUTHRIE household

The Illinois State Marriage Database gives Clark W. McKinney as marrying Susan R. McClelland on 1864 March 7 in Adams County, Illinois.

Richard Hardisty is observed in the 1870 Gilmer, Adams, Illinois census.

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Gilmer, Adams, Illinois; Roll: M593_186; Page: 162; Image: 331.
HARDISTY Richard 58 farmer 100 Ohio
Margaret 61 OH
Samuel 26
Angeline 22 IL
REED Samuel 28 farmer 400 Ireland

William W. and Clark McKinney have moved on to Lincoln, Clark County, Missouri. Clark no longer appears to be married.

1870 Lincoln, Clark, Missouri
137 MCKENNEY Clark W 38 farmer b. OH
CROSMEIL (CROSMOND?) Mince 36 male farm laborer b. NY
Mary 30

207 MCKINNEY William 39 OH
Matilda 36 IL
Isora A. 15
Charles 13
George F. 12

By 1880, Clark is married to an Eliza and is in Spring, Butler, Kansas.

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Spring, Butler, Kansas; Roll: T9_375; Family History Film: 1254375; Page: 158.2000; Enumeration District: 162; Image: 0198.

Clark W. McKinney 47 b. OH father b. Ireland mother b. PA
Eliza A. McKinney 45 b. KY

William W. McKinney is in Ryan, Sumner, Kansas. Isora A. is no longer with them so is perhaps married. I did a search for an appropriate Isora (age, place of birth) in the 1880 Kansas census but was unable to locate one in the county.

1880 Ryan, Sumner, Kansas
6/6 TAYLOR J W and Martha and family
7/7 MCKENNEY William 49 farmer Ohio parents b. Ireland
Matilda 41 OH father PA mother OH
C C 25 IL parents OH
George 24 IL

Clark W. McKinney gets himself into some trouble by 1884 and drops off the map. He had been found guilty of murdering a man named William H. Reeder.

The case of the State versus McKinney, was tried in the supreme court of Kansas at the January term in 1884. The defendant, Clark W. McKinney had been found guilty of murder in the first degree, in the homicide of William H. Reeder, near Augusta, when the case was tried in the local district court. The opinion of the Supreme Court was written by David J. Brewer, the Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, later one of America’s greatest jurists, and a member of the United States Supreme Court. He affirmed the decision. McKinney was defended by A. L. Redden, T. O. Shinn, D. McKinney and J. D. Snoddy. The prosecution was handled by George Gardner and C. N. Sterry, of Emporia.

Clark brought an appeal based on numerous grounds but it was found to be without merit.

Unless Clark W. had children, say, by his first wife, that aren’t shown on the census, I think it’s safe to say that at this point in his life Clark exited the ability to download his genes and he likely has no descendants trying to find information on him who might ever find this page and say, “Oh, I know something about this family!”

Sons Charles and George are still with William W. McKinney and Susannah in 1885 in Palestine, Sumner, Kansas.

107 William MCKINNEY 55 OH
Matilda 58
108 George 28 IL
Charles C 25 ?
J M or S M LEWIS 45 OH from Iowa
S J 44
E J 21 b. IN
T J ? 20
E M 19
A M 17
J W 14

Sometimes these state census are confusing. In 1895 we find William and son George in Ryan, Sumner, Kansas.

61 PILCHER W H (william) 47 IL from NE
SF 43 OH
S B 20 NE
E W 15
L W 11
H R 6
BEURLLET? J A 50 male IN from IN
62 MCKINNEY Wm 66 IL from MO
M 60

George F. McKinney is listed alone and still unmarried in the 1900 census in Ryan. I don’t find Charles that year. Then I don’t find George in 1910. It’s a possibility that Charles died before 1900 without children and George died before 1910 without children. Which would mean the end point of finding anything for this line, unless Isora married and had chidlren.

Below is a map plotting various known and suspected points on their journey from Ohio to Kansas.

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9 responses to “William McKinney b. 1795 Ireland married Susannah Hardesty”

  1. Justin Dalby Avatar
    Justin Dalby

    I am looking for the parents of George C. McKinney who was born in Ohio in 1822 and Married Elizabeth Burkhead. They then relocated to Jefferson Co., IL. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

    Justin Dalby

    1. admin Avatar

      Do you know where he was born in Ohio?

  2. Jim McKinney Avatar
    Jim McKinney

    I am researching William McKenney (later spelled McKinney), married to Susan Hardesty, parents of William F McKinney (married to Matilda Dunlap). William F McKinney and Matilda Dunlap McKinney are buried in Milan, Kansas, and are the parents of George F(ranklin) McKinney, my great grandfather. I have many of the same questions that you have; however, I have information about William and Susan and their time in Seneca County, Ohio and the descendants of Izora McKinney and George Franklin McKinney. I also have pictures of William and Matilda McKinney, George Franklin McKinney and his wife and children.

    I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

    1. jmk Avatar

      Hi, Jim, it’s great to hear from you. I was hoping I might one day hear from a descendant down thsi branch.

      What you see here is all that I have on William and Susan Hardesty.

      My McKenneys come from Monroe Co. Ohio, and I think they are related to a Robert McKenney who was in Belmont/Guernsey and Monroe. I’ve thought it’s probable that your William McKenney is a son of Robert as Susan Hardesty lived so close to him.

      A male of our family did a FamilyTreeDNA blood test and if you ever choose to do one it would be easy to see if we come from the same family group. Our McKenneys turn out to be of Irish rather than Scotch/Irish descent and are related to Irish McKennas.

      Have you ever considered having a yDNA test?

      1. Jim McKinney Avatar
        Jim McKinney

        My wife and I are in Quincy, Illinois, researching William and Susanah McKinney. Yesterday, in the Quincy Public Library, we found a book prepared by the Great River Genealogical Society in which they have visited each cemetery in Adams county and listed information from every grave marker. We found William and Susanah McKinney buried in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery near Ursa, Illinois. William’s headstone is broken and currently unreadable. However, at the time the information was gathered for their publication, they could read that he died at the age of 71 years and 20 days but they could not read the death date. The nearby Methodist Church that most likely held the burial records for the cemetery was destroyed in 1905. No mention is made of the possible location of the records from that church.

        Susanah’s headstone is currently unreadable. According to the book, Susanah died on 27 April 1863 at the age of 70 years, eleven months. Her birthday day is calculated to be 27 May 1792. This puts to rest one of their many mysteries.

        Today I hope to locate information about their land holdings in Adams county. If so, I will gladly share what I find. This current trip will take us through Kansas to locate additional information about the family.

        I am interested in the yDNA testing and look forward to sharing what I discover from that when it happens.

  3. jmk Avatar

    Jim, if you do the yDNA testing (and I hope you do) I’ll be very interested in the results. It’ll clear up at least one mystery–one way or the other.

    Aside from Robert McKenney, there were two other McKenneys in the 1820 Belmont census. One was a James McKinney, but his children are known through a will and your William isn’t one of them. His children moved on to another county before 1830 and he died. That James was here much earlier than ours, was in the Revolutionary War. As your William was born in Ireland, he’s not a candidate to be a member of his family anyway. Whereas, as best as I can tell, the Robert McKenney bunch would have come over between 1795 and 1805.

    There was also a William McKinney with this household: (3 males under 10, 2 10 to 16, 1 45 and up, 1 female under 10, 1 45 and up). This William was older than your William. I wish I had info on him but he disappears after 1820 and this is all I know. I feel he’s a strong candidate for being a relation of Robert McKenney. Maybe a brother? This William was in the 45 and older category, so it may be possible that he had an older son who wasn’t in the household in this census and is one of the McKenneys that shows up in 1830 in Guernsey. Possibly your William could have even been a son of his and wasn’t in the household but elsewhere.

    But Susannah was living right by Robert McKenney which gives your William as a strong candidate for being the elder son of Robert.

    Then in 1830 Robert McKenney is in Guernsey and suddenly also two John McKenneys appear there who are about the same age and have new families (since 1820) who are in the same age ranges female and male, and this is a source of confusion in multiple ways. Was one of these Johns instead a son of Robert? Did he perhaps have children who weren’t in the 1820 census and at least one of them has shown up in Guernsey in 1830?

    So much confusion and at this point only a yDNA test will help to clarify some of this, I think. I’ve been researching for many years with a descendant of a Robert McKenney who came out of this area who looks to be either a brother or cousin of my George Washington McKenney (who is not the George Washington who was a known son of Robert, that George being much older). He’s not in a position to do a yDNA test, but it would really help if he could one day. He moved out to Van Buren, Iowa at the same time as my McKenney and his family and mine all congregated in the same area. Another McKenney is yet another William McKenney from that area of Ohio who also would be a brother or cousin of my George, and he also moved to Van Buren, Iowa at the same time. I’ve not had any contact with descendants.

    Many mysteries concerning this bunch. Maybe one day we can clear some of them up. It’s too bad that Robert McKenney didn’t leave a will.

  4. jmk Avatar

    P.S. As for Robert McKenney, he died prior 1850, they were in Monroe Co. Ohio (the boundaries were shifting) and I don’t even know where he was buried. The 1850 household of his wife Margaret, which was but a couple of households from that of my G. W. McKenney (a reason I have assumed they were closely related, though my G. W. would not have been a son) had several older children. I have no idea what happened to any of these individuals. They disappear entirely after the 1850 census. Completely. I have searched high and low for them. Margaret may have died between 1850 and 1860, but I don’t know where she was buried.

    My thoughts on the matter right now are that Robert did have at least one child who wasn’t observed in the 1820 census, an older male, and that your William or one of the John McKenneys who appear in Guernsey in 1830 would be the older male in his household in 1820 who is out by 1830.

    He had also a son named Allen born about 1802 who is in Margaret’s household in 1850. This person disappears. He had a daughter, Anne, born about 1840, who was in Margaret’s household in 1850, and again this person disappears. Robert McKenney, a son born about 1807, is in the household of Margaret in 1850 and, again, this person disappears. His son George Washington b.1816 married Rhoda Scarborough and they moved to Indiana. He died there and is buried at Hopewell Cemetery in Randolph, Indiana.

    A daughter of Robert’s, Mary S., born 1810, married Samuel Bartow, who was a brother of Mary Bartow who married the Robert Eugene McKenney b. 1821 who moved to Van Buren, Iowa and then on to Minnesota. A bunch of these Bartows moved out also to Van Buren at the same time. So that’s why I think Robert Eugene is a close relation. As is the aforementioned William McKenney b. 1827 in Ohio who married Esther Yarnell and moved to Van Buren, Iowa. Esther’s father, Eli, moved with them. His land was next to Robert McKenney’s in Monroe Co., Ohio, a good reason to suppose that this William and Robert were closely related.

    If any of this is confusing, let me know, and I will clarify.

  5. Jim McKinney Avatar
    Jim McKinney

    Hi again,

    I have news of William McKinney who married Susanah Hardesty, widow of Samuel Hardesty and mother of two sons, Richard and Samuel. If you are still interested in pursuing this William McKinney, please take a look at FindAGrave Memorial # 90247289. Family members are linked from William’s memorial. Hopefully this will answer some of your questions. I am still searching for Susanah’s maiden name and her family as well as the death dates and locations for both DM McKinney and Clark Watson McKinney. Your suspicions were correct in so many ways with only a few mistakes. George Franklin, my great grandfather, did not marry till 1902 when he was about 43. His bride was in her early 30s leaving a career of teaching for marriage. They doted on their children and we have many photos. Charles Calvin, George’s older brother, moved to California around 1890 and lived several places before settling in Newcastle near Sacramento. Three days after his 40th birthday he committed suicide which was very well documented in the newspaper. My wife and I also were able to go through the probate of his estate which was very sad to witness. Our research continues now with George Franklin’s wife’s grandfather who is purported to have named Death Valley.

    If there is anything else I might have that you would like to know, I am happy to share. I am very interested in Robert McKinney and will turn to him once I have completed Asa Haynes’ family and his tie to Death Valley.


    Jim McKinney

    1. jmk Avatar

      Thanks, Jim. I took a look and appreciate your sending this to me. It’s still too bad we don’t have sibs or parents of William!

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