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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