Thursday, March 29, 2012

John McKinny as Presented in The Centennial History of the Town of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin, 1848-1948

Over the past few months, I have been posting articles from the Centennial History of the Town of Springdale,  Dane County, Wisconsin, 1848-1948.  Sometimes these articles are about my McPherson family, but many times not.    Nevertheless, I continue to  hope that these stories will bring forth more contacts, family, friends and history of my McPhersons and the town of Springdale,  and to, perhaps, provide a link for those who had family in Springdale during those early years in Springdale.

In the 1860 Federal Census of the township of Springdale,Wisconsin, the John McKinney family is listed as follows:  John McKinne, 48, M, farmer; Sarah A, 41, F; Rosane, 17, F; Mary, 14, F; Elizabeth, 11, F; Sarah, 8, F; John, 1/12, M. All were born in Ireland, except for John who was born in Wisconsin.

The 1870 Federal Census for Springdale, lists the McKinney household as follows; John McKinney, 57, M, W, Farmer,with real estate valued at $3500 and personal estate at $880; Sarah A., 57, F, W, Keeping House; Annie McKinney, 24, F, W, Domestic Servant (perhaps this is Rosanne, and she worked outside the family home); Sarah J., 16, F, W, School Teacher: John A., 10, M, W.  The parents are listed as born in Ireland;  Annie, in Pennslvania; and Sarah and John A., in Wisconsin.  The household also included a farm laborer, James Scott, 26, from Nova Scotia, his wife Mary, 27, born in Pennsylvania, and their daughter Sarah J., 4, born in Wisconsin.  There is also a Domestic Servant, Elizabeth Herman, 21, born in Pennsylvania.

The 1880 Federal Census for Springdale, list John, 70, widower, farmer, and children, Sarah, 27, and John A., 19.

John McKinney
as presented on page 136,
Centennial History of the Town of Springdale
Dane County, Wisconsin, 1848-1948

John McKinney, a native of Ireland came to Springdale in 1854 and located in Section 8.  He was married to Sarah A. Arnold in 1842.  They had eight children.  Mrs. McKinney passed away in 1878.
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  1. It's interesting that the household included a farm laborer from Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia (probably via Pennsylvania) to Wisconsin seems like it would have been a fairly unusual immigration pattern.

  2. I thought this was curious too. Dinna know what to make of it.