3. Alexander2 McGinnis, Sr. (William1) was born
Abt. 1747 in Lunenberg Co., Virginia, and died Abt. 1829 in Smith Co, Tennessee.
Notes for Alexander McGinnis, Sr.:
The "Orphans Record 1761-1762" Halifax Co. Va. Robert Wooding,
Gent. appt. guardian of James, Alexander, Andrew and Molly, orphans of William
McGinnis dec'd. William McGinnis orphan of William McGinnis dec'd made choice of
his quardian as Henry Wade. Alexander McGinnis b. 1747 ( he would have been 14
at the time of his fathers death) had a son named William b.1775 and he married
a woman named Triffney Taylor in Pulaski Co. Ky.
1768 -18 Mar-Robert Wooding is ordered to pay to sd William Green Alexander
mcGinnis' proportion of his father William McGinnis' estate. (Halifax Co., VA
Deed Bk 7 p113).
In 1769 Alexander McGinnis and Wm. Green were administrators of the William
McGinnis estate,which was to have the balance divided among the 8 orphans. Named
were James, Alexander, Andrew,William and Molly.
1777-Feb Edward Wade Alexr McGinnis acct p 22(120) Halifax County Virginia Will
Book 2 1783-1792 Marian Dodson Chiarito & James Hadley Prendergast
1782 -McGinnis, Alexr 5 Halifax Co., VA tax list
1784 -16 Sept Capt James Hill by Cash Alexr McGinnis Halifax Will BK 2 p 93.
1786 -Nov 15. Stark Boleware of Halifax to Ralph Crawford Anderson of
Chesterfield Co. 250A in Halifax on Dry fork of Clover CR. Bounded by Harris,
Cocke, John Nichols, Signed: Stark Boleware, Catharine (X) Boleware. Wit. John
Rice, Fed Vaughan, Alexr(X) McGinnis, James Cappell, Nipper Adams, Philip
Majors, Anthony Crews, Answorth Harrison. Recorded Dec 21, 1786. Halifax Co. VA
Deed BK 14 p 25.
1790 -Magines, Alexander-Salisbury District, Rowan Co., NC Census 1WMO16,
4WMU16, 3WF, & 1 Slave. Where has Alexander been since 1786?
1799 -McGinnis, Alexander-Pulaski Co., KY-1wmo21, 2wm 16-21-130A Sinking Valley.
McGinnis now found with Hays & Trapps in Sinking Valley, Buck CR, in Pulaski
1800 -McGinnis, Alex-Pulaski Co., KY-1wmo21, 1wm 16-21 & 1 horse.
1801 -McGinnis, Alexander-Pulaski Co., KY-134A Buck Creek-entered Alexander
McGinnis-1wmo21, 1wm 16-21, 1bmo16, & 1 horse.
1803 -McGinnis, Alexr-Pulaski Co., KY Tax List, 1WMO21, 1WM16-21, 1BM, 3
horses, 100A Buck Cr.
1804 -McGinnis, Alexr-Pulaski Co., KY Tax List, 1WMO21, 1WM16-21, 2 horses,
1805 -McGinnis, Alexander, Jr-Pulaski Co, KY Tax List, 1WMO21, 1WM16-21, 3
horses, 100A Sinking Valley
1806 -McGinnis, Alexander-Pulaski Co., KY, 1WMO21, 1WM16-21, 3 horses, 100A.
1807 -1807-McGinnis, Alex-Pulaski Co, KY Tax List 1WMO21, 1BMO16, 3 horses,
1809 -McGinnis, Abram-Pulaski Co., KY 1WMO21, 1 horse.
1810 -No McGinnis on Pulaski Co., KY tax lists.
Sent by Mitch Jones:
1811/13-1811-13 Aug. Alexander McGinnis some time in lifetime of Henry Owsley
decd executed bill of sale to sd Owsley for Negro man Isaac. It was understood
when sd Isaac paying sd Owsley a sum of money then advanced by him to sd
McGinnis that sd Negro Isaacs should be emancipated. Sd Owsley died &
justice should be done & sd Isaac should be emancipated. Signed: William
Farris, Thomas Owsley, Elsworth Owsley, Henry Owsley, John Owsley, Walter
Williams. Wit: Thomas Owley, Elsworth Owley, Henry Owley & John Owley
William Owsley Samuel Owley. Lincoln Co., KY Deeds G240 FHL microfilm.
(Discovered by accident-nothing in index for A. McGinnis)
1840- October 5 - DeKalb Co, Tennessee DeKalb Co, TN Deed Book B, page 219
Deed from Richard McGinnis to Benjamin Atnip. The deed states that Richard,
for the love and affection he entertains for Benjamin Atnip, conveys to
Benjamin's heirs three acres of land on Holmes Creek. (Note: In a farming
community land was the most important possession of a man, and for him to give
it away there must be a family relationship. The deed is another indication that
Benjamin's first wife was the daughter of Alexander McGinnis, as Alexander was
the father of Richard Mcginnis.)
The following was taken from an article that was written by Thomas G. Webb,
Dekaib County Historian, in June 1995.
The McGinnis Family of Dekaib County Tennessee 1720-1860
William McGinnis was born Ca. 1720, possibly in Ireland. He was married to
Elizabeth ? by 1743, when they sold land in Goochland Co. (Deed book 4, p 295).
On Mar. 12, 1740, William Meginnes patented 400 acres in Goochland on Cat Branch
of Willis River, now in Buckingham and Cumberland counties. ("Cavaliers and
Pioneers", Vol. 4, p. 211, Hudgins, 1994) In 1748 William is listed in the
vestry book of Antrim parish, Lunenberg County, Va. On July 15, 1749, William
McGinnis patented 231 acres on both sides of Difficult Creek in Lunenberg (now
Halifax) county. (Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Aug. 1991, p. 175) By 1761
William is deceased; the inventory of this estate is in Halifax Co., Va. His
wife Elizabeth appparently died about the same time; the accounts mention making
a coffin for Elizabeth McGinnis. In 1769 Alexander McGinnis and Wm. Green were
administrators of the Wm. McGinnis estate, which was to have the balance divided
among the 8 orphans. Definitely established as sons of William McGinnis are
William McGinnis Jr., and Alexander McGinnis. William Jr. was evidently the
oldest, probably born about 1743. In 1764 he sold land patented in 1749 by
"William McGinness father of sd Wm." (Halifax Co., VA deed book 6, p.
138) Other possible sons are Andrew McGinnis (Revolutionary War soldier) and
James McGinnis, both in the Halifax Co., VA 1787 tax list, and John McGinnis,
who is in the 1782 Frederick Co., VA tax list and also in the tax lists for
Pulaski Co. KY from 1800 through 1809. ...
1) Research of Ken Robertson (July 1999) KRobert214@aol.com
2) Joint research of Mitch Jones & Tommy Webb (DeKalb Co, Tn Historian)
Children of Alexander McGinnis, Sr. are:
8 i. William ?3 McGinnis, born Abt. 1774. He married Trifena Elizabeth 'Triffney'
Taylor in Pulaski Co, Ky.
Notes for William ? McGinnis:
1805 -McGuines, William-Pulaski Co., KY Tax
List, 1WMO21, 1 horse.
9 ii. Daughter McGinnis, born Bef. 1778. She married Benjamin L. ? West.
10 iii. Child McGinnis, born Bef. 1782.
+ 11 iv. Richard M. McGinnis, born 1784 in Halifax Co., Virginia; died May 05,
1856 in Dekalb Co, Tenn.
+ 12 v. ??McGinnis??, born Abt. 1792; died 1817-1818 in probably Smith Co,
+ 13 vi. Alexander McGinnis, Jr., born Abt. 1795 in Virginia; died September 07,
1843 in Warren Co, Tennessee.
+ 14 vii. Abraham McGinnis, born December 14, 1786 in Halifax Co., Virginia;
died August 14, 1842 in Madison Co., Arkansas.
4. Andrew2 McGinnis, (William1), b 1746 d 23 Nov
1837 Barren Co., KY m 20 Aug1782 Halifax Co., VA Anna Fisher dau of William
Fisher. In 1773 Andrew joined the militia in Halifax Co. VA. In 1775
Andrew with about 200 other men under Capt. Edward Wade marches against Tories
assembled in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Tories disperse before they arrive
and they return to Halifax and dismissed by Col. Davenport after two
weeks. In 1776 Andrew enlists for one year under Capt. Nathaniel Cook at
Bibbs Ferry on the Staunton River. Then in 777 Andrew enlists in the
Regular Army at Baltimore. Serves as a Drummer. Was attached to 7th Regiment. At
Germantown is attached to Gen. Washington's Army under Col. Dangerfield. Was
engaged in Battle of Brandywine, then Germantown, and then marched to Valley
Forge. Was allowed 3 month furlough on account of sickness. In the spring he
rejoined his unit and crossed the Delaware with Gen. Washington after the
British evacuated Philadelphia where he ultimately was discharged. (RW pension
deposition 17 May 1833)
1784-McGinnis, Andrew-Halifax Co., VA tax list 1WP 3 horses 3 cattle
1786-19 Oct. Ambrose Hunt to Andrew McGinness both of Halifax 100A in Halifax
part of tract sd Hunt now lives, bounded by west side Ellises Cr, North Fork
first Branch, up the Bent to White Oak near mouth of Cruses Spring Branch.
Signed: Ambrose Hunt. Wit-George (+) Seemore, William Fisher, Daniel Jones,
Recorded Oct 19, 1786. Halifax Co., VA Deed BK 13 p 510.
1787-Feb 14-Vinson Francis to Malecki Francis both of Halifax 76A in Halifax
near Stanton River joining John Cobb, Walters, John Walters. Signed: Vinson (X)
Frances. Wit: John Fisher, William Fisher, Andrew Meginnes. Recorded Jul 19,
1787. Halifax Co., VA Deed BK 14 p 121.
Jan Hardee <firstname.lastname@example.org Anna was the daughter of Wm. Fisher, my 5th
gr-grandfather. William had a number of sons and the family was located
primarily around Peters Creek and Difficult Creek, in present day Halifax
county, until about 1790. Sons Wm.Jr, John and Thomas along with Andrew McGinnis
served for 3 years on the Virginia line during the Revolution.
1794-24 Feb-Andrew McGinnis of Halifax Co., VA to Tabitha White of Halifax for
44 pounds 80A on Ellises Cr bounded by where Thomas Spraggins line crosses
Stareys Spring Branch, Crews’ line, Thomas Scates land. Andrew "+"
McGinnis wit James Eastham, Har Nunnalie, Wm Know. Anne the wife of sd Andrew
relinquished her right of dower. Rec 24Feb 1794. Halifax County, Virginia Deed
Book 16 1793-1796 by TLC, Miami Beach, FL, 1997, P 80.
1795-23 Apr Andrew Mejinnis witn to deed Philip Vaughan and Sarah his wife to
Charles Bates land Halifax Co., VA. Halifax Co., VA Deed Book 16, p 466. Halifax
County, Virginia Deed Book 16 1793-1796 by TLC, Miami Beach, FL, 1997, P 80.
Andrew McGinnis died in Barren Co., KY between 1835 - 1840.
From the will of William Fisher, Will book 3, probated Jan 26, 1795: to my son
David Fisher and son-in-law Andrew Meginnes - my land, to be divided between
them. The land is bounded by Francis and John Wyatt. Executors: David Fisher and
Andrew Meyers. Signed May 26, 1794 - William Fisher. Wit - John Wyatt Sr,
William (X his mark) Seats, Vincen (X his mark) Francies Sary (X her mark)
Wyatt. Probate: at H(Halifax) Court of Jan 26, 1795 the will of William Fisher
dec'd was exhibited, proved, and OR. David Fisher, one of the executors, was
granted a certificate for obtaining probate; Samuel Francis & Andrew
McGinnis were his securities.
Anna filed for Andrew's RW pension 6 Feb. 1840. Transcript of John Fisher's
State of Kentucky
John Fisher a resident citizen of the County and State aforesaid, aged eighty
two years, on the 6th day of February 1840 came personally before me on this the
4th day of June 1840 and made oath in due form of law to the following statement
viz: That he was well acquainted with Andrew McGinnis, the husband of Anna
McGinnis from the year 1779 up to the time of his death, that he (John Fisher)
was living within a half mile of where Anna McGinnis and Andrew McGinnis were
living at the time that marriage took place between them, that from his own
family record, and from his recollections he can state with perfect certainty
that Anna McGinnis of Barren County and Andrew McGinnis now died were married in
the latter part of the month of August in the year 1782 in the County of Halifax
and State of Virginia; that he knows the age of William McGinnis the
oldest son of Andrew and Anna McGinnis) from his (John Fisher's) family record
of the age of one of his own children--the said William McGinnis was born on the
4th of July 1783 in Halifax County, Virginia and is now living in Barren County.
John FisherSubscribed and sworn to before me this 4th day of June 1840 James
Murrell J.O.P.C. and in presence of James Fisher
June 1787: (335) Following exempted from levies: Stephen Biche, Robert Fairbern,
Henry Butt, Garrett Dolson, Richard Erwin, James Erwin, Thomas Nelson, Daniel
McGuines. Copies of Edmond McGuiness' title papers: 22d November, 1805--David
Spurlock and Hannah, of Gallia County, Ohio, to Edmund McGinness, of Cabell
County, Va., 400 acres or what may be allotted to them in the military survey on
the Ohio and Big Sandy for 28,627 acres granted by Virginia by Dinwiddie's
proclamation, 1754, unto Mathew Cox, common soldier at battle of Great Meadows,
and afterwards by Carter Cox, his attorney, was transferred to David. Recorded
in Cabell County, Va., 10th January, 1817. --Isaac Larue, Sr.; Isaac
Larue, deceased and assignee of Isaac Larue; Peter Larue and Robert Hogden and
Sarah; James Larue and Phebe, his wife; Squire Larue and Mary, his wife; Bernard
Walters and Margaret; George Hellems and Rebecah, and Mary Harris, of Hardin
County, Ky., to Edmund McGinness, 21,000 acres in Cabell County, granted by
Dinwiddie's proclamation to Nathaniel Barrett, James Camax, Pat. County, Ky., to
Edmund McGinness, 21,000 acres in Cabell County, granted by Dinwiddie's
proclamation to Nathaniel Barrett, James Camax, Pat Galloway, David Gasman and
Hugh McCoy, &c., they being soldiers under Capt. John Savage, and sold by
them to Isaac Larue, deceased, and part of 28,627 acres. 4. 26th October,
1810--Henry Clay, Jr., and Peggy, late Peggy Helm, of Boushare County, Ky., to
Edmond McGinness. Heastant vs. Maginnis--O. S. 57; N. S. 19. Jacob Heastant was
executor of Jacob Burner, who had a son John who in 1780 was in North Carolina.
John McGinnis was son of Edward McGinnis. Answer sworn to in Frederick.
1. Jan Hardee <email@example.com> (Descendant)
2. Mitch Jones (Aug 1995)
1787 -McGenness, Andrew-Halifax Co., VA Tax list no WP, 2 horses, 2 cattle.
20 Aug 1782 Andrew McGinnis m. Anna Fisher (f. William Fisher) in Halifax Co.
The marriage ceremony was pronounced by Parson Nathaniel Hall, a Baptist
Minister. (RW pension request depostion of Anna McGinnis 17 May 1833.)
4 July 1783 first child of Andrew, a son, William McGinnis born in Halifax Co. (RW
pension depostion of John Fisher, brother of Anna McGinnis and Mary Francis, on
4 Jun 1840) John is 82 on 6 Feb 1840.
HALIFAX CO., VA Heads of Households 1785
Head of Household White Dwellings Other Souls Buildings
1787 Tax Listing for Halifax Co., VA Andrew McGenness and James McGinness.
Andrew paid taxes for "self".
1806 Andrew McGinnis & wife Anna, sold land in Halifax Co.
11 Dec 1826 Asa Cook marriage to Rebeckah Miginnes, Sur: Bartlett Francis,
consent his mother Rhoda Cook, Wit. Bartlett Francis (husband of Nancy
McGinnis), Uriah McClelan, consent her father Andrew McGinnis, same witnesses.
23 Nov 1837 Andrew McGinnis dies, 81 years old.
1810-Wm. McGinnis Barren Co., KY
1820-Wm. McGinnis Barren Co., KY
1830 Andrew & David McGinnis Barren Co., KY
1840 Barren Co., KY-Anna McGinnis , Anna McGinnis, & Wm. H. McGinnis.
1850 Barren Co., KY
James McGinnis 37 Barren Co.
Anna Francis 30
William R. 11
John V. 10
Willis H. 7
James K. P. 5
Andrew J. 4
1870 Barren Co., KY
McGinnis, Josiah 50 .
Henderson, Becky 40
John J. 2/12
1900 Barren Co., KY
McGinnis, James 53
Frances V. 48
Children of Andrew McGinnis and Mary Fisher:
(i) William R. McGinnis 4 July 1783 Halifax Co., VA m Anna Francis Fisher
(ii) Rebecca McGinnis m 11 Dec 1826 Asa Cook.