Biography of Leander McKinney
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LEANDER McKINNEY.

Enjoying the luxury of a well earned rest, Leander McKinney is spending his remaining years in peace and comfort at Burrows, Indiana. His practical nature and long years of industry have entitled him to a place in the history of his county, where, through his genial disposition and trustworthy attitude towards all, he occupies a high position of esteem among his many friends.

Leander McKinney, living a retired life at Burrows, Indiana, was born on June 17, 1843, in Butler county, Ohio, and is a son of John and Mary Ann (Rhinearson) McKinney. He remained at home until he was eighteen years of age, when he began working for himself, his father having died when he was but three years old. He received a good education, which he put to good use by teaching five terms of winter school, during which time he also worked at the carpenter's trade. After his marriage, Mr. McKinney followed agriculture for about five years, and then bought forty acres of land in Washington and Jackson townships, Carroll county, where I hey lived about eighteen years and then sold, moving back to the old home place, whence he later moved to Rock Creek township, finally settling at Burrows in 1899. For the past fifteen years, Mr. McKinney has been living a retired life at Burrows. Politically, he is an independent voter, but is inclined towards Democracy in politics, and has officiated in some of the township offices, among them being that of township assessor. He is the owner of four or five pieces of valuable property, giving him a good income.

John McKinney, father of the subject, was born near Hamilton, Butler county, Ohio, and was a son of John McKinney, Sr. His wife was Mary Ann (Rhinearson) McKinney. John, Sr., died when John, Jr., was three years old. After the latter grew up and was married, he settled in Butler county, Ohio, where he operated a distillery for about eight years. On October 15, 1846, he brought his family to Indiana, settling in Washington township, the subject being then but three years old. Mr. McKinney later bought two hundred acres here, and both he and his wife spent their remaining years on the home place. He always followed farming, and, politically, was a life long Democrat, taking an actiye part in politics, and serving in some of the township offices, among which were those of school trustee and township assessor, holding the latter office during three different terms. Mr. McKinney was a thoroughly self made man and a great reader. He had very positive views and was a prominent man in his day. Religiously, he was a member of the Presbyterian church at Cumberland, in the work of which he took an active interest, holding different offices in the church. To John and Mary Ann (Rhinearson) McKinney were born nine children, eight of whom are living in 1915: Leander, aged seventy two; Amanda, the wife of S. L. Groniger; J. B. McKinney, who lived near Deer creek, and is now deceased; Adolph, who lives in Arkansas; S. S. McKinney, of Logansport, Indiana; A. Q. McKinney, who is postmaster at Clay Valley, Arkansas; Frances, who became the wife of Ira Dodds, of Cass county, and Alice, who is the wife of Harley Gustin, also of Cass county.

The paternal grandfather McKinney was a native of Ireland, and his wife was a German woman by the name of Schultz. He emigrated to the United States and settled in Pennsylvania, coming afterward to Ohio, where he died when John, father of the subject, was three years old. Three children were born to this union, John and two daughters, who were left as orphans when very young.

The ancestry of Mary Ann Rhinearson, mother of the subject and whose parents died when she was very young, traces back to French and English origin.

Leander McKinney was united in marriage, on November 22, 1862, to Samantha Ryan, daughter of James and Christena (Brown) Ryan, of Rock Creek. She was born on December 6, 1848, in Rock Creek township, and was educated in the public schools of the district. To this union have been born five children: David M., who farms eighty acres at Madisonville, Indiana; Cora O., who became the wife of William C. Mullin, of Rock Creek township; Ella J., who was married to Schuyler Foster, and lives in Washington township; 011ie G., who is the wife of Rollie Snyder, who deals in hogs and lives in Rock Creek township, and Annie L., who is the widow of Ross Penn, of Flora, Indiana.

Mr. McKinney is a broad minded man, of unpretending bearing, who has Latta fined special success in his vocation, and one who has always enjoyed a well deserved popularity in the community where he has long been a resident.

From:
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis 1916


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