Joseph, Mordecai, Jonathan and Francis Marion McKinsey were the third generation in America. Their father, David P. McKinsey was born the 25th day of March in 1781 in Newberry County, South Carolina. He passed away right here in Montgomery County May 24, 1855. “Frank’s” grandfather George W. McKinsey was born in Scotland March 26, 1752 and died in Waynesville, Ohio June 11, 1840. He married Sarah Thomas who died in South Carolina in 1807. George and Sarah had ten children, five daughters, five sons. Almost all of these were married in Warren County, Ohio but came on to central Indiana (Boone, Clinton, Montgomery and Fountain Counties) except Patrick, their youngest who remained in Ohio.
David P. was the oldest of the ten McKinsey children. He is listed on findagrave as having been in the War of 1812, but I’m fairly sure this is incorrect as David was in Ohio at that point, plus the David in the Kentucky Mounted Infantry for a 3-month period died in Kentucky four years after Francis Marion’s father died in Montgomery County in 1855. Just an FYI. Be careful when researching and please don’t believe everything you see or read – check it out farther!
David married Rachel Bryant in Montgomery County March 16, 1831. Their children included but may not be all encompassing: Francis Marion (Frank), Mordecai, Daniel, Jonathan, Joseph, Mary, Sarah, and Candace, all raised in the Alamo area. So, big families and lots of fun researching.
At least four Montgomery County McKinsey boys were Civil War soldiers, all with interesting stories. Frank was born in 1842 (could not find a specific date but likely early in the year since he was 20 in March already at his death) and passed away of typhoid in the regimental hospital on March 24, 1862, just 20 years old. He was a private in Company C, 40th Infantry. Since the 40th started in February of that year, he evidently contracted the typhoid quickly and died within a short time. They first marched to Bowling Green, Kentucky and arrived at Nashville, Tennessee March 13th where they were at the time of Frank’s death. Sadly, Frank didn’t even make a census record with an occupation, but he made a soldier.
Mordecai the oldest of the McKinsey siblings has a government stone but not one that Kim Hancock and Suzi Petrey researched and ordered. He is buried in the tiny Texas Cemetery near Alamo. Unless there is a miscalculation on his birth date (I think it should be 1832 as he was 35 at death) he was born 15 June 1831 according to findagrave, then he was born just less of three months after his parents’ marriage. He married before the Civil War to Elizabeth Groves on December 5th in 1856. He named his oldest after his sister Candace. There were also Martha, Henry, Rachel (after his momma), and Nancy. Company B, 10th Indiana was his original company but he transferred to the 58th, also Co. B. He was listed as being 31 years old, standing quite tall for the time, 6’1”, with grey eyes, dark hair and complexion and being a carpenter by trade. During the battle at Chattahoochie River in Georgia he was shot in the right lung, a fatal wound for most; however, he did not die, yet his wound was instrumental in producing his young death less than two years after the close of the war (15 March 1867).
Brother, Jonathan McKinsey was also in the Civil War and was with his brothers in Co B, 10th Indiana. He is listed in the Rush Creek Monthly Meeting born the last day of March in 1840. Jonathan was married several times but likely only had children with Phoebe Palmer, one also being Candace named for his sister. He like most of his family was a carpenter and was tall at least 6’. He was shot in the left hand at the battle of Chickamauga. Although a Jonathan McKinsey buried in Ladoga Cemetery is connected to this family on findagrave that one is born in 1851. As per above, the families all came to this area and many named their children the same. It is unknown where this Jonathan is buried but since he spent a great deal of his latter years at the Lafayette Soldiers Home (and his last wife, Elizabeth James is buried there) he is likely there as well.
Joseph may have suffered from what is today known as Post Traumatic Syndrome. He too served in the 10th, Company B. The youngest of the three McKinseys, he was born October 10th, 1844. Can you imagine his mother’s feelings (his father had passed on remember) when he too joined at just 18? Although I’m not sure who all he married he had been married four times by his last marriage just two months before his death. One of his marriages but probably not the first was to Susan Loper July 5, 1876. She was dead by the 1880 census and her son was living with Joseph and his mother. His next marriage was to Mary Ellen and their in-and-out divorce court happenings were big newspaper items. They had two children together. It was his last wife of two months though who received his pension.
There is still a great deal of information to be gleaned about this large family, but at least we know for certain about two of the family members, Frank and his brother, Joseph. They are buried in Oak Hill Grant Avenue (the Masonic) Cemetery, both with government stones, thanks to Kim and Suzi. Now, they are etched in stone! Rest in peace McKinsey brothers!

Over the coming weeks and months I will write these columns highlighting each new stone. Karen Zach is the editor of Montgomery Memories, our monthly magazine all about Montgomery County. And she writes Around the County, which appears each Thursday in The Paper of Montgomery County. One by One: Etched in Stone is her latest offering and will appear periodically on Mondays in The Paper.