Margaret (Anderson) McKinney

Margaret Elvira (Anderson) McKinney (1802 - 1893)

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Margaret Elvira "Peggy" McKinney formerly Anderson
Born in Buncombe County, North Carolinamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 15 Sep 1823 in Buncombe County, North Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Rabun County, Georgiamap
Profile last modified 2 Jun 2017 | Created 7 Jul 2015
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When John and James Dillard migrated from Buncombe County, North Carolina to Rabun County, Georgia about 1823, Barnards, McKinneys, Hoppers, Andersons and Dickinsons came with them or shortly thereafter. These families were already or would soon become interrelated. Rabun County, Georgia would appear as though Buncombe County, North Carolina had been transplanted.

William McKinney was one of the first settlers in Rabun County of the Valley District at Betty's Creek between 1820 and 1830. He was married to Margaret (Elvira) Anderson McKinney known as "Peggy". Ritchie indicates both emigrated from Buncombe County, North Carolina. Censuses verify that both were born in North Carolina...

William McKinney died one year before the 1860 census, which listed Margaret McKinney, age 58, with children Marshall, age 23, Doctor T., age 20 and Margaret, age 17. Margaret Anderson McKinney was listed as the owner of two slaves in 1862. Margaret Anderson McKinney was for reasons unknown not listed in the 1870 Census. She was listed on the 1880 Census as a 78 year old mother-in-law residing with Leander M. Beavert, then age 50, a former captain in the Confederate Army and Sheriff of Rabun County, and his wife, Margaret C. Beavert, then age 36, with Ella Lawrence, age 25, "a servant" born in North Carolina and Minnie M. Lawrence, age 4, her daughter. Margaret Anderson McKinney lived to the ripe old age of 92 and died on March 25, 1893...

The William McKinney 1837 deed calls for lots less portions sold off to Joseph Anderson and Thomas McKinney. William D. Anderson had earlier purchased a 125 acre part of Lot 176 in 1831 in Deed Book A, Page 231, which called for adjoining property of William McKinney and James Dillard. This deed was witnessed by William McKinney. This property appears to be the only intervening property between what William McKinney owned and the property owned by James Dillard. In Deed Book A, Page 232, this property was sold by William D. Anderson to Joseph Anderson. Witnesses to this deed were William McKinney and James Anderson. These instruments prove William McKinney was in Rabun County at least by 1831. Questions are presented as to whether or not the Thomas McKinney was William McKinney's brother, and whether or not Joseph Anderson and William D. Anderson were the brothers of Margaret Anderson McKinney."[1]


  1. The McKinneys and Related Kin, by John M. Dillard, p. 12-20, The Dillard Annual, Vol. 3, Jan., 1996, The Dillard Family Association. [1]; unpublished manuscript "McKinneys and Related Kin" by John M. Dillard , 1995-2017 with sources therein cited.
  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ([2] : accessed 2 July 2015), Margaret Mckinney in household of Wm Mckinney, Rabun county, Rabun, Georgia, United States; citing family 224, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • McKinney Family Bible; censuses for Rabun County, Georgia; McKinney North Carolina research of John M. Dillard

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Anderson-29499 and Anderson-20031 appear to represent the same person because: Same spouse
Anderson-29668 and Anderson-20031 appear to represent the same person because: Same spouse

Margaret is 13 degrees from Donald Howard, 17 degrees from Julia Howe and 17 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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