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Charles McKinney (1772 - 1847)

Charles McKinney
Born in Burke County, North Carolinamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1798 in Burke County, North Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 75 in Buncombe County, North Carolinamap
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How do we connect William McKinney with McKinneys back into Buncombe County, North Carolina? No property is found indexed in Buncombe County as deeded to William McKinney. He is shown as the head of a household on no Buncombe County census. However, William McKinney, then age 17, along with his apparent brother, Thomas McKinney, were witnesses in Buncombe County on a 1816 deed to their father, Charles McKinney recorded in Deed Book 11, Page 73 on the Buncombe County Registry. It is probable that this Thomas McKinney prior to 1837 resided in Rabun County, Georgia with his brother, William McKinney as indicated in the 1837 Rabun County deed to William McKinney in Deed Book B, Page 135.

The proof of the Buncombe County family relationships is a 1851 Buncombe County deed in settlement of the estate of Charles McKinney recorded on the Buncombe County Registry in Deed Book 132, Page 467. William McKinney on May 15, 1851 along with other heirs conveyed to John McKinney of Buncombe County their undivided interests in property which "fell" to them on the death of Charles McKinney of Buncombe County. This deed was not recorded until October 28, 1903. It is not specified when Charles McKinney died. The property conveyed was 250 acres on both sides of the Ivy River in the Ivy River community of Buncombe County east of the present Flat Creek community near the present town of Barnardsville, North Carolina.

The property conveyed by William McKinney and others in this estate settlement is the same 250 acres conveyed by John Anderson to Charles McKinney on January 25, 1816 in Deed Book 11, Page 73 which as was witnessed by William McKinney and Thomas McKinney. Charles McKinney was also granted 150 acres on December 20, 1803 in Grant No. 1298 from the State of North Carolina in Deed Book 3, Page 289 which he entered on December 15, 1801 which recites as adjoining property already owned by McKinney. In Grant No. 1261 the State of North Carolina conveyed to Charles McKinney 100 acres on Mud Creek "joining his own lands where he now lives" entered October 27, 1801 recorded in Deed Book 3, Page 290.

The foregoing is proof that Charles McKinney was in Buncombe County prior to 1801, and a not too far removed neighbor of John Dillard who came into Buncombe County some twelve years earlier. Charles McKinney was listed on the 1820 Buncombe County, North Carolina Census as over 45 years of age, with a female of the same age, with 8 males ranging in age from 0 through 26 and three females from ages 10 through 26 and one slave. He is also listed in the 1830 Buncombe County census with eight sons and three daughters and one slave. In the 1840 Buncombe County Census Charles McKinnie is listed as between 70 and 80 years of age (that would make the date of his birth no later than 1780) with one female between 60 and 70 and with one other male between 20 to 30 years of age. Subsequent censuses do not list Charles McKinney. This places the death of Charles McKinney between 1840 and 1851.

The heirs of Charles McKinney who executed the deed in Deed Book 132, Page 467 in 1851 leave many questions as to who owned what legal interests in the property conveyed and why. Those who signed in the signature spaces were Joseph McKinney, William McKinney (who this deed recites resided in Rabun County, Georgia), Rosannah Ray (of Yancey County, North Carolina) , P. (Pierce) Roberts, C.(Charles) M. Roberts, Levicey M. Williams, Jasper Hopper (of Rabun County, Georgia), Henry McKinney (Sr.) and Thomas McKinney. All were indicated in the granting clause of the deed to be residents of Buncombe County, North Carolina except William McKinney, Jasper Hopper and Rosannah Ray.

Following the description of the 250 acres is recited "the seven and one tenth shares of the aforesaid land (viz) Joseph McKinney, William McKinney, Rosannah Ray, Caroline Roberts (deceased), Henry McKinney. Sr., and one-half of Thomas McKinney's and one-half of Florah Anderson's and all of Charles McKinney's and Jasper Hopper's part and Levincey Williams's part and C. M. Roberts part which fell to them by heirship from Charles McKinney deceased.

According to a North Carolina descendant of Joseph McKinney, Charles McKinney was married to Rachel Inman McKinney. This fact has not been proved, but has been passed down as a part of the oral tradition of the family which was from a brother of William McKinney."[1]

Find A Grave: Memorial #95711749, Charles McKinney, Mc Kinney Cemetery, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA. This Find A Grave Memorial links him to Rachel Inman which has not been proven


  1. The McKinneys and Related Kin, pp. 58-60, DILLARD ANNUAL, Vol. 3, Jan., 1996, Compiled and edited by John M. Dillard. Dillard Annuals Used with permission from Author.
  • The McKinneys and Related Kin, by John M. Dillard, p. 12-20, The Dillard Annual, Vol. 3, Jan., 1996, The Dillard Family Association. [1]
  • 1860 resolution Congregation of Head of Tennessee Baptist Church; McKinney partition suit Buncombe County NC

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McKinney-3820 and McKinney-2704 appear to represent the same person because: Same spouse
McKinney-3820 and McKinney-2704 are not ready to be merged because: Wait until I post the names of all of the children of Charles McKinney. They are named in a partition suit which I researched. There are still many unanswered questions about this Charles McKinney.
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McKinney-3820 and McKinney-2704 appear to represent the same person because: Same child.

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