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Re: McQuinney-Mewhinney-Ire,PA,OH,KS,CA
Posted by: Bob Boswell (ID *****5869) Date: May 21, 2002 at 09:59:13
In Reply to: Re: McQuinney-Mewhinney-Ire,PA,OH,KS,CA by Marilyn Rushing of 109

Hi, I don't know if I ever got back to you or not. My papers were of several transcriptions over the years. In one I found MeWhinney. Following is the first part of a history written by a great aunt:

First Generation

John McWhinney was born in Sligo Township, County of Tyrone, Ireland. Before the Reformation in the 16th Century the name was Mahonney, but the name was taken from them because they turned from the Catholic Church. Then they made their own name McWhinney, and all by that name are descendants of the McWhinneys. They have always been proud of the name and always honest and honorable people. An old saying in the family is "You can never keep a Mcwhinney down." They were also very much for education and reading. When John came from Ireland he brought a great many books with him. He came to America as he was always having trouble with the Catholics. He was also an orangeman.
In the latter part of the 1760's, he married Margaret Burns of Scotland, who was a relative of Robert Burns, the poet. They had 4 children born in Ireland; James, David, John and Johnson. Then they came to America in 1782 or 1783 and settled in Pennsylvania, and to them were born nine more children. Jennie, Thomas, Elizabeth, William, Sarah, Samuel, Martha, Johnathon and Benjamin.
At some time they moved to Ohio, near Midetown,
They had money when they came to from Ireland, and were not poor immigrants as most of those that came over usually are. They brought four coverlets with them, and their grand-children, Jane and Cynthia Mcwhinney had them. Last known possible possession.

I hope this helps.

Bob


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