- Abt 1836
||Henry McKinney |
||Abt 22 Dec 1836
||Cole County, Missouri 
||30 Oct 2010 |
||Unknown, d. Abt 1836, Cole County, Missouri [1, 2, 3, 4] |
Most of what we know about Henry comes from Goodspeed's History of Cole County, Missouri: "The earliest settlement made within Cole County as now constituted was that by the Tennessee colony in 1815-16, at the mouth of the Moniteau. The war [War of 1812] waged with England to maintain the rights of the young Republic was won by the soldiers of Tennessee and Kentucky. Lewis and Clarke [sic] had made known throughout the country the beauty of the Missouri region, and the United States had completed treaties with the original red owners, built forts for their protection from other warriors, and opened the highway for immigration. Among the members of the Moniteau party were John Inglish and his four sons, Henry McKenney and three sons, James Miller and five sons, James Fulkerson and three sons, David Young and three sons, William Gooch and four sons, Martin Gooch and two sons, John Harmon and one son, and Joshua Chambers and two sons. John Inglish, who built the first brick house in the county, located just west of the mouth of the Moniteau, and Henry McKenney, on the opposite side."
Four comments on Goodspeed's paragraph.... First, in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson brokered purchase of the Louisiana Territory, 600 million acres for $15 million, from the French. Soon afterward he selected his personal secretary, Meriweather Lewis, to lead a Corps of Discovery through this new territory in pursuit of a water route to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis, in turn, selected Corporal William Clark to co-command the expedition. Starting in 1804, the Corps of Discovery paddled their canoes up the Missouri River, eventually down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back home to St. Louis in 1806. On 5 June 1804, Lewis and Clark passed the Moniteau. This "Moniteau" was, according to Lewis and Clark, "the south Little Manitou creek, which takes its name from a strange figure resembling the bust of a man with the horns of a stag painted on a projecting rock, which may represent some spirit or deity." This Moniteau empties into the Missouri from the south near the junction of present-day Moniteau and Cole counties, and could be easily confused with what Lewis and Clark call the "Big Monitou", which empties into the Missouri near Rocheport, Howard County, Missouri. Second, John Inglish (English) was a captain in the US Regular Army, Tennessee militia during the War of 1812, and many of the people who made up the colony also appear on the muster rolls for his unit. (See James William McKinney, Henry's son, for more complete details on the war.) Third, it appears Cooch was frequently spelled Gouge. And fourth, that first brick house, built by John English, would also become the first "home" of the Circuit Court of Cole County in 1821, in what had become the community of Marion.
How remote was this settlement in what would become Cole County? Well, according to Goodspeed, "In 1819 there came to this locality... John Hensley, the first tavernkeeper and first senator of Cole County... In May of that year the steamboat Independence steamed up the [Missouri] river, and soon after came the United States surveyors. In 1820 the first townships were opened for entry, and then flocked thither the pioneers of the second period, who came to cultivate the land, or trade." Missouri finally became a state in 1821.
On 2 March 2008, I received a nice compilation of Henry McKinney and his children from Linda Feaster. Linda found the probate records for Henry in the archives of Cole County. She did such a nice job that I'll just include her version in quotes, with what she transcribed from the archives in italics. Linda writes: "Henry died 22 December 1836 in Cole County, Missouri. In the listing of heir's of Henry's estate, no mention is made of a surviving spouse. However, other information filed by the administrators of the estate at the time of filing the inventory of the estate mention the death of Mrs. McKinney in terms that imply that she died about the same time or shortly before Henry died. Other information in an annual accounting to the court lists two separate invoices for funeral expenses including the cost of two coffins. Henry McKinney's estate was admitted for probate in Cole County, Missouri on 31 December 1836 in case file 378A. Some filings for this estate were recorded under case 297A. The first item of note is a statement dated 30 December 1836 in which five of the heirs filed a signed statement with the court announcing their choice of administrator for Henry's estate: We, the heirs of Henry McKinney Senior, Dec'd do hereby announce our preference of administrating on the estate of said Deceased and recommend that Letters be granted to William Miller and John Harmon on the 30 Dec. 1836. [signed] James McKinney, Martin Gouge, John Gouge, David Chambers, Henry McKinney [Jr.].
"In the probate filings for the estate, married female descendants of Henry McKinney are not listed as heirs in their own right. Instead, their share is listed as belonging to their spouses with the exception of the one deceased daughter, Mary Ann (Polly) McKinney, who had married John Harmon. Her children are listed as heirs for her share. The initial filing with the court on 31 December 1836 is as follows: We the undersigned do swear that, to the best of our knowledge and belief, the following named persons are the legal heirs of Henry McKinney deceased to wit James McKinney, David Chambers, Martin Gouge, the heirs of Polly Harmon, formerly Polly McKinney, John Gouge, Henry McKinney, John McKinney, Sally McKinney & James Cravens, all of whom reside in Cole County Missouri, that the deceased died intestate, that we will make a perfect inventory of faithfully administer all the estate of the deceased and pay the debts as far as the assets will extend and the law direct, and account for and pay all assets which shall come to our hands or knowledge. [signed] William Miller, John Harmon Sworn to and subscribed before me this 31st day of Dec. 1836. [signed] E L Edwards clk cty crt.
"On the 8th day of February 1837, the two administrators filed a detailed inventory of the estate covering numerous items of personal property, cash and notes receivable, livestock, household furnishings, farming equipment, food stock and miscellaneous items. No real estate was included in the inventory although a statement was included that there were: four bushels of wheat sowed by the deceased on land belonging to John Harmon the Co-Administrator which the deceased person was to have the benefits resulting from said lands during his natural life by a verbal contract between the said Harmon and the person deceased. This could mean that Henry had transferred real estate owned by him during his lifetime and retained a life estate in said land.
"The schedule of inventory was dated 2 January 1837 and attached was an appraisal by Amon Inglish who also filed a statement with the court that they were present on 2 January 1837 at the opening and examining of the money and papers of Henry McKinney. They also stated that they did not have any interest in Henry's estate nor were they "of kin" to any person having an interest in the estate.
"The inventory filed on 8 February 1837 totaled $985.85. Accompanying the inventory was the following statement: We, William Miller and John Harmon administrators of Henry McKinney Deceased do say on oath that the above inventory is full inventory and description of all the money, Goods, Chattles and Estate personal, Books, papers, and evidences of debts due or becoming due, so far as we can ascertain them, except the wearing apparel of the two deceased, Mr. & Mrs. McKinney, & fifteen yards of cloth reserved for the two children that was living with them at their death, and that we was not indebted, or bound in any contract to the deceased at the time of his death, except as stated in the inventory — so help you god [signed] William Miller, John Harmon admrs Sworn and subscribed to me the 8th day of February 1837 [signed] H B Inglish JP.
"Of special interest is the exclusion of the cloth of the two deceased, Mr. & Mrs. McKinney. This statement supports the conclusion that both husband and wife died close to the same time. An accounting of the court in February 1838 reports the amount of cash paid out by the administrators and includes the following: By amount paid for funeral expenses as per voucher #1 $9.75, voucher #2 $12.00. The receipt for $9.75 states that it is for articles bought on the 22nd December for funeral expense. The receipt for $12.00 is for making 2 coffins.
"By February 1839, the estate had grown to the sum of $1,046.23½ after payments of expenses. By February 1840, the estate had grown by one for $1.00 being a debt due from Caswell McKinney which just became known. At this time, the administrators disclosed the amount paid to each legatee. To Martin Gouge $105.52, James McKinney $105.52, Henry McKinney (Jr.) $105.52, Louis A. Piper $105.52, John Gouge $105.52, James McKinney Guardian for James Craven Minor heirs $105.52, James Chambers the Executor of David Chambers Deceased $105.52, John Harmon Co. Ad. Father of the seven minor heirs $82.08, and Washington & Lindsey Harmon [who had become of age] $23.44 for a total of $949.68 to the heirs. Other expenses, commission, etc. totaled $95.81, leaving a balance due the heirs of $1.74½. Accompanying this distribution is a sworn statement that a final settlement notice for the estate was published in the Jefferson Enquirer, published in Jefferson County on 7 November 1839.
"From the distribution to the heirs reported to the court in February 1840, we conclude that since the death of her father, Sarah (Sally) McKinney has married Louis A. Piper, David Chambers is now deceased and so are James Craven and his wife who was a daughter of Henry McKinney."
A last note on Henry McKinney. Linda puts his death at 22 December 1836 because that was the date that funeral expenses were incurred. He may have died a day earlier as well. Sources: 
| ||1. James William McKinney, b. 20 Sep 1790, Campbell County, Tennessee , d. 27 May 1873, Texas County, Missouri |
| ||2. Daughter McKinney, b. Abt 1791, Tennessee , d. Between Mar 1837 and Jan 1840, Cole County, Missouri |
| ||3. Rebecca McKinney, b. 15 Oct 1793, Tennessee , d. 23 May 1848, Elston, Cole County, Missouri |
| ||4. Elizabeth McKinney, b. 1795, Tennessee , d. Aft 1860, Missouri |
| ||5. Mary Ann McKinney, b. 1796, Tennessee , d. Between Oct 1831 and Dec 1836, Cole County, Missouri |
| ||6. Nancy McKinney, b. 1798, Tennessee , d. May 1859, Cole County, Missouri |
| ||7. Henry McKinney, Jr., b. 12 Mar 1801, Tennessee , d. 11 Dec 1869, Cole County, Missouri |
| ||8. John McKinney, b. 1808, Tennessee , d. 15 Jun 1886, Cole County, Missouri |
| ||9. Sarah McKinney, b. 1809, Tennessee , d. 1883, Cole County, Missouri |
|Died - Abt 22 Dec 1836 - Cole County, Missouri
- [S251] Linda Feaster Info on McKinneys.
- [S236] Missouri: Goodspeeds Cole County History.
- [S242] Lewis and Clark.
- [S241] War of 1812 - Muster Roll.
- [S243] Missouri: Cole County Historical Society.