In an old 1847 "Parlor Annual" volume I purchased some years ago, I recently found a clipped newspaper obituary entitled "At Rest. On the Death of the Late Mrs. D. McKinlay." It is a lengthy poem in typical "flowerly" poetic language of the time, signed by a "Mrs. Mary Van Schoick" with a dateline, "Wappingers Falls (this is in New York State", December 10th, 1864."
On the reverse appears to be a portion of a a first-person account of the Union attack on Fort Fisher (presumably the Fort Fisher on the NC coast); however, the right margin of the article is truncated due to the clipping of the above mentioned obituary. It is, nonetheless, interesting, and seems to verify the date of the obituary itself.
Do the names "Mrs. D. McKinlay" or "Mrs. Mary Van Schoick", with the Wappingers Falls location and 1864 date, ring a bell with anyone on this forum, connect in any way to your family? If so, I would be happy to mail you the obituary.
These names are not in my family lines, but I know how meaningful this clipping would be to me if they were and am only interested in placing it within this Mrs. McKinlay's family.