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The James Wilson McKinstry of Newton, Iowa

Updated November 18, 2007

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In 1998 I assumed the Genealogy of my mothers. She was researching several families 1 Wilson's 2 Scotts 3 McKinstrys 4 Robinsons 5 Wilcutts 6 Gregory's 7 Hendrix's 8 Hurst 9 Bartlett's 10. Phillips 11. Fleming's.

It is now March 26, 2007. I have now fulfilled my promise to my mother Marguerite ( Wilson ) McKinstry. I promised I would transfer all of her hand written research and genealogy to the computer, into books and CD's.

I am delighted to say, I finished my input and transferring of the Wilson side of my family in 2006. A Total of 11 books some 1200 plus pages. Prior to those 11 books I put together two family books made up of the writings of many in my family. One of those books is the "Tuck & Bertha Wilson's Descendants' Book of Memories" and the other was a collection of poems written by many members of the Wilson family. The book of poems had already been done once before by cousins, I refreshed it with photos and additional poems. For several years I corresponded with cousins - reviewed many spiral note books and other boxes of cards and such written by family members. Stories of family came from almost every family.

This work is now in the homes of many of my cousins. This spring one of my cousins will present a set of these books I donated. With the exception of the book of memories and poems to the Library Genealogy Society in Knoxville, Iowa.

I do not claim that any of these books are error free. However my mother did most of this work with out the use of a computer. My additions to her efforts was that I copied and enhanced her genealogy into books with photos - stories - poems and some history of the Blood Lines of "The Wilson's of Knoxville, Iowa.

This year of 2007 I conclude my input or if you will the last of my promise to my mother. "The McKinstrys of Anamosa, Iowa" and the companion books the "McKinstry & Robinson Genealogy books of data. Again my input or promise was to put together not only the data of my mothers love and work, but to add photos - history and a few family stories about family members. As I sit here typing these words several of these the three Volumes of the McKinstry's of Anamosa, Iowa are being printed, as well as the other 2 books of McKinstry & Robinson data. I will be donating a set to the Anamosa, Iowa Genealogy, sometime in the future. Many of these books have been purchased by my cousins and family. With out these cousins help much would have been incomplete and in some cases inaccurate.

My efforts and all of these books are dedicated to my mother Marguerite ( Wilson ) McKinstry ). I was a lucky person to have her for a mother. However the humorous side of my ending up with this task is simply this: "There were many years when mom started to speak about Genealogy of family - I would almost run from her!" It seems, my promise to my mother worked out pretty well. Many in my family are very pleased I fulfilled the promise... So that in it's self is a good feeling. My wife is also happy that the main job is almost complete and I will be able to spend more time with the living and her.

_______ James Wilson McKinstry

PS; I will be adding more to my pages a little each week... come visit me.

We're not supposed to see too far ahead.

God made the world round so we
would never be able to see too far
down the road.

____ Isak Dinesen

Family Photos
  • Ernest & Elsie ( Robinson ) McKinstry (149 KB)
    This is one of the family Cover sheets in "The McKinstry's of Anamosa, Iowa books. Ernest & Elsie were my Grandparents. Ernest was a Guard for 32 years at the Anamosa State Prison. He and his family also lived on one of the Prison Farms. My grandfather Ernest ran away from his foster parents when he was about 9 years old. He lived in the Hobo Camps and at one time lived in a cardboard box in a stairwell in Chicago, Il. I wish I had his whole life story, or at least more of it. I and my mother lived with these two grandparents part of the time my father James Zearl McKinstry was at War. My grandmother Elsie was a frail and funny person. Cooking was not her best trait. Of course living through the depression, she became used to picking up left overs amd using them in the next meals. Yes, that included what ever might be left over on your plate and others. I am fortunate enough to have many memories recorded of these two people, those of mine and others. Some are funny and some of them are sad, but that is the way it is with all of our lives. JWMCK MARCH 2007
  • Tuck & Bertha ( Scott ) Wilson of Knoxville, Iowa (222 KB)
    This cover sheet is of my grandparents on my mothers side of my family. William Norville (Tuck) Wilson was a hard working stock farmer. He made Bullwhips that were sold all over the country. I can recall walking behind him as he plowed grandma's garden with a single bottom plow. When I would fall down in the freshly plowed field he would make sure I got back up. Crawling up on his lap was a wonderful treat. Setting on his lap with the smell of Manure, Redman tobacco and Red Hots in front of a wood & coal burning stove is a wonderful memory. There was a warmth not only from the stove but the goodness that "Tuck Wilson was". Grandma Wilson was also a hard worker all of her life. Her day was filled with the washhouse, milking old bossy, churning butter, planting, weeding the garden, canning at harvest time. I can still see in my mind grandma Bertha wringing the heads off of two chickens at the same time. I recall an old Banty Rooster that would wait for my on the chicken gate. One day it jumped on me spurred dug it's spurs in me for the last time. Grandma Bertha fixed me chicken noodle stew that night. My mother and I lived with them part of the time my father was off to war. The memories of these two people are many, not only of mine but Aunts, Uncles and my cousins all have wonderful memories. One being going to a country school called "North Star", where many generations and other cousins attended. Both the old farmhouse and the school have long been torn down, but the can still be seen in my mind and available to others in these books and slide shows on DVDs. _____ JWMCK MARCH 26, 2007
  • James Zearl & Marguerite ( Wilson ) McKinstry (152 KB)
    This is the cover sheet of my mother and father. My father spent almost four years overseas during WWII. He was in North Africa & Italy. They told us at the VA hospital that my father was was fighting the war the night he died. Dad went to war when I was around 3 and returned when I was about 7. I recall him getting off the bus and picking me up. He held my close to his chest and the medals pressed into my cheeks. I still recall the taste of his tears dripping onto my face. My father was a kind hearted man, a gental. Perhaps he was too gental! I remember his screaming in the night as he re-lived WWII. My mother mother was at least to me very special! If there was one peice of pie she was not hungry. If you needed a dime and she had a nickel she would give it to you and find a way for you to earn the other one. Mom could take the worst of a situation and make a game out of it or at least find a way to make you laugh about it. Mom was also a hard worker all of her life. Genealogy was her hobby and love. I tried to get her to use a computer to research in her later years. Mom had done it to long with pen and paper and was not about to change. She also had a temper, but being loving was her dominate side. I still miss her, and wish I could hug her one more time. ________ JWMCK March 26, 2007
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