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Mathew McWhinney (b. 1792, d. 1859)Mathew McWhinney (son of Thomas McWhinney and Eleanor Fryar)1789, 1790 was born 1792 in Knox County, TN, and died 1859.He married (1) Temperance Kindrey on 1811.He married (2) Temperance Kendrick on 1811.
Notes for Mathew McWhinney:
Had 12 children.The McWhinney Family.
The name McWhinney is of Scotch origin, and the family is a Scotch family. The name is a place name, and originated as a way of designating a particular place, namely where the Whinnies grow, and in course of time, those who lived near such a place came to be known as WHINNIES, and the son of such person as Mac, that is, the son of Whinnie. Naturally enough,the name in course of time came to be MacWhinney or McWhinney. The Whinnie is a bush that grows in Scotland, and while of the nature of Furze, grows much higher, and sometimes 4 or 5 feet high.
(1996-the word "whinnie" is not in the World Book Dictionary, 1973 edition. The word "Furze" is described: a low prickly evergreen shrub of the pea family, having yellow flowers, and common on waste land in Europe. Also known as "Gorse or Gorst".)
Ian Maclaren in his "Beside the Bonnie Briar Bush", makes use of the name. In the first story in that book, he deals with Whinnie Knowe, that is the knoll where the whinnies grow, and although the occupant of the farm is named William Howe, he is called throughout the story, "Whinnie".
The family, or at least one branch of it, came from Ayr, forever memorable as the birthplace of Robert Burns, and many of the name are buried in Ayr Kirkyard. And the Christian names William, James and Stephen are common among them.
The family was doubtless one of those who by the policy of James I of England were induced to go to Ireland, where the northern province of Ulster was set apart for the protestants, and where this family seems to have remained for 150 years. Then on account of the religious persecutions, and the hunger for land of their own, they set sail for the land of promise and in the middle part of the 18th century, with large numbers of others of the Ulster Scots more often called the Scotch Irish, landed in Pennsylvania. Where after remaining for a short time in the Eastern counties, went to the more congenial hill country of the Colony and found a home in Cumberland and other counties in that vicinity.
The first of our family that we can identify,to come to this country, was William McWhinney, who with his wife Margaret and three sons, Robert, James and Thomas, landed in Pennsylvania in 1757 or 1758. After about 20 years in Pennsylvania, during which time another son, Stephen was born, and Margaret. his wife died. William being of a restless disposition left Pennsylvania and joined one of Daniel Boone's expeditions to Kentucky. It is believed that this was in the early part of 1775, as the son, Stephen, who went with his father, lost his life at Boones Fort in Kentucky on Christmas day, 1775. He and another boy or young man by the name of Sanders, went out of the Fort that day without their guns and were fired on by Indians and both of them were killed. Stephen's body was not found until two days later, when searchers found it scalped in a corn field.
William McWhinney is known to have been at Boones Fort, later called Boonesborough, on October 16, 1779. when he united with others in a petition to the General Assembly, praying for the relief of distressed Boonesborough. This place which in the early years of the settlement was an important one, and where in fact the first informal legislative assembly was held in 1775 to ratify a treaty with the Indians, began after the close of the Revolutionary War to lose its importance and its population in favor of other places better located, and by 1810 was entirely abandoned, and nothing remains but the old ferry over the Kentucky River.
It is not certain whether William McWhinney died at Boonesborough, or whether he went to Knox County, Tennessee to join his sons who in the meantime had gone to that locality.
All of the family had left Pennsylvania before 1790. as the first U.S. Census does not show any heads of family of that name living in the State.
The younger men of the family appear to have remained in Pennsylvania, and in Cumberland County, until about 1780 when Thomas is known to have been in Knox County, Tennessee, and where he took up land in 1796.
It is probable that his two brothers went with him to Tennessee, but no attempt in these notes has been made to identify them.
Robert McWhinney appears on the Tax Rolls of East Pennsbro Township of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, as a taxpayer in the years 1778, 1782, and 1785. He was a farmer and appears to have been taxed on 200 acres or more of land, and horses and cattle, up to 20 head of the latter.
Thomas McWhinney appears on the Tax Rolls of Hamilton Township, Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, as a taxpayer in the years 1779, and 1780. His taxes in the first year being 15 Pounds Sterling and in the second year 25 pounds sterling.
James McWhinney appears on the Tax Rolls of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania for the year 1782. The name of the Township is not given, so that it is probable that he lived in one of the villages, as he is named as being a weaver, and the amount of his tax for the year was 3 Pounds, 5 Shillings.
The fact that Robert McWhinney was taxed in 1778 for the first time, that in fact being the first tax levied by the new State, and that Thomas name appears for the first time in 1779, and James in 1782, seems to indicate the relative ages of the three.
None of them were taxed after 1785. and as by the amount of taxes paid, they musthave been prosperous men.It is Likely that their migration to Tennessee occurred at that time or before the next assessment was levied.
The first settlement in Knox County, Tennessee, was in 1779. so that Thomas is known to have been there in the earliest settlers of that County.
Here, the family remained until 1817, when with his married sons, "Thomas moved to Ohio in Preble county, and here in 1828, Thomas died.
The old homestead stood until 1921, when on March 3, 1921, it burned while occupied by his grandson, John McWhinney.
The family had, like others, spread to other parts of the country, but many of the name still remaining in Preble County, Ohio, and Indians.
Thomas McWhinney was a patriot of the Revolution Army, having served in the Fourth Battalion of the Eighth company of the Cumberland County Militia Captain Walter McWhinney. See Volume 23, page 776, 3rd series, Pennsylvania Archives. The McWhinney Family.
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Children of Mathew McWhinney and Temperance Kindrey are:
- Jennie McWhinney, b. date unknown1790, d. date unknown1790.
- Elizabeth Ann McWhinney, b. date unknown1790, d. date unknown1790.
- Martin McWhinney, b. date unknown1790, d. date unknown1790.
- +Frank McWhinney, b. date unknown1790, d. date unknown1790.
- William McWhinney, b. date unknown, d. date unknown.
- +Stephen McWhinney, b. date unknown1790, d. date unknown1790.
- Letty, b. date unknown1790, d. date unknown1790.
- Nellie McWhinney, b. date unknown, d. date unknown.