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IN THE WAR

If you have any McGinnis' ancestors who served in the war and you would like to share contact Tonya & Ruth

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William C. McGinnis b: 7 July 1817 Bourbon County, Kentucky.
Father: Samuel McGinnis - Mother: Sarah Earlywine
Spouse: Hester Ann Miller
Residence: Roanoke, Indiana
Rank: Captain
Date of Commission: 31 Dec. 1862
Note: Died a prisoner of war at Savanna, GA. 21 Aug. 1864

History of the 75th Regiment

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Jacob B. McGinness b" 11 May 1843 - d: 26 Jul 1865
Father: Orville S. McGinnis - Mother: Catherine Busby
Spouse: Unknown
Residence: Rush Co., IN.
Unit: 9th Calvary, 121st Regiment, Company M
Rank: 1st Sgt.
Mustered In: 31 December 1863
Mustered Out: 28 August 1865
Note: There is a discrepency with the mustered out date and the date of death we have. He was wounded in Franklin, TN., on 18 Dec 1864 during the Civil War. Jacob apparently later died of his wounds, just not sure if it was before or after he mustered out.

History of the 9th Calvary.

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Samuel McGinness b: 9 Nov. 1844 - d: 18 Sep. 1908
Father: Orville S. McGinness - Mother: Catherine Busby
Spouse: #1 Sarah C. Gillis, #2 Ella Cecelia McGinness
Residence: Rush Co., IN.
Unit: 9th Calvary, 121st Regiment, Company M
Rank: Corporal
Musterd In: 31 December 1863
Mustered Out: 12 September 1865

History of the 9th Calvary.

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William McGinnis
Unit: 53rd Regiment, O.V.I., attached to the 2nd Div. 15th Army Corp.
Organized in 1861
Note: The unit was ordered to Paducah, KY. It fought at Shiloh. It marched into Tennessee and Mississippi. The regiment suffered quite severely in the battles of Resaca and Dallas. Among the killed and wounded is W.M. McGinnis of Company D, seriously wounded.

This information was obtained from the 1884 book printed by Chicago: Interstate Publishing Company titled "History of Lower Scioto Valley" The book was reprinted in 1990 by Windmill Publications, Inc.

This information was kindly shared by Michael T. McGuinness

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John McGinnis Unit: 2nd Kentucky
Rank: Private
Note: The unit was organized in Portsmouth, Ohio. Private John McGinnis was killed at Shilo.

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James William McGinnis
Unit: 1258th Engineer Combat Battalion, Company B
Induction: 6 January 1943
Active Service: 13 January 1943
Place of Entry: Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty: Auto Mechanic
Rank: Technician Fifth Grade
Decorations & Citations: Army of Occupation Medal, American Theater Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal
Seperation: 17 July 1946

This information was shared by Jackie Artis

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Thomas McGinnis served in the WV 14th Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. Thomas appears on a roster published by Joy Gilchrist of HCPD in Lewis Co., WV. It list Thomas to be from Barbour Co.. There is also another Thomas McGinnis in the 7th WV Cavalry (formerly the 8th WV Infantry). This Thomas was listed as being from Raleigh Co..

This information was kindly shared by Bob Thorne

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George Mcginnis the 8th child of John McGinnis born 1836 in Mahoning Twp, Mercer County Pennsylvania enlisted in the 34th Iowa volunteers Co. "C" at Indianola, Iowa on August 13, 1862. The Regiment was mustered in August 1862 at Burlington Iowa. After the battles of Chickasaw Bluffs and Arkansas Post this regiment was detailed to take 5000 prisioners to Camp Douglas Chicago. On the way by boat up the Mississippi smallpox broke out among the troops and prisioners. George died from disease in Benton Barracks, St. Louis on April 21, 1863 and was burried there. His effects were sent to his eldest brother Alexander McGinnis in Warren County. His father John McGinnis was still living as were his brothers John C., Lewis, and David and his sisters Nancy, Elizabeth and Susanna. His mother had died when he was born.

This information was kindly shared by Pauline McGinnis Wilson

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William McGinnis was honorably discharged from service on July 15, 1865, at Louisville, KY, having served at least 90 days therein.

William McGinnis' Pension Application No. 393925 quoted in part below:

"WAR DEPARTMENT, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, January 29, 1883

Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions. William McGinnis, a Private of Company F, 83rd Regiment Indiana Volunteers, was drafted on the 24 day of September, 1864, at LaPorte for 1 year, and is reported on roll of March and April '65 (first on which his name appears) present. He was transferred to 48th Regiment Indiana Vols. Co. E, and reported on roll of said Co. for May and June '65 present. Mustered out of service with Co. July 15 '65 at Louisville, KY. 83rd Rgt returned for March and April 65, not on file. -- The records of this office furnish no evidence of alleged disabilities. Regimental Hospital Records of above mentioned organizations not on file."

William's application, signed by himon the 10th day of January, 1880, stated the following disability: "From exposure and hardship, he contacted Rheumatism in the left Hip, and a gathering in the right ear, which has left him deaf, & from both has resulted a general debility, & renders him unfit for manual labor, for which he asks a pension." (Per above, his application was denied.)

Following William's death, Eliza Jane reapplied for his pension benefits, per application dated 12th day of May, 1904. This application referenced former Application No. 794551, dated November 13, 1903.

Her application shows that William died on 6th day of September, A.D. 1903, at Hebron, Lake County, Indiana, as a result of chronic diarrhea.

Her application further stated: "That she is the claimant in the above titled cause and that by the terms of her late husband's will, which she has accepted, she was left a life interest only in the farm of two hundred and forty acres of land and the personal property thereon, to the value of about $860. That the value of said land is about $12,000 and that she is left in aforesaid will a one third interest in said property for her lifetime only. That the rental value of said farm is $3.00 per acre, or a total rental value of $720. That the cost of insurance, tax and repair is $175 for year, leaving $545 to dividy by three, which leaves her the sum of 181 2/5 dollars from said real estate annually, and one third of the $860 personal property, amounting to two hundred and eighty dollars and that out of said $280 personal and 181 2/5 dollars, she is charged with one third the cost of support of a son and daughter so that the entire amount of her income is less than one hundred and fifty dollars net....." /s/ Eliza J. McGinnis

Information on William from same source:
1. William H. MCGINNIS was born on 24 Feb 1826 in Guilford, County Down, Ireland. 1 He died on 6 Sep 1903 in Hebron, Porter Co., Indiana. 2 He was buried in Salem Cemetery, Indiana. Information Shared with us by Howard McGinnis

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Here is a list of McGinnis' who served in the War of 1812. (Please note this may not be everyone)


ABRAHAM MCGINNIS, 2nd Reg't, W. TN., Militia (Col. Lowry, Lieut. Col. Hammons)
ALEXANDER MCGINNIS, 3rd Reg't., (Roulston's), W. TN., Militia
CHARLES G. MCGINNIS, Capt., Booker's Co., U.S. Vol's, (Richmond WA. Vols.)
DANIEL MCGINNIS, 4th Reg't., Maryland Militia
DANIEL MCGINNIS, Hills' Reg't., PA., Militia
EDMUNKE MCGINNIS, 2nd Reg't., (Evan's), VA., Militia
FELIX MCGINNIS, 3rd Reg't., (Few's), GA, Militia.
GEORGE MCGINNIS, Cobean's Batt., PA, Vol's
GEORGE MCGINNIS, 3rd Reg't., (Allen's), Mounted, KY., Vol's
HEZEKIAH MCGINNIS, 5th Reg't., (South's), Mounted KY Vol's
HIRAM MCGINNIS, Cocke's Detach., VA, Militia
JAMES MCGINNIS, 1st Reg't., Artillery (Aitcher's), NY, Vol's
JAMES MCGINNIS, 7th Reg't., (Pearson's), NC, Militia
JOHN MCGINNIS, 4th Reg't., (Bayles'), E. TN, Militia
JOHN MCGINNIS, Dudly's Mounted Battalion, KY, Vol's
JOHN MCGINNIS, McIntyre's Battalion, NY, Militia
JOHN MCGINNIS, Carteret County Reg't., (Robert's), NC, Militia
JOHN MCGINNIS, Battalion Sean Fencibles (Wooster'), NY
JOHN MCGINNIS, 1st Refle Reg't., (Allen's), KY, Vol's
JOHN MCGINNIS, 1st Reg't., (Ferree's), PA, Militia
JOHN MCGINNIS, 1st Reg't., (Scott's), KY, Vol's
JOHN MCGINNIS, 1st Reg't., (Snider's), PA
JOHN MCGINNIS, 2nd Reg't., L. Inf., (Bache's), PA, Militia
JOHN MCGINNIS, 2nd Reg't., (Lotz's), PA, Militia
JOHN MCGINNIS, 4th Reg't., (Bayles'), E. TN, Militia
JOHN MCGINNIS, 5th Reg't., Cav., (Biay's), MA, Militia
JOHN L. MCGINNIS, Johnson's Reg't., Mounted, KY, Vol's
JOHN S. MCGINNIS, 16th Reg't., (Porter's), KY, Militia
JOSEPH MCGINNIS, 2nd Reg't., (Cotgreave's), OH, Militia
JOSEPH MCGINNIS, 2nd Reg't., (Lillard's), E. TN, Vol's
JOSEPH MCGINNIS, 3rd Reg't., (Lefevre's), PA, Militia
LEVIN MCGINNIS, 4th Reg't., MA, Militia
MICHAEL MCGINNIS, Battalion Sea Fencibles (Wooster's), NY
MOSES MCGINNIS, 2nd Reg't., (Lillard's), E. TN, Vol's
MR. MCGINNIS, 1st Reg't., (Dodge's), NY' Militia
ORNEEL MCGINNIS, 3rd Reg't., (Poage's), Mounted, KY Vol's
ROBERT MCGINNIS, 3rd Reg't., (Johnson's), E. TN, Militia
ROBERT MCGINNIS, 4th Reg't., (Bayles'), E. TN, Militia
SAMUEL MCGINNIS, 2nd Reg't., (Evan's), VA, Militia
SAMUEL MCGINNIS, 4th Reg't., VA, Militia
SAMUEL MCGINNIS, 5th Reg't., VA, Militia
SAMUEL MCGINNIS, 7th Reg't., (Sannders'), VA, Militia
SAMUEL MCGINNIS, 16th Reg't., (Porter's), KY, Militia
SAMUEL MCGINNIS, 41st Reg't., (Bramham's), VA, Militia
THOMAS MCGINNIS, 1st Reg't., (Scott's), KY, Vol's
THOMAS MCGINNIS, 2nd Reg't., (Heath's), MY, Militia
THOMAS B. MCGINNIS, Johnson's Reg't., Mounted, KY, Vol's
WILLIAM MCGINNIS, 1st Reg't., Riflemen (Humphrey's), PA
WILLIAM MCGINNIS, 2nd Battalion (Andrews), PA, Militia
WILLIAM MCGINNIS, 2nd Battalion (Andrews'), PA, Militia
WILLIAM MCGINNIS, 4th Reg't., (Booth's), GA, Militia
WILLIAM MCGINNIS, 5th Battalion, (Nelson's), PA, Militia
WILLIAM MCGINNIS, 5th Reg't., (South's), Mounted, KY, Vol's
WILLIAM MCGINNIS, 16th Reg't., (Porter's), KY, Militia
WILLIAM MCGINNIS, 132nd Reg't., (Dale's), PA, Militia
WILLIAM H. MCGINNIS, 2nd Reg't., (Benton's), TN, Vol's
WILLIAM H. MCGINNIS, 4th Reg't., (Steele's), W. TN, Militia

This information was kindly shared by Shannon. Visit her site Shannon-Idesofmarch

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Here is a List of McGinnis' who served in the war from Pennsylvania (Please note this may not be everyone)

ARTHUR MCGINNIS Pvt., Capt. Josiah Harmar's Co.
CORNELIUS MCGINNIS Pvt., 2nd Battalion, 1756, Procince of PA, Capt. Mercer's Company, Killed at the Kittaning
DANIEL MCGINNIS Pvt., died in Loudon Co., VA., Jan. 13, 1831. In 1st PA. Regt., Continental Line
DANIEL MCGINNIS Pvt. on Northampton Co., list of soldiers of the revolution. Listed as in 3rd Class, Capt., Clendenen's Co., 1782 Northampton, Co.
EDWARD MCGINNIS Drummer, 20 Apr. 1777, "on recruiting service", on roll of Capt. Alexander Parker's Co., 7th PA., Regt. 9 Sept. 1778
EDWARD MAGINNIS on muster roll of Col. William Irvine's Co., 7th PA. Regt. 14 May 1777
EDWARD MCGINNIS Drummer, Aug. 1778, Maj. Parr's Co., 7th PA., Regt.
EDWARD MCGINNIS listed as in 3rd Class, Capt., Clendenen's Co., 1782 Northampton, Co.
EDWARD MCGINNIS served 12 days "by certificates", 49 days on frontiers, discharged July 10, 1782; Capt. John Gregory's militia, Northampton Co.
FRANCIS MCGINNIS Pvt., on Westmoreland Co., list of soldiers of the revolution
JAMES MCGINNIS Pvt., Capt. Thomas Church's Co., 4th PA Battalion
JAMES MCGINNIS 20, New Jersey, enlisted April 30, shoemaker on the list of Capt. John Blackwood's Co., PA Regt. May 22, 1758
JAMES MCGINNIS Pvt., on list of 11th PA., Regt.
JAMES MCGINNIS Pvt., on roll of 8th Co., new 11th PA., Regt.
JAMES MAGENNIS bombardier, stationed at Ft. Island, present April 1, PA., Artillery
JAMES MCGINNIS Pvt., on list of Bedford Co., soldiers of the revolution
JAMES MCGINNIS on list of "new levies" soldiers of the revolution
JOHN MCGINNISS recruited by Alex. Parker, Capt. 2nd PA., Regt.
JOHN MCGINNIS Pvt., on Washington Co., list of soldiers of the revolution
JOHN MCGINNIS Pvt., In Thomas Craig's Co., 3rd PC., Regt. May 1780
JOHN MCGINNIS (1st) Pvt., Jan. 1, 1777-1781; resided in Adams Co., in 1814. On th elist of 7th PA., Regt.
JOHN MCGINNIS (2nd) on list of 3rd PA., Regt., Continental Line.
JOHN MCGINNIS Pvt., on list of Capt. Samuel Kennedy's Co., 7th PA., Regt. 9 Sept. 1778 and Oct.
JOHN MCGINNIS Adams Co., May 24, 1814; John Stewart of Menallen Township was appointed guardian of John McGinnis, a pensioner. The former having died, John Bender was appointed in his place. John McGinnis testified that he served in Menallen Township from the age of 7 to 21 years with John Bell. He enlisted in 1776 and remained in war until its close. After which he lived with John Moor of same township, He is 71 years old.
JOHN MCGINNIS served in 8th Bttn., Cumberland Co., Militia. 1780-82
MICHAEL MCGINNIS in 3rd Class, Capt. William Strain's Co., 6th Bttn. Cumberland Co., militia
OWEN MCGINNIS Pvt., Capt. Matthew Smith's Co., 1776
PATRICK MCGINES on Capt., James Irven's Co., 5th Co., 2nd Bttn., 10 Sept. 1781 - runaway; Comberland Co.
PATRICK MCGINNESS Pvt., in Col. Thomas Craig's Co., 3rd PA., Regt. 10 Sept. 1778
PATRICK MCGINNIS on payroll of Capt. Casper Weitzel's Co., 1776, PA Rifle Regiment.
PATTRICK MCGINISH Pvt., Capt. Philip Albright's Co., PA Rifle Regiment, in camp near King's Bridge, 1 Sept. 1776. Also listed a "sick in York" on muster roll c. 1 Sept. 1776
PATRICK MCGINNES Pvt., Capt. John Marshall's Co., The State Regt. of Foot, 1 Mar. 1777-1 May 1777.
ROBERT MCGINNES Pvt., in Capt. Francis Murray's Co., Musketry Battalion.
ROBERT MCGINNIS on list of 1st Regt. Continental Line
ROBERT MCGINNIS Pvt., on list of 6th Regt., Continental Line
ROGER MCGINNES Pvt., in Capt. Jacob Ashmead's light infantry, 2nd Regt., of PA, April 1779
WILLIAM MCGINNISage 30, 5' 4" tall, farmer; Ireland; enlisted 1 Feb. 1777, 9th Co., New 11th PA., Regt. Received depreciation pay.
WILLIAM MCGINNIS Pvt., on roll of Capt. Archibald McAllister's Co., Col Hartley's Regt.

This information was kindly shared by Jody
The information came from Archive Records Series 5, Volume 1,2,3,4,6,8.

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Miscellaneous McGinnis Military Records Statements or Information

From Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution: McGinnis, Robert, Richard, and John of New York. A father and two sons. All three were cabinet makers. Richard McGinnis joined Butler's Rangers at Niagara. The three were prisoners at Albany jail, paroled for 2 years, and eventually they escaped to New York. they moved to Canada in 1784, and estimated their loss at 787 pounds sterling. Died in November. (p. 546)

From VA Soldiers of 1776, pp. 650-651, by Louis Burgess: Edward McGinness, private: "This is to certify that I enlisted Edward McGinness as a soldier in the 3rd VA Regiment for the term of three years on 12 July 1777 and that he served until about September 1778." signed Nathaniel B. Ashby, Lieutenant 3rd VA. Regiment. Certified that Edward McGinnis died in November or December 1778. Signed John Roney, late Lieutenant, 3rd VA. Regiment. John Carter, Jr. Clerk.

From VA Soldiers of 1776, pp. 650-651, by Louis Burgess: John McGinnis, private, John McGinnis, Thomas Condell, and James McDaniel enlisted as soldiers in Armand's Legionary Coorps, for and during the war, at the Siege of Yorktown, VA., sometime in the fall of the year 1781. That they served the term for which they enlisted and were discharged at yorktown, PA. (York); that they were at the time they enlisted citizens of VA. Signed 15 Feb 1800, Henry Bedinger, late captain 5th Regiment.

From the Archives of Deleware: Robert McGinnis on list of return of fines of 5th Co., 2nd Regt., Deleware Militia, 1797. (pp 5-6)

From the Archives of Deleware: on list of return of fines for Deleware militia (Brandywine Comm. by George Cartwell, Ensign)

From the Archives of Deleware: Joseph McGinnes on list of Return of Delinquents Brandywine Hundred Newcastle Co., militia

From the Archives of Deleware: George McGinnis, ensign, 2nd Co., 3rd Regt., 1st Brigade Deleware militia; appointed by governor Oct. 28, 1807. Resigned; election for replacement held 2 Apri. 1809. (p. 225)

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