Reuben McGinnis, deceased, an early settler of Warren Township, came to this county in the fall of 1831, from Bourbon County, Kentucky, where he was born March 4, 1801. His father, John MCGinnis, emigrated from Scotland with his parents when two years old, and settled in Rockingham County, Virginia, in 1760, where his father died soon after. His wife was Mary Houston, a native of Virginia. He was a soldier of the Revolutionary war, serving under General Washington from commencement until the surrender of Cornwallis, and was present when that event took place. He was a member of Washington's body-guard, and participated in many of the important battles.
He was born in 1758 and died in 1819. His wife died about 1823. They were the parents of thirteen children, ten of whom were boys. The father was a farmer by occupation, and both were members of the Christian Church. The mother emigrated with her parents to Kentucky about 1794, and died in Bourbon County, that state. Reuben was reared on a farm in his native county, and was there married, in 1822, to Miss Lucinda Buris, born in Bourbon County, March 4,1801. They came to Putnam County in the fall of 1831, and settled in Warren Township, where Mr. McGinnis entered and bought land, upon which he lived until 1855. He then sold out and purchased a farm west of Cloverdale, in Cloverdale Township, upon which he lived until his death, September 6, 1866. His wife died June 14, 1868. They were parents of six children, four of whom were girls.
Mr. McGinnis was a prominent man in his township; was a Democrat in politics, and served as trustee both in Warren and Cloverdale Townships. Both himself and wife were members of the Christian Church, of which he was an elder. He owned a great deal of land.
This information was provided by Howard McGinnis You can visit his site at: Howards McGinnis Page