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Biography of Wilson F. McGinley of Knox County Ohio


The foundation of success is earnest toil, supplemented by perseverance, and in the life record of W. S. McGinley we see an exemplification of this truth. He is numbered among the prosperous and enterprising agriculturists of Pike township and is also one of its early settlers. He resides on section 7, and in this township he was born August 24, 1843, a son of Robert McGinley, whose birth occurred in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. When a young man the latter came with his mother to Knox county, Ohio, and was here married to Eve Lindsey, a native of Pennsylvania. They became the parents of ten children, of whom our subject was the ninth in the order of birth.

Upon the home farm in Pike township W. S. McGinley was reared, and in a log school house near his home he pursued his primary education, which was supplemented by two years’ study in the schools of Amity and one year in the Fredericktown schools.

He assisted in the work of the farm until his enlistment, on the 18th of August, 1862, as a member of Company B, Ninety-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with which he served for three years. He was promoted to the position of chief musician and participated in the following important engagements: Chickasaw Bayou; Arkansas Post; the siege of Vicksburg; and the battles of Jackson and Grand Coteau, where he was taken prisoner, but on the 8th of May, 1864, he was exchanged. Later he took part in the engagements at Fort Gaines, Fort Morgan, Spanish Fort, Fort Blakely and Mobile, and with his regiment he was mustered out July 7, 1865. On one occasion he was taken prisoner and for a time was incarcerated at Alexandria, Louisiana, but was there paroled and sent within the Union lines, where he was exchanged. For three years he was in the army without being off duty, and was a brave and valiant soldier, unflinching in support of the Union cause as he followed the starry banner over the battlefields of the south. He received an honorable discharge at Columbus July 29, 1865, and thence returned to his home in Knox county.

It was on the 20th of December, 1866, that Mr. McGinley was married to Honor Phillips, a daughter of Brice and Honor (Durbin) Phillips. She was born on the farm where she now lives, March 19, 1845, and is the ninth in a family of seven sons and three daughters, eight of whom reached mature years. By her marriage she has become the mother of five children:

-Charles F., who married Bertie Spayde, of Richland county;

-Frank D., who wedded Julia Gendenning and is a bookkeeper for the Illinois Leather Company of Chicago, Illinois;

-Llewlyn D., who is a graduate of the University of Athens, Ohio, and married Anetta Wier, their home being in Hamilton, Ohio, where he is engaged in the insurance business ;

-Bertha, who is a graduate of the Butler, Ohio, school and is with her parents; and

-Ethel, the wife of William Murrey, of Mount Vernon.

At the time of his marriage Mr. McGinley located on a farm south of Mount Vernon, where he remained for one year, after which he spent two years on the farm near Fredericktown. On the expiration of that period he located at his present place of residence, on section 7, Pike township, having here since made his home with the exception of four years spent in Butler, where he was engaged in the agricultural implement business. He is now devoting “his energies exclusively to farming and stock-raising, and is the owner of one hundred and twenty-five acres of good land. His labors have resulted in making this a very valuable property, and, while the fields are well tilled, in the pastures and barns are also found high grades of stock. His labors are conducted in harmony with the most progressive methods of farming. His land was entered from the government by his father-in-law, who lived upon the place for sixty years, taking possession thereof in 1826.

Mr. McGinley is a member of Samuel Bell Post, G. A. R., of Butler, and is likewise connected with the Knights of the Golden Eagle at Amity. In his political views he is a Democrat, and has been honored with a number of local offices. He has “been justice of the peace, road supervisor, land appraiser and trustee, and in all of these he has discharged his duties in a most prompt and capable manner, winning high encomiums from all concerned.

He holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal church of Butler, and his life is in harmony with his professions. He is today as true to his duties of citizenship as when he followed the stars and stripes upon southern battlefields, and the fact that his staunchest friends are numbered among those who have known him from boyhood is an indication that his career has ever been worthy of the confidence and regard of his fellow men.

pages 304-305

The Biographical Record of Knox County Ohio, Illustrated, Lewis Publ Co, Chicago, 1902

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  1. thx for posting this, Wilson Mc Ginley was my husbands Great Grandfather

    Comment by Lynne Black | April 18, 2010 | Reply

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