MCKINNEY, ARCHIE B., who is successfully engaged in farming near Winchester, Scott County, Ill., was born in Lincoln County, Ky., May 27, 1857, near McKinney postoffice, which was named after his grandfather. He is a son of Alexander and Rosa Belle McKinney, of whom the former was born June 15, 1829, on a farm which became the site of the town of McKinney. His grandfather, Burton McKinney, was a farm born July 16, 1799, and his wife Lucinda Hocker, was born October 3, 1804. They owned considerable property near the site of the town of McKinney, and lived on a farm in that vicinity, but a few years before their deaths removed to Stanford, Ky., where they passed the remainder of their lives in retirement. Burton McKinney died July 16, 1871, his wife having preceded him April 27, 1863. They reared the following named children: William F., Mary J., Alexander, Ann Eliza and Nathan H., all of whom are deceased; Fannie, widow of B. W. Dunn, of Stanford, Ky.,; and James, who lives in that State. Alexander McKinney was born,, reared and died within two miles of McKinney. He married Rosa Belle Burton, a native of Kentucky, and they began housekeeping on a farm in the vicinity of McKinney, where they lived until the death of the husband. His widow still survives him, and is at the present writing (December, 1905) with her daughter, Mrs. Smith, in North Carolina. They became the parents of eight children, namely: Anna Belle and Mary E., who live under the maternal roof; William, who resides near the old home farm; Archie B.; Fannie, deceased; James, who lives in California; Samuel, deceased, and Bettie B. (Mrs. Smith), whose home is in North Carolina.
Alexander McKinney carried on farming and stock-raising all his life, and left a considerable estate. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and his wife of the Christian Church, and both took a deep interest in religious work. In politics, he was a steadfast Democrat, and died August 19, 1872.
In boyhood A. B. McKinney received his mental training in the district and public schools, and remained at home until he was twenty-four years old. At that period he went to Missouri, where he was engaged in teaming. In 1882 he came to Morgan County, Ill., and bought 55 acres of land in Section 30, Township 15, Range 11, situated eight miles east of Winchester, Ill., and known as the Samuel F. Campbell farm. Mr. McKinney has remodeled all the buildings on the place, besides adding several new ones. He now owns 127 acres in one body and successfully conducts farming and stock-raising. He devotes considerable attention to raising cattle, horses and Poland-China hogs.
On December 24, 1882, Mr. McKinney was united in marriage with Eliza E. Campbell, a native of Morgan County, Ill., and a daughter of Samuel F. and Nancy F. Campbell. Five children resulted from this union, all of whom are living on the home farm, namely: Roy B., Emma, Nannie, Sallie and Beatrice.
In politics, Mr. McKinney is a supporter of the Democratic party. Religiously, he and his wife are members of the Christian Church, of which he was one of the Deacons. Mr. McKinney is one of the most thorough farmers in his section, is an upright man, and a citizen whose dutiful life reflects credit upon the community of which he is so useful a member.