||DIED: John Miller McKinney,
the subject of this sketch, was born at or near the village of Petersville in Butler County, Pa. He was one of a family of thirteen children, eleven boys and two girls. Deceased was of Scotch-Irish descent. He was the last of his family, having, although a delicate man, lived longer than any of his more vigorous brothers. Mr McKinney although eighty-six years of age at the time of his death, did not relinquish business until a few months prior thereto. When about twenty-five years of age he came to this county and engaged in blacksmithing, in or near the village of Greenfield with
Wm Jones, whose daughter Elizabeth, he there-after married more than sixty years ago. Deceased was the father of eight children, six of whom survive him,
viz, Mrs. J. G. White, Mrs. Geo. Reznor, Mrs. O. V. Dibble, Mrs. S. J. Byers, Thomas P. McKinney and Edward M. McKinney, the latter being a member of the Sixteenth Regt. , Pa. Volunteers now in Porto Rico. His oldest daughter,
Mrs. Jesse R. Williams died in 1871. Early after coming to this county Mr. McKinney left his shop to take charge of several contracts in building the Erie & Pittsburgh canal. He was subsequently engaged in the management of pig metal furnaces for several years, his aptitude in the management of these concerns, and in the control of the men employed, bringing his services into great demand. He had control of the furnaces in this county, Butler, Westmoreland and Venango counties. On account of failing health he left public works and engaged in merchandising in Pittsburgh for some time. He then engaged in farming for some years in Venango County near Clintonville. About forty years ago he came to Mercer and purchased what was then known as the
Simcox hotel, afterwards the Forest House, which he conducted for many years. At one time he conducted the Union House and also engaged in merchandising with
Thomas Jones on the west side . In 1868 when the call was made for volunteers to resist the raid of the rebel
Gen. John Morgan into Pennsylvania and Ohio, deceased, although beyond the military age, volunteered and went with his regiment to Parkersburg, W. Va. and served till his regiment was mustered out. While in the service he was nominated for Sheriff and was elected the same fall.
After his term of office ended he engaged in merchandising with W. J. McKean in Mercer. He had by this time acquired considerable of property and was regarded as one of the successful men of Mercer but through bad advice he was induced to make real estate investments which resulted in great financial embarrassment and _______away his whole estate.
Disheartened and discouraged he left this state about nineteen years ago and located in Franklin Square, Columbus County, Ohio. In this latter place he engaged in a small way, in merchandising and made a living for himself and his aged wife, and only in March last year did he succumb to a disease which had preyed upon him for forty years. Death claimed him on the afternoon of the 29th of September. Mr. McKinney was a kind, generous man, loved and respected by all. He was a kind husband and father, and although a positive man, made but few enemies. He was a member of the 2nd U P Church of this place. At one time he was a member Masonic and Odd Fellow Lodges of Mercer, but has not been active for many years. His aged wife is about nine years his junior and will make her home in Mercer.
DISPATCH & REPUBLICAN, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, December 29, 1898
by Bob McKeon