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John McKinley was born in Hardy county, Virginia, in the year 1797. He was three times married. His first wife was a native of Hardy county, Virginia, where she spent a portion of her married life; but she died in Darby township, Pickaway county, Ohio. Nine children were born of this union, five of whom are now living--Harriet, Mary, Abel Seymour, Joseph Hill, and John Wesley.
Margaret Millar was the second wife of John McKinley. Of this union were born three children--Russell B., William H., and Sarah Jane.
His third wife was Sophia Williamson, of Portsmouth, Ohio, who still survives him. No children were born of this union.
Mr. McKinley died in April, 1876, leaving a large property to his legal representatives. The kindness of his heart is exhibited in becoming surety for so many of his neighbors and friends, which resulted very disastrously, and gave him much trouble and anxiety, and is said to have had much to do with hastening his demise. Mr. McKinley, though a business man, was also a local Methodist preacher, and perhaps is more widely known as such than as a dealer in stock. He was regarded by his neighbors as an honest man, a good citizen, a faithful christian, and an exemplary member of society. He was not educated in the schools, but possessed a fair business education, and was a successful business man and an influential preacher.