Henry McKinstry

Henry McKinstry

Male Abt 1805 - 1871  (~ 66 years)

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  • Name Henry McKinstry  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born Abt 1805  Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Apr 1871 
    Age ~ 66 years 
    Person ID I853  Tree2020
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2020 

    Family Eliza Vernon,   b. 1804, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 24 Sep 1829  Aghalee,Antrim,Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Married: 1x1. Sarah Ann McKinstry,   b. 3 Nov 1834, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1915, Richland, Oswego County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
    Married: 2x2. Samuel McKinstry Married: 2x2x ,   b. 1841, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1906, Loughbourgh Township, Frontenac Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x3. Emma Maria McKinstry,   b. 15 Aug 1845, Portland, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1921, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x4. Henry McKinstry,   b. Abt 1832, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1889, Mexico, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x5. John McKinstry,   b. Abt 1850, Portland, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F264  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Henry McKinstry (born 1805, Antrim, Ireland - died April 17, 1871) was mayor of Hamilton, Ontario from 1859 to 1861. First elected mayor by the people.[1] He presided over the arrangements for the visit of Edward, Prince of Wales to the city in 1860, the first royal visit in Hamilton's history.[2]

      Canadian Henry McKinstry’s Descendants of Oswego, NY

      Complied By Esther Rancier, BS, MA, MS

      In the late eighteenth century the British drove out of Scotland thousands of poor farmers with high rents and intimidation. Most went to Ireland and some to England. The more adventurous sailed away as indentured servants to the West Indies and the southern US. Canada welcomed them as settlers. They were given free land grants. Ultimately they became Canada’s largest ethnic group.

      Most of the McKinstrys chose to immigrate to nearby Ulster, Ireland. They became part of the famous Scotch-Irish. They spent only a few generations there. As Protestants they were not universally welcomed. Most of these Scots became part of the cloth making industries. There is online an Irish Records Extraction Database which states a Henry McKinstry married in 1829 Eliza Vernon in Aghalee, County Atrium, Northern Ireland. This marriage was recorded in Aghalee.

      This young couple seemed to have immigrated to Canada where they had a sizeable family. The first Canadian census of 1851 has a Henry and Eliza McKinstry living in Loughborough, Frontenac County, Ontario.

      McKinstry, Henry 48 Ireland Church of England
      McKinstry, Eliza 49 Ireland Church of England
      McKinstry. Sarah 17 Canada Church of England
      McKinstry, John 12 Canada Church of England
      McKinstry, Samuel 10 Canada Church of England
      McKinstry, Marier 8 Canada Church of England

      Henry gave his occupation as a laborer. Henry may also have had an eldest son, Henry, born in 1829 or 1832, who had already left home to earn his own way. More Canadian research needs to be done. The town of Loughborough is not too far from the US border. Young Henry could have easily gone to the US on a boat. A large fleet in Kingston sailed Lake Ontario. Oswego, Oswego County, NY was a normal port of call. The town was bustling with commerce. The goods from Ohio, Illinois, and other western outposts poured into Oswego by boat where they were transferred onto the Erie Canal barges to go to New York City and on to Europe.

      What most people never realize is that the Great Lakes are some of the most dangerous waters in the world. Storms roar off the Great Plains at hurricane forces with little warning. Because of the eternal danger to the men on the Great Lakes the U.S. National Weather Service was established.

      Young Henry got a job on Lake Ontario as a sailor. He made Oswego his home port. Before 1858 Henry had wed Mary Melligan who was born in Scriba, NY. She was the daughter of James Melligan and Catherine Conly of County Sligo, Ireland. The name appears both as Melligan and in other records as Milligan.

      This young couple was enumerated in the Scriba 1860 census. The name was spelled McKinsley.

      McKinsley (sic), H 31 Canada Sailor
      McKinsley (sic). Mary 26 NY wife
      McKinsley (sic), James 3 NY son
      McKinsley (sic), Ellis 3 months NY son

      The New York State census for Scriba in 1865 did not include Ellis. He had died by then. The family was living next door to Mary’s parents in Scriba. Catherine was born in 1860; John David on 18 October 1861; and Ann ca. 1863.

      On 18 June 1866 Henry bought lot #09 in Scriba from Ann Sanderson for $250. Henry valued his acres as worth $300 in the 1870 Scriba census. He gave his occupation as a sailor, born in Canada. The name was spelled McKinster in this census.

      McKinster (sic), Henry 38 Canada
      McKinster (sic), Mary 35 NY
      McKinster (sic), James 12 NY
      McKinster (sic), Catharine 10 NY
      McKinster (sic), John 8 NY
      McKinster (sic), Ann 6 NY
      McKinster (sic), Ellen 4 NY
      McKinster (sic), Alice 2 NY
      McKinster (sic), Thomas 5 months NY

      In the 1870 agricultural census Henry stated he had 18 acres of cleared land, 1 horse, 1 cow, and 1 swine. All the animals were valued at $125. Henry grew 10 bushels of spring wheat; 21 bushels of potatoes; and $2 worth of fruit harvested. The family churned its own butter, but the amount was not clear. Henry and his sons harvested 20 tons of hay. He earned about $10 from forest products which likely meant his maple syrup sales. He made $720 from the sale of slaughtered meat, probably chickens.

      It is clear Henry did not make his living from the farm. He must have continued to ship out on local boats. He probably did the plowing and planting of wheat, potatoes, boiling down the maple syrup, cutting the hay, butchering any animals eaten or sold. His sons could do the rest like hilling the potatoes, chopping weeds, stacking the hay, bringing the dry hay into the barn, feeding the animals and milking the cow.

      The 1870 census finds the Melligans no longer next door. Mary’s father died 22 May 1866 in Scriba and has been buried in Riverside Cemetery, lot #167-L. The census was taken in July. The name was spelled McKinster in this record.

      McKinster (sic), Henry 38 Canada sailor
      McKinster (sic), Mary 35 NY wife
      McKinster (sic), James 12 NY son
      McKinster (sic), Catherine 10 NY daughter
      McKinster (sic), John 8 NY son
      McKinster (sic), Ann 6 NY daughter
      McKinster (sic), Ellen 4 NY daughter
      McKinster (sic), Alice 2 NY daughter
      McKinster (sic), Thomas 5 months NY son

      Alice died 19 August 1870 at age 2. She was buried in the family plot in Riverside Cemetery, lot #167-L.

      Son William was born 1870/71 in Scriba.

      On 16 August 1871 the land that Henry was farming was sold for $1 to the Overseer of the Poor for Scriba. Other records suggest Henry had a drinking problem.

      In 16 August 1873 Mary, her young son John, age 11, drove her horse and buggy from her home on Shore Road into Oswego. She picked up Deacon Burnham, nearly 80 years old. She came to the crossing at Seneca Street for the Midland Railway. Her horses became frightened from the train noise. They ran and collided with another carriage. The McKinstry vehicle was upset.

      Mrs. McKinstry sustained a fracture of the right leg. John’s skull was fractured along with other injuries. They were immediately treated by a nearby doctor. Dean Burnham was knocked out. He was carried still senseless to his home where a doctor attended him. He suffered internal injuries, but they were not believed serious.

      On 6 January 1874 in an indenture between John Murphy, Overseer of the Poor and Timothy Kane, brother-in-law to Mary Jane McKinstry regarding the estate of Henry McKinstry, “a habitual drunkard”, Kane purchased the land for $1,873. Mary released her rights of dower.

      The New York State census for Scriba 1875 does not include Henry with his family. They are living with James Melligan in Scriba in the family’s land left to James in his mother’s will. His mother, Catherine Melligan died 5 March 1875 in Scriba of consumption. She was buried in Riverside Cemetery, lot #167-L. According to this will Mary can live with her family on the property of James as long as she remains separated from her husband, Henry. If James should die without heirs, Mary’s children would inherit the property.

      Mary McKinstry died on 15 October 1876. Only one reference to this event could be found. The Oswego Morning Herald in 1878 included a very poorly written article about a court case in Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY. Thomas Melligan of Camillus, NY was charged with assaulting Henry McKinstry of Scriba with a deadly weapon, with intent to kill. Melligan had drawn a gun on McKinstry and told him if he had treated Henry’s wife Mary decently, she would be still alive and well. Young James had been present and tried to hit Thomas’ companion. The judge heard all the versions and threats. The judge apparently sympathized with the grief suffered by Thomas over the death of his sister, Mary (Melligan) McKinstry. He was discharged scot free.

      From this court case, it can be deduced that Henry’s wife Mary was the sister of Thomas Melligan. She was born in New York, but Thomas came with his parents from Ireland. They must have reached Camillus during 1831 to 1832. Brother Thomas was a harness maker. He had two sons, James H., age 24, and John C., age 20. This family was enumerated in the 1880 Camillus census.

      Henry was never included in another Scriba census. It is possible before 1880 he returned to Canada where his father?, Henry, died on 15 January 1880 in Portland, Ontario. Henry’s brother John did not report the death until June 1880. John received death certificate #034224 which stated that Irish born Henry died of old age at 70 years.

      Henry McKinstry returned to Scriba where he became quite ill from consumption. He was taken into a State Home in Mexico and given care.

      The 1880 Scriba census found Henry’s family disbanded. Son John, age 19, was living with Norman and Ann Stever as a farm hand for this rather elderly couple. The only other family member located was James, whose name was entered as McKinsty (sic). He lived with Henry and Catharine Whitford. Catharine was James’ sister. She had a one year old son, Frank Whitford. Catharine had also taken in her youngest brother, William, age 10. Also in this household was a James Melligan, age 47, the likely brother of Mary (Melligan) McKinstry. It is not clear if he actually did any work, but rather was the true owner of the land, too mentally ill to be without supervision or aid.

      James Melligan, before 1891, controlled land next to his mother, Catharine Melligan in Scriba. On 1 October 1878 this property was mortgaged by George W. Whitford as a committee of the person and estate of James Melligan, a lunatic. Ann Bishop made this agreement. It was recorded in Liber 117 of Mortgages, Oswego County, NY for the sum of $167.57. It was lake front property.

      In this 1880 census James McKinstry presumably supplied his own data to the census taker. He stated he had been born in Illinois. Twenty years later in 1900 he also declared he had been born in Illinois.

      Whitford, Henry 22 NY day laborer
      Whitford, Catharine (sic) 20 NY wife
      Whitford, Frank 1 NY son
      McKinstry, Wm 10 NY brother-in-law
      McKinsty (sic), James 22 IL brother-in-law
      Melligan, James 47 NY not described

      But this 1880 census puts James in the same household as Catharine and little brother William McKinstry. James for whatever reason gave a wrong place of birth or his parents did in the 1870 census. All the evidence says James of the 1860, 1870 and 1880 Scriba censuses was the same person, born in New York, the same as his siblings.

      Henry McKinstry was recorded in North Scriba by the Palladium newspaper on 26 April 1888. The article contained the obituary for Nellie McKinstry, age 22, daughter of Henry and his late wife, Mary. Nellie was probably cited in the 1870 census as Ellen. The ages match. She died on 29 April 1888 in Scriba after a long bout of consumption. Her funeral was held in the Baptist Church in North Scriba. She was interred in the Riverside Cemetery in the family plot #167-L. Only father Henry plus brothers James and John were still living from the 1870 census enumeration.

      On 27 June 1889 Henry McKinstry died from consumption in Mexico in a State Home. He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, plot #167-L.

      On 5 January 1882 James Henry wed Alice Maude Cole born 1863 in New York State. Her mother had immigrated from Quebec, according to the 1910 and 1930 census. Two earlier enumerations suggest she came from Ontario. James had obtained a job with the Oswego Trolley System when horses pulled the cars. By 31 July 1897 the system had been electrified. On that day a bolt of lightning struck the car where James was the conductor. The car was in Third Street. The motorman at the front felt the shock also. Both men were nearly knocked out. After they recovered they discovered the only damage had been done to a lamp switch.

      Brother John left Oswego County and moved to Chicago, IL, a place of great opportunity. On 4 April 1894 he wed Amelia C. Tregoning, born 10 March 1870 in East Fork, Il. She was the daughter of John and Margaret (Allen) Tregoning. They had both been born in Cornwall, England. John T. died 16 September 1897 in Chicago. Margaret died 14 December 1913 in Riverside, CA. John and Amelia had a son, Harry Joseph McKinstry, born 18 September 1896 in Chicago. While in Illinois they had a daughter, Margaret, born in 1900.

      The 1900 Oswego census was the only census to find James’ family together. In addition to saying he was from Illinois, he stated his father had been born in Scotland.

      McKinstry, James Illinois(error?) 41 trolley operator
      McKinstry, Alice NY 37 wife
      McKinstry, Frank NY 15 son
      McKinstry, Claude NY 13 son
      McKinstry, Mott NY 11 son
      McKinstry, Clarence NY 8 son
      McKinstry, Hazel NY 2 daughter

      Son Clarence already had a close-call in his life. In July 1895 at age 3, he had been kicked in the head by a horse. The hoof mark made as three inch long gash on his face.

      After the census was taken James resigned from the trolley works and went to Buffalo. He never returned to live with his family. He did go back to Oswego, but to visit with old friends with whom he had worked in the trolley barn. The cause of the estrangement was not made public.

      The family was living then at 29 E. McWhorter Street, a couple of blocks up the steep hillside above the Oswego River which formed the Oswego Canal to Lake Ontario. There was a lock on the canal below which sounded a loud horn when a barge wanted to go up or downstream. The lock was then flooded or emptied as needed. The whole neighborhood would appear at the sound of the horn. People streamed down the hill to watch while the water and lock operation took place.

      James built the small buildings in the 8th Ward at 29 McWhorter himself. There was a barn in the back which backed up to the hillside. At the top came the roar of traffic rushing toward the big city of Syracuse on the east side of the river. There was a similar highway on the west side called the West River Road. The river divided the town into high class neighborhoods and the wrong side of the water. McWhorter Street was only one block long and on the wrong side. It was all Jim could afford.

      The front building had a low ceiling and basically at first only one big room. Eventually an indoor toilet was added in a small room. Later yet came a tub installation. Oil lamps were used for many years. Finally the big room became five: a kitchen/dining room, two bedrooms, a front room and a small sewing area with a bump in the floor. The stove and dining area was the largest space. A large oak claw-footed round table took up one whole wall. The guests sat on the many chairs to the table. Happy times were many.

      The front yard was large and flower filled. The original plan called for a better house to be erected there, but it never happened. The house that was put up by James sat virtually on the property line, about 8 inches from the house next door. Nobody paid much attention until the house next door caught fire one day. Luckily the Fire Department quickly put out the flames.

      The 1900 Scriba census revealed that Catharine (McKinstry) Whitford had died between 1892 and 1900. Her widower Henry Whitford, born in 1858, was the son of George and Dolly Whitford, who were enumerated in the Scriba 1860 census.

      Whitford, Henry 41 NY day laborer
      Whitford, Frank 21 NY son
      Whitford, Nora 19 NY daughter
      Whitford, Lloyd 14 NY son
      Whitford, William 12 NY son
      Whitford, Nellie 8 NY daughter

      On 10 May 1906 Frank Whitford died in North Scriba. He had a Baptist funeral. He was the grandson of Henry McKinstry. He was survived by his father Henry Whitford and four siblings.

      Henry Whitford remarried before 1910 to Carrie E. Hubbard. She turned 45 in 1910. She was the sister of George L. Hubbard of Oswego. They had no children together. By November 1910 this pair had sold their farm and moved to Scriba Corners. They were enumerated in 1910 census living without any of his family in the household.

      Leaving Chicago by 1901 John and Amelia McKinstry had gone west to Colorado. They had three more children: John W., born 1901; Paul L., born 1902; and Samuel B., born in 25 October 1903. Once more they went on the move west. Before 1905 they went to California where they had another son, Obal Uriel McKinstry, born 23 May 1905. The dates of birth with month and day were taken from the Social Security Death Index or California Death Index.

      In the 1910 census for Downey, CA Amelia and John were not enumerated together. They were about ten or so miles apart. The area at that time was used for farming. James may have been at work when the census taker arrived. He was instead counted on his job which was in Compton, CA on a farm as a farm hand. He worked for the Murdock McDonald family. He did possibly lie about his age or the farmer may have guessed his age. Anyway John was recorded as only 35, not 49.

      McKinstry, Amelia C 40 IL farmer on home farm
      McKinstry, Harry J 13 IL son
      McKinstry, Margaret 10 IL daughter
      McKinstry, John, Jr. (sic) 9 CO son
      McKinstry, Paul L 8 CO son
      McKinstry, Samuel B 6 CO son
      McKinstry, Abel U (sic) 4 CA son

      Amelia stated she had borne seven children, but only six survived. She had been married for 16 years. Before 1920 she and John did separate. They did not divorce, but each went their own way. John resided with his sister-in-law Mary Tregoning. She had wed William Mallete. John and his son John went to stay with them, while Amelia took the rest of the family north.

      The 1910 Oswego, Ward 4 census showed Nora Whitford had married Edward C. Lytle by 1904. In 1907 Edward purchased John Kaski’s property at 185 E. Tenth Street, Oswego, for $700.

      Lytle, Edward C 32 NY machinist
      Lytle, Nora B 29 NY wife
      Lytle, Catherine 6 NY daughter
      Whitford, Nellie L 17 NY sister-in-law
      Whitford, Lloyd 25 NY brother-in-law

      Lloyd declared himself to be a machinist for an automobile Company. Nellie said she was a dressmaker for ladies.

      On 29 October 1911 Nora Lytle had a son born named Edward W. Lytle. He was born in Oswego. He already had an older sister.

      In August 1912 Henry and Carrie Whitford purchased the Boyd Fradenburg place. They resided there for the next several years.

      Edward Lytle in 1913 moved to Watertown, NY where he bought from Mrs. G.A, Turner the residence at 281 Main Street. His family was to live there for many years.

      Frank L. McKinstry, a photographer, son of Mr. and Mrs. James McKinstry, died on 26 March 1914. Born in Scriba, he died at 29 McWhorter. In 1900 he helped to support the family by working as a bobbin filler in a cloth factory. He was survived by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

      In June 1915 Edward Lytle purchased the yacht Iliama at Chaumont, NY. He planned to operate it out of Oswego as a pleasure craft. He took her out on Lake Ontario on 11 June where she made the run from Fair Haven to Oswego in an hour and ten minutes. She had twenty horse power engines. The yacht could carry 30 passengers. Edward called himself Captain Lytle then. He used the vessel to carry parties along the Erie Canal which his passengers found delightful.

      James Claude McKinistry registered for the World War I draft on 31 March 1917. He stated he was born 16 November 1886 in Scriba, NY. He was described as short, slender with brown eyes and hair. He was single, unemployed and was living at home at 29 McWhorter Street.

      On 13 April 1918 Clarence Robert McKinstry and Genevieve Bertha Dauphinet, called Gen, who was the daughter of Joseph and Victoria Dauphinet from Quebec, wed. In 1910 Gen had worked as a knitter in a local knitting mill. This couple lived at 222 Syracuse Ave., Oswego, a location about two blocks from the McWhorter Street address.

      On 10 October 1918 Lloyd Whitford, age 32, died at his home on 40 E. Fourth Street, Oswego from pneumonia. Lloyd worked for the People’s Gas & Electric Company. He was survived by a wife, Eva (Mcjann) Whitford and three children.

      Widow Eva moved her family in with her widowed mother and younger brother. They were enumerated in the 1920 Oswego, Ward 2 census.

      Mcjann, Margaret 65 NY widow
      Mcjann, Mathew 25 NY stagehand in movie theater
      Whitford, Eva 28 NY floor lady in knitting mill
      Whitford, Lloyd 7 NY son
      Whitford, Margaret 6 NY daughter
      Whitford, Claude 3 NY son
      Whitford, Mary 20 months NY daughter

      Eva’s mother was born in New York State, but both of her parents were Irish born. Son Lloyd said his date of birth was 12 December 1911. His last known address was 137 Rockland Ave., Syracuse, NY 13207-1848. He died in September 1986.

      Henry McKinstry’s granddaughter Nora (Whitford) Lytle was enumerated with her family in 1920 living in Watertown, NY.

      Lytle, Edward C 41 NY machinist
      Lytle, Nora B 39 NY wife
      Lytle, Catharine M 16 NY daughter
      Lytle, Edward W 8 NY son
      Avery, Keith 25 NY brother-in-law
      Avery, Nellie C 29 NY sister-in-law

      Nellie had wed Keith Avery of Oswego in May 1917. Keith stated he was a steamfitter. Nellie continued as a dressmaker. The Averys resided in Marengo, NY by 1921.

      Edward Lytle sold his property in Oswego at 185 East Tenth Street to Felix Hailihan 10 June 1919.

      The 1920 census in Oswego included Alice (Cole) McKinstry (spelled as McKinstrey (sic)).

      McKinstrey (sic), Alice M 57 NY widow
      McKinstrey (sic), Mott 29 NY son, a painter
      McKinstrey (sic), Hazel 22 NY daughter

      James continued to live and work in Buffalo. His exact job was never mentioned even in his obituaries.

      Mott lived at home, but he was quite enterprising and ambitious. He gained position through the Painters Union which he helped to control. Without much education, he outdid most members of the family. His name was often in local newspapers along with his picture. He may have used his clout to help his brother-in-law, Bill, when he was long unemployed during the depression. Other family problems seemed to vanish without explanation. Mott may have been very helpful at city hall.

      On 29 February 1920 William Freeden wed Hazel McKinstry. Bill then lived at 456 West First Street. Whose idea the Leap Year wedding was, never was discussed. He moved in with her family on McWhorter Street. He began to add some needed touches to the house like a front porch, a storm door entrance for winter use, and a bathtub. He worked as a driver at a construction company and was handy with wood.

      The California 1920 census enumerated Amelia McKinstry and her family in Santa Clara.

      McKinstry, Amelia C 49 IL keeps house
      McKinstry, Harry J 23 IL laborer in manufacturing mill
      McKinstry, Paul L 17 CO carpenter in manufacturing mill
      McKinstry, Samuel B 16 CO son
      McKinstry, Obal U 14 CA son

      Also in the California 1920 census at Alhambra, John and son are listed. It is possible that John D. was ill at this time. A descendant reported that he died 30 December 1925 in Phoenix, AZ. Mary Jane Mallete was the sister of John David’s wife Amelia Tregoning. All the members of the Tregoning family are found in the 1880 census for Thompson, Jo Davies County, IL.

      Mallete, William 58 at sea waiter in restaurant
      Mallete, Mary J 52 IL wife
      McKinstry, John D 58 NY none
      McKinstry, John W 19 CO automobile mechanic

      On 15 March 1921 William Henry Whitford died after a long illness. He was survived by his wife; two daughters: Mrs. Edward Lytle of Watertown and Mrs. Keith Avery of Rochester; one son, William of Oswego and his brother, James Whitford of Minetto. He was buried in Scriba Cemetery.

      The Oswego Daily Palladium reported on 12 December 1921 Edward Lytle of Watertown had been awarded a U.S. Patent for a new glass-reflector to be put by the driver’s seat in a car to protect the driver from the sun’s glare.

      At Canandaigua, NY on 5 June 1923 Nellie (Whitford) Avery, age 32, died. She was the daughter of the late Catharine (McKinstry) and Henry Whitford. She was survived by her husband Keith; a sister, Nora Lytle of Watertown; a brother William Whitford of Oswego and a step-mother, Carrie Whitford of Minetto. Nellie was interred at North Scriba Cemetery.

      Edward Lytle, a mechanic at heart, had his boat in the summer, but he had gone into vulcanizing. He saw a great future there. He made tires in Watertown. To advertise his product he equipped his car with his tires and drove to Florida at a time when roads were iffy at best. He was a representative of the Best Tire Company of Chicago. He drove a Ford sedan leaving in early November of 1921. In Florida he visited tourist camps to plug his brand of tires. The largest camp he visited was in Tampa. He spent three months on his trek. He reported that snowstorms between Albany and New York City had caused many wrecks.

      A year later he made a similar trip south and planned to return yet another year. He enjoyed himself, did business and encouraged automobile ownership for the average family, emphasizing the safe tires of his company.

      James McKinstry, age 68, died 23 November 1924 after a six month bout of illness. He left Oswego in 1900 to reside in Buffalo where he was employed. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Eagles. He was survived by his wife, the former Alice Mott, three sons: Claude of Cleveland; Mott and Clarence of Oswego, and a daughter, Mrs. Hazel Freeden of Oswego. After a funeral in the West Baptist church, he was interred in Riverside Cemetery.

      It is possible John D. and his son Harry Joseph McKinstry went to Arizona together. On 25 March 1924 in Florence, AZ Harry married Mary Martha Dale, born 5 July 1904 in New Castle, PA, daughter of James and Edna Bells (Davy) Dale. She was a divorcee. They had one child, Kathleen Dale McKinstry, born 22 January 1925 in Phoenix. Her grandfather John had a chance to see and hold her before he died. However, this marriage did not last. Mary Dale wed four times in all. Each ended in divorce. She died 18 January 1989 in Providence, Utah. It is possible that Harry married again, but the spouse remains unknown.

      In September 1925 Edward Lytle sold more property in Oswego on East Tenth Street to Michael Crisifulli for $2,000.

      The 1930 census for Sacramento, CA enumerated Amelia and her son Paul. She stated she was a widow. He said he was an electrician specializing in automobile electrical systems. Son Samuel was given in 1930 living in Alameda, CA as a roomer. He was listed as married, but no wife was living with him. He worked as a laborer in a milling company. Son John W., an automobile mechanic, was living at 5133 Delaware Ave., Los Angeles. He moved from place to place in LA. By the 1948 voter’s list he was a resident of 3019 N. Broadway, north of the downtown area. On 5 May 1948 Amelia died in Placer County, CA.

      In the 1930 Oswego Census Alice McKinstry was the head of household.

      McKinstry, Alice 64 NY widow
      McKinstry, Mott 41 NY son, a painter
      McKinstry, Claude 43 NY son
      Freeden, William 33 NY son-in-law
      Freeden, Hazel 32 NY daughter
      Freeden, Mary 9 NY granddaughter

      After James’ death the property at 29 McWhorter must have been divided among his children. In 1935 Claude who was living in Cleveland, Ohio and Mott decided to let Hazel and her husband buy them out. They may not have even accepted any sizeable sum from Bill. The paperwork suggests it was not a normal sale, just an arrangement among friends or relatives. Mott’s deed to Bill was for $50 and other valuable considerations. Claude’s deed to Bill and Hazel mentioned no specific consideration. The property was described only as being in the 8th Ward.

      Hazel, her husband Bill and daughter Mary lived alone in the McWhorter Street house after the death of Hazel’s mother, Alice in June 1930. The details of those years can be found in the Freeden genealogy by the same complier.

      Between 1930/35 Mott wed Marion Walders, daughter of Margaret and James Walders of 26 Ontario Street, Oswego. Marion’s mother, Margaret had been born in Ireland. She had five daughters and three sons. One son had been killed in World War I at Chateau Thierry. Marion never had any children.

      In July 1940 Oswego labor unionists began their annual plans for Labor Day Celebrations. They formed a general committee of all trades and unions. Mott McKinstry represented the painters. Mott was also named to be on the Program Committee. In a union labor town like Oswego, Labor Day was widely celebrated. To be asked to help with the program was a vote of confidence from one’s fellow workers.

      On 18 August 1941 Mr. & Mrs. Mott McKinstry bought a house at 64 East Schuyler Street, Oswego. It represented a considerable step upward. The couple remained there until their deaths.

      James Claude McKinstry registered for the World War II draft in 1942. He was living at 2024 E. 69th Street, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH. At age 55 he stated he was unemployed. For his next of kin, he used the name and address of his brother Clarence McKinstry in Oswego.

      Kenneth, Clarence’s son, turned 17 in late 1944, so he enlisted in the U.S. Maritime Service. He went to their base at Sheepshead Bay to be trained for six weeks. Then he was put aboard a vessel and given specialized instruction.

      Mary Freeden married a GI, Jasper Gentile, after he returned home from the service in World War II. They moved to the west side of Oswego on Third Street. Bill worked at the Fitzgibbons Boiler Company for ten years. In 1952 he died at home and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery. Hazel was suddenly alone and in need of employment. She went to work as a dishwasher, waitress and general assistant for Chester and Lucille Boham who ran a country restaurant, the Caveman Inn, Richfield Springs, Otsego County, NY. She eventually was crippled by leg pain. She still worked faithfully as best she could with the West Baptist Church and the rest of her family. She corresponded with the others who had once lived on her street passing along news of interest. She was the personality they remembered so fondly.

      Kenneth J. McKinstry wed on 20 May 1950 in Minetto Mae E. Ranous, daughter of Frank J. and Isabell (Prior) Ranous. Kenneth worked for the local power company, Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. The Ranous family was well-known in Minetto. Frank, a self-employed trucker and veteran of World War I, had been elected Town Clerk for over twenty years. Clarence McKinstry, Jr, was the best man for his brother. After their reception the couple spent two weeks in New York City and Washington, D.C. They resided in Prospect, NY near to Kenneth’s job in Trenton Falls, NY.

      Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Nichols of Lacona announced the marriage of their daughter, Eunice Nichols to Clarence McKinstry, Jr. of Oswego. He was the son of Clarence and Gen McKinstry. Eunice taught school at Lowville Academy. Clarence, a navy veteran of World War II, taught industrial arts in Alexandria Bay High School. The ceremony took place at the First Methodist Church, Saratoga Springs, NY. The couple then took a wedding trip to Brantingham Lake. They spent the summer in Canton, NY where Clarence attended classes at St. Lawrence University as he worked on his master’s degree.

      In Kingman, AZ on 20 February 1951 Kathleen Dale McKinstry wed Joseph Milan Kinkella. They had two children: Marie Karin and Colleen Dale Kinkella. This marriage failed and they divorced.

      Mott McKinstry was elected secretary of Local 38, Painters, Paperhangers and Decorators of America in their 1951 vote.

      Frederick McKinstry, Clarence and Gen’s son, enlisted in the Army on 31 October 1945 in California. During the Korean Police Action in 1952 Sgt. First Class Frederick was stationed in Korea. He was with the 7th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Division. He sometimes used a Thompson sub-machine gun and saw plenty of action.

      Robert McKinstry wed Joanne Mary Harrington. For her birthday on 24 July 1952 he threw his new wife a birthday party. Robert (Bobby) and Joanne were both volunteer airplane spotters. They assisted the New York State Police in the Civil Air Patrol. They each received a citation from the US Air Force for doing excellent work.

      Mott in 1953 ran for 2nd Ward Alderman. He was endorsed by the Democratic and Liberal Party, but lost. Eisenhower was in the White House. It was a time of Republican power.

      Nora (Whitford) Lytle died on 15 December 1953 in Watertown. She was the daughter of the late Catharine (McKinstry) and Henry Whitford of Oswego. She was survived by her husband Edward Lytle; her son, Edward W. and daughter, Catherine.

      In 1954 the Oswego painters union local took a complaint to the City Council. Mott McKinstry spoke for the painters to the Council. He objected to the use of non-union painters working on Fort Ontario’s renovation. A proposal to call for bids soon came forth before the council which won approval from the painters.

      On 31 December 1954 Genevieve (Dauphinet) McKinstry, age 56, passed away shortly after she was admitted to the Oswego Hospital. Her funeral was held at the home of her son, Kenneth. She was buried in Riverside Cemetery. She had been a member of the West Baptist Church. She was survived by her husband, Clarence; her sons: Richard and Robert, both of Buffalo; Frederick of Tacoma, WA; and Clarence, Jr. of Alexandria Bay, Jefferson County, NY. She also had five grandchildren.

      By 1956 Mott was local chairman of the Liberal Party who were supporting Liberal-Democratic candidates like Adlai Stevenson for president. Mott spoke reminding everyone they needed to vote because at stake was the preservation of the American Way of Life. Eisenhower and Republicans won again.

      On 3 April 1956 in Tonawanda, NY Bonnie Marie was born. She was the daughter of Robert (Bobby) and Joanna (Harrington) McKinstry. Bonnie was their second daughter. Her older sister was Theresa Rose. Later Scott Robert was born followed by Lynn Marie. Robert worked for the telephone company. He installed phones in home and offices. He found visiting the homes made his work most interesting.

      In 1956 Clarence, Jr. and his wife, Eunice were both teaching in Spain in a school for the children of American soldiers. They spent their free time traveling throughout Europe.

      In 1959 the AFL and CIO merged. Mott McKinstry was included in the 20 person board of directors for Oswego. This post was a position of some power and influence.

      The Oswego Labor Council, AFL-CIO, named life memberships in 1961 which included Mott. It was a rare honor for a long time labor activist like Mott.

      Mott was again made the Liberal Party representative for the 2nd Ward in 1962. In 1963 the Liberal Party did not endorse Mott for alderman in the 2nd Ward or for any other post. It must have been a blow to him.

      Frank J. Ranous, Kenneth McKinstry’s father-in-law, died. A life-long resident of Minetto, he was buried in Minetto Cemetery. He lived on Benson Street. Kenneth and his wife, Mae moved into Frank’s empty home where they raised two children, Linda Lee and Kenneth, Jr.

      Mae was active in the Minetto community. One of her activities occurred on 19 March 1966 in the Grange Hall. A cake baking contest was held for young cooks. Seventeen bakers, male and female, entered. Mae agreed to supply the gifts which all participants would receive as consolation prizes. She did not judge the contest as her own son Ken and daughter Linda were contestants. Linda won a third prize for her graham cracker cake decorated with Irish green derbies. For her effort Linda received a wooden spoon prize. Ken had fun trying, but was not a winner.

      Mott, born 12 February 1889, died in October 1968. He left his widow, Marion. She died 6 February 1974. Her only survivor was her sister in Miami, FL. Marion was buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego.

      In Little Rock, AK on 20 November 1972 Harry Joseph McKinstry died. His brother Samuel B. McKinstry died in July 1981 at Camino, El Dorado County, CA. Samuel’s mother always entered his name as Samuel B., but when he signed his own name he used Samuel A. Brother Obal Uriel whose name is given as spelled here from the California Death Index. He died 29 May 1986 in San Diego, CA.

      Clarence R. McKinstry, age 83, died on 30 October 1974. His wife, the late Genevieve Dauphinet, had died in 1954. He had resided at 222 Syracuse Ave. most of his life. He was a boilermaker by occupation. Born in Oswego on 2 August 1891, he belonged to the West Baptist Church. Clarence was survived by four sons: Richard of Tonawanda; Clarence, Jr, of Norwood; Kenneth of Minetto; and Robert of Kenmore; his brother Claude of Cleveland, Ohio; a sister Hazel Freeden of Oswego; and 12 grandchildren. He was buried in Riverside Cemetery.

      Debra Richardson wed Kenneth McKinstry, Jr. on 7 August 1976 at Trinity Methodist Church in Oswego. She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Richardson of North Syracuse. Kenneth was the son of Kenneth and Mae McKinstry of Minetto. The couple honeymooned at Disney World in Florida. They resided in Oswego. The groom was employed as a Quality Control Engineer for Northern Steel Corporation. Later young Kenneth and his wife had a daughter, Erin Elizabeth.

      Frederick McKinstry, born 22 September 1919, son of Clarence and Jen, resided in Pierce County, WA. He was retired from the Army. He died on 27 June 1971, according to the State of Washington Death Certificate #014270. He was survived by his wife who lived in Pierce County.

      Richard McKinstry of Tonawanda, NY won in 1981 a cash prize as winner of an amateur photography contest sponsored by the Buffalo Museum of Science. The theme was “The Nature of the Niagara Frontier”. He was residing at 187 Paramount Parkway with his family. He had married Marie ______. They had four sons: Peter, Tom, Jeffery and Timothy. Rich worked for the telephone company until he retired.

      In 1982 Clarence, Jr. and Eunice McKinstry lived at Potsdam, NY. Eunice’s mother, Mildred Nichols, died in a nursing home there. She was buried in Rural Cemetery, Adams, NY. She had been a widow for several years.

      On 2 July 1983 Linda Lee McKinstry married Allan Michael Flumerfelt at the Richard A. Noyes Estate, Oswego. Linda was the daughter of Kenneth and Mae McKinstry, a great-great-granddaughter of Henry McKinstry. Allan was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Flumerfelt then residing in Valdosta, Ga. Her flower girl was Erin Elizabeth McKinstry, daughter of her brother, Kenneth, Jr. The couple went to Valdosta, Ga. for a wedding trip. The groom served in the US Marine Corps from 1977 to 1980. He worked as a maintenance supervisor at T.M. Polyfilm Co., in Valdosta. Linda was also working in Valdosta as a counselor for the Health Center.

      The Flumerfelt family of German origin had lived in Minetto for years. Allan had graduated from Oswego High School. Allan and Linda moved to Preble, NY by 1990. In 2005 Allan transferred lot 8, Fish Tract in Palermo into both his and his wife’s name.

      Hazel Freeden still lived alone in the house her father had built at 29 McWhorter Street. She had not been active for several painful years. Her daughter Mary came in to care for her. Mary had borne two grandchildren: Michael Gentile and Judith (Gentile) Davis. Their long awaited birth delighted their grandmother. She was too ill to really spoil them, but she tried. Hazel died 3 October 1989. She was interred in Riverside Cemetery, Oswego among the graves she had so often decorated with her flowers.

      By 1990 Clarence and Eunice resided in Alexandria Bay, NY, a picturesque town at the beginning of the St. Lawrence River where boats took passengers to Kingston, Ontario and sightseeing among the One Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River.

      Kenneth McKinstry, age 62, died 15 April 1990. He was dead on arrival at Oswego Hospital. Born in Oswego, he was retired from 40 years with Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. He was survived by his wife, the former Mae Ranous; a son, Kenneth, Jr. of Minetto; a daughter, Mrs. Allan Michael Flumerfelt of Preble, Cortland County, NY; three brothers, Richard of Tonawanda; Clarence of Alexandria Bay; Robert of Arvada, CO; and two grandchildren.

      As early as 1976 Robert and his family resided in Arvada, CO. By 1996 Robert had moved to Englewood, CO. Robert James McKinstry, born 1 September 1934, died 18 January 2006 in Austin, TX. He always wanted to be a jockey, but a late spurt of growth made him too tall. He was wed to Joanna Harrington, born 28 July 1933, who died 6 May 2003 in the Austin Hospice. Joanne was the only child of Theresa Mayer and Joe Harrington of Oswego. They were a couple who wanted thirteen children, but only had one as Theresa died young. Joe remarried to get his large family. He died 8 September 1963 when Joanne and Robert were living near Buffalo. Robert and Joanne were survived by son Scott Robert and daughters Theresa Rose, Bonnie Marie and Lynn Marie.

      Scott Robert was born 24 May 1965 in Tonawanda, NY. His father, Robert, was a volunteer fireman for the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department. Robert used to take Scott to the various fire safety presentations he made to various town groups. Robert was on the Fire Prevention Committee. The Tonawanda News took a picture of Robert and his son giving a fire lecture about electric toys on 8 January 1970. Scott attended Kenmore Junior High School in 1976 where he was on the Honor Roll. As the years went by Scott lived in various locales in the US and Great Britain. He graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He formed his own Shakespeare Company, The Mirror Players, in Colorado. He has been fortunate enough to act with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Scott has also appeared with The Wild Geese Players in Seattle, WA who present Irish theater works. He is now married to Beth and has a daughter, Nina.

      Theresa Rose McKinstry, the eldest daughter of Robert and Joanne McKinstry, wed _______ Falzone. She resides in Buffalo, NY happy with the quiet life as a housewife.

      Bonnie M. McKinstry wed on 26 November 1988 John Conner, born 1960 from Travis County, TX. Their children are Jasmine Mei Connor and Lily Mei Connor. Bonnie and John lost their daughter Sarah Shannon soon after her birth. Bonnie attended a seminary to prepare as a pastor and a Hospital Chaplain. In 1995 both Bonnie and John became ordained interfaith ministers. They perform weddings, counsel couples planning to wed and participate in Unity Worldwide Ministries. John is also a professional Chaplain for an Austin Hospice. He serves as a non-denominational minister and preaches guest sermons in various churches. He is a licensed Unity Teacher in the Downtown Unity Circle in Austin, TX. John has written a play. Bonnie has had poetry published. They both wrote a chapter in a book, “Happiness-Decision-Heart”. They both have tried their hand at writing sitcoms.

      Lynn Marie McKinstry, the youngest child of Robert and Joanne, wed Dr. Mark Ainsworth. He is a full professor of mathematics at University of Strathclyde. They reside in Glasgow, Scotland with two daughters, Alana and Fiona. Mark’s research interests are numerical analysis of partial differential equations. He has written many articles and books in his field. He travels around the world speaking to groups like NASA.

      By the end of the 19th century there were many McKinstry families living from coast to coast. Only one large Scotch-Irish family had been traced and recorded in some detail. The Canadian Henry McKinstry’s are not known to connect to that group. The three Oswego McKinstry families probably knew each other, but no records were located that show they socialized together. There were likely two factors which kept them separated: religion and money. Henry’s family was primarily Baptist and rather poor. The other Oswego McKinstrys, from England, were Methodists in comfortable middle class families. The long time American settlers, originally from Ireland, resided in Fulton. Those McKinstry’s were Presbyterians in the rising retail merchant middle class. The Syracuse McKinstry’s were factory owners of some wealth, fame and Catholic. Only after World War II and the GI Bill did the economic playing field level between the families.


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