This is one of the pioneer families of Muskingum county, and among the most highly respected. Squire Daniel McGinnis, Frazeysburg, Ohio, was born here October 20, 1830, and was the son of Samuel McGinnis and grandson of Daniel McGinnis and the great-grandson of Heinus McGinnis, who came from Ireland to America at a period antedating the Revolutionary war. He served as a soldier in that war, and was also in the French and Indian wars. He settled on a farm east of Blue Ridge, Penn., reared a large family and lived to be an old man. DanielMcGinnis, grandfather of subject, lived in Fayette county, Penn., married Miss Anna Lynch, who came from Scotland with her parents when thirteen years of age. The Lynch family was one of great prominence and wealth, and were noted manufacturers of edged tools. Her father, Robert Lynch, lived to be ninety years of age, and her mother, whose maiden name was Harriet McLeon, and who also born in Scotland, lived to be quite old. To Mr. and Mrs. Daniel McGinnis were born seven children: George W., Hannah, Samuel, Robert, Elizabeth, Mary, and Annie. Mr. McGinnis was a comfortable farmer, and took great pains to educate his children. He was born December 25, 1753, and lived to unusual age of ninety-three. He was in the War of 1812. His wife would have rounded out one hundred full years had she lived a few months longer. Thus it can be seen that the McGinnis family is noted for its longevity. Daniel McGinnis believed that an education combined with a good trade was better for his children than money, and he encouraged them to improved their minds, and bent all his energies in that direction. He was successful, and reared a very intelligent family. He had one son, Robert, who was constable or sheriff of Franklin township for twenty-four years. His son, Samuel McGinnis, father of subject, was reared to farm labor and like his brothers, had good educational advantages and learned a trade, that of a tanner. He worked at this for seven years when a young man, and traveled all over the United States. During this time he taught school in Muskingum county, Ohio. In 1827 he settled down, bought land in Jackson township, Muskingum county, and was engineer, leveling the banks of the canal until 1829. On December 29 of that year he married Miss Mary Lemert, daughter of Joshua Lemert of Coshocton county and Mary (Wright) Lemert, both of English descent. Joshua Lemert's father, William Lemert, lived in Fauquier county, Va.; and was a large slave owner. The Wright family was among the earliest settlers of Virginia. Joshua Lemert was the father of eight children: Elizabeth, Louis, Susan, William, Sarah, Lloyd, Mary and Nancy. In 1832 Mr. Lemert moved to Jackson township and settled on a farm. He lived to be nearly eighty-four years old, dying May 2, 1859. He was a prominent man and an extensive farmer and manufacturer. He was public spirited and assisted laying out many of the roads in Coshocton and Muskingum counties. He held the office of justice of the peace for some time. Samuel McGinnis became owner of about 400 acres of land, and resided on his farm, two miles north of Frazeysburg, until his death. He was one of the first school teachers in the county, and taught a subscription school in Jackson township in 1832. The schoolhouse was of logs, puncheon floor, and immense fireplace eight feet wide, and a stick chimney daubed with mud. There were thirty-five scholars, twenty of whom were grown men and women, some of them having families, but trying with honest effort to learn to read. It was the custom in those early days to bar the teacher out until he treated and so one morning Mr. McGinnis found himself shut out and could not get in. Returning the next day, he flogged one of the big boys, who had been saucy, with a thorn bush. This severe treatment of one of their number brought on a compromise, and Mr. McGinnis agreed to treat. He brought apples from his own home, three gallons of cider and a gallon of whisky. This, mixed, was a powerful stimulant but the school drank the most of it, some of them it is said, showing all the signs of having had enough. The old pioneers of that day would not work without their whisky, but they seldom drank enough to intoxicate. Building cabin houses, rolling logs, railmaking, etc., was the business of the day. Samuel McGinnis died August 27, 1874, in his seventy-sixth year. Both he and wife were members of the Christian church. He filled both the offices of township clerk and treasurer, and was a very intelligent and capable business man. He could write deeds and legal business papers without forms, as he retained the forms in his mind. He was noted for his hospitality, and his house was seldom without guests. He was an excellent citizen, and is yet well remembered throughout the county. In politics he was a lifelong Jacksonion democrat. Daniel McGinnis, subject of this sketch, received a common education and was taught the duties of the farm at an early age. On September 12, 1850, he married Miss Hannah Miller, daughter of David and Hannah (Scott) Miller, from Boyd's Mills, Fayette county, Penn. Mr. Miller's father came from Germany, and died four years after landing. The Scotts were among the original settlers of Virginia. Mr. Miller was the father of fourteen children, and was noted as an excellent farmer. After marriage, Mr. McGinnis settled on a farm in Jackson township, and resided on this for fifteen years, after which he moved to Delaware county, Iowa. Three years later he returned and settled in Jackson township, where he followed clerking and farming for twelve years, after which he came to Frazeysburg, and he has remained here since. He has been justice of the peace three terms, and is engaged in general business; in time of the war acting as clerk for E.L. Lemert. Mr. and Mrs. McGinnis became the parents of thirteen children: Olivia P., Harmon K., Clarissa H., Bolton A., Van R., Beth A., Chance J., Samuel L., Etha R., Don O., Dio S., and Zales S. Mrs. McGinnis died in 1881. She was a devout Christian, a member of the Christian church, and was a woman of noble character. August 17, 1883, Mr. McGinnis married Miss Nancy L. Marshall, and by her became the father of three children: Rill D., Paul V., and one who died in infancy. In politics he is democratic. Mr. McGinnis has held a number of local offices - justice of the peace, township trustee, clerk, assessor and school director. He was for many years a clerk in Frazeysburg. Both he and wife hold membership in the Disciple church. He is a man of unusual intelligence, and stands high in the estimation of the people.


Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Muskingum County, Ohio: Chicago, 1892: The Goodspeed Publishing Co.