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Frank McKinney, Ella McKinney, Pleasant Valley


Frank McKinney, of Logan County, Colorado, cash-claimed a quarter in 3, 5N 46W in 1891.

He might be the Frank McKenney in 1900 Prowers County, born Sept 1869 Illinois, with Rosa 1872 Iowa. Florence Mar 1894, Harold June 1894, Grace July 1897, and Jesse Oct 1899 were all born in Colorado. Nex thousehold is Edward McKenney June 1866 Illionois, with Anna and four kids.
They had married Feb 15, 1893, recorded in Prowers County.
Edward L. McKenney had married Anna Kilmer Aug 17, 1981, recorded in Baca County.


1890 Leadville "Mrs. J. A. McKinney and daughter, Miss Ella, after spending several weeks in the city, returned home Tuesday morning to Denver."

Ella McKinney - of Leadville, Colorado - timber-claimed a quarter in 15, 4N 47W in 1899. This was next to a claim of Harris and Scribner by Script in1892, and Thomas Scribner's 1897 timber claim.
Her witnesses were Willis E. Buel, and James E. Duel of Yuma, D. Townsend of Akron, and Ezra Stoner of Yuma - none were neighbors or lived close, implying this was purely an investment.

In 1880 Saline County, Nebraska, James A. McKinney is 34, Mary C. 29, Ella J. 11, and William E. 6.

In 1885 Saline County, Nebraska, Ella is 16, with James 39 a blacksmith and Mary 33 a dressmaker. William is 11.

June 1898 Fort Morgan "Miss Ella McKinney of Denver is the guest of Miss Ella Litch."

Ella McKinney, a music teacher in 1900 Denver living alone, unknown marital status. SHe was born March 1869 in Pennsylvania

June 1901 Leadville "Miss Ella McKinney, of Denver, and W. K. McKinney, of Brush, Colo., are visiting their father, James A. McKinney, of the Louisville mine. Miss McKinney will remain with her father until the latter part of September."

One family member wrote :
James A. McKinney was born in Bucks Co., PA near Philadelphia, PA, July 3, 1845. He married Mary A. Frazier, born January 13, 1851 in Bedford Co., PA. Three (3) children were born to this union: Ella, Anna and William.

1.Ella McKinney, born March 25, 1869 at Bedford Co., PA. In 1904 she married Francis "Frank" Phillips at Idaho Springs, CO. They had one daughter, Mary Phillips, born 1905.

(1901 Mining Journal "High-grade ore has been struck in the Ella McKinney property")
(July 1902 Leadville, Colorado "Miss Ella McKinney of Cripple Creek is visiting with Leadville friends. ") 1909 Mining Investor The Ella McKinney vein was cut in the Burns-moore tunnel lasat week. A fine body of ore is disclosed and the entire vein for six feet in width is heavily charged with mineral. .. The Ella McKinney company has been financing the driving of the tunnel through the territory controlled by it..")
Frank Phillips was a miner. He owned several gold mines at Idaho Springs. He died at age 65 in 1935. Ella moved to Fort Collins, CO where she died on January 7, 1943 at age 73. Frank and Ella Phillips are buried at Idaho Springs, CO. January 8, 1943 Fort Collins.

Francis Phillips proved up a two-acre mining claim in 1913 in Clear Creek County.
(It's possible that he's the Francis Phillips who proved up two quarters near Yuma in 1918, but he doesn't appear in newspapers after that..._
Witnesses were Frank W. Ryan, William T. Wilson Henry Thompson, and ..Strong, all of Yuma.

Ella and Francis Phillips married May 26, 1904, recorded in Clear Creek County.

In 1910 Clear Creek County, Francis is 39, born in Colorado, second marriage, Ella 41 second marriage. She's had three kids, one living. Mary F. 4 was born in Colorado.

In 1920 Clear Creek County, Francis is 48, Ella M. 49, with Mary Francis 14.

Mary Phillips married Ruben E. Webster January 1, 1929, recorded in Larimer County.

Francis and Ella are alone in 1930 Idaho Springs, and she's a music teacher.

2.Anna McKinney was born on August 5, 1870 at Geisetown, PA. She died on March 24, 1872 in Wheeling, WV.

3.William E. McKinney was born on July 5, 1873 in Wheeling, WV.

William and Mary (McKinney) Statler left PA and moved near the Wheeling, WV area and Mary's brother.

James A. McKinney followed his family and also moved to the Wheeling, WV area in early 1872. James McKinney's wife, Mary, along with children, Ella and William, left WV and moved to Denver, CO in 1890.

Mary A. McKinney, age 44, died in Denver, CO in 1895 from heart disease. James moved to Idaho Springs, Colorado to live near his daughter, Ella and Frank Phillips.

James A. McKinney died August 9, 1923. James and Mary McKinney are buried in Denver, CO.

William E. McKinney was born July 5, 1873 in Wheeling, WV. William, with sister Ella and parents, moved to Denver, CO in 1890. William married Ella S. Litch on June 8, 1898 at Brush, CO. Ella Litch was born on September 2, 1878 near Merino, CO. To this union one child was born: Helen.

( He's not the William McKinney who cash-claimed a quarter in 33, 6N 46W - Phillips County, but only a few miles from Ella and Frank's claims. William proved up a quarter in 24, N 44W in 1898 - this would be closer to Holyoke, Phillips County. This William was born in Michigan, and went to Nebraska after his Phiilips County stay)
Helen McKinney was born in Brush, CO on January 30, 1900. She married Clyde Gannon in 1918. They had 5 children - son, Wayne, born 1924 (my father).

William and Ella McKinney lived many years at Brush and Fort Collins, CO. William McKinney died on June 10, 1952. Ella McKinney died on December 10, 1957. Both are buried at Fort Collins, CO.
In 1902 the Morgan County Teachers Association met at Brush, including a music duet by Mrs. C.B. Simpson and Mrs. Ella McKinney of Brush.

In 1910 Brush, Colorado, William is proprietor of a moving picture show, 36, with Ella 31, Colorado. Helen is 10, born in Colorado.
In 1920 Kimball, Nebraska, William is a painter, and he and Ella are alone.

In 1940 Fort Collins, William 66 and Ella S. 61, Colorado have three Gannon grandsons - Wayne 14, Ronald 13, and Herbert 6 all born in Colorado.

William 1873-1952 # 98856136, Ella S. 1878-1957 # 98856142.

James E. Litch and Ada G. Litch divorced in Weld County in 1884, and she married Charles B. Simpson in 1886 inDenver.
Ella's father James E. Litch - Co F. 2nd Kentucky Infantry, 1842-1918 is buried in Hot Springs, South Dakota # 3320524.
Her mother Ada married Charles Simpson in 1886 - she's in Brush in 1900, 41,.

One week ago last Thursday, December 31, this community was shocked and saddened when the news arrived that over 600 people had lost their lives in the Iroquois Theater disaster in Chicago, and that Mrs C.B. Simpson was among the missing.

It was hoped by her many friends, that she might have got out of the theater and was still among the living, but a second telegram to her husband, C.B. Simpson, told that she was dead.

Mr. Simpson left on the afternoon train to bring home the remains of his unfortunate wife.

Yesterday our citizens realized the sadness of it all more fully, when the grief stricken husband and daughter arrived with their dead . . .

Fully one hundred people were at the depot to extend sympathy and help.

Mr. Simpson and daughter, Mrs. Ella McKinney, and little Helen McKinney were spending the winter months with relatives and friends in eastern states, and some weeks ago arrived at West Point, Illinois. From there Mrs. Simpson had gone to Chicago to visit, and on Wednesday afternoon, she, in company with her cousin, Mrs Woods, went to the Iroquois Theater to enjoy the afternoon matinee of "Mr. Bluebeard," which ended so sadly to them both.


Ada Gertrude Markham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.S. Markham, was born in Monmouth, Warren county, Illinois, February 3, 1859. While yet a child she with her parents moved to Kansas in 1868, where she spent her childhood. On September 14, 1875, she was married to James E. Litch, and to this union was born four children, the two youngest being dead, and George Litch and Mrs. Ella McKinney live to mourn her loss. In September 1886 she was married to C.B. Simpson.

Death came to her at Chicago, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1903.

Had the deceased lived until February 3, 1904, she would have been 45 years of age.

The funeral services took place at the Presbyterian church at 2:00, Friday afternoon, January 8, the pastor Rev. J.I. Cameron, delivering a very impressive sermon. Friends of the deceased and her family from all parts of the country were here to show their last respects to the dead and extend sympathy to the bereaved. Interment was made at the Brush Cemetery and the casket was covered with great bouquets and wreaths of beautiful roses as tokens from the deceased's relatives and friends.

The deceased was a grand christian woman, a loving mother, a devoted wife, a kind sister and a friendly neighbor.

She filled her own life with happiness by endeavouring to make all about her happy, and was loved and admired by all who were acquainted with her true character. She was a member of the Brush Presbyterian Church, also a prominent member of the Rathbone Sisters lodge, and she will be sadly missed by both organizations as well as by her large circle of friends.

She leaves a husband, father and mother, a son and daughter, two sisters and a brother to mourn her loss, to whom is extended the heartfelt sympathy of the people.

In 1930 Larimer County, Clyde Gannon is 37, working at a sugar beet factory, married 8 years to Helen. They have Wayne L. 5 and Al M. 3. Opal Gannon 85 born in Colorado? is with them, as is Jean D. Gannon 28 born in England? My grandmother, Helen (McKinney) Gannon died at age 34 in Fort Collins, CO from scarlet fever. My father, Wayne was raised in Fort Collins, CO by his grandparents, William and Ella McKinney.
She's buried in Fort Collins 1900-1934 # 81097052, with child Syirley Gannon 1931-1934 - Clyde is buried in Fort Logan 1891-1957.

1902 Colorado Springs "When in doubt as to your condition of health, consult Dr. Francis Phillips of Colorado Springs. It costs you nothing for consultation, either personally or by letter. Dr. Phillips treats as a specialty consumption, asthma, catarrh and chronic diseases of men, women and children, and is in possession of a knowledge of this specialty work that makes his services in demand. His special Inhalation treatment for diseases of the lungs, nose and throat cures when all other methods fail. One treatment relieves Immediately and a course will permanently cure. People are fast learning the results of his special treatment. What he is doing for others he can do for you. Call and talk over your condition. It costs you nothing to know your condition, as examination is free. Why remain in doubt? Office 24 North Tejon St."

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