Posted By:Rosemary Mahan
Subject:Re: William R McKenney - Bollingbrook china
Post Date:August 12, 2004 at 05:23:55
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Forum:Westmoreland County, VA Genealogy Forum
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Hi Margie,

You may have your answer by now, but I just noticed your posting, so thought I'd respond. You are probably looking for descendants of William Robertson McKenney, who was a Congressman from the state of Virginia during from that time frame. He was actually from the Petersburg area, so that's probably where you'll get more information. I would bet that china has been handed down through the generations to someone in that family. The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress says this about him:

"McKENNEY, William Robertson, a Representative from Virginia; born in Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Va., December 2, 1851; attended McCabe’s University School at Petersburg and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; taught school; graduated from the law school of the University of Virginia in June 1876; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Petersburg, Va.; elected president of the city council of Petersburg in 1888 and served six years; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1892; member of the Democratic State executive committee; presented credentials as a Democratic Member-elect to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1895, to May 2, 1896, when he was succeeded by Robert T. Thorp, who successfully contested his election; resumed the practice of law in Petersburg, Va., and died there January 3, 1916; interment in Blandford Cemetery."

Hopes this helps and good luck! Please let me know if you are successful.

Rosemary Mahan