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Maginness in Indiana (about 1850-1920)
Posted by: John Zimmerman Jr. (ID *****6428) Date: February 22, 2004 at 12:09:50
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Here are the facts:

Seen it spelled many ways - but usually Maginness in my family.

First a short story...My grandmother's mom (Charlotte Margaret Devol) had two brothers. Both had no children. One was named Edmund Maginness Devol. We figured it is a family name.

My grandmother had a couch in her hall when I visited as a child. Whenever she found me sitting on it - she would say - "thats the very couch Col. Maginness died on". When asked, she never really knew much more than the couch had come out of her mothers home in New Albany, Indiana.

In closing up her estate - after her death - my mother and I found amongst her thousands (literally) of letters - one that was written to her grandmother (mom of the Edmund Maginness Devol person mentioned above) and in it is the description of the death of the Col. Maginness who had a heart attack - and died on the couch in the front hall. The letter is dated November 7, 1905 so that was the date of his death.

I now have this couch...and of course the letter. I have looked far and wide for some connection to Col Maginness - other than my grandmothers - cousins middle name.

I have the will of Margaret Ann McCoy - another relative in New Albany - who died in 1896 - her executor was Edmund A Maginness.

Having these names - I wrote to New Albany reference librarian - and got back three citations -

Marriage of BF Scribner to Anna Marth Maginnes (she is a relative - that makes the first actual - all be it by marriage - Maginnes actual relative of mine) 1849

Marriage of Edmund A Maginnes to Frances Rice (sent away for this one - can't show how it is related to me but they were married in Detroit Michigan in 1865) - this is not a relative (yet) but probably is the executor of Margaret Ann McCoys will.

Marriage of Edwin P. Dodge to Amelia W. Maginness. I wrote away for this one - but no other names are provided in the "detail" - date was 1868.

I then contacted the Floyd Co. "lookup" volunteer - who thought the story about the couch was "amazing" and did some graveyard / cemetary research for me and found that the Col. Maginness who died on the family couch is actually the same person as the one married above...That is Edmund A. Maginness - as he was buried November 9, 1905 in New Albany...just 2 days after the letter between my relatives discussed his death on their couch...He died of heart disease. Buried next to him is Frances Rice (whom is the other half of the marriage info above).

Looking to find anyone with this branch of the MAGINNESS family who is willing to discuss.

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