Archibald McKinnon, Sr. (1837 - 1915)

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Birthplace: Argyleshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Randolph, Rich, Utah, USA
Cause of death: Chronic Interstitial Nephritis and La Grippe
Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About Archibald McKinnon, Sr.

Birth: Jun. 20, 1837, Argyleshire and Bute, Scotland

Death: Apr. 18, 1915, Randolph, Rich County, Utah, USA

Burial: Randolph City Cemetery, Randolph, Rich County, Utah, USA, Plot: M-7 (E)

My Great-Grandfather, Archibald McKinnon, Sr., was born June 20, 1837, as the youngest son among the nine children of Donald McKinnon (1788-1846) and Mary McLellan (1795-1864), in Argyleshire, Scotland.

The best source for details on Archibald's life is the truly excellent documentary book, Randolph - A Look Back, written and compiled by Steven L. Thomson, Jane D. Digerness, and Mar Jean S. Thomson, published in 1981. Parts of his biography on pages 362-365 of that book are quoted hereafter, but you'll find his name and/or the names of his sons mentioned many many times in this book. I treasure my copy!

"When he was nine years old the family moved to Greenock, Scotland, only to have the father and a sister of Archibald die of typhoid fever. Three months later, the family moved on to Paisley, Scotland. He joined the L.D.S. Church July 26, 1852, and at age eighteen was apprenticed to learn the shoemaker's trade. Shortly thereafter, in 1855, he crossed the Atlantic in the ship "Samuel Curling", then crossed the plains into Utah with the Milo Andrus company."

According to Another biographical sketch that appears on pages 1604-1606 of Conquerors of the West: Stalwart Mormon Pioneers by Florence C. Youngberg, Archibald arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on October 24, 1855.

"He stayed a few weeks in Salt Lake City, then traveled to Provo where he found work as a shoemaker and in the tanning business." Although he sought work in Palmyra, Utah, "By late 1859, he was back in Salt Lake City and worked for J. W. Jenkins for five months. He was then employed by Howard Egan to take charge of the mail and Pony Express Station near the Point-of-the-Mountain. Due to Indians it was quite an undertaking, but he stuck with it for three years."

"In May, 1871, Brigham Young counseled with Archibald McKinnon and called him to move to the Bear River Valley. He, his family, his sister and her son, John M. Baxter, and others with whom he was associated moved to Randolph that late spring."

Archibald was a very well beloved pioneer and settler of the Randolph, Utah community. He served as the Bishop of Randolph for 21-years, and in the Stake Presidency for 14-years. His community service included serving in the Territorial Legislature.

"Few facets of pioneer life were untouched by Archibald McKinnon's hands, heart, and mind, including the building of the first meetinghouse, in Randolph. For that he helped build the adobes and collect the finances for it."

"Archibald loved music and spent many hours teaching others to sing, both at school and in his own home. He also composed a few songs; "A Boy's Prayer" was published in The Juvenile Instructor."

McKinnon, Wyoming, was named in his honor. You can read more about this, as well as learn details about McKinnon and its settlers in documents prepared by the former Bishops of the McKinnon Ward, on this site: "The Wyoming Woodticks".

As his Death Certificate attests Archibald died of "Chronic Interstitial Nephritis", apparently brought on by "La Grippe" (the flu).

Randolph - A Look Back describes Archibald McKinnon, Sr.'s funeral services (in part):

"Archibald McKinnon died April 18, 1915. His funeral services indicate the goodness of the man: "Funeral services over the remains of President Archibald McKinnon of Woodruff Stake, were held Saturday, April 24th, during the afternoon session of Quarterly Stake Conference. The Largest gathering of people ever witnessed in the Randolph Tabernacle was present to pay their respects to the departed."

"The floral offerings were the most beautiful ever seen in this section. All the wards and different stake organizations sent magnificent wreathes, as did also the school children of the Randolph public schools."

"President McKinnon is survived by a family consisting of thirteen sons, five daughters, and by Mrs. Mary McKay McKinnon and Mrs. Jane Brough McKinnon, his wives, also by fifty-three grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.... 'If all the loving farewells could be turned to flowers to make a pillow for his head, it would be as soft as down.'"


Spouses:

 

Mary McKay McKinnon 1838 - 1925

 

Jane Brough McKinnon 1860 - 1927


Children:

 

Donald McKinnon 1862 - 1863

 
Robert McKinnon 1863 - 1916
 

Archibald McKinnon 1865 - 1934

 

Peter McKinnon 1868 - 1948

 

Malcolm McKinnon 1869 - 1947

 

Randolph Stewart McKinnon 1871 - 1935

 

Samuel McKinnon 1873 - 1932

 

Lemuel McKinnon 1875 - 1938

 

John Francis McKinnon 1877 - 1941

 

Donald McKinnon 1879 - 1938

 

Arthur McKinnon 1880 - 1956

 

Mary McKinnon Rees 1881 - 1954

 

Nephi McKinnon 1881 - 1881

 

Jane McKinnon Morgan 1882 - 1954

 

Sarah Jane McKinnon Smith 1884 - 1913

 

William George McKinnon 1887 - 1889

 

Katherine Elizabeth McKinnon McComb 1888 - 1955

 

Adria Prudence McKinnon Morgan 1893 - 1971

Phoebe McKinnon Robinson 1895 - 1977

 

Benjamin Richard McKinnon 1897 - 1986

 

Ray Baxter McKinnon 1901 - 1978


SOURCE: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=44011587

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Archibald McKinnon, Sr.'s Timeline

1837
June 20, 1837
Argyleshire, Scotland
1862
October 11, 1862
Age 25
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
1863
December 2, 1863
Age 26
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
1865
June 26, 1865
Age 28
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
1868
February 7, 1868
Age 30
Randolph, Rich, Utah, USA
1869
1869
Age 31
1871
1871
Age 33
1873
1873
Age 35
1875
1875
Age 37
1877
1877
Age 39