John Frank(lin) McKenzie

John Frank(lin) McKenzie

Male 1852 - 1916  (64 years)

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  • Name John Frank(lin) McKenzie 
    Born 1852  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Oct 1916  Ridgeley, Mineral County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • John Franklin McKenzie

      John Frank(lin) McKenzie, (1) was born in Allegany County, Maryland in 1852. He married Mary Virginia Smith on 29 MAR 1877 in Allegany County, Maryland. Together they had three children:

      1.Annie C. McKenzie
      Born 1877

      2.Nettie May McKenzie
      Born 14 FEB 1879
      Married William C. Rowe (2) 23 NOV 1899 (3)
      Had children Harry, Vera, Fannie, Nellie L., William F., Robert R. and Bertie, Samuel, Grace and Charles.
      Died 25 OCT 1918 in Mineral County, West Virginia

      3.George Newton McKenzie (4)
      Born 17 AUG 1884
      Married Cara Blanche Robison 23 SEPT 1904
      Had children Lester Franklin, George (Leo), Elouise Gladys, Riley and Carl
      Died 10 May 1913 in Rawlings, Maryland

      The research of Colonel Gabriel T. MacKenzie, Ret. includes some hand-copied Baptismal Records from a church in Maryland (unidentified) that show the following:

      Nettie May McKinzie
      Birth - 14 FEB 1879
      Parents - John F. and Mary V. McKenzie

      George Newton McKinzie
      Birth - 17 AUG 1884
      Parents - John Franklin and Mary Virginia McKinsey

      The marriage license for John Frank and Mary Virginia reflects that it was issued on 29 MAR 1877. (5) John?s name was recorded as ?John Franklin? and it was noted that he was a bachelor farmer age 25. Mary Virginia was a maid age 20. Both resided in Allegany County, Maryland. The Minister who presided over the ceremony was S.S. Wilson.

      The 1870 Census lists a ?Frank McKenzie, age 18? living with Meshack and Anna Frost in Allegany County, Maryland. This would have been the appropriate age for John Frank McKenzie, who was born in 1852. (6) John Frank?s occupation was listed as that of farmhand. His parents, Daniel and Sallie were living nearby with their children Henry, age 20, Louisa, age 15, George, age 14 and Joseph, age 12. Louisa Jeanette and Joseph Newton do not appear on the 1860 census.
      Meshack Frost was one of the largest landowners and farmers in Allegany County. Based upon a deed record search in the Allegany County, Maryland Courthouse, John F. McKenzie purchased land from Meshack A. Frost outside of Rawlings, Maryland on 11 OCT 1884. (7) The property measured 320 feet by 222 feet. It later was conveyed by Mary Virginia McKenzie to Margaret Lease in 1917 after John Frank died. (8) As of November, 2010, the log cabin property (most likely) still exists. Michael McKenzie of Mt. Savage, Maryland told the author about a Maryland Historical Trust web site that can be accessed at http://www.mdihp.net/index.cfm. Owners of houses with historical significance can register their property with this state organization., The current owner of the Meshack property, known as ?Quiet Dale? has done so. In the write-up the owner mentions the 320 x 222 lot set forth above that Meshack Frost sold to John F. McKenzie. In addition to the discussion concerning Quiet Dale, there also are maps that direct you to where the property is located. To access the actual write up, go to http://www.mdihp.net/dsp_text.cfm?search=text&id=792&viewer=true&requestTimeout=6000&page=6.

      Quiet Dale is located along Route 220 South (south of Cresaptown) near Pinto, Allegany County, Maryland on the east side of the road about one half mile south of Route 9. The land upon which the house is built is part of the original tract of land owned by Daniel Cresap, who sold the tract to Robert Cresap on November 29, 1796 for 200 pounds. All of the information pertaining to quiet Dale and the location and history surrounding the property is located in the Maryland Historical Trust document set forth in the preceding paragraph.

      In addition to the write-up concerning Quiet Dale, the author also discovered a separate write-up of the log cabin that John Frank McKenzie purchased from Meshack Frost in 1884. The separate write-up can be found at http://www.mdihp.net/dsp_text.cfm?search=text&id=813&viewer=true&requestTimeout=6000&page=8. It includes the history of the property and photographs showing what it looked like in the late 1900?s. A copy of the photo of the house is located on www.mckenziesofearlymaryland.com linked to John Franklin Mckenzie.

      The 1880 Federal Census (9) shows John F. and Mary V. McKenzie residing in Election District 7, which was in the vicinity of Rawlings, Maryland. (10) They had two daughters at the time, Ann C., age three and Nettie M., age one. Barbara E. Smith, Mary Virginia?s sister, age 12, also was living with them. John was working as a farm hand and Mary was keeping house. John Frank reported that he had been born in the State of Maryland whereas Mary Virginia had been born in the State of Pennsylvania.

      The 1900 Federal Census shows John and Mary Virginia McKenzie residing in the vicinity of Rawlings, Allegany County, Maryland. (11) It further shows George N. McKenzie living with his parents and was the only child still living at home. Mary Virginia reported that she was the mother of three children and that all three children were still alive. John Frank listed his occupation as farm laborer and was currently employed.

      The 1910 Federal Census shows John F. McKenzie and Mary V. McKenzie visiting or living with their daughter, Nettie, and her husband, William C. Rowe on John Street in Ridgley, Mineral County, West Virginia. (12) Nettie and William had five children at that time ranging in age from eight years to one month. Joy Rowe, a descendent of William Rowe and Nettie May McKenzie, who was living in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1998 when this portion of the manuscript was typed, stated that she visited a house at 1 John Street ?many, many times where her Aunt Bertie L. (Rowe) Rhodes and her Uncle Leo Rhodes lived and raised their family?. She speculates that the old house she remembers visiting may have been the same residence in which Nettie and William lived at the time of the 1910 Census. John F. McKenzie listed his occupation as odd jobs laborer and had not worked in 10 months.

      The 1920 Federal Census from Mineral County, West Virginia (13) lists the Rowe family once again including mother-in-law, Mary Virginia McKenzie, age 65. John Frank McKenzie was not listed, which is consistent with the fact that he passed away in 1916. Nettie May McKenzie Rowe also was not listed since she died during the Spanish Flu Epidemic in 1918 leaving William Rowe to raise eight children who were still residing in his household.

      Throughout his life at varying times, John Franklin McKenzie used the following names and initials: Frank McKenzie, John Franklin McKenzie, John F. McKenzie, John Frank McKenzie and J.F. McKenzie.

      John Franklin McKenzie died on October 27, 1916 in Ridgeley, West Virginia. A search was conducted in 1999 for his death certificate but it could not be located. (14) An obituary written in the Cumberland Times on October 27, 1916 provides information on the cause of death. It states? McKenzie 27 Oct 1916 John F. McKenzie, and (sic) aged man of Ridgeley, WV, committed suicide with a rifle at his home on John Street, despondent over ill health. His son, George McKenzie committed suicide four years ago at Rawlings. He is survived by his wife, and two daughters, Mrs. Joseph Monnett and Mrs. W.C. Rowe ? both of Ridgeley. Also, brothers, J.N. McKenzie of Cumberland; George M. McKenzie of Cresaptown; Henry McKenzie of Winchester; and sister, Mrs. Nettie Alexander of Cresaptown. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.? (15)

      He left a Will which was admitted for probate and recorded in Allegany County on 31 OCT 1916. (16) The Will read as follows:

      I, John Frank McKenzie of Rawlings (17), Allegany County, Maryland, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make public and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time made.

      1.I direct my executrix here in after named to pay my just debts and funeral expenses.

      2.I give and bequeath to my son, George N. McKenzie the sum of one dollar.

      3.I give and bequeath to my daughter, Annie McKenzie the sum of one dollar.

      4.I give and bequeath to my daughter, Netty R. McKenzie the sum of one dollar.

      All the rest and residue of my property real, personal or mixed, wheresoever situated which I now own or may hereinafter acquire and of which I shall die seized or possessed, I give, devise and bequeath absolutely, and in fee simple to my Wife, Mary Virginia McKenzie her heirs and assigns forever. I name, constitute and appoint my Wife, Mary Virginia McKenzie executrix of my last will and testament and I request that my executrix be not required to give bond for the performance of her duty as such. Witness my hand this day of July 8th, 1905.

      his
      John Frank x McKenzie (18)
      Mark

      Signed, published and declared by the above named testator, John Frank McKenzie as for his last will and testament in the presence of the undersigned, who in his presence, and at his request, in the presence of each other have signed our names as subscribing witnesses hereto.


      James N. Wilson

      Robert C. Wilson (19)



      John Frank and Mary Virginia McKenzie are buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Cumberland, Maryland, Area 63, plot 8.

      Endnotes

      1.The John Franklin McKenzie listed here should not be confused with John Frank McKenzie, who was born in 1850 and died in 1929. When Michael A. McKenzie first began compiling this family history, he mistakenly confused ?the real? John Franklin McKenzie (the one who is part of our line), born 1852 with John Frank McKenzie, born 1850. John Frank McKenzie (born 1850) was the son of Benjamin Franklin McKenzie and Mary Alexander. He married Annie Loar and had seven children with her before she died in 1895. John Frank McKenzie is buried in the cemetery located behind the Vale Summit United Methodist Church on Vale Summit Road in Vale Summit, Maryland. His grave is located next to that of Annie Loar McKenzie.

      2.William Rowe was from St. Clairsville, West Virginia and was a railroad brakeman.

      3.The marriage license was issued in Allegany County, Maryland 21 NOV 1898. Frederick B. Howden, Clergyman, Protestent Episcopal Church, Cumberland, Maryland performed the ceremony. Nettie May was listed as residing in Bier, Maryland. Bier (Town) is the area of Allegany County (just North of Rawlings) where Lester Franklin McKenzie was born approximately six years later.

      4.Based upon the census records, John Frank's two younger brothers were named George and Newton, respectively. Hence, it appears that George Newton McKenzie was named after his two uncles.

      5.Allegany County, Maryland Courthouse records.

      6.The Census information can be found on Family History Center microfilm number 552, 066 at page 236B, Election District No. 6.

      7.Allegany County Deed Records, Deed Book 62, page 175.

      8.Allegany County Deed Records, Deed Book 122, page 415.

      9.The Census information can be found in State of Maryland, Allegany County, Volume 1, Election District # 7, Enumeration District 7, Sheet 1, Line 14.

      10.This is the last Census information on John F. and Mary Virginia McKenzie until 1900, since the 1890 Census was destroyed by fire and is no longer available for genealogical research.

      11.The Census information can be found at Microfilm Roll Number 1, 240, 640, Allegany County, Maryland, Rawlings Election District #7, Supervisor?s District Number 4, Enumeration District Number 102, sheet number 5, page 68.

      12.The Census information was recorded on May 13, 1910. The pertinent 1910 Census data can be found at Microfilm roll number 1,375,703, Mineral County, Frankfort District, Supervisor?s district number 2, Enumeration district 62, sheet number 22A, page number 9902.

      13.Fourteenth Census of the United States, Supervisor District 2, Enumeration District 87, Ridgeley, West Virginia, recorded on January 2, 1920 (John Street);

      14.The Archives of both the State of Maryland and the State of West Virginia as well as Mineral County, West Virginia were searched in an effort to locate his death certificate. Those searches proved to be unsuccessful. The clerks of both States concluded that since the reporting of deaths was done rather haphazardly at the time, it was quite possible that a death certificate was never recorded.

      15.The obituary can be accessed by ?Googling? the words (Cumberland Times? and scrolling down to ?Excerpts from The Cumberland Times 1872-1916 transcribed by Charles Often? and clicking on the hyperlink to October, 1916?. A copy has also been inserted into this family history.

      16.Register of Wills, Allegany County, Maryland, Book L, Folio 070.

      17.Since the Will was written about a decade before he died, the reference to being a resident of Rawlings was accurate as of the time the Will was executed. From all of the information available, John Frank died in Ridgeley, Mineral County, West Virginia and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Cumberland, Maryand.

      18.Based upon the ?mark? affixed to the will and the information gleaned from census data, John Frank McKenzie could neither read nor write.

      19.The Will was presented to the Clerk by Robert C. Wilson, the second subscribing witness. He stated under oath that he received the Will from John Frank McKenzie on 8 JUL 1905 for safekeeping. He presented it to the Court on 28 OCT 1916.

      John F. McKenzie
      1910 Federal Census
      John F Mc Kenzie
      [John F Mckenzie]
      Age in 1910:51
      [57]
      Birth Year:abt 1859
      [abt 1853]
      Birthplace:Maryland
      [Maryland]
      Home in 1910:Frankfort, Mineral, West Virginia
      Race:White
      Gender:Male
      Relation to Head of House:Father-in-law (Father)
      Marital Status:Married
      Spouse's Name:Mary V Mckenzie
      Father's Birthplace:Maryland
      Mother's Birthplace:Maryland
      Neighbors:View others on page
      Household Members:
      NameAge
      William C Rowe37
      Nellie M Rowe31
      Fannie Rowe8
      Nellie L Rowe6
      [4]
      William F Rowe4
      Robert R Rowe3
      Bertie L Rowe1
      [1/12]
      John F Mc Kenzie51
      [57]
      Mary V Mckenzie53
      [55]


      John F Mckenzie
      United States Census, 1880
      Name:John F Mckenzie
      Event Type:Census
      Event Year:1880
      Event Place:Rawlings, Allegany, Maryland, United States
      Gender:Male
      Age:23
      Marital Status:Married
      Race:White
      Race (Original):W
      Occupation:Farm Hand
      Relationship to Head of Household:Self
      Relationship to Head of Household (Original):Self
      Birth Year (Estimated):1857
      Birthplace:Maryland, United States
      Father's Birthplace:Maryland, United States
      Mother's Birthplace:Maryland, United States
      Affiliate Name:The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
      Affiliate Publication Number:T9
      Affiliate Film Number:0493
      HouseholdRoleGenderAgeBirthplace
      John F MckenzieSelfM23Maryland, United States
      Ann E MckenzieDaughterF3Maryland, United States
      Mary V MckenzieWifeF21Pennsylvania, United States
      Barbra C SmithSister-in-lawF12Pennsylvania, United States
      Nettie M MckenzieDaughterF1Maryland, United States
      District: 7 , Sheet Number and Letter: 149A , GS Film Number: 1254493 , Digital Folder Number: 004241596 , Image Number: 00301

      Frank Mckenzie
      United States Census, 1870
      Name:Frank Mckenzie
      Event Type:Census
      Event Year:1870
      Event Place:Maryland, United States
      Gender:Male
      Age:18
      Race:White
      Race (Original):W
      Birth Year (Estimated):1851-1852
      Birthplace:Maryland
      Page Number:88
      HouseholdRoleGenderAgeBirthplace
      Meshaek FrostM43Maryland
      Anna FrostF32West Virginia
      Harry FrostM9Maryland
      Joseph FrostM7Maryland
      Anna FrostF6Maryland
      Carrie FrostF4Maryland
      Alice FrostF1Maryland
      Frank MckenzieM18Maryland
      Mary WashingtonF19West Virginia
      Household ID: 626 , Line Number: 8 , Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) , Affiliate Publication Number: M593 , GS Film number: 000552065 , Digital Folder Number: 004269448 , Image Number: 00476

      John F Mc Kenzie
      United States Census, 1860
      Name:John F Mc Kenzie
      Event Type:Census
      Event Year:1860
      Event Place:The 6th District, Allegany, Maryland, United States
      Gender:Male
      Age:9
      Race:White
      Birth Year (Estimated):1851
      Birthplace:Maryland
      Page:202
      Affiliate Name:The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
      Affiliate Publication Number:M653
      HouseholdRoleGenderAgeBirthplace
      Daniel Mc KenzieM43Maryland
      Sarah Mc KenzieF38Maryland
      Hannah Mc KenzieF13Maryland
      Henry Mc KenzieM11Maryland
      John F Mc KenzieM9Maryland
      Annette Mc KenzieF7Maryland
      George Mc KenzieM5Maryland
      Newton Mc KenzieM2Maryland
      Household ID: 1444 , GS Film Number: 803456 , Digital Folder Number: 004231316 , Image Number: 00206
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    Person ID I00083  McKenzie Genealogy
    Last Modified 7 Jun 2017 

    Father Daniel McKenzie,   b. 3 May 1817, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1896, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Sarah "Sallie" Spencer,   b. 18 Apr 1829, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1899, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 27 Mar 1847  Allegany County, Maryland. Hazel Hackrote, a self-styled historian of Allegany Co, told Bobbie Holt McKenzie that Daniel was raised a Catholic but fell in love with a Protestant girl and defied hi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F00092  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Virginia Smith,   b. 19 Dec 1855, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1922, Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 4 Apr 1877  Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anna Elizabeth McKenzie,   b. 3 Jun 1877, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1936, Ridgeley, Mineral County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)  [natural]
     2. Nettie May McKenzie,   b. 14 Feb 1879, Rawlings, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1918, Ridgeley, Mineral County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)  [natural]
     3. George Newton McKenzie,   b. 8 Jul 1884, Rawlings, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1913, Rawlings, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 7 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F00074  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Photo of John Franklin McKenzie (b. 1852) House McMullen Highway Pinto Maryland
    Photo of John Franklin McKenzie (b. 1852) House McMullen Highway Pinto Maryland
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    Documents
    Last Will and Testament of John Franklin McKenzie (b. 1852) Page 1
    Last Will and Testament of John Franklin McKenzie (b. 1852) Page 1
    Allegany County, Maryland Wills Book "L", Folio 070
    Last Will and Testament of John Franklin McKenzie (b. 1852) Page 2
    Last Will and Testament of John Franklin McKenzie (b. 1852) Page 2
    Allegany County, Maryland Wills Book"L", Folio 070
    Last Will and Testament of John Franklin McKenzie (b. 1852) Page 3
    Last Will and Testament of John Franklin McKenzie (b. 1852) Page 3
    Allegany County, Maryland Wills Book "L", Folio 070
    Marriage Certificate of John Franklin McKenzie (b. 1852) and Mary Virginia Smith
    Marriage Certificate of John Franklin McKenzie (b. 1852) and Mary Virginia Smith
    Allegany County, Maryland Records
    Obituary of John Franklin McKenzie (b. 1852)
    Obituary of John Franklin McKenzie (b. 1852)
    Cumberland Times, October 27, 1916
    1860 Census Allegany County, Maryland (John Franklin McKenzie b. 1852)
    1860 Census Allegany County, Maryland (John Franklin McKenzie b. 1852)
    District 6, Roll: M653_456 Page 202 Image 202, Family History Library Film: 803456
    1870 Census Allegany County, Maryland (John Franklin McKenzie b. 1852)
    1870 Census Allegany County, Maryland (John Franklin McKenzie b. 1852)
    District 6, Roll: M593_566 Page 236B Image 476, Family History Library Film: 552065
    1880 Census Allegany County, Maryland (John Franklin McKenzie b. abt 1852)
    1880 Census Allegany County, Maryland (John Franklin McKenzie b. abt 1852)
    Rawlings, Enumeration District 7, Roll: 493 Page 149A, Image 0300, Family History Film: 1254493
    1900 Census Allegany County, Maryland (John Franklin McKenzie b. 1852)
    1900 Census Allegany County, Maryland (John Franklin McKenzie b. 1852)
    Rawlings, Enumeration District 102, Roll: T623_604 Page 4B
    1910 Census Frankfort, West Virginia (John Franklin McKenzie b. 1852)
    1910 Census Frankfort, West Virginia (John Franklin McKenzie b. 1852)
    Mineral County, Enumeration District 62, Roll: T624_1690 Page 22A Image 742
    Death Certificate of Mary Virginia Smith (b. 1855) wife of John Franklin McKenzie (b. 1852)
    Death Certificate of Mary Virginia Smith (b. 1855) wife of John Franklin McKenzie (b. 1852)
    Maryland State Archives
    Deed from Mary Virginia McKenzie (wife of John Franklin McKenzie)  to Margaret Lease Page 2
    Deed from Mary Virginia McKenzie (wife of John Franklin McKenzie) to Margaret Lease Page 2
    Allegany County Records, Deed Book 122, Page 415
    Deed from Mary Virginia McKenzie (wife of John Franklin McKenzie) to Margaret Lease Page 1
    Deed from Mary Virginia McKenzie (wife of John Franklin McKenzie) to Margaret Lease Page 1
    Allegany County Records, Deed Book 122, Page 415
    Deed from Meshack A. Frost to John F. McKenzie (b. 1852)
    Deed from Meshack A. Frost to John F. McKenzie (b. 1852)
    Allegany County Records, Deed Book 62, Page 175
    John Frank McKenzie Death Newspaper Article (b. 1852)
    John Frank McKenzie Death Newspaper Article (b. 1852)
    Cumberland Evening Times, Saturday, October 28, 1916. This suicide occurred on the heels of the suicide of John Frank's son, George Newton McKenzie, just a few years earlier. When Michael McKenzie, editor of this site, asked his grandmother, Clara Belle Edenhart McKenzie in 1979 to tell him some family history, she shook her head vigorously and said "I'm not going to tell you anything. You're just trying to dig up dirt." Hence, Michael had to dig for years to find out just what that dirt consisted of. Clara Belle's husband was, Lester Franklin McKenzie, who lost his father and then his grandfather in just a few year span of time, both as a result of suicide.
    Death Notice of John F. McKenzie
    Death Notice of John F. McKenzie
    Cumberland Evening Times Friday, October 27, 1916


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