Father James McKinlay & mother Mary McNeil. William was born 21 September 1841 Cambusnethan Lanark Scotland. He was about 3 years old when his mother died age 25 years on 11th December 1844.
The 1851 Census has William aged 9 yrs, his sister Margaret age 7 yrs living in his fathers household with his second wife Elizabeth age 32 along with their only son James age 1 yr.
In 1861, age 19 years William was a coal miner working at Faimrgare Colliery in Hamilton Lanarkshire. He boarded with Alexander and Janet Greason.
William emigrated to Nova Scotia and became a gold miner. He later moved to Utah, Nevada and last known contact was Virgina City California. He died age 70 years on 11 November 1911 in Sonoma County California USA.
He married Sydonia Burrows born 1844 died 1899 and had 3 sons - James McKinlay born 1868, William McKinlay born 1871, Edward McKinlay born 1875, all born Nova Scotia.
Sydonia McKinlay died February 5th 1899 in San Francisco USA, she was age 55 yrs 7 months and 7 days.
His son James married Grace Wright also known as Grace Conover Bardwell in 1930 Portland, Multnomah Oregon. Grace was born 6 March 1871 San Francisco County California. Her father was George Bridman Bardwell and mother Eleanor Davis Conover. Grace died 16 July 1934, Portland, age 63 yrs. *James McKinlay at this stage is also known as James McKinley.
James and Grace had the following children:
Eleanor Sydonia McKinlay born 1892
Margaret Grace McKinlay born 25 July 1893
William Edward James McKinlay (Snr) born 26 May 1897 died June 1963
William E J McKinlay (Snr) married Marie Alphonsine Chouinard born 22 June 1901 Port Daniel Bonaventure Quebec. They married 5 September 1925 Marin, she was aged 24. Their children were James Francois born 1926 and William Edward James (Jnr) born 1929.
William E J (Snr) born 1897 died from a brain tumor at the Oceancrest Care Facility in Rockaway Beach California USA in 1963. His wife Marie died 1984 in USA.
Little is known about James Francois McKinlay born 27 July 1926 Alameda County California USA, married later divorced 14 February 1984 San Diego California USA.
William Edward James McKinlay (Jnr) known as Bill born 13th June 1929 Alamada County California died 13 July 2005 age 76 in Beaver, Tillamook County Oregon. Bill married Mable June Cooper November 29 1956 in Carson City Nevada. They moved to Beaver in 1977. Bill served with the Army Air Force and the MSTS in his early years and received an honourable discharge. He was also a retired truck driver, avid fisherman, and pretty much jack of all trades.
His death notice read -'Headlight Herald, Tillamook OR July 27 2005
William Edward James McKinlay Jnr born 13 June 1929 in Alameda County California died 13 July 2005 in Tillamook County Oregon. Son of William Edward James McKinlay & Marie Chouinard, son of James McKinlay & Grace Wright son of William McKinlay born circa 1840 in Scotland.
Interested in making contact with Bill's widow who lives Beaver Oregon and his descendants - a daughter who lives Truckee California, grandchildren who live Sacramento California & Clackamas Orgeon, granddaughter in San Leandro California and other extended family who live Beaver Oregon.