Father James McKinlay & mother Mary McNeil. William was born c1841 or 1842 Lanark Scotland.
He was about 3 years old when his mother died age 25 years on 11th December 1844. 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.
Limited research on him reveals that he married Sydonia and had 3 sons - James McKinlay, William McKinlay, Edward McKinlay all born Nova Scotia.
It seems that his son James married Grace Wright or could be Bardwell and they had a son William EJ McKinlay Snr.
On 13th June 1929 a William Edward James McKinlay jnr was born in Alamada County California, he died 13 July 2005 in Tillamook County Oregon.
His parents were William E.J.McKinlay Sr and Marie Alphonsine Chouinard. He died from a brain tumor at the Oceancrest Care Facility in Rockaway Beach.
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.
Also keen to hear from descendants of William and Sydonia's sons William and Edward McKinlay born Novia Scotia.