McKown family tree and gravesites
of John McKown (1722-1809)
>William McKown 1763-1843
> John McKown* 1787-1870
> James French McKown 1818-1880
> William McKown
>Alexander McKown 1876-1948
>Arthur McKown 1911-1932]
There are no living descendants from this line of the McKowns who
lived in McKownville, from James French McKown and later. The lines
of descent from some of John (the son of William) McKown's other
children, and from his brother Absalom and his sister Catherine,
probably do have living members.
*previous to 2022/09 given here as John A McKown;
primary sources (numerous property deeds, baptism records) and the
present grave marker show no second name or initial. This error
began in newspaper articles of 1950-1980 vintage.
The family tree available through this page was constructed by Susan
Anderson and William Kidd starting from sources in local archives,
but has been expanded with extensive additions and revisions based
on online documents and information sources, many of these accessed
through an ancestry.com subscription. We think it is accurate in the
relationships that are shown. It is not claimed to be complete;
there may well have been other individuals for whom we have not
found evidence, especially in those families farther away from the
line of the McKownville McKowns, and there are certainly lines of
descent in those families that we have not pursued further.
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pdf page: Descendants
of John McKown family tree
The information on the people shown in that tree, and additional
persons, for example linked as parents to spouses, is included in
format file (most of the common family tree programs can
Catherine Sprung, the wife of William McKown (1763-1843) was
previously married to Absalom Woodworth, who died in 1785. We have
traced a limited family tree (Woodworth
pdf chart) showing relatives starting from Absalom's father
John McKown (1787-1870) married Catherine Hilton in 1810. Some of
her relatives lived nearby in Guilderland, and her brother Peter
married a daughter of George Brown, friend of William McKown and the
proprietor of the next tavern and hostelry to the west along the
Great Western Turnpike (a family tree descending from Catherine
Hilton's parents - Hilton pdf
McKown family origins (Scotland or
William McKown's family memorial at Prospect Hill.
The McKownville McKowns are, most of them, now buried in the
Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland.
Some of them were originally interred in a family burial plot behind
McKown's hotel in
McKownville. Those remains and gravestones were moved in 1865. The
remains were reburied in Prospect Hill with new stones and two
adjacent memorial columns; the old gravestones did not complete the
journey and, it was
revealed in 1973, had been used to improve the floor of the
cellar of an old house near Prospect Hill. That house, and an old
hotel/tavern next door, were once owned by a
relative, James A McKown, and his wife Alida.
The original gravestone of William McKown (1763-1843)
Three of the old gravestones were reported
taken away in 1973 by the people who discovered them. These
stones were next seen
in 1996 in broken condition on a property near State Farm
Road. Probably at this time, or soon after, two members of the
Guilderland Water Department took the trouble to transport the
fragments to the treatment plant building in the Guilderland
Industrial Park, and carefully to arrange and preserve them in wood
reported in 2013. These broken stones are still there, and
were found and imaged by Bill Donato in 2021. Perhaps they might
sometime be moved back to McKownville, possibly to the former
McKownville water treatment building, near where they originated?
McKowns who moved into the city of Albany, mostly descendants of
Robert McKown, ended up, many of them, in Albany Rural Cemetery.
A few others, also more distantly related, are in Oakwood Cemetery
in Troy, Greenbush Reformed Church Cemetery in East Greenbush, and
Mountain View Cemetery in Castleton.
Farther away, Catherine McKown and her three children were buried in
Carlisle Rural Cemetery.
Location maps and links to files containing GPS positions for the
McKown gravesites at:
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