Parents Grandparents Great-Grandparents
Thomas Osborne McMinn John McMinn
John Bascom McMinn Elizabeth Black
Starting Point: Georgeanne Blankenship William H Blankenship
Leora McMinn Williams ?
Jonathon Marion Rice Jeremiah Abel Rice
Mary Rice Massah Bandy
Sirrilda Escalana Etherton Samuel Tasker Etherton
Rebecca Hull


Gen 5 John McMinn Elizabeth Black
Birth 1813 ?AL 1823 NC
Death 10 May 1859 Jackson Co IL 3 Feb 1873 Jackson Co IL
Burial South Co Line Cem Row 27 Jackson Co IL South Co Line Cem Row 27 Jackson Co. IL
Misc. Farmer Farmer
Marriage 21 Feb 1848 Anna/Jonesboro Union Co IL Martin Collins, Justice of the peace

Children of John and Elizabeth




Tennessee Illinois McMinn lines
Robert b. Ireland or Scotland ca 1750 d. 1798-1800 ca Rutherford Co NC m. ca 1772 Jane Kuykendall d. 1832 Cobb Co GA

Elizabeth b. 26 Jul 1749
Martha b. 3 May 1752
John b. 3 Dec 1754 - died
Margaret b. 22 Aug 1756 - died
Joseph b. 22 Jun 1758 PA d. 17 Nov 1824 Calhoun, McMinn, TN gov of TN 1815-21 m. 9 May 1785 Hannah Cooper , 5 Jun 1812 Rebecca Kincaid, 4 Aug 1816 Nancy Williams (C: John, Mary, Robert, Sarah, Nancy, Amanda, Joseph) (C: Jane b. 13 May 1801)
b George b. 8 Apr 1761

Robert b. 1748 d. 1799 m. Sarah Harlan Philadelphia, Chester Co., PA Mary b. 7 Aug 1769
Sarah b. 24 Apr 1772

Robert McMinn ?-2 May 1758
married Mary Buck
...Robert J. McMinn, Sr. 1740-?
...married Ellenor McConnell
......Robert J. McMinn, Jr. 4 Dec 1766-4 May 1857
......married Mary Sprott
.........Reuben McMinn 1810 - after 1860 <-- notice the name here
.........married Emily

Gen 4 Thomas Osborne McMinn Georgeanne Blankenship1
Birth 21 Dec 1852 IL Nov 1848 TN
Death 13 Feb 1936 Carbondale IL 19 Jan 1879 Carterville IL
Stroke Typhoid Pneumonia
Burial Tamaroa Cem Tamaroa IL Gentry Cem Williamson Co IL
Parents John McMinn Elizabeth Black William H. Blankenship
Misc. Baptist minister 10 Nov 1875 Homemaker
Marriage 1 Jul 1872 Williamson Co IL Rev W P Throgmorton

m. 1 Jul 1872 Georgeanne1 Blankenship

m. 29 Jun 1879 Sarah2 Ellen Hampton b. 1860 d. 1897 m. 8 Jun 1898 Wayne Co IL Ida3 Hawk Elsey b. 1869 d. 1953 (her first spouse was Mr. Elsey))

Photos of the Thomas Osborne McMinn Family

Photos of the John Bascom McMinn Family



Rev. Thomas Osborne McMinn's career

Much of the detail on Thomas' early career comes from a book " The Life and Labors of Henry S Gordon The founder of the Free Will Baptist Church of Southern Illinois" by his son G. A. Gordon published 1901.Thomas named a son after Rev Gordon and spoke at his funeral. The book has a photograph of the group of Free Will Baptists in the area which includes Thomas and the men closest to him who ordained Thomas's son John. It also has a section written by Thomas describing his beliefs.

A little background on the Free Will Baptists. One group located in NC is the group that survives today with that name. This is not the group Thomas, his father-in-law William H Blankenship,and son John were a part of. The were followers of the Northern group who followed Randall. In 1911, most of the Free Will Baptists joined the Northern Baptists which then became the American Baptist. The Free Will Baptists under Randall were abolitionists. In fact William W Blankenship was living in TN during the civil war. After being warned by a neighbor that some men were coming to kill him that night, William fled with his family to Southern Illinois.

The book linked to above explains much of their beliefs as well as many web sites which explain the name changes.

Lets gather family stories we've heard of him as a minister.

Gen 3 John Bascom McMinn Mary Rice
Birth 7 Aug 1873 Marion Williamson Co IL 10 Sep 1868 Tamaroa Perry Co IL
11 Oct 1949 Mayville, Tuscola Co, MI 9 May 1957 Herrin, Williamson Co, IL
Cause Auto Accident
Burial Rich Cemetery Mayville MI Rich Cemetery Mayville MI
Parents Thomas McMinn Georgeanne Blankenship Jonathan Marion Rice Sirrilda Etherton
Misc. Minister Baptist Teacher Baptist
Marriage 27 Apr 1897 Tamaroa IL

Photos of the John Bascom McMinn Family



Dedication to my mother Leora McMinn Williams

It has links to recordings by my Mother in her last months. She told some of her stories about her parents, siblings, teaching and WW1. A few stories I located later and I recorded those myself.


Rev. John Bascom McMinn's career

Rev John McMinn cartoon