Family of William and Eleanor Sinnard

Research by Roger Sinnard

William born about 1761 eight child and fifth son John and Elinor Sinnard. Both parents died in York county and left money to William. See research on brother Thomas Sinnard.

He was on May 27, 1778, York County Militia return from Revolution. Unable to find unit.

Went to Western Pennsylvania. Witnessed will of Jacob Johnson, Washington County 16 January 1781, signature could be Sinnard or Linnard. Hard to tell S or L in early handwriting.

On 15 February, 1787 Joshua Griffin bite off a piece of William Sinnard's left ear in Washington County. Think William was making advances on Joshua's sister, Sarah?

Purchased land in Washington County 16 February 1789 from David and Esther Jamison. Sold it 29 November 1797 to Ephraim Quimbey. General location not given in deeds.

Purchased 183 acres know as Thomas Town from Thomas and Sarah Sands on 23 September 1809, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Neighbors Joseph Reed, Charles Johnson, Hugh McDonald, Francis Wilson, Henry Morrow and Widow Taylor.

William probably married Eleanor (Armstrong? Morrow?) about 1810. Second marriage? When their first child was born he would have been in his 50s and Eleanor in her 30's.

Family is listed in 1830 Wilkins Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Census, page 160.
1 male 70-80 years old, 1 male 15-20 years old, 1 male 5-10 years old
1 female 40-50 years old, 2 females 5-10 years old

Children of William and Eleanor are:

  • John M Sinnard born 1815. Have no other information.
  • Margaret Sinnard born 1820 who married Robert Steele. Have no other information.
  • William Armstrong Sinnard born 1822. Married Elizabeth Jane Finley 3 October 1844, Allegheny County. Children William, Ellen, Theodore, Finley, Elizabeth, Mary, Francis, Samuel and James. All moved to Missouri about 1864. Francis my grandfather.
  • Elizabeth Sinnard born 1824 who married John J Reese. She died in 1854. Children Elizabeth, William L, Joseph and John M.

When William died March 22, 1839, they lived in Penn Township (Formerly Wilkins Township) Allegheny County. He owned 180 acres and 132 perches of land, apparently just in his own name. Think this is the land purchased in 1809. Land sold by Eleanor and children in 1860's.

Later Eleanor sued John Morrow for not making payments on land contract.

Would appreciate any help with following.

  1. Information about Finley or Findley family that son William Armstrong married into.
  2. Information about Morrows and Armstrongs in Washington or Allegheny Counties.
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