One of my great-grandmothers was Lydia "Margaret" McKinney (1894-1962). Margaret married James Wesley Ellis on 22 Aug 1913 in Boyd Co., KY. They were the parents of five children, of whom three are still living. James and Lydia divorced in Boyd Co., KY in 1942.

Their surviving children and their descendants gathered in Ashland, KY in July of 1998 for their first-ever Ellis Descendants' Reunion.

Lydia Margaret was the daughter of Elijah Emory and Nancy Ann (DeFoe) McKinney. Elijah (a.k.a. "Emory" McKinney) and Nancy Ann were the parents of a large family. Lydia's children remember her speaking of siblings Willie, Jerry, Martha, and a set of twins. Nancy Ann died about 1901, followed by Emory about 1903, when Lydia was about nine years old. The children were separated. The family has a small amount of further information about only Jerry and Martha.

One of my current research projects is to learn more about Lydia Margaret's family. I believe I have located this family on the 1900 Census for Lawrence Co., KY. Recently, another researcher in Ashland, KY has contacted me with possible information about Emory's family. If any of this sounds familiar, I would love to hear from you.

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