The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928 Page: 38
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Collin McKinney was the son of Daniel and Massie Blatchley
McKinney. Daniel McKinney and two brothers emigrated from
Scotland to America and settled in New Jersey about 1750.1
Collin McKinney was born in New Jersey, April 17, 1766. The
families moved to Virginia, and, then in 1780, to Kentucky and
settled near Crab Orchard, on the frontier of the territory. The
hard winter, 1780-81, was spent by the McKinney's at the fort
near Crab Orchard.00 In the spring they moved from the fort
a few miles and founded McKinney Station. McKinney Station
was one of Seventeen "Pioneer Station" in Lincoln County, Ken-
tucky.o1 Collin McKinney was one of Kentucky's pioneers. As
an illustration of the hazards of the life of this youth in Kentucky,
the following may be quoted from a descendant of McKinney's:
S. . While a boy he narrowly escaped death from the Red
Men. He was hunting his father's horses and hearing a bell, he
went through the little clearing instead of around, thus missing the
Indians hidden in the fence corners. I-e had proceeded only a
short distance when he heard the yelp of a turkey and knowing
the tactics of the Red MAcn he jumped behind a tree and another
and another putting each behind him in the direction from whence
came the yelp. By this method he was able to reach the horses
and drive them to the cabin, though very much agitated, so very
much so that he was unable to eat his breakfast. You under-
stand that he did not know that the yelp of the turkey was the
noise of an Indian and his action in this was only precautionary.
Just as the family was teasing him about his nervousness a fron-
tiersman appeared on the scene and informed them that Indians
were in the neighborhood and that parties had been fired upon
near by and crossing the clearing in the direction from whence
came the noise that agitated Collin. It was found upon investi-
gation that five had been secreted in the fence corners and his
quick action was the only reason he escaped with his life and
the career that awaited him. . .02
"8Mrs. W. C. Bryant, to the author, January 18, 1926.
"Lewis Collins, History of Kentucky (Covington, 1874), II, 21. This
author states further: "McKinney's Station, settled by Archibald Mc-
Kinney before 1792, in Lincoln County, on McKinney's branch of Hang-
ing Fork, about two miles from Green River, nine miles southwest from
Standford, and about two miles northeast of Hutsonville." . . This
quotation is from a chapter on a guide to early stations, forts, etc., in
"Mrs. W'. C. Bryant, to the author, January 18, 1926.
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