ALEXANDER McKINLEY, farmer, section 15, Ashland Township, son of Robert and Christina (Black) McKinley, was born in Hunter, Ontario, Feb. 10, 1850. The parents were born and married in Scotland and afterward came to Canada, where they now are living.
Mr. McKinley spent his youth under the supervision of his father, and in the fall of 1869 left the family home and came to Michigan. He spent two years in the Upper Peninsula, working on a farm in Marquette County during the summers, and in the lumber woods during winters. In September, 1851, he returned to his native place in Canada, but after a brief delay he came to Michigan and purchased 80 acres of land, which he has increased to 120 acres by later purchase. His farm is well improved and located in one of the best portions of the township. He has devoted his energies and money to put the place in as good condition as possible, and to so beautify and improve it as to render it attractive and valuable. His residence cost $1,500, and the other farm buildings swell the aggregate of expenditure to $3,500.
Mr. McKinley was married Jan. 2, 1879, in Ashland Township, to Julia, daughter of Washington and Sarah (Moore) Seaman. (see sketch). She was born in the City of Big Rapids, August 30, 1860. Her parents removed to Casnovia when she was six years old, and later made a permanent settlement in Ashland Township. Mr. McKinley is a lady of genuine refinement. The tow children belonging to the household were born as follows: Elsie L., Oct. 17, 1879, and R. Hermie, Jan. 3, 1882. Mr. McKinley is a member of the Order of Good Templars and belongs to the National party.