David McKenzie

1815 - January 19, 1896

wpe1.gif (6005 bytes)David McKenzie, Sr. was the husband of Rose Ann (nee Ferris) McKenzie.  The following excerpt from the 1980 York Center Methodist Church centennial booklet provides more information about David McKenzie:

David McKenzie and his wife Rose Ann Ferris were born in Ireland.  Due to famines and hardships, they moved to Scotland and the new world beckoned them.  So they sailed away to resettle in the state of Vermont where their first child was born in Waitsfield (Vermont).  Vermont was very stony and hilly so they decided to move to lower Ontario near the St. Lawrence River where they resided for many years.  During this time the Great Lakes Territory was being settled and the state of Wisconsin was formed.  Now they moved again  to Seymour (Wisconsin) where some of their friends were.  As the virgin timber was being cut, there was that old wanderlust again beckoning and they moved inland to the town of York in Clark County where they established their final home.

David McKenzie owned land in Section 9 that was later owned by the Hannans.  One of their children was Nancy Jane McKenzie who had married (James) Albert Dunn, a son of George and Annastatia Dunn, both of whom are also buried in York Center Cemetery.  David McKenzie, Sr. died of cancer on January 19, 1896 at the age of 80.  Funeral services were at the York Center Methodist Church with Rev. W. T. Hendren of the Greenwood Presbyterian Church and Rev. J. Hoffman of the Loyal Methodist Church officiating.



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