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John was born in 1876, the son of John Patrick McGinnis and Johanna Mountain McGinnis, who were both from Ireland. He was a bugler during the Spanish American War in Company H, 5th Ohio Vol. Infantry and additional units. He noted in the family bible that he first received his pension on Dec 3, 1928.

John McGinnis met his future bride, Jennie Fenner, in a diner in Massachusetts. He married her on Aug 28, 1916. The marriage was "blessed" by Father Engstrom of St. Joseph's in North Brookfield, MA. on June 20, 1920. (Blessed means the marriage was recognized by the Catholic Church.) After living in Oxford, MA, and the Brookfields, they moved to CT and then settled down in Youngstown, OH. Their children were: Hazel, Elizabeth, Sara, James Edward, Charles Francis, Harold E and John L McGinnis.
in Youngstown, OH USA


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