William Ellsworth McAninch was born in Beaver Township, Jefferson County, PA, on March 9, 1854 and was the son of Sylvester and Rosanna McAninch. The family moved to Knox
Township in 1861, and settled on the farm which he later owned and where he spent the rest of his life in that occupation. In 1872, he married Hannah Elizabeth Yeomans, daughter of John S.
and Mary Ann (Steele) Yeomans. Hannah was born August 7, 1853 in Brookville, and died August 5,1936. William died August
29, 1912, on his farm in Knox Township, Jefferson County, PA. They had a family of eleven children, two of which died in infancy. William and Hannah are buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery,
in Knoxdale, Jefferson County, PA.