Biography of Andrew Jackson McKinney and Addie Lee Corn

The McKinney ancestors of Andrew came to South Carolina from Rutherford County, North Carolina. His great, great, great grandfather John McKinney was active in the Revolutionary War. The family  had come to North Carolina from Ireland or Scotland by way of Pennsylvania. The complete story of his McKinney family can be seen at (

(Andrew and Addie in the 1940's)

Andrew Jackson McKinney was born on October 10, 1890. Andrew had a varied working career.  He was first and foremost a carpenter. He worked on building Camp Wadsworth, the World War I training camp west of Spartanburg. He also had other jobs - he worked in the Glendale mill, was a limited farmer, and even drove the Glendale trolley for a time. In his later years, he was General Secretary of the Carpenter’s Union in Spartanburg. To me, personally, Andrew was a fantastic grandfather. In his position as president of the Carpenter’s Union he worked in downtown Spartanburg. If you were standing in front of   Heinitsh Walker Drug Store and could get his attention over in the Andrews building, you were in for a ice cream soda treat. Strawberry was my favorite. He was a handsome man, tall and lean, and he liked to dress stylishly. He always made me think of the Great Gatsby character but in a poor man's world. One day in 1959, he got up, walked through the kitchen to the back yard, singing “I Won’t Have To Cross Jordan Alone”. He walked over and set down at a picnic table, put his face in his hands and died.  He had a massive heart attack.   

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Addie Lee Corn McKinney was a feisty lady who loved her family and loved to grow flowers.  She was born on July 14, 1888 in Grapevine, NC. I’m sure she had her hands full raising five boys and one girl. She was a success in one area of child rearing and that was love and respect.  Her five big rough boys jumped when she said jump. In her later years, she only had to suggest that the next Sunday would be a good day to have a family dinner and it was done.  In our family, at least, no matter what you had intended to do, food was cooked and everyone one was clean and in attendance for that event. When I was around six or seven, “Granny Kinney” as we called her, had a heart attack.  From that time on, she was not allowed to go up or down steps, do any heavy lifting or work, she was virtually a shut in.  If times had been different, she could have lived a full life. She only needed what is now simple valve surgery. She loved to crochet and listen to the “Peaches” play baseball on the radio.  Coming from the mountains originally, she always loved the mountain dahlias. When anyone in the family went to NC mountain area, bringing back a bouquet to Granny was a must.  My dad has stopped in people’s yard to ask if he could cut a few dahlias for his mother. One spring day in 1953, when she was 65, she talked a couple of her daughters-in-law into taking her to an outdoor plant store near her house. On the way back, she had a heart attack and passed away. 

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This web site has been started as a public service to share the story of Glendale. The web master and person to contact about putting information on the web site is Mary McKinney Teaster.  Contact her at: or by telephone at (843) 873-8117. See more information about Mary and her Glendale connection at Mary McKinney Teaster.