From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 368, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Charles M. Tinney was born in Marion, Grant county, Indiana,
November 11, 1852. His father, John M. Tinney, was born in Washington
county, Kentucky, son of Nathaniel Tinney, a native of Virginia and a
soldier of the Revolutionary war. Grandfather Tinney moved to Kentucky,
about 1800, and became one of the pioneer farmers of Washington county.
He was by trade an architect and builder, but he spent his last years
on the farm, and died in his Kentucky home. Grandfather Tinney's maiden
name was Caroline Marshall. She was a native of Virginia; spent her
last days and died in Tazewell county, Illinois. John M. Tinney was
reared in Kentucky and learned the trade of tailor in Cincinnati. He
carried on business in that city for a time, and from there went to
Dayton, Ohio. In 1859 he moved to Pekin, Illinois, where he engaged in
hotel-keeping. He continued his residence at that place until the time
of his death. His widow, a native of Dayton, Ohio, was before her
marriage Miss Sarah Kaughman. She now makes her home with her children.
Charles M. Tinney was reared and educated in Pekin, Illinois,
being a graduate of the high school of that place. He also attended
college one year at Oskaloosa, Iowa. After that he studied law in the
office of W. D. Maus, of Pekin, being admitted to the bar in 1873. He
then commenced the practice of his profession in Virginia, where he has
since resided. He conducted a law practice until 1880, when he bought
the office and good will of the Virginia Gazette, a weekly paper. He
has since had charge of this paper, and in connection with it has a job
printing office. Politically he is a Republican.
Mr. Tinney was married in November, 1886, to Annie E. Craft, a
native of Pennsylvania and a daughter of J. B. and Phebe (Dunanay)