Dr. John McGinnis was born on the 12th of July, 1860 near Arva, Ontario (Middlesex Co.). His parents were Daniel McGinnis and the former Jeanet McLean. Dr. McGinnis graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London in 1892. Dr. McGinnis started his medical practice in Seaforth, Ontario.
Dr. McGinnis married Ellen O’Mahoney on the 24th of January, 1894 in Mount Carmel, MiddlesexCounty. Mrs. McGinnis was born on the 4th of December, 1864, the 2nd of 11 children born to Daniel O’Mahoney and the former Eliza Elliott. Her parents farmed in Townsend Twp, Norfolk County. Her siblings included, Mary Louisa, Annie, Maggie, Cornelius, Anastasia, Elizabeth, Gertrude, Bridget, Daniel and Hubert.
Dr. and Mrs. McGinnis had a son Daniel Hubert McGinnis, born to them on the 3rd of February, 1895 in Huron County. Dr. McGinnis practiced medicine in Seaforth until about 1912, when the family moved to Wallaceburg. Dr. McGinnis had a busy practice in Wallaceburg.
Dr. McGinnis died in Wallaceburg on the 21st of October, 1918, of complications from influenza. He was buried at Riverview Cemetery in Wallaceburg. According to the 1921 census, Mrs. McGinnis continued to live in Wallaceburg with her son Daniel after her husband’s death. They resided on Nelson Street.
Dr. McGinnis’ son Daniel served during World War I for the Canadian Services. At the time of his enlistment he was in medical school at the University of Western Ontario. After the war, Dr. Daniel McGinnis completed his medical degree and moved to Detroit to practice medicine. Mrs. Ellen McGinnis died in Detroit, on the 19th of December, 1947. She was buried at Riverview Cemetery in Wallaceburg beside her husband.
His son Dr. Daniel McGinnis, also served in World War II for the United States Army.