DR. ALVA T. McKINNEY was born November 14, 1856, at Roaring Springs, Trigg Co., Ky. His father, Dr. Guy W. McKinney, was a native Kentuckian, and was born March 12, 1816, descending from Irish ancestors. For over forty-five years he was a practicing physician of more than ordinary ability, and was a graduate of the Medical College of Columbus, Ohio. His wife, whose maiden name was Rhoda Shilton, was born in 1821, in Trigg County, Ky., where she now resides. She descends from French ancestry, and is the mother of fifteen children, four of whom died in infancy. Those attaining maturity are: Dr. Bunyan H., Mary E., Albert E., Dr. Guy L., Bell V., James W., Robert C. (dead), Dr. Alva T., Mattie A., Ida E. and Henry H. McKinney. Dr. Alva T. was educated in his native county, and in Lexington, Ky.; studied medicine under his father, graduated in March, 1880, from the Physio-Medical College, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and began the practice at Roaring Springs, Trigg County, from whence he came to Elkton in November, 1881, where he now has a prosperous practice. Dr. McKinney was married October 4, 1881, in Toledo, Ohio, to Miss Nellie S., daughter of Dr. D. A. Wright, a native of Ohio. They have one child-Bessie M. McKinney.