Kinney, Major

Born: 1810-01-01 Cazenovia, New York

Died: 1883-01-10 Morgan County, Illinois

Flourished: 1839-05-23 Sangamon County, Illinois

Kinney emigrated with his parents from Cazenovia, New York to Sangamon County, Illinois, in 1822, settling in Loami. During the Black Hawk War, he served as a private in Jonathan R. Saunders's company of the 2nd Regiment of Mounted Volunteers. In 1838, Kinney married Melissa S. Pond, a union that produced five children. After his marriage, Kinney and his family moved to Greene County, Illinois and, after a brief sojourn in that county, moved to Morgan County, settling in Concord, where he lived the remainder of this life. In 1850, he was farming and owned $800 in real estate. By 1860, he owned $4,600 in real estate and possessed a personal estate of $710.

Gravestone, Concord Cemetery, Concord, IL; Ellen M. Whitney, comp., The Black Hawk War, 1831-1832: Illinois Volunteers, vol. 35 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1970), 1:90; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Sangamon County, 14 October 1838, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 432; Joseph A. Wallace, Past and Present of the City of Springfield and Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1904), 900; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Morgan County, IL, 273; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Jacksonville, Morgan County, IL, 95.