Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fearless Females - March 2 - Mary KINNICK

Fearless Females - March 2 

Once again, in honor of National Women’s History Month (, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog ( presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month. 
March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?

This is the oldest photo in our family, to the best of my knowledge - my 4th great-grandmother, Mary KINNICK - taken only a few years after cameras were invented, it seems. She had married 4th great-grandfather John KINNICK in 1790, in Maryland, while George Washington was U.S. President.

Although my 5th great-grandfather, U.S. Revolutionary War Sergeant Major William KINNICK, died in 1786, it is likely she knew him, or was at least acquainted with him. [I am currently working on a book of his life story].

John and Mary KINNICK still lived in Charles County, Maryland, with their children, including my 3rd great-grandfather, Walter, born in 1809, when the British army marched into and burned much of Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812, just a few miles away. What must that have been like?

I believe this photo was taken in 1844 just before Walter and his young family, with other neighbors, left eastern Ohio, Belmont County, to float down the Ohio River, then up the Mississippi to their new home in rural Bureau County, Illinois. This photo, along with the one of Susan, yesterday, was carried down in the family of Catherine KINNICK FLETCHER (daughter of Walter). The Fletcher family one of the other families on the boat! Mary stayed in Ohio, with her daughter, Mary (who married James Triplett), and died there a year or two later.

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. I got chills reading this one. It's amazing to be able to look back and learn about these people.

    If only we could figure out when / from where we came across the Atlantic... LOL

  2. I'm really enjoying working on the book about Wm Kinnick - as a part of the history of the time.

    There is so much to do yet, 'this side of the Atlantic' that it appears I'll leave that issue to the next generation. You and my Arrion seem to be the most likely to follow on the work. She'll be in Europe, again, in a few weeks. One of these years, she'll get to checking this one out, as well, I'm confident! ;-)

  3. I hope I can make it Europe sometime soon. :)

  4. Bill,
    Great picture and interesting commentary. Thanks.

  5. Absolutely great story. Wishing we all had such great photos!

  6. Thank you, Kathleen. It is a really blessing to have the photos, and be able to share the stories!