Tuesday, May 13, 2014

52 Ancestors: #20 Susannah Kinnick

52 Ancestors: #20 Susannah Kinnick

This year, Amy Johnson Crow has issues a new 52 weeks blogging challenge:

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks
on her No Story Too Small blog.

The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.

My approach: I have made this a Tuesday Theme, and, use it to enhance my WikiTree ancestor profiles. That is, focus on a different ancestor on my WikiTree list of profiles, each week (include possibly adding new profiles), Great idea! Thanks to Randy Seaver's post for bringing this to my attention!

Going back five weeks… to the first George Washington Kinnick…  now, to one of his sisters, born in Maryland. This time, adding her family to the WikiTree entries.

She would also be a first cousin, five generations removed. Also part of this fascinating family - and, another part of the largest single groups of KINNICK surnames in the country (counting their descendants). My mother was a KINNICK, of course.

#20 Susannah Kinnick

This family was included in the first book I published about the Kinnick ancestors:

Kinnick Early US Family History


print book:

Susannah Kinnick was born in Maryland in late November 1786, before her parents (John and Ann) moved to North Carolina in about 1792. She was their fifth child and and second daughter.

She married John Harris, in North Carolina, in 1804. They had 7 children. A number of the most active "Kinnick" researchers of this family that I worked with, over the past 20 years, actually descended from this "Harris" line!

Their children:

1. William Henry Harris (1805-1861) married Mary Elizabeth Groce in 1832
2. Alsa Harris (1811-1868) married Jacob Groce in 1835
3. Nathan Harris (1814-1897) married Nancy Caoline Groce
4. Caswell Harris (1818-1890) married Nancy C. Farnsworth in 1853, in Johnson Co, IN
5. Mary Emmeline Harris (1822-1895) married her first cousin, John Adam (Jack) Kinnick in 1851, in Johnson Co, IN
6. Clarissa Harris (1823-1885) married William G. "Joseph" Grose in 1840, in North Carolina
7. Louisa D. Harris (1828-1900) married Edmun Canon Jones in 1851

Note: 4 of the Harris children married members of the neighboring Groce/Grose family.

As shared last week, the descendants of this extended family have been fascinating to research and write stories about.  There is much more to be done on this family.

The 1953 Kinnick Genealogy Book has been the starting point for much of my KINNICK family history research.

When I compiled, with the aid of nearly 100 other contributors, the 2003 Online KINNICK Genealogy Book, in 2003 (nearly 900 online pages, inter-linked) - the 50th anniversary of the earlier work - we extended the family history to all KINNICK descendants that we could identify. It has become the definitive work on the KINNICK Surname, and is the basis for the One-Name Study currently continuing the work.

What fun! ;-)

Families are Forever! ;-)

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