Tuesday, June 3, 2014

52 Ancestors: #23 William Kinnick

 52 Ancestors: #23 William Kinnick

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

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

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 nine weeks… to the first George Washington Kinnick…  now, to the first child, a son, born in after John and Mary migrated from Maryland to North Carolina. This time, adding him family to the WikiTree entries.

He 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.

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

Kinnick Early US Family History


print book:

William Kinnick was born in North Carolina in March 1793, after his parents (John and Ann) moved to North Carolina in 1792. He was their eighth child and and fourth son.

He married Sarah Clark Ross (Mrs. Richard Ross) in May of 1829 in Indiana. “William walked from N. Carolina to Indiana in 1825 with his nephew Jabez Graham Kinnick. 1854 moved to Dallas County, Iowa.” Quote from 1953 Kinnick Family Genealogy Book. [Mrs. Ross had a son, Robert, and a daughter, Nancy, by her first marriage.]

They had 12 children together (each born in Indiana):

1. Sarah Ann (Sally) Kinnick (1830-1907) married John Smith Barngrover in Apr 1848.
2. infant son Kinnick (Mar 1831-Mar 1831)
3. infant son Kinnick (Mar 1832-Mar 1832)
4. infant daughter Kinnick (Jan 1833-Jan 1833)
5. Mary J. Kinnick (1834-1851)
6. Rebecca Kinnick (Mar 1836-Sep 1837)
7. Catherine (Kate) Kinnick (1837-1897) married James Comly Michener in Oct 1870, in Adel, Dallas County, Iowa
8. William Alexander Kinnick (1839-1845)
9. John Thomas Kinnick (1841-1924) married first Jennie E. (Edith) Weeks and second Annis Graham. There four children from each marriage. I have done fairly extensive research on this family and collaborated with family descendants.
10. Susan Elizabeth Kinnick (1843-1924) married Charles Wesley Curtis in Sep 1866. I have done fairly extensive research on this family and collaborated with family descendants.
11. Richard Ross Kinnick (1846-1916) married Rachel Adams in Nov 1865 in Adel, Dallas Co, Iowa. I have done fairly extensive research on this family and collaborated with family descendants.
12. William Butler (W.B.) Kinnick (1849-1934) married Mary Jane (Jennie) Stump in Mar 1875, Dallas Co, Iowa. I have done fairly extensive research on this family and collaborated with family descendants.
This is the grandfather of Nile Kinnick - Heisman Trophy winning football player at the University of Iowa.

As shared last week, the descendants of this extended family have also 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! ;-)


  1. Did you all abandon the One name study?

    1. Fran, I continue to be involved in all KINNICK research and discussions. What is your particular interest that caused you to post this? Always happy to discuss!! Bill ;-)

  2. Wikispaces was deleted from Internet free sites. We are still active here: https://thekinnickproject.blogspot.com/

    1. I am updating the FamilySearch Wiki pages that are way points for Family Organizations. So I was checking to see whether to use this link or not because the wiki one was gone. Thanks for quickly responding. Should I use this?

  3. Yes, it would be fine to use thekinnickproject link. Thanks for asking. ;-)