Tuesday, April 8, 2014

52 Ancestors: #15 George Washington Kinnick and Hannah

52 Ancestors: #15 George Washington KINNICK and Hannah

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 plan to make 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!

After a three week hiatus, I'm starting up again with a slight twist, to fit with other stuff I'm working on… This time, starting with WikiTree entries. A weekly reminder got me off onto this series of three father and son sets of George Washington Kinnicks - a fascinating family - and, the largest single groups of KINNICK surnames in the country (counting their descendants). My mother was a KINNICK, of course.

#15 George Washington Kinnick and Hannah

This George Washington Kinnick was my first cousin, five generations removed. George and Hannah raised ten children who all lived to adulthood and had families of their own - some even larger. A few years ago, I even wrote a book about them:


print book:

George was born in Davie Co, North Carolina, in 1784. He married Hannah Grimes about 1806. Along with many other family members, they moved by covered wagon, in about 1851, to Johnson County, Indiana, where they spent the balance of their lives, as did many of their descendants. Many others, of course, moved on across the country as then sought their own lives. George died in 1865, Hannah in 1860.

Their children were:

1. Johanna (1807-?) Barlow
2. John (1809-1891)
3. Jabez Grahm (1812-1891)
4. Nancy Smarr (1815-1892) Allen
5. Elijah B. (1817-1849)
6. Sarah (1820-1889) Sheek
7. George Washington, Jr. (1825-c. 1885)
8. Dempsey C. (1828-1912)
9. William (1830-1912)
10. Penelope (Nellie) (1833-1923)

The descendants of this family have been fascinating to research and write stories about. And, I've only scratched the surface. The 1953 Kinnick Genealogy Book, that has been the starting point for much of my KINNICK family history research, was primarily focused on this family - which was a major contribution of all we know about the extended family history. 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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