Biography of William W. Kinney
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This gentleman's parents were married in 1821. His father, Buell Kinney, was a native of Connecticut, and his mother of New York. Buell Kinney, a clothier by occupation, worked at his trade in New York until 1837, when he removed with his family to Monroe Co., Mich., where he had purchased a farm. William W. Kinney was born in Cayuga Co., N. Y., Aug. 1, 1823, and remained with his parents until 1848. On the 22d of February in that year he was married to Miss Amauda Clark, who was one of a family of five daughters. Her father was born in Connecticut and her mother in Massachusetts. Mr. and Mrs. Kinney became the parents of nine children, of whom seven arc living. After marriage they settled on a farm in La Salle, Monroe Co., Mich., where they remained until 1855. In that year Mr. Kinney purchased the farm he now occupies (sixty acres) in Bangor township, Van Buren Co. At that time it was unimproved, but the result of Mr. Kinney's labors upon it for twenty five years will become apparent when the reader glances at the accompanying view. Mr. Kinney's mother died in Monroe County in 1853, and his father in Eaton County, where he was living with a daughter, in 1868. Mrs. Kinney's father died in Monroe County in 1850, and her mother in Bangor in 1872. Mr. Kinney is in politics a Republican, and in religion liberal. Although his own advantages in an educational line were not the best, he takes great interest in all affairs relating to schools, and has ever been among the foremost to improve the tone and character of the various institutions of learning in his locality. He has held a school office for seventeen years, and is a staunch supporter of the cause of education.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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