Kinney Family Home Page

Updated: 22 April 2011

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If you have family information, photographs, diaries, etc. of the Kinney and related families, please contact Jim Adams (adamsmckain at for inclusion on this page.

Kinney Family History written by Robert Brown for the 2009 Adams-McKain Family Reunion Newsletter, 01 July 2009. (PDF)With photographs of Luther & Emily (Adams) Kinney, Didymus C. Kinney, Lorania (Kinney) Matthews McDaniels with granddaughters Opal & Oriel Matthews.

Photograph of Finley & Anna M. (Wilson) Matthews and their son, Leon. Finley W. Matthews was the son of Lyman M. & Lovina (Kinney) Matthews. (Photo courtesy of Robert Brown)

Photography of "Kalamazoo County Pioneer Society" taken in Schoolcraft, MI. 1905.

Kinney Family Tree ( by Carol Kinney (You can get a "free" 14 day trial period or sign up for a monthly subscription) Link will take you to Lorainia Gates (Kinney) & Horace Hale Adams

Kinney Family Tree ( by Shawna Burton (You can get a "free" 14 day trial period or sign up for a monthly subscription) Link will take you to Lorainia Gates (Kinney) & Horace Hale Adams

Brushwyler & Kinney Families (

Shannon-Scott Family (with Kinney connection) at

Kinney Descendancy Chart

Didymus (b. 1743) & Eva Kinney had 8 children: (all born in New York)
1. Didymus (1773 - 1814) and Phebe (Hartwell) Kinney had a son, Niles Hartwell Kinney. Didymus & Phebe settled in Prairie Ronde Twp., Kalamazoo Co., MI, USA.
2. Priscilla (1775 - 1866)
3. Solomon (1777 - 1839)
4. Joseph (1779 - 1843) moved to Hancock Co., IL, USA
5. Stephen (1784 - 1847) settled in Porter Twp., Cass Co., MI, USA.
6. Elijah J. Kinney (05 Nov 1785 or 1787 - 17 June 1864) ) who married Lucretia Colvin (b. 1786 or 1788 in VT, d. 23 Dec 1852) in NY about 1806. She was the daughter of George & Mary Colvin. Elijah & Lucretia Kinney acquired a large farm in what is now Sandusky, OH. They had 11 children (5 sons and 6 daughters): After Lucretia died, Elijah married (2) Mary Millikin Bebee. Both Elijah & Lucretia are buried in Kern Cemetery.
7. Manoah (1787 - 1816)
8. Ruben (1790 - 1830)

1. Niles Hartwell Kinney (b. between 1798-1800 in NY - 1856) married Sarah "Sally" M. Spears (b. 1802 in Milan, Erie, OH - 15 May 1848). They had 8 children: Didymus C. (b. 1823), William (b. 1831 in Huron, OH), Niles H. (b. 1840 in Huron, OH), Nathan S. (b. 1844 in Huron, OH), Phebe (b. 1833), Jane (b. 1838)

2. Luther Kinney (b. 29 June 1807 in Erie Co., NY, d. 02 Feb 1882 in Lawton, MI). He married Emily W. Adams (b. 01 Nov 1809, d. 31 Dec 1888) daughter of Bildad and Mary Adams and sister of Horace Hale Adams. "In the fall of 1835, Luther Kinney and his father, accompanied by their families, migrated to Michigan and settled in Porter Twp., Van Buren County, where Mr. Kinney [Sr.] purchased 160 acres of government land on section 24, to which he afterwards added forty more, and improved 140 acres of the whole." In 1864 he moved to Minn.; in 1868 he returned to Mich.; and settled in Benton Twp., Berrien Co., MI

3. Lorania Gates Kinney (b. about 1808) married Horace Hale Adams (21 May 1805-12 April 1847) in Milan, OH.

4. Stephen Kinney

5. Uri Lawrence Kinney

6. Joseph (1826-1876)

7. Sarah married Samuel Corey

8. Phoebe Lucina married Nelson Corey on 12 May 1842

Photo of "Uncle Hart Kinney and girl". The back reads: "Uncle Hart Kinney & girl" and "Betty Marsden Kinney" and "The MacArthur Co., Kodak Finishing, Okla. City, Okla." and (Thanks to Marge Wasserman for sharing this photo.)

Horace H. Kinney

Source: "Portrait & Biographical Record of Kalamazoo, Allegan, and Van Buren Counties, Michigan. (Chapman Bros., 1892) See biography of Nathan S. Kinney (b. 1844) and Didymus C. Kinney (b. 1823) in this same volume. Portrait of Didymus C. Kinney, brother of Nathan S. Kinney and brother-in-law of Mary (McKain) Kinney. (Thanks to Marge Wasserman for sharing this portrait)

Horace H. Kinney, a resident farmer on section 8, Prairie Ronde Township, Kalamazoo County, is the son of Uriah Kinney, a native of New York. The mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Eunice Colvin, and was born in Ohio. She and her husband emigrated from Sandusky County, Ohio, to Van Buren County, this State, and settled in Porter Township in 1836, when this State was yet a Territory. They settled on land, where they remained until their deaths, in 1851 and 1879, respectively.

There were born to the parents of our subject six children, of whom he is the fifth in order of birth. He was born January 3, 1837, in Porter Township, Van Buren County, where he was reared to a man's estate. Mr. Kinney was married, May 14, 1857, to Miss Susan Abbott, a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Auxtable) Abbott, and a sister of W. H. Abbott, of whom more is spoken in the sketch of his parents. Mrs. Kinney was born in England, June 14, 1839.

Our subject and his worthy wife settled in Porter Township, and there remained until February, of 1866, when they settled where they now live in Prairie Ronde Township. Farming has been Mr. Kinney's chief aim in life, and he is now the owner of one hundred and forty acres of splendidly tilled land, on which he has erected a nice set of farm buildings. This couple are the parents of two children: Lilla G. and Lena J. Mr. Kinney has held the office Highway Commissioner of his township and also a number of the school offices. In his political views, he affiliates with the Republican party, in which he has been quite active. He is quite liberal in his religious views. Socially, Mr. Kinney is one of the leading members of the Masonic fraternity at Schoolcraft, and also belongs to the Knights of the Maccabees. He is an energetic and thrifty farmer and a public-spirited and whole-souled man, well liked by all with whom he comes in contact.

Kinney Family tree at Sunny's Family Tree Maker Site

Caroline Webb Kinney obituary at Sunny's site

Nathan & Mary McKain Kinney Anniversary at Sunny's site

Nathan S. Kinney (b. 09 March 1844, d. 1927) married Mary McKain (b. 12 Nov 1847, d. 27 Nov 1929) on 04 Feb 1869 in Three Rivers, MI. They had: (Not in any particular order. Please contact Jim Adams at adamsmckain at if you information on the Kinney family.) Nathan Kinney, veteran, enl. Dec. 26, 1863; must. out Feb. 15, 1866. Twelfth Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company H. (Source: History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan by Samuel W. Durant, compiler. Pages 195-196)

1. D.C. Kinney

2. Thomas Hartwell Kinney

3. Hal Kinney

4. Ethel Kinney married Ray Mitchell

Portrait of Lucinda Lorania (Kinney) Hill, wife of William Austin Hill (24 April 1811 - 16 Oct 1864). She was the daughter of Stephen & Hannah (Wright) Kinney. She was born 17 July 1818 in Huron County, OH and died 05 Aug 1902 in Galena, Jo Daviess Co., IL. Lucinda & William were married 25 Nov 1835 in Norwalk, Huron, OH.

Obituary from the 21 Dec 1922 Marcellus News

Anna Wilson Matthews was born in Prairie Ronde Township October 20, 1867 to George D. and Harriet Wilson and passed away at her home in Porter Township, Van Buren County, December 14, 1922. She married Finley W. Matthews October 3, 1888 who survives with one son Leon L. Matthews and her aged mother. (NOTE: Finley W. Matthews was the son of Lovina (Kinney) and Lyman M. Matthews.)

Rachel E. Judson Obituary (1904) Possibly Marcellus News
Obituary courtesy of Robert D. Brown

Rachel E. Judson was born in Hiram, Portage county, Ohio, September 12, 1821, and died March 8, 1904; aged 82 years, 5 months and 26 days.

She came to Michigan in 1839 and lived with the family of Horace Adams until her marriage with Orren G. Kinney June 26, 1842. To this union were born four children, two of whom with on grand daughter, still survives her; two of them, with one grand daughter, having gone before. Her husband died April 25, 1882.

She became blind as a result of brain fever in 1875. In blindness and feebleness of age she was faithfully cared for and her wants supplied by a faithful son and daughter, with her husband, who steadied her tottering steps in approaching the silent tomb, her spirit upheld by Him who said, "I will never leave nor forsake thee." Though earth was dark, light shone on the path, she having often spoken of going to the home beyond, having a desire to depart and be with Christ.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. J. Darling of Gobleville at her late home. Text, Ecclesiastes, 7th chapter and 1st verse.

(NOTE: Orren Gates Kinney was born between 1814-1815 in New York and died 25 April 1882 in Porter Twp, Van Buren Co, MI. He was the son of Stephen and Lucinda Colvin Kinney)

Kinney family members buried in the Bly Cemetery (Marcellus, Cass, MI, USA):

Beatrice, b. 1913, d. 1913

Caroline, b. 1868, d. 1952

Clayton, b. 1882, d. 1953

E.M. d. 1921, Co H 1st Mich LA

Florence, b. 1876, d. 1953

Hiram A., b. 1844, d. 1918, Mason

Ivan W. b. 1878, d. 1943

J., b. 1921, d. 1921

Mrs. d. 1921

Stella C., b. 1880, d. 1966

Stephen A. b. 1855, d. 1912

Kinney family members buried in Kern Cemetery (Porter, Van Buren, MI, USA):

Joseph (Row 7), died May 1876 aged 49 years, 10 months, 18 days. Stone broken and patched

Kinney ? (Row 7), foundation only, probably goes with Joseph Kinney. GAR marker may belong to Joseph?

Julius (Row 7), died 08 Aug 1855. Aged 2 months, 20 days, "son of Joseph & Eliza Kinney"

Ransom M. (Row 8), died 02 May 1845. Aged 1 year, 7 months, 4 days. "Son of Jacob & Elizabeth Kinney"

Roswell C. (Row 8), died 17 Aug 1849. Aged 1 month, 10 days. "Son of Jacob & Elizabeth Kinney"

Marie E. (Row 8), died 22 May 1852. Aged 7 years, 5 months, 12 days. "Daughter of Jacob C. & Elizabeth Kinney"

Olive E. (Row 8), died 26 Aug 1857. Aged 11 months, 17 days. "Daughter of J.C. & E.M. Kinney"

Stephen (Row 8), died 10 June 1847. Aged 63 years. stone is broken, buried.

Ann E. (Row 8), died 22 Jan 1858. Aged 1 month, 25 days. "Daughter of O.G. & R.E. Kinney"

R.E. (Row 8), died 08 March 1904. Age 82 years, 6 months, "Mother" (Rachel E. Judson Kinney)

Kinney (Surname stone with broken top)

O.G. (Row 8), died 25 April 1882. Age 67 years 2 months, "Father" (Orrin Gates Kinney)

Elijah (Row 9), died 17 June 1864. Age 76 years, 7 months, 12 days "Gone to Rest" carving of finger pointing upward

Lucretia (Row 9), died 23 Dec 1852. Age 16 years, 2 months, 7 days "Wife of Elijah Kinney" carving of willow tree, stone broken and loose. (NOTE: age should be 66 years) Lucretia Colvin Kinney

Hattie (Row 9), died 17 July 1868. Age 20 years "Daughter of S. & E. Kinney "We will not forget thee" carving of finger pointing upward, stone is broken. (Note: daughter of Stephen & Mary Emily (Wood) Kinney.)

Warren G. (Row 12/13) Co. I 13 MI Inf. This marker is in line with Warren G. Kinney stone in Row 12

K (Row 12/13), Lot marker

Lois E. (Row 12/13), 1860-1865

Horace H. (Row 12/13), 1837-1916.

Susan (Row 12/13), 1839-1926. "Wife of Horace H. Kinney" (Susan Abbott Kinney)

Lena J. (Row 12/13), 1882-1940

K (Row 12/13), Lot marker

Eunice (Row 13), died 09 Sep 1879. Age 70 years

Uri (Row 13), died 21 June 1851. Age 51 "Our Parents"

Phebe L. (Row 13), 1840-1918.

Kinney (Row 13) surname stone

Iva S. (Row 20), died 27 April 1884. Age 8 months, 7 days. "Daughter of E.D. & A.B." Stone is loose from foundation

Addie B. (Row 20), 1865-1925 (Note: Addie B. French married to Elmer D. Kinney)

Elmer D. (Row 20), died 26 April 1885. age 23 years, 9 months, 3 days

Iva S. (Row 20), died 27 April 1884, age 8 months, 7 days "Dau of E.D. & A. Kinney"

D. C. (Row 20), 1906-1908. "Baby"

Caroline (Row 20), 1833-1909. "Mother" stone is broken from foundation

"Father" (Row 20)

Didymus C. (Row 20), 11 Oct 1823 - 06 Jan 1898 "At rest" carving of Masonic emblem

Frank W. (Row 20), 1858-1928

Phebie (Row 20), 1861-1943

Elmer D. (Row 20), 19 Jan 1885 - 26 May 1949 (possibly son of Elmer D. and Addie B. French Kinney)

Kinney (Row 21) surname stone

J. Colvin (Row 21) 22 Jan 1816-21 April 1893 (Note Jacob Colvin Kinney)

Elmer R. (Row 21), 1850-1899

There are also a number of related families buried in Kern Cemetery: Adams, Bates, Brown, Castner, Colvin, Corey, Fletcher, French, Gould, Mack, Matthews, Monroe, Wood