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Kenneth Kinman

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Kenneth E. Kinman
Born 1950s.
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Kenneth Eldon Kinman was born in 1951, St. Rose Hospital, Great Bend, Barton County, Kansas, and raised in nearby Hoisington, Kansas.

My parents drove from Hoisington to Great Bend at 2:00 A.M. during a blizzard, and I was born at 7:40 A.M. (birth weight 8 lbs. 5 oz.). During my first 6 months, we lived at 464 West 1st in Hoisington, but about August 1951, my father bought our residence at 665 West 3rd. My Aunt Gloria LaOrange moved in with us, so she was one of my first baby-sitters.

I attended Roosevelt Elementary School, and then Hoisington Jr. and Sr. High Schools. Only hospital stay was in the summer of 1966 (Hoisington Lutheran Hospital) for pneumonitis. Dismissed from that hospital on 03 July 1966 (source: 05 July 1966 issue of Great Bend Tribune, page 2). Graduated from Hoisington High School in May 1969 and was "Outstanding Senior Boy" of the class of 1969.

Attended the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, and first lived for three years at Grace Pearson Scholarship Hall (served as Secretary during my Sophomore year and Treasurer my Junior year). I was elected to membership in the K.U. Owl Society, and also elected President of the K.U. Chemistry Club. Classes were disrupted in May 1970 by a big fire in the Student Union, protests, bombing of the Computer Center, and the Governor sending in the National Guard. In the summer of 1971, I drove to the Black Hills and Badlands (South Dakota), Glacier National Park (Montana), and Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming). Stopped by Gillette, Wyoming, on my way back to visit with Uncle Jimmy LaOrange and Aunt Kay.

I graduated in March 1974 with a B.A. in Chemistry. Worked as both a chemist and biologist (mostly the latter). Worked at various jobs, including work for E. Raymond Hall on 2nd Edition of Mammals of North America. I started a species checklist of Mammals of World in 1975, eventually expanded it to a catalogue of all species and subspecies of mammals of the world. Moved back to Hoisington in the summer of 1977. Poisoned by chlordane fumes from termite pest control in May 1978 and developed severe anxiety and OCD. Returned to Lawrence later in 1978 (worked again for E. Raymond Hall), but due to horrible neighboring tenants, I moved back to Hoisington in April 1979.

Back to Lawrence in September 1979 to Co-author a reference book, Mammal Species of the World (First Edition; published in 1982). Also co-authored scientific papers on Kansas spiders after many years of collecting. But most of my time has largely been devoted to doing genealogical research (since 1979), including three trips to Salt Lake City (1982, 1985, and 1986). Enjoyed babysitting nephews and nieces in Hoisington during the 1980's. The 1985 trip to Salt Lake City lasted from late February to late May. Life in Hoisington became a struggle, so I moved to Hays, Kansas, in September 1989. Still here in Hays.

Origin of the surname KINMAN: either an occupational name for a cowherd, from the Middle English kineman (cattle man), or from a Middle English survival of the Old English personal name Cynemann (royal man; the king's man).


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  • Maternal relationship is confirmed through mt-chromosome DNA testing. Kenneth Kinman was a perfect match (Genetic Distance = 0) with Mrs. Kay Diane Strohen. She does not appear on Wikitree, but we have a common ancestor in the all female mitochondrial line (also confirmed by conventional genealogical sources).

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Hi Kenneth,

I enjoyed reading your biography. I clicked through to your page to thank you for your help on my family tree and realized you also hail from Kansas. I assumed you were somewhere else in the lower 48. My new son-in-law, last name Newkirk, is from Great Bend, so that also intrigued me. The main reason for the note is to thank you for your additions to the Martin tree. How fun to wake up and log on and see there is more information that was added without my lifting a finger! At any rate, the world is depressing me at the moment, so anything that brings a grin to my face is worthy of a call-out of gratitude! ~from a Wiki newbie 🤓

posted by Melanie Martin
Enjoyed speaking to you. My connection to Silas Morey is his daughter Jerusha Morey Miller, her husband was Moses Miller, she is mentioned briefly in her mothers widow pension application...
posted by Larry Kirklen
Hello. I’m assuming that you are related to my dad, Jerry kinman?
Hi Sherri, My relationship to Joe Biden is through my mother's ancestors, so that relationship wouldn't apply to you. Sorry. I am related to your father Jerry Kinman, but it is very distant (maybe 6th cousins). Thank you for adding me to the Trusted List for members of that family. I have just now been adding information to their wikitree profiles.
posted by Kenneth Kinman
edited by Kenneth Kinman
Thanks so much for all the work on Joe Biden's family, are you related?
Yes, I am very happy to say that I am a distant cousin of "President-Elect" Joe Biden. I am related through his paternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Robinette) Biden. Our common ancestor is Nathan Robinett whose wikitree profile is:
posted by Kenneth Kinman
Oh. I wonder if that’s the same for me since you said paternal. My maiden name is kinman
I found Joseph Biden's ancestor, Susan (Bomberger) Liddell, in the 1860 Census. So I was able to identify her parents, and yesterday I created Wikitree profiles for her parents. Would you like the US Presidents Project to be added to Trusted List and as a Manager? Her father seems to be more interesting than the average shoe maker. Father:

posted by Kenneth Kinman
Hi Kenneth, Thanks so much! And yes, if you could add the US Presidents project as the profile manager, that would be GREAT!
posted by Robin Lee
Hey Kenneth; I'm not sure if I mentioned this to you before, but years ago I had a letter from one of Sylvester Davis' descendants that had a cryptic note "Grandpa Davis had an uncle named Sig Fliggle". It meant nothing to me at the time, so I just kind of filed it away. This would appear to make Sylvester Davis his nephew, and gives some confirmation that Mary Ann Flegal really is Sylvester Davis' mother.
posted by Mel Green
Thanks Kenneth on the update on David Butler. I was going to get in touch with you. I have a copy of Albert and Sarah’s divorce decree showing Custody of the children.
posted by Dave Butler
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posted by Monica Edmunds
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Hi Kenneth,

I received a notification that you and I had both recently worked on Gilson's. I'm pretty new to Wikitree. I see that your tree is quite large and I was wondering what the best way would be to examine the Gilson's you have and see if I am connected. Thanks.

Charlie Gilson

posted by C Gilson
Hi Kenneth,

You are invited to improve the profile of William Paxson and I'd like to encourage you to join the William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers Project if you are inclined.

best regards,

SJ - Penn Project Leader

posted by SJ Baty
It's fixed now, so someone repaired it, before I could get to it.
posted by [Living Snyder]
Re Elizabeth Burton Shotwell. I was researching Kingsland. I found a source saying she married his son John in Barbados. Im looking for another source. Possibly a forced marriage since she was an orphan, resulting in the lawsuit on her profile. I put it in the Notes section.
posted by Ellen Gustafson
Hi Dennis,

I do not have any primary evidence that Joseph Kinney was Harriet's father. I have therefore marked him as "uncertain" as her father. I will search for a primary source which connects them.

posted by Kenneth Kinman
Hi Ken. I have not seen any evidence that Joseph Kinney III had a daughter Harriet.
posted by Dennis Jesse
Hi Kenneth,

Re Hannah Edgecombe (Edgecombe-70).

Thanks for pointing out Hannah's baptismal record! I appreciate it. I have added in the information you shared.

I also appreciate your delicacy in not revising the profile yourself, but if you come across anything else, please feel free to edit if you wish.

I'm happy to be part of a team and consider myself a custodian of the profiles under my care.

posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Thanks for the information. Anne Bromwich is now shown as daughter of Richard Bromwich.
posted by Kenneth Kinman
Hi Kenneth? Would you have a look at Anne Bromwich, please? I've been working at resolving the source problems for her husband and now believe that Anne has the wrong parents. I've added comments to the sources and a research note with source, and would like to change her parents in line with the sources I have found. What do you think?
posted by C. Mackinnon
Hi Kenneth!

Thank you for your time and energy in creating over 1000 contributions to WikiTree for the month of July 2019. Your efforts are appreciated!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello, Kenneth!

Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard ~ WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Re John & Eunice Jewell profiles: You're welcome Kenneth. I'm afraid I'm not fast enough anymore to participate in such projects as the challenges but I can develop profiles with primary evidence. It's how I try to stay useful and sane :-)