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Kin(g)(s)man Family Lines

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The map shows the distribution of families of the Kin(g)(s)man name in England, Scotland and Wales at the time of the 1841 census. Our aim within these web pages is to bring together information about these various families in one location and make it freely available to other researchers.

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KINSMAN - very much a name associated originally with Cornwall and Devon. The branches in 1841 in Surrey, London, Yorkshire and Lancashire are known to derive from Cornish families. The Leicestershire branch probably derives from the Kynnesman family of Northamptonshire. There is also a substantial family of Kinsman in Scotland. At least one Kinsman family (in the USA) is genetically related to the Kingsman line.

Family Groups: KINGSMAN - although the 1841 census indicates this to be a London based family group, all of these people are members of one family that has been traced back to Overton, Wiltshire in the early 1500s. There is one family of Kingsman in Australia which originated as Kinsman in Cornwall before they emigrated.

KINGMAN - the earliest of this name was John Kyngeman who died in Wiltshire in 1522. There may be a relationship with the Kingsman family from a nearby village, but this has not yet been proved. The name was also prevalent in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset.  Some of these may descend from John of Wiltshire, but more likely there are plural origins. The Kingman family of Kent is part of the Wiltshire tree, but there are also small trees in Devon and Sussex which do not yet link with any of the other larger trees.

Partial References - UK KINMAN - it would appear that all present day English Kinmans are probably of one family, traceable back to Cow Honeybourne on the Gloucestershire/Worcestershire border in the early 1500s. There is a separate family from Scotland not yet reported here

KYNMAN - a single source family from Belton in Axholme, Lincolnshire. The earlier parish records give the family name as KINMAN, the "I" being substituted with "Y" by the family of Joshua Kynman in the 1730s.

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