Thomas KINSMAN Martha KINSMAN Mary Louisa KINSMAN Sarah Ellen KINSMAN Thomas John KINSMAN William Lawrence KINSMAN George Washington KINSMAN Silas Henry KINSMAN Charles Edward KINSMAN Gertrude Florence KINSMAN Minnie Florette KINSMAN Frank KINSMAN Fred KINSMAN Harriet COTTON Mary Ann KINSMAN Sarah Ann KINSMAN Phillipa KINSMAN John KINSMAN Phillip KINSMAN Grace BARRETT Mini tree diagram
1827 Thomas Barrett Kinsman 1884c photo

1827 Thomas Barrett Kinsman 1884c photo

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Thomas Barrett KINSMAN

10th Jul 18271,2,3,4 - 25th Jun 18968,9


Life History

10th Jul 1827

Born in Kilkhampton, Cornwall.1,2,3,4

8th Aug 1827

Baptised in Morwenstow, Cornwall (Woodford).1

Thomas Kinsman s/o Thomas and Grace (d/o John and Mary Barrett), labourer of Kilkhampton, born 10 Jul 1827, baptised at Woodford meeting house Morwenstow
Kilkhampton Bible Christian Circuit


Immigrated to Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.5

24th Aug 1850

Married Harriet COTTON in Clarke, Durham, Ontario.8,38

Ceremony held in Clarke, by licence, witnesses John Cotton & Ann Robins

2nd Aug 1851

Birth of daughter Mary Louisa KINSMAN in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.2

15th Aug 1853

Birth of daughter Sarah Ellen KINSMAN in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.2,3,11,12

10th Sep 1855

Birth of son Thomas John KINSMAN in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.2,3,4,13,14

18th Nov 1857

Birth of son William Lawrence KINSMAN in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.2,3,15,16,17,18,19,20

13th Sep 1860

Birth of son George Washington KINSMAN in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.2,3,4,21,22,23,24

14th Jan 1861

Occupation Blacksmith in Hope, Ontario, Canada.2

14th Jan 1861

Recorded in census in Hope, Ontario, Canada.2

18th Apr 1863

Birth of son Silas Henry KINSMAN in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.3,4,25,26,27,28

18th Nov 1865

Immigrated to Loda, Iroquois, Illinois.6

23rd Dec 1865

Birth of son Charles Edward KINSMAN in Loda, Iroquois, Illinois.3,4,29,30,31,32,33

3rd Nov 1866

Death of daughter Mary Louisa KINSMAN in Loda, Iroquois, Illinois.10

23rd Dec 1867

Birth of daughter Gertrude Florence KINSMAN in Loda, Iroquois, Illinois.3,4,34

18th Aug 1870

Occupation Blacksmith in Loda, Iroquois, Illinois.3

Value of Real estate $2500, personal estate $500

18th Aug 1870

Recorded in census in Loda, Iroquois, Illinois.3

21st Feb 1871

Birth of daughter Minnie Florette KINSMAN in Loda, Iroquois, Illinois.4,35,36

about 1875

Birth of son Frank KINSMAN in Loda, Iroquois, Illinois

3rd Mar 1876

Birth of son Fred KINSMAN in Loda, Iroquois, Illinois.6

21st Oct 1878

Naturalized in Ford County, Illinois, USA.7

From Great Britain

Jul 1879

Death of son Fred KINSMAN in Loda, Iroquois, Illinois.37

before 1880

Death of son Frank KINSMAN

21st Jun 1880

Occupation Blacksmith in Loda, Iroquois, Illinois.4

21st Jun 1880

Recorded in census in Loda, Iroquois, Illinois.4

25th Jun 1896

Died in Loda, Iroquois, Illinois.8,9

Bn Cornwall, Eng. 24 Jun 1827; em 1832; m Harriett Cotton 1850; to Loda 1865. Br/o Mrs. Thos. White, Elizabethville.


  • From the Loda Register, Loda, Illinois, July 3, 1896


    Thomas B. Kinsman was born in Cornwall, England, June 24, 1827, and died in Loda, June 25, 1896.

    One cannot look into the face of his father without guessing whence his strength and endurance came, while to have heard him speak of his mother - she who was Christ to him before he knew His name - revealed the secret spring of that quiet, pervasive gentleness of spirit and deep-toned piety that rang through his life. His parents moved to Port Hope, Canada in 1832, where soon his mother died but not too soon to have impressed upon the boy a sincere piety, and such-a deep love for the Sabbath and true honesty as made the mother an abiding presence and inspiration. At the age of twenty-one he became a Christian and united with the Bible Christian Church.

    He married Miss Harriet Cotton, August 24, 1850. They had lived nearby in England without having found that great chord of love that their fathers, by being in the same choir, helped them to strike in the new country. During the fifteen years of married life in Canada were born Louisa, Sarah, Tom, William L., George, and Silas came about their table to brighten it and grace their lives. November 18, 1865, was the day they entered our village and about a year after they built the home where we have known him. Here Charles, Gertrude, Minnie, Fred and Frank were born, and where his children have married and gone forth to come again with their children, and, most of all, that loving service that gladdened the heart of the patriarch during the last painful years.

    He came to our village a foreigner and a stranger. I think it is difficult for some of us to understand just what that means. But he has permeated so thoroughly the religious and common life of our community, he has been so long associated with its various lines of work that many were inclined to take his life as a matter of course.

    The first few years they worshipped with the Congregational Church, living in hopes of a church of their own order. During this time sorrow first entered their home and a simple tablet marks the fact that Louisa went out of this Sabbath School into the shining courts. In 1869 or 1870, they united with the Methodist Church of this place and he has since been a faithful member and valued office-bearer in that communion. The appreciative words of his pastor at the funeral services in the church on Sabbath received a cordial amen from the hearts of the large circle of his fellow members, as well as the friends and neighbors gathered to honor his memory.

    He entered Abram Jonas Lodge in this place October 20, 1874; was passed to the Fellow Craft, December 15th, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason February 2, 1894. He was Tyler one year, Steward one year, Junior Deacon six years, and was honored with the Chaplaincy three years. In his travels he also passed through the Royal Arch. He was faithful and earnest in all his duties and thoroughly appreciated the privilege of fellowship with his brethren.

    When the illness that finally became fatal overtook him, he was always interested in the work on hand, and his hope never failed that those who entered the Lodge might perceive the spiritual meaning and wonderful practical teachings of the solemn ceremonies. The opinion is unanimous that he exemplified the work practically and beautifully in his life. Masonry was precious to him and he unconsciously made it delightful and attractive to others. The large gathering of his brothers at the Masonic service at the grave spoke not simply of the obligations of the order but was a tribute to one who was always sympathetic with others and ready to respond toe these solemn calls for service. Almost the last time he was out he gladly went to give the grand honors at a similar service for Brother Closson.

    Father Kinsman was great in his simplicity and to his integrity of character. That word "simplicity" means of a single thickness, the same all the way through without veneer. Ah, here was a man whose words were pure, whose faith and whose life gave plain proof that he was honest. It has frequently been said of him; "He never wronged anyone! His children rise up and call him blessed in this. He was a good father, they never saw him angry, they never heard an impure word or anything like an oath from his lips. One who worked with him for years said that in all the emergencies of the blacksmith shop, by-words or oaths found no place in his speech.

    There lingers too, this memory that he began his married life with prayer. He sought the Lord at the table and the family altar. He did not allow rush of work or the presence of company to intrude upon the precious companionship with Jesus in his home. He believed in the home as a place of religious training and practical piety. The Sabbath was kept sacred and all possible work was done on Saturday, that the children might have about them the constant influence of piety. His home was his castle where he welcomed his children and nothing was too good for the home folks, nothing was reserved for others. The daughters that came with his sons found in him a true father and he thought of and treated them with the tenderest consideration.

    As a father he was wise in early passing out of that disposition to compel obedience into one of friendly suggestions and example. A man, who as a young man had come under the influence writes--"His honesty and goodness and his simply loving faith in the hereafter, was indeed a grand example for all young men and made him loved by all who came in contact with him". Another said - "He made me feel that he had a kindly oversight of us young men." He was a wonderful patient man in his living, and in all his sickness no complaint passed his lips. He was very considerate of others. He spoke the truth in love but took especial pains never to speak unkindly pf anyone. He showed the Christly quality by choosing to be with good people, and, the large number of ministers at his funeral was not accidental, nor a simple testimony to the fact that his home was a prophet?s chamber, but it was an indication that his friendships, those he loved the most, were among good people. He was a good. friend. The last time I called upon him, on Wednesday afternoon, when, as I had done before, I tried to tell him of the personal help he had been to me and his large service to the community, he looked up at me with a smile and said - "How good it is to be a Christian."

    And after all, is not this the best gift of God has sent us, the power of loving and of awakening love in return? And, when one has not this gift how poor and valueless the life is, no matter how rich or accomplished the man is or how excellent his gifts.

    The family mourns the father and friend. The Church will miss the devoted member, and, the Lodge will share their loss and we all will miss him in the community. He is not dead. Don?t you hear his call? He ought to live in a hundred lives and be a benediction to you and me."


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