Simon KINSMAN Mary Ann KINSMAN John KINSMAN Simon KINSMAN Joel KINSMAN Mary Anne KINSMAN Mary Jane KINSMAN Simon John KINSMAN Lila KINSMAN Loveday JEWELL Thomas KINSMAN Mary GILL Mini tree diagram


18261,2,3 - 7th Apr 1879


Life History


Born in St Agnes, Cornwall (Wheal Rose).1,2,3

18th May 1826

Baptised in Gwennap, Cornwall.4

s/o Simon and Mary, miner of Wheal Rose

6th Jun 1841

Occupation Copper miner in St Agnes, Cornwall.1

6th Jun 1841

Recorded in census in St Agnes, Cornwall.1

29th Mar 1851

Married Loveday JEWELL in Kenwyn, Cornwall

Joel KINSMAN was 26 years old, a bachelor and a Miner, living in Chacewater, s/o Simon, a Miner. Loveday JEWELL was 23, a spinster of Chacewater, d/o Richard, a Miner.

The witnesses were Thomas Williams and Elizabeth Kinsman.

30th Mar 1851

Occupation Copper miner in Redruth, Cornwall.2

30th Mar 1851

Recorded in census in Redruth, Cornwall (North Downs, Old Counting House).2


Birth of daughter Mary Jane KINSMAN in Redruth, Cornwall.6,3,7

30th Oct 1867

Birth of son Simon John KINSMAN in Nevada Co., California, USA.8


Birth of daughter Lila KINSMAN in Nevada Co., California, USA.8,3

17th Jun 1870

Occupation Miner in Nevada Co., California, USA (Grass Valley).3

17th Jun 1870

Recorded in census in Nevada Co., California, USA (Grass Valley).3

25th Aug 1873

Naturalized in Nevada Co., California, USA.5


Resident in Nevada Co., California, USA (Grass Valley).5

Aged 43, born in England


Resident in Nevada Co., California, USA (Grass Valley).5

Aged 43, born in England


Resident in Nevada Co., California, USA (Grass Valley).5

Aged 43, born in England


Resident in Nevada Co., California, USA (Grass Valley).5

Aged 53, born in England
Naturalised 25 Aug 1873, Nevada County

7th Apr 1879

Died in Nevada Co., California, USA (Grass Valley)


  • Joel Kinsman was baptized 18th May 1826 in Redruth, Cornwall, England, the second child of that name to be born to Simon Kinsman and Mary Gill.

    Biographical notes by Bob Kinsman, G1 grandson of Joel and Loveday:

    Very little is known about Joel's early life except that he was working in the tin mines of Cornwall at the age of 9 years and was apparently functionally illiterate as he signed everything ''with his Mark''. His older sister, Mary Jane, apparently had some schooling, but Joel began his life's work early on, and was evidently more than adequate as he remained employed during the rough economic times of the 1840s and 1850s.

    In 1850, Joel married Loveday Jewell, who was born in Penzance. They were married in St. Agnes Church. Their first child, Mary Ann, was born in 1854. It was shortly after this that Joel started "following the work? traveling away from home to find enough work to support his young family.

    In 1859, at the urging of his brother- in-law, Joseph Jewell, he and Joe left their families and sought passage to the United States.

    Family tradition has it that they made the long, perilous trip ''around the horn'' and up to San Francisco, however, records show that Joel left England in April of 1859 and by mid-June was residing in Sacramento, California where he lived for about a month before traveling eastward into the Sierra Foothills to the mining town of Grass Valley. I have not been able to find sailing records to substantiate my beliefs, but it is my theory that, like many Cornishmen bound for the west coast of America, he and Joe sailed to the country of Panama, traversed the 48 miles of land near the site of what is now the Panama Canal and hailed a northbound vessel headed for San Francisco. In any event, by August of 1859, Joel was living in Grass Valley and had gained employment as a miner for one of the area's largest gold mines, the Idaho-Maryland.

    By 1864, Joel was fairly prosperous and had been promoted to foreman and sent for his wife and daughter in Cornwall. They left Plymouth in the spring of 1865, shortly before Lee's surrender at Appomattox, and arrived in the Fall of that year.

    Joel and Loveday bought a home on Mill Street in Grass Valley right across the street from the stamping mill. On October 30th, 1867, my grandfather, Simon John Kinsman was born and his birth was followed two years later by a second daughter, Lila Kinsman. At the time of Simon's birth, Joel was 41 years of age.

    In 1872, Joel's eldest child, Mary Jane Kinsman was married to William J Ninnis, also from Cornwall. The family was doing well enough to purchase the house next door at 330 Mill Street. This house would eventually become the family home.

    In April of 1879, Joel reported to work as he did every morning, and was working a lateral shaft at the 400 foot level when there occurred a small cave-in. The debris was not enough to block the passage, but one of the largest boulders, weighing several hundred pounds, fell on Joel, giving him a crushing chest injury. Workers got to him quickly and he was taken to the surface and from there to the Grass Valley Hospital. The injuries were extensive and there was very little that could be done for him except to make him as comfortable as possible. Joel lived for 4 days, during which he made his son, Simon, promise that he would never go underground. On April 7th 1879, Joel   Kinsman succumbed to his injuries and was buried in the Odd Fellow City Cemetery in Grass Valley, Nevada County, California.

    The Idaho-Maryland gold mine was one of the largest gold producing mines in the region, the others being the Empire, and Gold Ridge claims. Between the three mines alone, they brought over $154 million in gold to the surface between the production years of 1858 and 1835. What brings this into perspective is that this amount was with gold valued at between $16 and $30 an ounce. With gold valued now at between $500 - $700 an ounce, there has been recent speculation about reopening the ldaho-Maryland claim. Mining engineers estimate that of all the gold that was taken out of the mines during that 77 year period of production, that over 85% of the available gold is still within the veins, waiting to be mined.


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