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Kinsman Families of Scotland

Kinsman Families


So far, all Kinsmans found who have an origin in Scotland appear to be of a single origin on the North coast of Fife, in the region of Adbie. There are 6 Kinsmans who were living in that area with birth dates around 1635-1645. No baptisms have been found yet as earlier records do not seem to have survived in that area, but it appears logical that they have a single ancestral line, from either a common father or grandfather.

This tree has been assembled using Scottish census data up to 1911, parish records from FamilySearch, and, parish records and GRO entries from Scotlands people, and members trees published at Where data is unreferenced (such as an actual birth or death date which is referenced only by a GRO entry) then the extra information has come from trees published at

If anyone else has a link to this family, I would very much like to hear from them.

This is especially true for anyone wishing to add their DNA profile and compare results with other known Kinsman lines. Contact details for doing this are at Family Tree DNA.

This section contains records on 748 individuals, cross linked to 253 sources. There are 44 links to images.

Key Individuals:

William KINSMAN b~1640, probably in Fife. Married Margaret Reidie and lived in Aberdour on the south coast of Fife.
John KINSMAN b1778 in Dairsie, Fife. John was a hand loom weaver, married to Sarah Wislon. They had ten children, mostly living in Strathkiness, St Andrews.
b1853, Crail, Fife. Married Mary Ritchie and emigrated in 1888 to Iowa, USA.
b1877, St Andrews, Fife. Emigrated to the USA in 1902 and became a professional golfer. Married Elfreda Blom in 1911. Lived in the 1920s in Chicago but later moved to Milwaukee.
b1879, West Calder, Midlothian. Married John Little Irvine and emigrated with him in 1907. Lived in Michigan and later Pennsylvania. She returned to Scotland sometime after 1940.
b1881, West Calder, Midlothian. Married Charles Muir and emigrated with him in the 1920s, but returned to Scotland sometime after 1930.
b1883, West Calder, Midlothian, married Georgina Robb there in 1908. Emigrated with his family to the USA in 1923, settling in Peoria, Illinois.
b1883, Forfar, Angus. Emigrated to Australia in 1922 after the death of his wife.
b1885, Burntisland, Fife. Emigrated to Canada in 1909 and married Elizabeth Hamilton Brown in British Columbia in 1911.
James KINSMAN b1886, Forfar, Angus. Emigrated to Canada in the early 1900s. Married to Annie Samson.

b1887, West Calder, Midlothian. Married James Elder Steele in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1912.
b1889, Espbank, Midlothian. Married Thomas Hardiman. Died in Windsie, Novas Scotia in 1978.
b1895, Forfar, Angus. Emigrated after the First World War and married Annie Doig Bailey in Adelaide in 1924
b1898, Inverarity, Forfar. Emigrated to the USA in 1929 and was living in Boston, Massachusetts in 1930.
b1899, Brechin, Forfar. Married Helen Binnie in 1923 in Dundee and the emigrated to Canada. Lived in Edmonton, Alberta.
b1900. Lived in West Calder, Midlothian. Emigrated with her children to Australia, presumbably after the death of her husband in 1955. Lived in Ballarat.
b1919 in Wishaw, Lanarkshire. Emigrated to Canada sometime after 1955. Died 2003 in Victoria, British Columbia
DNA comments:

A DNA profile existed for this Scottish line of Kinsman, but this has now proved to be a false trail due to a name change, so we are still lacking a definitive Y DNA marker for this line. We do have several linked atDNA donors within the group of Scottish Kinsman descendants. If you are of this line we would very much like you to join our DNA program to further improve on these results and perhaps give us a Y DNA haplotype.

More contributors are always welcome, from any of the Kinsman lines. If you'd like to see the full DNA story, or even better, if you'd like to contribute your own DNA profile and add to the story, then please follow the DNA link on the left.

Section last updated 30 November 2018

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