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The Kynman Family

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This family might just possibly be related to the other Kinman family, but if so there is no documentation as yet to prove it. Strangley all the early parish records in Belton in Axholme where this family lived in the 1600s record the surname as Kinman, whereas in documents that they themselves signed it is almost universally Kynman (altough occasionally they are also record as Kingman).

The recording of the spelling became fixed in the 1700s, perhaps down to Joshua who was deputy steward of the Manor of Epworth, a position of some power and responsibility. Joshua's children were all born (and died) in Epworth between 1736 and 1746 and their names were variously spelled as everything from Kinman through to Kyngman. The spelling as Kynman was then taken up by Joshua's cousin George in Belton, and his children became Kynman though George himself was Kinman according to his baptism record.

In the 1680s Richard Kynman of Belton (Gentleman) was using a Coat of Arms as his seal. As it is a wax impression no colours (**) have been recorded, but it would be expressed as "** three mullets in fess between two bars ** impaled with ** three escallops **, crest a bucks head". How he believed he had entitlement to such arms is not known, but the first part of the shield has a very close match in the Basebroke family arms - "Azure three mullets in fess between two bars or." Whether there is a link to this family is not yet known.

This whole extensive family appears to trace to just one single root, one Richard Kynman and his wife Jane Brownley. They married in Lincoln and their children were baptised in Belton in Axholme, Lincolnshire between 1609 to 1618. A search of the parish register of Belton back to the 1570s has shown no Kinman nor Brownley entries prior to the baptisms starting in 1609, so they are unlikely to have originated from that parish.

Researching this tree has been made much easier due to the excellent work already done by Jenny Kynman, a descendant of this line, published by her at and also to George and Linley Hooper for the work they have published on the Poplewell connections in the early 17th century.

This section contains records on 1001 individuals, cross-referenced to 263 sources. There are 21 links to images.

Key Individuals:

Richard KINMAN born about 1580, married Jane Brownley in Lincoln in 1604, and had at least five children who were baptised in Belton in Axholme in the 1610s.
Joshua KINMAN/KYNMAN baptised 1707 in Belton as Kinman, married in Lincoln in 1735 as Kynman. His children carried the name of Kynman.
Ester [Watson] KYNMAN married to William Wilkinson Kynman, but apparently left him in England and emigrated to Canada with their son Harry Jasper Kynman about 1896
Thomas KYNMAN born 1889 in Hull, Yorkshire. Emigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1920 with his wife and daughter.
Richard KYNMAN Richard was born in Belton in 1867 and died in York in 1923, leaving a young orphaned family, his wife having died in 195. Three of their sons, twins Albert and Arthur and the youngest son George, were removed to Canada under the Salvation Army scheme in the 1920s. An elder brother, Sydney, emigrated to Montreal in 1947 with his wife and son, who later returned to England
Eileen Mary KYNMAN born 1924 in Hull, Yorkshire. Married Malcolm Wheeldon in 1948 and emigrated to New Zealand. They were living in Wanganui in the 1960s.
Harold KYNMAN from Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand sometime before 1960.
DNA comments:

A DNA profile exists for this line of Kinman with an unusual haplogroup of I-M253, which matches 31/37 +6 with the family of Kinman of Kensington and hence that of Worcestershire.

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Section last updated 8 April 2018

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