Saturday, May 11, 2019

Message from Mark Wilson, author of “The Way of Nile C. Kinnick, Jr.”

Message from Mark Wilson, 
Author of “The Way of Nile C. Kinnick, Jr.”

Dear Friends,
I just found out that my Kinnick book was one of three finalists for Book of the Year in a 12 state region. My publisher nominated me and sent a copy of the book to the Midwest Independent Publishing Association last year. He never told me, so this is a true surprise to be a finalist in this region. The category was Recreation, Sports, and Travel. The winner chosen by judges was announced last Saturday and a travel book won the Book of the Year, but I’m still blown away by this unexpected honor and deeply humbled…See below the sticker my publisher sent me that will be on each book…….Again, thanks for all your support……Mark

See information on the book here:

Happy Reading,

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Monday, February 11, 2019

“Kinnick 2003 Genealogy Book Online” now back online

“Kinnick 2003 Genealogy Book Online” now back online

For those of you working on your Kinnick family history research, this post is to remind you that the above resource is now back on line.

For a couple of years, this 900+ page reference posted in 2003 was gone from the Internet while the “freepages dot rootsweb dot com” was being reprogrammed and undated.

This is the front page of our update to the 1953 Kinnick Genealogy Book by Mrs. Waggener, with contributions from something like 100 Kinnick Researchers over the years.

Be aware that, over 15 years, some of the links are now no longer operative. Just back up and try something else. There is a lot there you may not have seen before. There is a lot there that is now available in a lot of other places now. But, here it is all organized based on the family tree, from the beginning in America.

My email is :, not the several emails linked in the 2003 postings that are long extinct.

Happy to answer any questions you have related to this posting or Kinnick research in general.

Bill  ;-)

Saturday, September 29, 2018

New Book of Interest: The Way of Nile C. Kinnick, Jr.

The Way of Nile C. Kinnick, Jr.:
Insights, Images, and Stories of Iowa’s 
1939 Heisman Trophy Winner
by Mark D. Wilson

I got this nice note from the author, today, Mark Wilson. Thought I would pass it along, if you have not seen his new, neat book!!

“Bill, I'm thinking that the families related to Kinnick might be interested in a copy of "The Way of Nile C. Kinnick, Jr." A portion of their purchase, my royalty, will go the The Center for Advancement to help fund the six Kinnick scholarships. If interested, they can get a copy on Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, or ice Cube Press, my publisher's website..... Can't wait for your book!

Description on Amazon:

In our lifetimes, many of us have had or still have an individual we look up to; someone who inspires us, challenges us, helps us face adversities, or helps us form a positive outlook on life. Nile Clarke Kinnick, Jr. is that person for me. Kinnick's way of thinking inspired me to write this book, The Way of Nile, is a compilation of 365 memorable quotes from his letters, journals, and speeches. I was also driven to share my connections to this fascinating and admirable young man through my own personal stories. Nile is The University of Iowa's only Heisman Trophy winner (thus far), an Ironman of Ironmen during the 1939 football season. Kinnick, a Phi Beta Kappa scholar, was elected president of his senior class for the College of Liberal Arts. For an individual who died so young during WW II, he had an innate ability to formulate significant thoughts about events from 1936 to 1943. Nile set goals for himself, was disciplined, and dedicated in everything he attempted. In my research, his correspondence revealed perceptions about education, athletics, war, race, and poverty. Numerous other noteworthy topics were written which still reflect issues and controversies in this current day and age. Kinnick's quotes are derived from his years as an undergraduate student-athlete, a graduate student in law school, and an ensign serving his country in the US Navy Air Corps Reserve.

Enjoy the read,

Dr. Bill ;-)

Monday, April 16, 2018

What is the origin of Jasper Kinnick?

What is the origin of Jasper Kinnick?

[Note: The following was recently posted to the Facebook page, Kinnick Family Association. It reached a few folks, but not too many. I'll post it here and see if the reach is greater. Comments are welcomed.]

Perhaps the most vexing question remaining in the Kinnick Genealogy History is where did Jasper Kinnick, the husband of Elizabeth Brightwell, and the father of Jasper, Joseph, and William Kinnick (the Revolutionary War soldier), come from?

We have known and have documents (marriage record and land record) of Jasper and Elizabeth with the surname Kennett. I researched Kennett (and other nearby surnames) fairly extensively, but was never able to come to a satisfactory conclusion.

Recent writings in the Kennett family have now come to our attention that a little know Kennett named Peter arrived from England in Northampton, Virginia on 13 June 1655. He is not related to the more well-known Martin Kennett making the same trip a number of years earlier and known ancestor of many well-known Kennett persons, including in St. Louis and other Missouri locations.

This Peter Kennett is said to have had at least three documented children: A Sarah (married John Glaze), born in Charles County, Maryland, in about 1680, a son (unnamed, but descendants-three sons-are known) born in about 1685, and Jasper Kennett, born in about 1690. It is speculated that this is ‘our’ Jasper, who married Elizabeth, and likely changed their name to Kinnick, perhaps because he was a dealer of tobacco, referred to by the Indians as “Kinnikinnick.” He was said to be the father of the three sons, Jasper, Joseph, and William Kinnick, all more documented in early Maryland history.

This story fits with all I have learned, with no contradictions. This does not make it true, of course. But, it does make a very viable theory, one that I am adopting until someone brings forth information to the contrary.

What do you think? Comments and Questions welcomed.

Dr. Bill, aka William L. Smith,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2017 Kinnick DNA Results

2017 Kinnick DNA Results

Good news from recent DNA analysis of Kinnick descendants is worth sharing here, and shouting about, quite frankly. AncestryDNA tests now show that all descendants of the Kinnick lines, from William Kinnick, Sergeant Major in the Revolutionary War, and his family, are indeed related genetically.

While we still have not been able to determine the exact common ancestors and lines, tests on over a dozen (and growing) descendants of several of the lines all confirm the genetic relationship. We’ve all hoped and wanted it to be true, but now we have the scientific evidence.

What fun! Thank you, AncestryDNA and everyone who has tested. Have you tested yet? The results are full of interesting opportunities for more research. Join the fun!

Families are Forever!! ;-)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Birthday (July 1) - 4th of July Special Offer

Birthday (July 1) - 4th of July Special Offer

I made this offer on Facebook, and was pleasantly surprised how many people signed up!
I want to extend it to all my readers, in case you missed it:

I will send you a free PDF of my 23K word eBook, “The Kings of Oak Springs, Vol. One” (Some say it reminds them of a ‘Little House’ story) when you sign up for my free: Dr. Bill’s “The Homeplace Saga” Newsletter. Sign up here today (free):