The following was originally posted on the Kinnick Family Desendant Ning Network site - that site is being eliminated by Ning on June 30, 2010, so I am reposting it here on new The KINNICK Project!
Without getting too complicated, we can use the data/photos already on this site to take our Kinnick ancestors back to the founding days of America, the colonial period over a hundred years before the Revolutionary War. Right now, in Eileen Kinnick Smith's photo album, we have 9 generations of photos. Kaylee Rathsack is the youngest, her mother Arrion, her father Bill, the son of Eileen make the first 4 generations.
The photo of the three gentlemen in 1909 are three more generations back - that is 7 generations. The two very old lady photos are Susan and Mary, mother and grandmother of Walter - so that is 9 generations in photos - the Mary photo was about 1844, she was born in between 1770 and 1775.
Her father-in-law was William Kinnick, who served a three year term in the Maryland 6th Regiment in the Revolutionary War (Feb 1777-1780), discharged as Sergt. Major.
His maternal grandfather, Capt. Richard Brightwell, is the earliest immigrant of this line that we have identified. Maryland was founding in 1634; Richard arrived as an endentrued servant to Major Thomas Truman in 1666. He soon earned his free man status and became Captain of the Horse - mounted rangers patrolled the then western frontier of the Charles County, Maryland settlements [an area that now would include what became Washington, D.C.]. He died in 1696.
Finally, William Kinnick with an older brother, Jasper, according the only records found to date, were orphaned by 1720, and raised by their Brightwell in-laws. They fought in the War of Jenkin's Ear, and were living together (in very close proximetry - probably on the same farm property) as tenant farmers as the War of the Revolution dawned. William's oldest daughter, Ann, it appears, married John, son of Jasper, his first cousin. John and Ann moved their family to North Carolina in about 1792, founding the largest branch of the Kinnick family in America; many of them moving to Indiana about 1850. This was the family highlighted in the 1953 Kinnick Genealogy Book. William's youngest son, John, married Mary in about 1790. Shortly after he apparently died, prior to 1820, she and the children (six girls and one son, Walter), moved to Belmont County, Ohio. Most of this family moved to Illinois in the 1840s. This is my branch of the family, of course. Most were not named Kinnick, as the girls all married: Dallas, Tracey, Tripplett, Bufkin, Carrico, and Lowery.
I gave the references to more detailed information in the first discussion.
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