Thursday, December 22, 2011

Betty Zane (Kinnick) Sheer Obituary

Betty Zane (Kinnick) Sheer Obituary

From Coon Rapids Enterprise, Thursday, December 4, 2008, page 2:

Services for Betty Sheer

Services for Betty Sheer of Bayard will be Thursday (today), December 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Bayard with Reverend Larry Monthei officiating.
Casket Bearers will be Betty's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Interment will be in the Highland Township Cemetery south of Bayard.


Betty Zane, daughter of Robert and Edna (Pierce) Kinnick, was born June 8, 1922, on a farm west of Coon Rapids, Carroll County. She moved with her family to a farm near Glidden where she attended county school. They then purchased a farm south of Bayard where Betty completed her education, graduating from Bayard High School. Betty worked in a grocery store for a short time before her marriage. On November 1, 1942, Betty was united in marriage with Howard Sheer at Bethany, MIssouri. When her husband quit working in Nebraska and South Dakota building electrical high lines, they farmed in the Bagley and Bayard area.

After they retired from farming in 1987, they moved into Bayard. Betty and Howard took great pleasure in spending their winters in Texas. Betty was a member of the United Methodist Church in Bayard and the United Methodist Women, as well as the Rebekah Lodge.

She enjoyed garage sales, auctions, and antique/junk stores. Betty enjoyed singing, fishing from a boat, gardening and cooking for her family and friends. She and her sister Gretchen spent time at the local nursing home sewing and mending for the residents. Above all, she had a special place in her hear for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

After the death of her husband in 1993, Betty was able to remain in their  home until mid-October 2008 when she became a resident of the Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids. She died there on Monday, December 1 at the the age of 86 years, 5 months and 23 days.

Preceding her in death are her parents; husband; brothers Burdette Kinnick and Lyle Kinnick; and sister Ila Jean Buhr.

Betty is survived by her three children: Stephen Sheer and wife Cheryl of Bayard; Calvin "Kelly" Sheer and wife Linda of Bayard and JoAnn Moses of Ankeny; five grandchildren: Mike Sheer and wife Tricia, Karen and husband Tracy Gotto, Morgan and husband Tony Maurth, Jason Sheer and wife Elaine and Robert "Bobby" Moses, nine great-grandchildren: Gentry, Dakota and Rachel Sheer; Samantha, Tayonna and Tanner Gotto; Carson and Davis Maurth and William Sheer; sister Gretchen Vaughn of Bayard; other relatives and friends.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

FamilyTreeDNA Year-End Promotion 2011

Year-End Promotion 2011

The KINNICK DNA Project participants are encouraged to take advantage of the Year-End Promotion announced by FamilyTree DNA, our project sponsor.

For direct line KINNICK males, the desired Y-DNA 37 group price is now $119 compared with the normal group price of $149.

To order a new kit, go to:

Be sure to specify The KINNICK DNA Project in order to receive the year-end promotion price.

Thank you for your participation.

Bill  ;-)

Happy to answer any questions, in the comments or directly at:
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Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Excerpt from forthcoming non-fiction book

Excerpt from the forthcoming non-fiction book:

The World of Sergeant Major
William Kinnick
(Revolutionary War Era)


Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith

William Kinnick was born April 1719 in Prince George’s County, Maryland. At the age of two, his mother deceased and his father, Jasper Kinnick, unable to care for him properly, placed the boy in the care of his brother-in-law, Richard Brightwell, until the age of 21 under the order of the County Court. In his fourteenth year, young William habitually ‘ran away’ from the home of his uncle, Richard Brightwell, his lawful guardian, to the home of John Brightwell, the younger brother of Richard Brightwell. Richard Brightwell filed a petition in the County Court to clarify his responsibilities under the earlier Guardianship order of the Court.

From the Court Record:

Consideration thereof had It Ordered by the Court here that the same be Reflected:

William Kinnick aged (as tis said on Courts horo) fifteen years next April in his proper person prays the Justices thereof that he may be Admitted to Choose his Guardian which is granted him. Whereupon he makes Choice of John Brightwell who upon his Declaring in Court how his Willingness to accept the same is admitted accordingly and the said John Brightwell in his proper person in Court now obliges himself to give his said Ward Two years Schooling or to Learn him to Read and Write and afterwards to Bind him to Some handy Craft Trade until he arrives to the age of Twenty one years.

William Kinnick reached the age of 21 in April 1740.