John Thomas Kinnick was born in Johnson County, Indiana, near Indianapolis, March 16, 1841, and died in Perry, Oklahoma, November 18, 1924, at the age of 83 years, 8 months and 2 days.
In 1854 he removed with his parents, four sisters and three brothers to Dallas County, Iowa, where he lived for nearly forty years. His early youth was spent amid the hardships and privations incident to pioneer life. The independence and resourcefulness gained by the experiences of his boyhood characterized his later life.
He served his country as a soldier, in active duty during the Civil War for nearly four years, taking part in twenty-seven battles and three sieges. He was proud to have reached his majority in time to vote for Abraham Lincoln.
In 1867, he was married to Annis Graham. Of the four children born to this union, one son, William G. Kinnick, of Perry, is still living. The early death of his wife left him with the care of two small children, to whom he showed the thoughtfulness and tenderness of a woman.
In 1883, he married Jennie E. Whinery, and her two sons by a former marriage were as his own children. To this marriage were born three sons, and one daughter, all of whom are living. In 1898, the family came to Perry, Oklahoma, which has since been their home. His wife passed away in 1920.
Name: John Kinnick Adel, Iowa Enlistment Date: 20 Aug 1861 Side Served: Union State Served: Iowa Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 20 August 1861 at the age of 20. Enlisted in 2nd Light Artillery Regiment Iowa on 31 Aug 1861. Mustered Out 2nd Light Artillery Regiment Iowa on 30 Aug 1864 at Davenport, IA.