|Birth: ||Nov. 8, 1821|
County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
|Death: ||Jan. 22, 1897|
Husband of Mary J. Kidney
John was born in Ireland and arrived in Philadelphia from Londonderry via Liverpool on August 21, 1838 aboard the ship Cadmus. John accompanied his mother Sarah and siblings Margaret, James and William. His father Robert had preceded the family to this country. They settled in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania where some of the Forsyth siblings also lived. John and Mary Jane Forsyth were married there in 1844.
When the Forsyth family moved to Wapello County, Iowa in 1851, Mary Jane's family along with sibling Eliza Morrison's family and sibling William Forsyth's family, did not go with them. Eliza's and William's families went to Iowa 2-3 years later, but John and Mary Jane Kidney and family stayed in the East. At the same time of Eliza's and William's later migration, the Kidney family moved down the Ohio River to Washington and Monroe Counties of Ohio. In the mid-1870s John and Mary Jane, along with some of the younger children, moved to the Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia area. His occupation alternated between farmer and minister.
Rev. John Kidney, a local Methodist preacher, died at 6 o'clock on Friday evening at his home on Elizabeth-st, from a complication of troubles, aged 75 years. He had been in failing health for several years. Rev. Kidney was born in Straban, Ireland, and emigrated to this country with his parents when 16 years old. The family settled near Pittsburg. he engaged in active ministerial work when a young man, but of late years had been a supply. He moved to Hagerstown from Berkeley county, W. Va., in 1891, and on special occasions assisted in the services of St. Paul's and Washington Square M. E. churches. He was a man of intelligence and strict integrity and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was the last of a family of five children.
The survivors are his wife and these children: Mrs. S. S. Middlekauff, E North-st, this city; Rev. J. E. Kidney, Derry, Pa., Pittsburg Conference; John D. Bridgeport, O.; Wm. R., Berkeley county, W. Va.; Otho E., McKeesport, Pa.; Matthew E., this city.
The funeral will take place on Sunday, services by Revs. G. C. Bacon and W. S. German; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
From The (Hagerstown) Daily Mail, 23 Jan 1897 issue
Mary Jane Forsyth Kidney (1818 - 1898)*
William Robert Kidney (1854 - 1925)*
Margaret Isabelle Kidney Middlekauff (1856 - 1935)*
Matthew Simpson Kidney (1864 - 1951)*
Rose Hill Cemetery
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