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Judge James Arthur Kinder
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Birth: Mar. 26, 1843, Canada
Death: Oct. 6, 1911
Lake Charles
Calcasieu Parish
Louisiana, USA

Veteran: Civil War, Union Army, Sgt, Co E, 62d Ill. Inf. (1861-1865)



Born: Mar, 1843, Canada

U.S. Civil War 1861-1865, Enlisted in Illinois, USA Union Army.

Married: about 1875

Louisiana: Given a homestead certificate in 1892, for property in North East Calcasieu Parish, in what is now Allen Parish, now known as Kinder, Louisiana which was named after you. Kinder, La. was incorporated as a village in 1903 while still a part of Calcasieu Parish. Allen Parish was formed in 1912.

However, in 1900 you were seen as a Judge and resident of Lake Charles, La. as shown in the U.S. Census. (See the Obit furnished below).

Died: October 6, 1911


The U.S. Census (1900) Lake Charles, Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish shows you were born in Canada and your Mother & Father were born in Ireland. It also shows you & Kate had five children with four living, and had three still in your house, which were 1) Hattie, b-Dec 1876, 2) James A. Jr., b-Oct 1878, 3) Mary, b-Nov 1880. All three children were born in Louisiana. This reflects that you had been in Louisiana ever since or shortly after your marraige in 1875. Your occupation was a "Life Insurance" salesman.

The U.S. Census (1880) shows the oldest & first of four children was Nettie b-1875, age 4, who later married George G. Taylor. She had a son (Carr Taylor) and is buried next to her. It is noted that Nettie was born in 1875 in La. and so were the other children born here. That suggests that James A. Kinder & family had been in the [now Kinder, La. area] long before the local people chose to name the town after you as seen on the historic plaque. You had to have played an important part in the establishment of the growing community and was well liked.

Canada was once an English Colony in the late 1700's and England gave "Free Ship Passage" to those who would Emigrate to the Canadian colony in North America. This explains why your & your wife's parents came to be in Canada, as were many of the first immigrants from Europe to the U.S.A. via Canada.

Other family members, including Samuel Kinder, (your brother) is buried near by in his family plot.

Research provided by Charles T. Baggett, Kinder, La. 70648


Judge James A. Kinder died at age 68

James A. Kinder, 40 years a resident of Lake Charles passed away last evening in St. Patrick's sanitarium, following a long illness with stomach trouble. Mr. Kinder had been moved from his home, 313 Moss street, to the sanitarium a few weeks ago in the hope that his life could be saved through an operation.

Surrounding his bedside when the final summons came were his children with their families and his brother.
The funeral will take place at the house, interment will be made in Orange Grove cemetery.

Surviving are his wife and four children; James A. Kinder Jr., Mrs. George S. (Nettie) Taylor, Mrs. Edgar N. (Hattie) Collins and Mrs. Charles (Mollie) Kimball, all residing in Lake Charles. Louise Kinder, another child died at the age of 7 years. A brother, Samuel Kinder also survives and there are 2 sisters, one living in Indiana and the other in Illinois.
Mr. Kinder was born in Canada, March 26, 1843 and was aged 68 years, 6 months and 10 days.

Early in life the deceased with his parents removed from Canada to Illinois, settling near Salem. From this place he enlisted with the 63rd Illinois volunteers for service in the Civil War, remaining during the entire four years. At the close of the war he returned to Illinois for a short time but had been attracted to the south and came to Louisiana settling first in Rapides parish and then in 1870 came to Lake Charles.

Mr. Kinder was married in 1875 to Miss Catherine Scally of New Orleans.

He occupied the first homestead at the town of Kinder, La. on the Watkins railroad. He took up land there before the railroad had been built. The Kinder, La. of the present day occupies the site of the old homestead and the town was eventually named after him. Mr. Kinder and his family spent their summers on the place for some years following the establishment of the home there.

His first work in Lake Charles was in the offices of the Goos lumber co. for Captain Daniel Goos.
He served as justice of the peace for years and won the title of judge by which he was often addressed.
For a number of years he has been in the insurance business.
The home at 313 Moss street was built by Mr. Kinder in 1880 and for 31 years he and his family lived there with much family affection.

Obit provided by contributor: K.E.N.

Family links: 
  Catherine Scalley Kinder (1855 - 1935)
  Nettie Kinder Taylor (1875 - 1935)*
  Hattie Kinder Collins (1876 - 1970)*
  Mollie Kinder Kimball (1880 - 1967)*
*Calculated relationship
Orange Grove Cemetery
Lake Charles
Calcasieu Parish
Louisiana, USA
Created by: Charles T. Baggett
Record added: Dec 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62775117
Judge James Arthur Kinder
Added by: Charles T. Baggett
Judge James Arthur Kinder
Added by: Charles T. Baggett
Judge James Arthur Kinder
Added by: Charles T. Baggett
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