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James Hilarian Kinsley
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Birth: 1832
Death: Jul. 18, 1863
Haynes Bluff
Warren County
Mississippi, USA

Kinsley Family
Submitted by Colleen Helmstetter
Huron Co. First Family Member #226


JAMES was born in New London, the son of Peter and Lydia Merrifleld Kinsley. He was still a child when his father died in 1837 and times were hard for the family.

On September 25, 1853 in New London, JAMES married Catharine Brooks, daughter of Minshall and Sarah Norris Brooks. They were the parents of five children - Lydia Margaret, Ida J., William Henry, James and Catherine.

After living in Ruggles Township, Ashland County, the family moved to Clear Lake Township in Steuben County, Indiana. On August 15, 1862, he enlisted at La Grange, Indiana and was a private in Company C, 100th Regiment Indiana Infantry. According to the description book, JAMES was 34 years old, 5'9 Y2 " tall, dark complexed, with gray eyes and black hair.

The company was sent to Holly Springs, Mississippi, November and December 1862. In January 1863 they were sent to Grand Junction, Tennessee where many men were suffering severely from sickness due to the long and tedious march. The company then moved on to Collierville, Tennessee and Oak Ridge, Mississippi. On the evening of July 4, the company moved to Jackson, Mississippi where the men were constantly exposed to danger. There was still much sickness in camp and on July 18, 1863, JAMES died of typhoid fever at Haines Bluff in a military hospital.

Catharine was left alone to raise their family. She received a pension of $8 per month plus an additional $2 per month for each of their five children.

There is evidence that James is not actually buried here. 
Family links: 
  Peter Kinsley (1797 - 1837)
  Lydia Merrifield Kinsley (1797 - 1869)
  Catherine Brooks Kinsley (1834 - 1915)
  Margaret Lydia Kinsley Mingus (1854 - 1929)*
  Ida Jeannene Kinsley Strunk (1857 - 1940)*
  William Kinsley (1858 - 1929)*
  James H Kinsley (1860 - 1940)*
  Catherine Kinsley Rathbun (1862 - 1942)*
  James Hilarian Kinsley (1832 - 1863)
  Mary Lovisa Kinsley Belding (1832 - 1890)*
  Betsey Ann Kinsley Van Vecten (1833 - 1915)*
  Seymour Charles Kinsley (1836 - 1905)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: GAR marker
Billingstown Cemetery
Williams County
Ohio, USA
Maintained by: Bruce Gillett
Originally Created by: James Snow
Record added: Apr 30, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51809568
James Hilarian Kinsley
Added by: James Snow
James Hilarian Kinsley
Added by: James Snow
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- Eric Lowman
 Added: Apr. 20, 2013
Fought and died to end slavery. From a proud g.g.grandson
- Bruce Gillett
 Added: Feb. 23, 2013

- Deborah (Baxter) Fink
 Added: Sep. 2, 2011
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