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The figure which precedes any name wherever found in
this book, refers to the individual of that number; when
this number is followed by a *, further information will
be found of him and his descendants.

The Roman numerals refer to the number in any one

The figure following the name is the generation number.

By this arrangement the relationships and direct lines
of descent can be easily traced.

As an illustration:
5.* iii. Andrew Kinnear\

We next find him on page 7. Viz. :

(5) Andrew Kinnear', William', James'. With the date
of his birth, marriage and death, and the names &c., of his


b. born; m. married; d. died; dau. daughter; unm. unmar-
ried; s. son.



Emma Siggins White Frontispiece

Kinnear Family Crest xiii

Kinnear Coat of Arms 1

Emma Siggins White, 1861 11

Samuel Kinnear 14

Mary Delamar Kinnear, Monett Memorial 42

George Kinnear 48

Wilson Sherman Kinnear 61

Union Station, Kansas City, Mo 64

M. E. Church, Youngsviile, Pa 71

View of Youngsviile, Pa 75

Old Church, Youngsviile, Pa 81

Josiah Kinnear 99

Maria E. Kinnear 101

S. A. Kinnear of Columbus, Ohio 107

James Kinnear 123

James W. Kinnear 138

Margaret Northe (Northie) Coat of Arms 142

Carter V. Kinnear 153

Margaret Kinnear Siggins 155

Henry Kinnear Siggins 158

Katharine Lockhart Siggins 159

Lavern Siggins 160

Margaret Hunter Siggins 160

Benjamin Baird Siggins 167

Elizabeth Walker Siggins 167

Laura Siggins Messerly and grandson, Bertram J.

Messerly 171

John Barber White and son, Raymond Baird White. . . . 176

Emma Ruth White , 179

Public School and White Memorial Building 180

Laura Siggins Messerly, 1883 185

Clinton C. Siggins 187

Lida Siggins Hyatt 191

David H. Siggins 193

Home of Henr\^ Kinnear Siggins 196


Henry Kinnear, Sr., and his Wife 202

Henry P. Kinnear 206

Florence Whitney 210

Margaret Jane Kinnear 219

CaroHne Margaret Belnap 219

Francis D. Kinnear 223

Lillian Kinnear McDowell 225

Geo. C. Siggins 235

Wallace D. and Mary A. Kinnear 242

Methodist Parsonage, Youngsville, Pa 242

Homestead of Alexander Siggins 250

Benjamin B. Siggins and Grand Children 255

Jerry Lloyd Siggins 260

Margaret Kinnear Siggins 267

Simpson Coat of Arms 300

Early Home of General Grant's Mother 313

General Grant's Birthplace and the Grant Homestead 314

General Grant and Parents 330

Bishop Matthew Simpson 334

Bentley Hall, Allegheny College 336

Methodist Church, Cadiz, Ohio 336

Bishop Simpson's Home, Philadelphia 336

Original College Building, Greencastle 336

Old School House first used by Asbury University. . . . 336

First M. E. Church, Cadiz, Ohio 342

Garfield Memorial Meeting, London, Eng 342

Sarah Tingley Simpson 346

Jefferson Davis 354

Marcus D. L. Simpson 369

William Simpson 369

Jerome Simpson 369

Lieutenant Nathaniel Mead 403

S. N. Simpson 421

Simpson Coat of Arms 438

Col. Richard Duke Simpson 441

John Harris 457

Henrietta Simpson Harris 457

Harris House Hotel 489

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Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania, by
Sherman Day, pub. 1843.

History of Lancaster County, in the State of Pennsyl-
vania, by J. I. Mombert, D. D., pub. 1869.

Ancient Windsor, Connecticut, 1635-1891, by Henry R.
Stiles, A. M., M. D., pub. 1892.

Virginia Cousins, a Genealogy of the Goode Family, by
G. Brown Goode.

The Cabells and Their Kin,, by Alexander Brown, D. C. L.

Records of the Revolutionary War, by W. T. R. Satfell.

Genealogical History of the Chappell, Dickie, and Other
Kindred Families of Virginia, by Phil E. Chappell.

St. Louis City and County, by J. Thomas Scharf.

Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, edited by Wm. H.
Egle, M. D.

New England Historical & Genealogical Register.

Marshall's Ancestry of General Grant.

W. H. Whitsett's Genealogy of Jelferson Davis.

Lineage Books of the Daughters of the American Revo-

List of Officers of the Army, by Col. Wm. H. Powell.

Pennsylvania Magazines.

The True Ulysses Grant, by Gen. Charles King.

Howe's History of Ohio, by Henry Howe, L. L. D.

Ulysses Grant, His Life and Character, by Hamlin Gar-

Men of Our Times, by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Life of Bishop Matthew Simpson, by George R. Crooks,
D. D.

Ohio Valley Genealogies, by Hannan.

Century Dictionary.

Burke's Peerage.

Burke's Landed Gentry.

Colonial Families of the United States of America, by
George Norbury Mackenzie.

Headley's History of Grant.

Connant Church's Life of Grant.

Journal of American History.

Memoir of Jefferson Davis, by his wife.

Dodd's Statesmen of the Old South.

Rees Cyclopedia.

Bond's Genealogy and History of Watertown, Mass.

History of Warren County, Pennsylvania.

Biographical Dictionary of Missouri.

Carlyle Cromwell's Letters and Speeches.

Hazard's Annals of Pennsylvania.

Humphreys', The Family in America, by Dr. Frederick
Humphreys, M. D.

John Walker, of Wigton, Scotland, and his Descendants,
by E. S. White.

History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, by W. W. H.

National Cyclopedia of Biography.

History of Nottingham, Deerfield and Northwood, N. H.

History of Kansas City, Mo.

Old Northw^est Genealogical Magazine.

Magazine of Western History.

Personal Memoir of U. S. Grant.

Life of U. S. Grant, by Charles A. Adams.

American Crisis Biographies.

The National Magazine, 1912.

Pennsylvania Notes and Queries, 3rd Series.

Manuscript, Records of the Kinnear and Allied Families,
by Rev. David Kinnear, (1840).

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In sending out this book, I feel that many apologies are
due the prospective readers for the incompleteness of the
record and for any eiTors in names and dates that may be
found, it being impossible to make a complete and connect-
ed history from the material available.

I have bound together as best I could, the semblance of
a genealogical record trusting that some enterprising scion
of the family will fill out and complete what I consider as
only the ground work of a History of the Kinnear, Simpson
and other families here recorded.

In order to understand the conditions sun^ounding the
early progenitors of the family, and appreciate the motives
which prompted their removal from the land of their fa-
thers, a short review of the events leading up to the time
of their emigration, seems necessaiy as an introduction to
the work.

This sketch follows in the preface. Brief mention is
made in these pages of several persons whose relation to
the Kinnears is not known, but the fact of their coming
from the same locality and having similar given names leads
us to believe they were related and should be included in
this work.

In concluding I wish to express my thanks and apprecia-
tion to all who have assisted in the collection and prepara-
tion of these annals.

The names of those who have been especially helpful are
herewith appended.

John Barber White, of Kansas City, Mo.

Miss Maria E. Kinnear, of Columbus, Ohio.

Mrs. Florence Kinnear Whitney, of Youngsville, Pa.

Mr. James Wesley Kinnear, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Mr. John Breckenridge Kinnear, of Washington, D. C.

Mr. John Kinnier, of Lynchburg, Virginia.

Mrs. Florence Kinnear Hoover, of Columbus, Ohio.


Miss Myra L. White, compiler of the White Genealogy.
Miss Elizabeth Wilson.

Dr. Claudius B. Spencer, Editor Central Christian Advo-
cate, Kansas City, Mo.

Mrs. E. Harriet Howe, of Kansas City, Missouri.

Mrs. A. N. Maltby, Genealogist, compiler of the Keith
Genealogy, Librarian, Kansas City Chapter D. A. R., mem-
ber of Daughters of 1812.

Emma S. White.



*'At the end of the fourth Century, Ireland was still a
pagan land ruled by ruthless chiefs whose people had
reached a point where a strong human influence was need-
ed. Without this influence the very perfection of the time
would have been a danger like the ripeness which comes
before decay. The renovating power came in the lesson of
loving kindness and tender mercy that had been taught by
the shores of Galilee. The messenger was Succat, son of
Calpum, surnamed the Patrician, or Patricius, a title given
to Roman Citizens of noble birth. This messenger is known
to us as Saint Patrick. In all probability his birth place was
Scotland, near the Clyde, in the north of the Roman prov-
ince of Britain. The territory north of the Clyde was held
in part by the Caledonian Picts, and part by Scoti, colon-
ists from Ireland who brought with them their civilization
and language. In one of the feuds among the rival tribes,
a raid was made into the territory of the Roman provinces
south of the Clyde, and the boy Succat was taken prisoner
and carried away captive into Ireland, where after a time
he proceeded to baptize and to bless Irish men and women,
sons and daughters, except a few who would not receive
faith or baptism.

Saint Patrick was born in North Britain of noble parent-
age ; while a boy he was brought a captive to Ireland, where
he remained as a herdsman for six years. When he re-
turned to his native land he learned in a vision that he was
destined to convert Ireland. He began his missionary
work about 435 A. D., and built churches and established
schools in many parts of Ireland. A learned writer has
said: "If Saint Patrick was the father, Saint Bridget was
the mother of all the saints of Erin — both monks and
nuns." Bridget was bom 453 ; she was the daughter of a


famous Leinster chief. Her whole life was surrounded
with sitories of marvels. When asked to choose one of the
virtues declared in the Beatitudes she chose "Blessed are
the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." Far more im-
portant than any single side of her work was the way in
which the whole life of this woman of genius and inspira-
tion raised the ideal of womanhood in Ireland. Her in-
fluence in this respect lasts to this day, for in no other
country is the ideal of womanly purity held so high — she
died in 525.

The third patron saint of Ireland, Saint Columba, was
born at Gartan in Donegal about 521. His father was one
of the Chiefs of Irish Dalradia, while his mother belonged
to the royal family of Leinster. Columba was, in fact, a
great great grandson of Niall of the Nine Hostages. The
cause of his exile was as follows: A dispute arose over a
copy of the Book of Psalms which Columba made from a
manuscript belonging to Saint Finnian, his teacher at Clon-
ard and Molville. Finnian claimed the copy. Columba
refused to give it up. The dispute was referred to Diar-
maid. The king followed the principles laid down in Bre-
hon Laws: *To every cow belongs its calf," decided that to
every book belongs its copy, the earliest decision on copy-
right recorded in our history. He therefore awarded the
copy to Finnian. Columba refused to accept the decision
and appealed for aid to his tribe. A fierce dispute arose
culminating in a great battle at Cooldrevin, near Drumcliff
a few miles north of Sligo. This battle was fought in 561,
and the partisans of Columba were completely victorious."

Name of Author Unknown.

BEST policy:



[ From Fairbairns Crests.



"During the Irish rebellions in the reign of Elizabeth,
the Pro\dnce of Ulster, embracing the northern counties
of Ireland, was greatly depopulated, and it became a favor-
ite project with her successor, James I, to repeople thos«
counties with a protestant population, the better to pre-
serve order, and introduce a higher state of cultivation in
that portion of his dominions. To promote this object,
liberal offers of land were made, and other inducements
held out in England and Scotland, for persons to occupy
this wide and vacant territory. The project was eagerly
embraced; companies and colonies were formed, and the
individuals without organization were tempted to partake
of the advantageous offers of the government. A London
company, among the first to enter upon this new acquisi-
tion, established itself at Derr>% and gave such a character
to the place as to cause it to be afterwards and forever
known as the renowned city of Londonderry.

The first emigration from Scotland was chiefly from the
Highlands where agricultural resources were scanty and
often wholly cut off, and where the fruits of labor were
gathered from a sterner soil. Sir Hugh Montgomery, the
sixth Laird of Braidstone, a friend and follower of King
James, was among the earliest to obtain possession of for-
feited land in the county of Down, and laid his rough hand
upon many a broad acre. The coast of Scotland is within
twenty miles of the county of Antrim in Ireland, and across
this frith or strait flowed from the northeast a population,
distinguished for thrift, industry and endurance, which has
given a peculiar and elevated character to that portion of
the emerald isle. It is said that clan McDonald contributed
largely to this emigration, and was among the first of the
Scottish nation to plant upon its shores. They were scat-
tered chiefly in the counties of Down, Bangor, Derry and
Belfast, and the principal cities of those counties.

— 1


This was the first protestant population that was intro-
duced into Ireland, the Presbyterians of Scotland furnish-
ing the largest element; and they have maintained their
ascendency to the present day, against the persevering ef-
forts of the Episcopalians on the one hand, and of the
Romanists, bigoted and numerous, by whom they were
surrounded on the other. The first Presbyterian church
established in Ireland was in Ballycarry, in the county of
Antrim, in 1613.

Although the rebellions of 1715 and 1745, against the
House of Hanover, made large additions to the Scotch
population in the north of Ireland, yet by far the largest
accession to this colonization were occasioned by religious
persecutions in the time of the latter Stuarts. That fated
race, blind to the dictates of justice and humanity, devoted
with sullen bigotry to their peculiar notions in religion and
politics, pursued a system of measures best calculated to
wean from their support subjects the most devoted to their
cause. The Scottish race was bound to the Stuarts by a
national prejudice and sincere affection. But they were
imbued with a religious enthusiasm, inspired by Knox, their
great apostle, which ruled their consciences, and rendered
the sanctions of a higher law superior to their patriotism,
or their attachment to their native sovereigns. Rather
they believed that true patriotism consisted in maintain-
ing the religion transmitted by their fathers.

When, therefore, the Charleses and James II endeavored
to introduce prelacy among them, and to force it upon their
consciences by arbitrar>' laws and the iron hoofs of the
dragons of Claverhouse, very many of these hardy, per-
sistent and enduring Presbyterians having suffered to the
bitter end of cruelty and oppression, abandoned the land of
their birth, the home of their fondest affections, and
sought an asylum among their countrymen in the secure
retreats of Ulster or fled across the ocean. They carried
their household goods with them; and their religious pe-
culiarities became more dear in the land of exile, for the
dangers and sorrows through which they had borne them.
Presbyterianism was transported from Geneva to Scotland


by John Knox, who composed his first Book of Discipline,
containing the substance of his intended policy, in 1561.
In 1566 a general assembly approved the Discipline; and
all church affairs after that time were managed by the
Presbyteries and General Assemblies. They did not at first
formally deprive the bishops, who had ecclesiastical juris-
diction, of their power, but they went on gradually and
steadily doing it as they acquired confidence and strength.
In 1574 they voted bishops to be only pastors of one par-
ish ; in 1577 they decreed that bishops should be called by
their own names without title ; and next year they declared
the name of bishop to be a nuisance. In 1580 they pro-
nounced with one voice in the General Assembly that dio-
cesan episcopacy was unscriptural and unlawful. The same
year King James and his family, with the whole Scotch na-
tion, subscribed a confession of faith, embracing the ''sol-
emn league and covenant," obliging them to maintain the
protestant doctrine and Presbyterian government. Thus,
in the space of twenty years grew up this formal, extensive
and powerful institution, twining itself over the Scottish
mind with stern and inflexible bands, which death only
could sunder; and for which home, country, life — all things
beside — were freely given up. James had hardly become
secure and easy on his English throne when he began his
attack upon the religious system of his early life, and of
his native country, and his successors followed it up with
a pertinacity worthy of a better cause. The attempts to
establish the church of England over Scotland, and destroy
the religious system so universally established and so dear-
ly cherished by that devoted people, was pursued by Charles
and James the 2d, by persecutions as mean, as cruel, and
as savage as any that have disgraced the annals of re-
ligious bigotry and crime. And they did not cease until
they had greatly depopulated Scotland, and were stripped
of their powder by the happy revolution under William and
Mary, which restored repose to a distracted and long suf-
fering people. Scotland, a country no larger than Maine,
with a population at the close of the seventeenth century
of a million, and in 1800 not so much as the present pop-


ulation of Massachusetts and Maine; with agricultural and
other resources by no means equal to ours — of which a
writer in a recent number of the Edinburg Review, on the
Highlands, says: *'At the end of the 17th century the chief
social feature of the Highlands was famine and another
was emigi'ation." Yet this country has contributed large-
ly, by emigration, to furnish numerous and prominent set-
tlers for many other lands; to the nation with which she
is connected, profound statesmen, brilliant writers, and
men the most renowned in every department of scientific
and philosophical research.

This is the race, composed of various tribes flowing from
different parts of Scotland, which furnished the materials
of the SCOTCH-IRISH immigration to this country. By
their industry, frugality and skill they had made the de-
serted region into which they had moved a comparatively
rich and flourishing countr>^ They had improved agricul-
ture and introduced manufactures, and by the excellence
and high reputation of their productions had attracted
trade and commerce to their markets, so as to excite the
jealousy of government in the reigns of Anne and the first
George, notwithstanding that by their efforts and example
the prosperity of the whole island had been promoted. The
patronizing government began to recognize them in the
shape of taxes and embarrassing regulations upon their in-
dustry and trade. The same jealousy controlled that gov-
ernment afterwards, in regard to the American Colonies,
by which the commerce and enterprise of their subjects on
this side of the ocean were, in like manner, hampered and
restricted, so that they were hardly permitted to manufac-
ture articles of the most common necessity, but were driven
to import them from the mother country as glass, nails,
hats, cloth, etc.

These restrictions occasioned great distress, not only in
the north of Ireland but throughout the whole island. To
this, Duglass (p. 368) says, *Vas added an extravagant ad-
vance in rents by landlords, whose long leases were now
expired." The energetic and self-willed population of the
north of Irelend, animated by the same spirit which sub-


sequently moved the American mind, determined no longer
to endure these oppressive measures; and they sought by
another change to find a freer verge for the exercise of
their industry and skill, and for the enjoyment of their re-
ligion. One of their spiritual leaders, the Rev. Mr. Mc-
Gregor, in a sermon which he preached on the eve of de-
parture from Ireland, assigns the following reasons for
their removal to America : First. To avoid oppressive and
cruel bondage. Second. To shun persecution. Third. To
withdraw from the communion of idolaters. Fourth. To
have an opportunity of worshiping God according to the
dictates of conscience and His inspired word. He looked
at it chiefly from a religious point of view; others from a
material and commercial standpoint. It was undoubtedly
suggested and promoted by a variety of motives gradually
operating upon the mass of the population which brought
them to the determination, solemn and painful, to sunder
the ties which had bound them firmly to their adopted
country, and impelled them to seek new and doubtful homes
in a wild, unexplored and far-distant land. The first im-
migration of these people to this country was to the middle!
and southern Colonies. As early as 1684 a settlement was
formed in New Jersey, and in 1690 small groups were found
in the Carolinas, Mar>iand and Pennsylvania. But it was
not until the reigns of Anne and George I that large num-
bers, driven by oppressive measures of government and
disastrous seasons, were induced to seek, even in the wil-
derness, a better home than their old settled region could
give them. Gordon says: "Scarcity of com, generally
prevalent from discouragement of industry, amounted in
1728 and the following year almost to a famine, especially
in Ulster. Emigrations to America, which have since in-
creased, drew above 3000 people annually from Ulster
alone." Dr. Boulter, afterwards Archbishop of Armagh,
who labored strenuously in 1728 to divert the horrors of
famine in Ireland, wTote to the English ministry March 7,
1728, that there were seven ships then lying at Belfast that
"are carrying off 1000 passengers; most of them can
neither get victuals nor work at home." He also says:


"3100 men, women and children went from Ireland to
America in 1727, and 4200 in three years, all protestants."
The principal seats of these emigrations were Pennsyl-
vania and the middle states." The above is taken from an
article in the New England Hist, and Gen. Register for
July, 1858, by the Hon. William Willis of Portland, Me.


THE BARON KINNEAR (Alexander Smith Kinnear),
of Spurness, Orkney, in the United Kingdom, one of the
Senators of the College of Justice, Hon. L.L.D. (Edinburg),
Advocate Scotch bar 1856, Dean of the Faculty of advo-
cates 1881-2, Q. C. 1881, a Lord of Session (Scotland) from'
2 Jan., 1882, b. 3 Nov., 1833; created a peer 5 Feb., 1897. •

Lineage — Thomas Kinnear, a cadet of a family long set-
tled in Fife, became a banker in Edinburgh, and was father
of George Kinnear, merchant in Edinburg, eldest son, who
m. Fearne, dau. of John Gardiner, M. D., president of Roy
Coll. of Physicians, Edinburg, and was father of John
Gardiner Kinnear, of Glasgow, second son; m. Mary, dau.
of Alexander Smith, of Edinburg, banker, and had, with
other issue, an eldest surviving son,

Alexander Smith, 1st, baron.

Creation— 5 Feb., 1897.

Arms — Sa. on a bend or. three marlets, vert, within a
bordure engrailed of the second.

Crest — An anchor ppr. cabled or.

Supporters — On either side a sea gull standing on a fas-

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