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Commentary on Mrs. Waggener's Book

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These pages will provide the words from Mrs. Waggener's 1953 Book, describing the FIRST GENERATION, in her words, along with Commentary, based on the information available in 2002.

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The following is quoted (in blue) from page 1 of the 1953 book:


William Kinnick Inventory, 1775, of the State of Maryland
Roger Thomas, Assistant Archivist
From the Hall of Records, Annapolis, Md.

William Kinnick married Sarah...........Bryantown, Charles County, Md.


Ann Kinnick
Elizabeth Kinnick
Milly Kinnick
John Kinnick
Richard Kinnick
Joseph Kinnick
Joshua Kinnick
Jasper Kinnick


Several documents included in the Estate of William Kinnick, in Maryland, in 1785-1786 (not 1775), including the Inventory papers, do list Sarah as his wife, and the first five listed persons as children (Ann, Elizabeth, Milly, John and Richard). The other three names, with varied spellings, appear in the documents as witnesses or similar roles - not as children. There was no information then, nor have we found information since, to provide additional details on the marriage of William and Sarah. (See comments related to information she got from her cousin, to whom she dedicated the book, George W. Robison).

On January 8, 1940, in the Genealogical Room of the Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, Indiana, in the Census of 1775-1778 of Maryland (page 110), I found the name of William Kennick listed in Bryantown Hundreds, Charles County, Md., returned by John Harbin, Constable.


This information clearly places a William Kinnick (Kinnick and Kennick are used interchangable, very difficult distingish, even looking at various "original" documents; I will use Kinnick, generally, as she did) in Bryantown Hundreds, Charles County, MD. As we see, clearly, below, there were two persons named William Kinnick in the area in the 1775-1785 time period. There is every reason to believe that the person listed in the Census of 1775-1778 was William (married to Sarah), since we know he had property, bases on the Estate information. However, we also see below, that he was in military service from 1775-1780. Would he have also been listed in the Census or not? Would the other William Kinnick have qualified to be listed? He was also in the military in 1776 (see below). Why did she not list him as a son? We have found no reason to do so, but the same reasoning applies equally well to "Joseph, Joshua and Jasper" and she listed them as children. A Richard and a Jonathan are also listed in military service, and she did not include them. Interesting conclusions. There has been no evidence to indicate any other than the five children specifically listed in the estate papers.

In the book of Records of the Maryland Troops in the Continental Service in the War of the American Revolution by Gaines Marcus Brunbaugh and Margaret Robert Hodges, I found the names of William Kennick, John Kennick and Richard Kennick. Their records follow:

William Kennick (Kinnick), page 221

6th Regiment Maryland Troops - 1775-83.
Captain Alexander (?) Truman's Company.
Feb. 12, 1777 - Sergent.
Sept. 12, 1777 - Sergent Major.
Feb. 12, 1780 - Discharged

Another William Kennick, Jr.

7th Co., organized Jan.3, 1776, by John Bay Scott, Capt.; Thomas Harwood, 1st Lt.
Apr. 14, 1776 - Thomas Goldsmith, 2nd Lt.; James Peal, Ensign.

John Kennick

The name of John Kennick is the 213th in the list of those who took the Oath of Allegience in Charles County, Md., in 1778.
This return was made by the Worshipful Daniel Jennifer.


Mrs. Waggener descended from a John Kinnick. She finds a William Kinnick as the earliest, and reasonably older, Kinnick in the area, with a son, John, listed in the Estate papers of William. She is anxious to establish her DAR lineage. Therefore, she assumes this John is the son of the William who is clearly a soldier in the American Revolutionary military. In addition, she takes the Oath of Allegience to be one of military service. In fact, based on additional research and reading interpretation, this was an Oath taken by those adult males who did not serve in the military, but rather continued to operate farms, plantations and businesses to support the war effort. We will see that this Oath is very likely that of "her" John, as he had purchased land in the area in 1775. The other John Kinnick we will encounter later, and shown most likely to be the son of William, was only a child of perhaps four or five years old, in 1775.

We will see later that the "Another William Kennick, Jr." presumably also appears in the Tax Roll in 1782, very poor, along with the William, most likely the one in the military and husband of Sarah, with personal property "similar to" that inventoried at his death in 1785. He did not own real property either.

We do have a little more detail, from other publications, on the two sets of military service. These tidbits will be added later - not particularly significant, but interesting.


At the Hall of Records by Roger Thomas, Assistant Archivist
From Charles County, Annapolis, Md., Wills A H No. 9

f. 35 Sarah, wife of William K., made adm. April 18, 1795.

f. 87 John Kinnick, Jesper K., named next of kin. George Morton, creditor.

[page 2 of Mrs. Waggener's book]:

f. 257 July 24, 1786, Ann Kinnick, adm. de Bonis Non.
(The phrase "de bonis non" is used when adm. succeeds one another.)

f. 293 Final Accounting, estate of William K., entered in the December, 1787, Court.
Children named Elizabeth, Ann, Milly, John, Richard (John's share 10 pounds).
However, on f. 293, the name of Joseph Kinnick is given.
(At the Office of the Clerk of Court, La Plata, Md.)
Charles County Land Records, S No. 3, f. 689 (1775).
Charles County Land Records, K No. 4, f. 409 (1792).
It is interesting to note that these transactions name George Morton (see entry on f. 87, above).

(Hodges Unpublished Records, Vol . 5, Page 82.)

This is accepted by the Daughters of the American Revolution as claim for membership.


I was uncertain where to cut off this segment. It is immediately followed on the right side of the page by the name, in caps, ROBERT HAYES, JR. This section is under the title DATA ON THE KINNICK FAMILY attributed to the same Roger Thomas, Assistant Archivist, whose name she inserted at the beginning of the text. The following section discusses how she hired Robert Hayes. It is clear that one of her motivating drives was that "This is accepted by the Daughters of the American Revolution as claim for membership" - which ever researcher she is referring to. (See further comments on the DAR application information). After several readings of this series of paragraphs, it appears that the above is extracted from the information below obtained from Mr. Hayes, in order to show her source of showing (even if in error) the necessary relationships for DAR membership. The listing of the five "troop" members then continues.

Archive of Maryland Troops, Charles Co, Md.

Enlisted by Lt. John Fords.
Passed by J. Hawkins, July 20, 1776.

Soldiers and Sailors by Secretary of the Common Wealth of Massachusetts.

Major Genas Winslow's - Reg.
Capt. Joshua Higgins' - Co.
Service from Sept. 6th - Sept. 13, 1778.
Six days on alarm at Bedford and Falmouth.

Not being contented with just finding these names and their Revolutionary Record I began a series of correspondence that have brought to me the following data:


I am going to step in at the colon... I do not know why she continued the list of "military" troop members in this way. They should all five have been in order. She seemed to want to get in the list of children from the Estate, to show her conclusion that she qualified for DAT status. Later, she again mentions "the five ancestors" who fought in the Revolution. It is interesting to note that despite extensive effort to find anything further on this Richard and Jonathan (in terms of their later lives or families) we have found nothing, to date.

(continuing) I first wrote to the American Historical Society, 201 West Momument St., Baltimore, Md., where I received the information that my request for data required the services of a professional genealogist, and gave me the address of
Mr. Robert Hayes, Jr.,
3526 Roland Ave.,
Baltimore 11, Maryland.

His data partly duplicates what I found in the Indiana State Library but is much more explicit and extensive. I decided to employ him after several letters were exchanged. It goes without saying that research is expensive.

His notes on the Kinnick family follows this. (This concludes page 2 of the book).


Those of us who have followed Mrs. Waggener in research of the Kinnick family certainly will agree with her conclusions here. We also still refer regularly back to Mr. Hayes' listings of Kinnick entries, to see if we can confirm and actually see the entries, and, see whether we can find something else that he didn't find. It would be nice to see his actual letters and what actual records he sent her. We have seen many of the documents, now, and only a few were mis-interpreted. We will discuss them as they appear in her words.

This set of commentaries on Page 1 and 2 was written on 20 and 21 December 2001.

Your comments on my commentaries are welcomed at: Bill Smith

Words from the book and commentary will continue. Next.


Beginning in late June 2000, The Kinnick Project has begun to create
The KINNICK 2003 Genealogy Book online. You are invited to watch it grow and to contribute as you see things related to your branch of the family that ought to be there. Bill Smith has set up a new email account to use in connection with this collection of information. Again, if you have a family web site that we can reference and make a link to, please tell me or remind me that it is there! I'll add it as soon as possible.

Bill Smith, 15 June 2000 - hope to have all the pieces in place by 2003!


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