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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 from page 3 (top of the page) of the 1953 book:

My next impulse was to know the name of the family of WILLIAM KINNICK, so I wrote to The Hall of Records at Annapolis, Md., and received a very courteous reply from Mr. Roger Thomas, Assistant Archivist, with whom I corresponded, which resulted in my receiving a photostatic copy of The Inventory of the Goods and Chattels of the estate of William Kinnick, 1786.

In this court record the names of his wife and children were given. I gave the order for this copy July 21, 1946, it was mailed to me July 24, 1946.

It gave me such a thrill that it has lasted to the present time, October 29, 1950. After working for twenty years to find the first Kinnick family to come to America and being successful would certainly give a thrill sufficient to last a lifetime.

Mr. Thomas said that the records mentioned this family more than fifty times, it would be very expensive to copy it all, but we have enough for my purpose.


For some of my current thoughts on "the family of WILLIAM KINNICK," see Women

I would love to have that list of "more than fifty times" to see if we have found them all today!

These paragraphs should remind us of the tremendous obstacles of time and space that Mrs. Waggener and her family faced in doing family history research. We have benefited so much from all her efforts!

The records began on the 12th of April 1785, when letters of administration were granted to the estate of William Kinnick to Sarah Kinnick, relict of the aforesaid. Her bondsmen were Nicholas Arlott and Josia Bryan, dated 9the of July, 1785.

On the 23rd of October, 1786, Ann Kinnick was appointed administrator, leading me to conclude that before that date that Sarah, her mother, had also died.


I am reminded that I should check to see if there is information on the bondsmen, Arlott and Bryan. They would had to have known Sarah well. Might either be a close relative? Always more to check! I do recall from my visit, that it was noted there were several merchants in the area named Bryan, after whom the Bryantown area was named.

Discussions regarding the meaning of Ann being named to replace her mother, Sarah, have been inclusive regarding whether or not it means Sarah had died. It has been suggested that the contents of the documents suggest more strongly that she moved away or re-married. I am not pursuaded either way, at this time.

The final settlement of William Kinnick's estate was in the December Court, 1786.

From the account of goods and possessions listed in the inventory, I would judge they were a well-to-do family, living probably as well as any of their neighbors of that day. I would certainly greatly cherish just one piece of pewter of the many pieces listed. Their knives, forks, spoons and plates were of pewter.


Click on the final settlement link to view a web page with a typed list of the inventory taken from the original record on file. Comparisons of wealth are very difficult. My own judgement is that the Kinnicks were "middling farmers" of the day. Not even close to wealth, but well able to meet their everyday needs better than many around them. For some comparitive values, the estate of personal property (there was no real estate), was valued at 110 pounds currrent money. In 1775, the 66-68 acres were purchased by John Kinnick for 90 pounds current money. The same land was sold in 1792 for 120 pounds current money. In colonial times, up to 1776, a man had to demonstrate a value of 50 pounds, in land or personal property, in order to qualify to vote. In contrast, the 5 Nov 1784 will of Edward Boarman, Jr., (at one time Sheriff of Charles County), a descendant of William Boarman of Boarman Manor, included the following provision: "Whereas I gave a deed to Nicolas Serlott for a piece of land whereon William Kinnick now lives and dwells, and the line that runs between my now dwelling house & William Kinnick's appears to be run wrong, my will is that my sons, James & Wilford Boarman, shall lay the said line, agreeable to the true intent and meaning of the said deed." The Boarman family owned tens of thousand of acres worth tens of thousands of pounds, give or take a few thousand pounds. Wealth and affluence are certainly relative.

I'd like some of the pewter, too, by the way, if anyone comes across any of it! ;-)

Taking into consideration all the data found, I conclude that the above family of William and Sarah Kinnick were the first of the name to come to America. It is to be regretted that Sarah's maiden name was not given in the record.

The Kinnick family had its origins in Holland, in central Europe, and came to America before the American Revolution. I find them first at Bryantown, Charles County, Maryland, in 1775, when William Kinnick was enrolled in the Bryantown Hundreds as soldier in the Revolution.


We now have moved back one generation on the paternal side and at least three on the maternal side, into the 1660s, in Maryland. We know the maternal side in those three generations came from England. There is no evidence whatsoever of origins in Holland. Some English immigrants first went to Holland before boarding ships for America. That may account for the stories. It didn't happen in the instances we are aware of in this family, however.


We are near the bottom of Book Page 3. We will stop this web page here. The next page begins the detailed report of Mr. Robert F. Hayes, Jr., Professional Genealogist.

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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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