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Kinnick 2003 Genealogy Book

Prepared as Part of The Kinnick Project,
from the works of hundreds of people by
Compiler, William L. (Bill) Smith

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Walter and Mary Front Page
Adult Life in Capsule Form
Walter Watson, age 20 at the time, enlisted 14 Apr 1861 at Tiskilwa in Co. I, 12th Illinois Infantry. When he came home on furlough, he married Mary Estelle Simmons, of Tiskilwa, on 6 Feb 1862. While still at home from the war (apparently), Walter and Mary, on 15 Jun 1862, sold their interest in the (his father's) 160 acres (Walter's one-eighth) to Thomas Richmond for $115.

Walter re-enlisted 10 Aug 1862 in Co. D, Seventh Regiment, Kansas Volunteers, Cavalry (not 5 Regiment as reported elsewhere). He took his bride with him to Corinth, MS, where she acted as nurse for troops in camp there. He was discharged 2 Dec 1864 from St. Louis, MO.

Walter and Mary began their family, first four born in Buda, with a son, Joseph Erastus, born 13 Nov 1864 (born while Walter was still in military service), and then had three daughters born in the 1860s: Nora E (b. 4 Jan 1866, d. 10 Feb 1866), Emma Estella (b. 9 Dec 1866), and Margaret (b. 7 Dec 1868).

Walter and Mary were in Stuart, Adair Co, Iowa, for the birth of Alonzo Palmer Kinnick (b. 2 Nov 1870, my great-grandfather!). George Walter was born 18 Sep 1872, in Mendon, Missouri. Two sons and three daughters were born back in Buda, Bureau Co, during Susan's lifetime (Walter's mother): Ira Odell (b. 20 Jul 1874), Katherine Susan (Katie) (b. 22 Feb 1876), Fanny Alice (b. 13 Mar 1878), John (b. 6 Nov 1880, d. 18 Nov 1881), and Mary Etta (b. 17 May 1885). Their youngest child, Gracie Irene, was born 30 Oct 1887.

Mary's sister, Rachel, wife of A.O. Van Aken, had her last child in 1886. Family stories suggest theat A.O. and Rachel visited Buda late in 1887, probably when Mary gave birth to Gracie. The known fact is that Walter and Mary's son, Alonzo (Lon), accompanied A. O. back to Iowa, at age 17 ( 2 Nov 1887), and remained there the rest of his life (in the vicinity of Coon Rapids, which is in the corner of Carroll, near Greene, Guthrie and Audubon counties). [Lon is my great-grandfather, of course. Bill]


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