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William F. Kinder Biography
Bollinger County, Missouri

William F. Kinder Bollinger Co Mo Biography
  • William F. Kinder, treasurer of Bollinger County, Mo., was born in Cape Girardeau County, in 1830, and is a son of Jonathan and Sophia (Limbaugh) Kinder.

    Jonathan Kinder was of German descent, born in North Carolina in 1800, and when but ten years of age came with his father, Henry Kinder, to Missouri, and located near Bessville, Bollinger County.

    At that time this territory belonged to Upper Louisiana, and was an unbroken wilderness, teeming with wild animals and Indians. Henry Kinder spent the remainder of his life here.

    After Jonathan Kinder's marriage he located near his father's farm, but in a few years bought a farm of 400 acres nine miles east of Marble Hill, and resided there until his death, in 1868.

    His wife was also of German descent and was born in North Carolina, in 1803.

    She is still living and is the mother of nine children, eight of whom are living: Alfred, Serelda (wife of John Cofer), Mary, William F., Jefferson, Elizabeth, Evaline (wife of Louis Thomas) and Ellison.

    William F. grew to manhood on his father's farm, receiving his education in the common schools.

    In 1858 he married Miss Mary E., daughter of Daniel Clippard, of Cape Girardeau County.

    Mrs. Kinder was botn in that county in 1825.

    Seven children have been born to them: Edward, Arabella (wife of J.G. Finney, editor of Marble Hill Press), Linus, Mason, Lyman, May and Thurman.

    After his marriage Mr. Kinder located near his birthplace and engaged in merchandising at Gavel Hill, but in 1859 he removed to Marble Hill.

    When the war broke out he gave up merchandising and engaged in farming until peace was restored, when he resumed selling goods at his home, and in 1869 returned to Marble Hill, where he continued until 1880, meeting with marked success.

    He now has an interest in the store of Sample & Kinder, of Lutesville.

    In 1856 Mr. Kinder was elected assessor of Cape Girardeau County, and held the office two years.

    In 1874 he was elected treasurer of Bollinger County, and was re-elected in 1876, 1878, 1884 and 1886, the last time having no opponent.

    It need not be said that he has made an able and efficient officer.

    Mr. Kinder has been a life-long Democrat, casting his fist vote for Franklin Pierce in 1852. he and wife are member of the Presbyterian Church. [p. 834-835]

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, [p. 834-835]
Contributed by Joe Crim

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