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William G. Kitchen Biography
Bollinger County, Missouri

William G. Kitchen Bollinger Co Mo Biography
  • William G. Kitchen was born in Roane County, Tenn., in 1832, and is a son of Thomas Kitchen, also a native of Roane County, Tenn., born in 1804.

    The latter was reared in his native State, and married Nancy Ingram, who was born in 1806.

    She died in Bollinger County, Mo., in 1834, leaving two children: Sarah (afterward the wife of Farmer Harper) and William G.

    In 1847 Thomas Kitchen removed to Missouri, and located on a farm in Stoddard County.

    Two years later he removed to Cape Girardeau County, where he died in the spring of 1850.

    William G. was reared on his father's farm, and came with him to Stoddard County., Mo.

    He received a liberal education in the common schools.

    In 1855 he went to California in search of gold and remained there, engaged in mining and farming, until 1865, when he returned home on a visit, but soon went back to the fold fields, and resumed his former occupations until 1869.

    He visited home often, making in all seven trips to California and back.

    In 1886 he returned to Missouri to locate, and the next year settled on a farm in Bollinger County, where he has since resided, very successfully engaged in tilling the soil. In 1887 he was married to Miss Sarah Zimmerman, of German descent, born in 1850.

    Mr. Kitchen's political views accord with the principles of the Democratic party.

    Mrs. Kitchen is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South." [p. 836]

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, page 836
Contributed by Joe Crim

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