James Kindred, who is living retired in Pleasanton after many years devoted to agricultural pursuits, was born
in Owen township, Jackson county, Indiana, in March, 1834, of the marriage of William and Rachel (Woods) Kindred.
The father was a native of Kentucky and was by occupation a farmer and blacksmith. He removed to Indiana in an
early day in the history of that state and at first concentrated his attention upon blacksmithing. Later he purchased
land in Jackson county, which he operated until 1856, when he moved to Missouri. He continued to do blacksmithing
in connection with his farm work until he was seventy years of age, his demise occurring in 1895, when he was eighty
years old. His wife, who was a native of Indiana, has also passed away.
James Kindred received his education in the district schools of the Hoosier state, but when fourteen years of age
left home and began to provide for his own support, going to Illinois, where he worked as a farm hand for eight
years. At the end of that time he removed to Mercer county, Missouri, where he bought land which he improved and
operated. In the meantime he had learned the blacksmith's trade and erected a shop upon his farm, doing blacksmithing
for thirteen years. He was actively engaged in farming for fifty three years, but at the end of that time felt
that he had accumulated sufficient of this world's goods and in May, 1910, he removed to Pleasanton, where he is
now living retired. He still owns, however, two hundred and eighty three acres of excellent land and at one time
held title to four hundred acres.
On the 16th of March, 1856, Mr Kindred was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Easton, a daughter of John J. and
Nancy (Thorp) Easton, both natives of Kentucky. The father, who followed the occupation of farming, removed to
Indiana in the early days of the history of that state, and after residing there for a number of years went to
Illinois, whence he removed to Mercer county, Missouri. He died when sixty seven years of age and his wife is also
deceased Mr. and Mrs. Kindred have become the parents of twelve children, namely: Nancy C., the deceased wife of
Phil Kindred; John William, who is living in Colorado; Delanie, deceased; Mary F., the wife of Jack Kindred, a
resident of Harrison county, Missouri; Rebecca, who married Charles Edwards, residing in Colorado; Robert R., deceased;
Susan E., the wife of Andrew Moore, who operates the farm belonging to our subject; Janet C., who married Emmett
Hilton, of Mercer county, Missouri; Beverly, deceased; Charles C. and Albert, who have also passed away; and Bertie
E., the wife of Henry Hill, of Mercer county, Missouri.
Mr Kindred is a democrat and is a faithful worker in the ranks of the party. During the Civil war he was for twenty
two days at the front. He has made many friends in Pleasanton since removing here and is accounted one of the valuable
citizens of the town, as he takes a keen interest in the general welfare.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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