Biography of James Kinsey of Darien, NY

James Kinsey was born in the town of Huntington, County Hereford, England, in 1783. He married Elizabeth Gwillen, and came to America with his family in 1832, landing in New York. He set out for Ohio, but on hearing that his destination was an unhealthy region he remained in the vicinity of Utica about two years, and in 1834 settled on a farm in Darien, where he lived till his death. His son, James Kinsey, Jr., was born in England, came to Darien with his father in 1834, and married Grizilda Freeman in 1847. He first settled on the homestead, but now owns an extensive farm one mile west of Darien Center. Mr. Kinsey and his brother Stephen have been the largest dealers in cattle, horses, sheep, and swine of any in their town, and among the largest in the county. Mr. Kinsey is a staunch Democrat, and has been very popular with his townsmen. He was elected supervisor of his town in 1887, and reelected in 1888, and has also served as magistrate. He is a man of influence, energy, and enterprise, and is widely known, He and his brother Stephen erected the first steam cheese factory in Genesee County, and aided with their influence and money the building of a steam saw-mill at the depot. An overwhelming sorrow befell Mr. and Mrs. Kinsey at the burning of their home, February 11, 1861, when their sons Frank, aged nine years, and Stephen, aged seven, perished in the flames. Their surviving children are James H., born May 3, 1849, who is an extensive grain merchant at St. Croix, Wis.; Russell L., born June 8, 1858, a lawyer in Buffalo; and William E., born May 24, 1863, a dealer in farm produce in Darien. Stephen Kinsey, son of James K., Sr., was born in England, July 7, 1827, came to Darien with his parents in 1834, and was educated in the common school of Darien Center. In February, 1869, he married Sophia Champany, by whom he has one child, a daughter, born October 28, 1882. Mr. Kinsey and his brother succeeded their father on the homestead, which Mr. Kinsey now owns. He, like his brother James, is a decided Democrat, and has served his town as highway commissioner and tax collector. Mrs. Kinsey was an expert cheesemaker in the aforementioned factory and took the first premium for cheese at the State fair held in Buffaloin 1866.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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