Biography of Charles Kilner
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Kilner, Charles, was born in Yorkshire, England, four miles from the city of York. October 13, 1821, and was the youngest of eight children of William and Hannah Kilner. In 1841. Charles came to this country with William Gibson and was to work on a farm in Shelby, for Gibson, but Gibson not liking the country, returned to England. At the same time when Charles came, his oldest brother, John, who had been living in what is now called East Shelby, for several years, had been horfie to England to make a visit, and returned to this country with Charles, two married sisters and their families. Charles made his home with his sister. His brother, being a cabinet maker, he worked in the shop with him, occasionally working for the farmers in that vicinity by the day. In July of the next year his father and family came to Shelby. That same season his father bought forty acres in what is now called West Barre and moved on it. His father being also a cabinet maker, Charles came with him to work the farm, his father still working at his trade. March 25, 1852. Charles Kilner married Celia Stevenson, by whoui he had eight children, namely: Hannah E., died in infancy, Maurice is a farmer living in Carnoren, Madison county, Mont.; Lydia, wife of Herman Bodine, lives in Burlamont, Van Buren county, Mich.; William, is a carpenter living in Barre; Minnie, wife of Bert Watson, lives in Shelby; Etta died in infancy; Jesse, the youngest son, works on the farm with his father; Kate died in infancy. Charles worked the farm for his father until 1856 when he bought it, his father having moved to Shelby some time before, and there Charles lived until 1872. when he bought the old Hallock farm in West Barre. Here he has since lived having improved the property in every respect, especially in the erection of fine buildings. Alfred Stevenson and ElizabethEvans, his wife, were natives of Sussex county, England. In 1836 the family came to Monroe county, and in 1843 moved w West; Barre. The children were as follows: Celia, wife of Charles Kilner; Albert, now in Adar. St. Clair county, Michigan; Almira, widow of Charles Burns; Ann, widow of George Porter; Agnes, widow of Horton Whiting; Alfred and Elba, of Portland, Mich., and Burton, who died when twelve weeks old. Alfred Stevenson is now eighty six years old, and Elizabeth, his wife, eighty four, They still live in Barre.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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