Biography of John M. Linsman
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Kinsman, John M., Potsdam, (deceased), was born at Shrewsbury, Vt., June 9, 1816, son of John, who was a native of Massachusetts. He married in his native State, Eunice Merritt of Massachusetts, distant relative of General E. A. Merritt, Soon after marriage they moved into the State of Vermont, where Mrs. Kinsman died in 1832, leaving five children, of whom John M. was the youngest son. He married second in 1833, Anna, sister to General Merritt's father, John M. was reared in his native State, and educated in the common schools and Brandon Seminary. He taught school a few years and married August 23, 1841, Nancy B. Kinsman, a cousin, and resident of the same town. Immediately after marriage he came to St. Lawrence county and after one year spent in Canton, bought a farm of 100 acres in Potsdam, which is still owned by his family. Mr. Kinsman always made his home on this farm. He was three years in mercantile business in company with Norman Ashley and was also engaged in dealing in live stock and produce, in connection with his farming. and interested with Hubbard Bradley of Norfolk in the mercantile business, and was a short time engaged in the manufacture of sash, doors and blinds. He was always a Republican. In 1884 he moved to the village of Norwood and two years later built a beautiful residence on Prospect street, where lie died April! 9, 1893. His first wife died November 27, 1848, leaving one child, Mrs. Henry Morgan of Norwood, who died in 1865. The widow that survives was Delania A., daughter of L. Foote of Potsdam, and they had one son, Henry M., born on the Lomestead farm August 31, 1858, He was educated in the common schools and at Oberlin Seminary. He engaged in dealing in live stock and country produce and conducted the farm since he was of age. In 1883, in partnership with H. G. Pert, of Potsdam, he opened a hardware store in Norwood, which they conducted four years, then sold and engaged in the wholesale and retail dealing in carriages, agricultural implements, harnesses, etc. His repository is a large, two story warehouse, 70x30 feet, and besides has a storehouse near the station. Mr. Kinsman married, June 13, 1883, Sylvia Baich, of Stockholm, and they have two children: Genevieve D., and Florence May.

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