Biography of Captain Levi H. Kinney
Potter County, PA Biographies

CAPTAIN LEVI H. KINNEY, farmer, P. 0. Shinglehouse, was born in Old Sodas, Wayne Co., N. Y., July 27, 1819, a son of Barnabas and Naamah (Holcomb) Kinney, natives of Hillsdale Columbia Co., N Y. His paternal grandfather was Barnabas Kinney, a native of Scotland, who served through the Revolutionary war, and was a pioneer of Sodas, Wayne Co., N. Y. Though exempt from duty, he raised a company at Sodas, to participate in the war of 1812. His maternal grandfather was Return Holcomb, a native of Connecticut, who served in the French war of Canada, went through the Revolution, and was long a resident of Columbia county, N. Y., but died in Greene, Chenango Co., N. Y. Our subject was reared in Jasper, Steuben Co., N. Y., from five years of age, where he received a limited common school education. In 1845 he came to Sharon, this county, where he worked in a saw mill two years for $18 per month, and boarded himself. In the spring of 1847 he purchased the farm he now owns and occupies, all of which he has cleared and improved; for many years prior to the war he was engaged in lumbering. In August, 1861, he raised Company D, Eighty fifth New York Volunteers, with whom he was mustered into the service as captain, and served three years, when he was honorably discharged. In 1839 he married Mary, daughter of Caleb and Deborah (Silsby) Tyler, of Steuben county, N. Y., and to them were born three children: Angie, Alanson T. and Bryce B. Alanson T. was in the Civil war, and served two years as a private in his father's company, but was promoted to second lieutenant; he resigned and returned home, and raised Company F. Two Hundred and Tenth Pennsylvania Volunteers, with which he was mustered in as captain; was wounded twice, and was disabled at Gravelly Run, April 4, 1865; he was mustered out with the company in June, 1865; he is now the sheriff of Branch county, Mich. Bryce B. was also a soldier, a member of Company B, Second Iowa Cavalry, and died, in 1872, of disease contracted while in the service. Capt. Kinney is a prominent and representative citizen and farmer of Sharon. He has served one term of three years as commissioner for Potter county; he is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and politically is a stanch Republican.

History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890

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