THOMAS KINCAID, one of the honored early settlers of Menard county, was born in Bath county, Kentucky, October 15, 1822, and was of Irish ancestry. His paternal grandfather, Archibald R. Kincaid, was born in Ireland and on emigrating to America settled near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. There he was married to Miss Townsley and he continued to reside in the Cumberland valley of Pennsylvania until 1795, when with his family of ten children he removed to Bath county, Kentucky.
Andrew Kincaid, the father of our subject, was at that time four years of age. He remained upon his father's farm until his marriage in 1807, Miss Ann P. Caldwell, a native of Bath county, Kentucky, becoming his wife. She was born in 1787 and remained a resident of Kentucky until many years after her marriage. In 1834 Andrew Kincaid came with his family to Illinois, settling in township 18, Menard county, on land which he purchased of Ellis Branson. His family then numbered nine children, but one died soon after the removal to Illinois. After a long, useful and honorable career, Andrew Kincaid passed away in 1872 at the advanced age of eighty-six years.
In 1834 Thomas Kincaid accompanied his parents on their removal to Illinois. The family home was established on a farm at Indian Point and there he spent his boyhood days, becoming familiar with the arduous task of developing a new farm. As the years passed he became an influential and prosperous farmer of Menard county, extensively engaged in agricultural pursuits, and by reason of his keen business ability he amassed a considerable fortune previous to his retirement from active business life, which was necessitated by failing health.
In early manhood Mr. Kincaid married Miss Lucinda Patterson, the wedding being celebrated October 18, 1849. The lady was born in Hardin county, Ohio, and died April 13, 1874. In their family were seven children, of whom two died in infancy. Those living are Mrs. Hattie Johnson, the wife of Kirby S. Johnson, who is represented on another page of this volume; Louie, the wife of Harry R. Jones; Lucy, the wife of U. J. Hale, of Jacksonville, Illinois; Anna, the wife of Isaac Jones, of Aspen, Colorado; and Lee, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work.