Lincoln County West Virginia Biography of Wellington G. KINNISON


            Wellington G. KINNISON, one of the farming population of Laurel Hill district, is a native of Logan county, (then) Virginia, born October 18, 1831, and his parents, Reuben P. and Melinda (McComas) Kinnison, moved to Kanawha county in 1835. Nancy Adkins, daughter of Richard and Lucinda (Drake) Adkins, was born in Cabell county, April 6, 1837. She became the wife of Wellington G. Kinnison in Lincoln county, July 10; 1851, and they have had eight children: Emma V., born September 24, 1855, died September 14, 1873; Malinda J., April 23, 1858; Mary A., February 21, 1861; Fannie, February 13, 1864, died April, 1865; Lucinda B., October 31, 1866; Albert E., January 25, 1870; Sarah E., June 10, 1878; Rosella, May 2, 1879. W.G. Kinnison was first lieutenant of the 31st Virginia Militia, in the Federal army, and was on picket at the siege of Knoxville. C. Kinnison, brother of W.G., was killed at the second Bull Run fight. Mr. Kinnison came to what is now Lincoln county in 1847, and has for eight years been president of the board of education, and also is justice of the peace in Laurel Hill district. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, has taught school seven years, and has been engaged in lumbering. He was on Kanawha river a pilot several years, but is now extensively engaged in farming, as well as teaching. He is the owner of 50 acres of land on Guyan river, near the mouth of Six-mile creek. There is a good orchard and a ten-foot vein of coal on the farm. Address, Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia.


      Extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Lincoln County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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