Sunday, November 1, 2009

Jesse Goddard Kinney, 1840-1920

Daily Iowegian - 4 June 1920
Jesse G. Kenney An Old Soldier Dies
  Another of the old soldiers, Jesse G. Kinney of a mile West of Jerome, passed away Wednesday, June 2, aged 79 years and 9 months. His funeral will be held in the Jerome Methodist church Saturday, June 5, at 2:00 o'clock.
  This death takes a member of the G. A. R. post at Centerville, one who has long been a resident of Appanoose county. He came to Iowa in 1843 and to this county about fifty years ago. He has lived on the farm near Jerome and reared a family, having seven living children, besides his surviving wife. He enlisted in the Third Iowa cavalry in the Civil war and served about two years. The surviving children are: Mrs. Osta Norris, Cedar Rapids; Ova Kinney, Seymour; Mrs. Baude Bowlin, Ottumwa; Mrs. Effie Houx, Cedar Rapids; George, Frank and Carl, of Jerome.
  Mr. Kinney was living on the old home place, with his son, Carl. He was a member of the Methodist church at Jerome. He was a man with many friends in his own community, among his comrades and over the county generally.
Daily Iowegian - 6 June 1920
Jesse Goddard Kinney
  Jessie Goddard Kinney, youngest son of Jacob and Eve Kinney, was born September 1, 1840, in Champaign county, Ohio, and died June 2, 1920, at his ome, one mile west of Jerome, aged 79 years, 9 months and 1 day.
  He was the last of a family of twelve children. At the age of two years he moved with his parents to Davis county, Iowa, where he grew to manhood. In 1863, he enlisted in the service of his country, where he served until the close of the war, being discharged with honors at Memphis, Tenn.
  He served in the 3rd Iowa cavalry, Co. A and has been a faithful and zealous attendant at all their reunions. Always thing it a great loss if he could not meet every year with the boys, renewing old times and seeming to grow younger and happier after every reunion.
  He will be missed by his old comrades at those reunions.
  On January 5, 1870, near Troy, Davis county, Iowa, he was united in marriage to Miss Louise Enoch, and in the following April they moved to the farm on which he lived until his death, which was over fifty years.  To this union were born ten children, three of whom preceded him in death. The surviving children are: Mrs. Osta Norris, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ova Kinney, of Wayne county, Iowa; Mrs. Effie Houx, of Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Maude Bohie, of Ottumwa, Iowa; and George, Frank and Carl, of the home place. He leaves also his wife, seven grand children, and on great grand child, and a host of other relatives and friends, and old comrades to mourn his death.
  The funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday from the Jerome M. E. church where he had so long been a faithful member, having been converted to that faith in 1878.
  The funeral services were very impressive. Eighteen old veterans from both Seymour and Centerville headed the procession, and took charge of the services at the grave. Reverend Mr. Trostel, of Jerome, conducted the services in the church and spoke very fittingly to the friends and especially to the old veterans.
  His daughter, Miss Trostel, sang Mr. Kinney's favorite song, "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground," very effectively.
  His four sons acting as pall bearers reverently tendered the last services they could perform for their father.
  In all the fifty years Mr. Kinney resided in the same community he lived and worked for the highest and best in everything and no man was more highly respected.
  Burial was in the Jerome cemetery.
Card of Thanks
  We kindly thank all friends for their help, kindness and sympathy given during the sickness and death of our husband and father and tfor the beautiful flowers given. Also want to thank the old veterans for their help and kindness for they were certainly appreciated. 
  --Mrs. J. G. Kinney and Family


  1. Thank you for posting all of this information. I have always wondered when J. G. Kinney passed away and the story and obit are great. He is a brother to my G-G-Grandmother, I have added this information to my family tree.
    Teresa Hoddy

  2. Thanks, Teresa. Do you have any additional information on the Kinney family of Jerome that you could contribute for posting to The Jerome Journal? All contributions are given proper credit on The Jerome Journal. Thanks.