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WILLIAM R. KIMMINS, 1st Sergeant, Company "B"


     William R. Kimmins, the son of John Kimmins (14 Sep 1785 - 8 Mar 1859) and Sarah Supler (6 May 1792 - 15 Feb 1879), was born 16 May 1826 in Washington, Washington County, Pa.

     William married Mary J. Mansfield, the daughter of Irish immigrant, William Mansfield, on 23 May 1855 in Marshall County, (W) Va. Mary J. was born 16 Mar 1833 in Washington, Washington County, Pa.

     The children of William and Mary were Irvin M., b 11 Apr 1857 in Va.; Mary A. b 1859 in Va.; Sarahetta, b 13 Nov 1860 in Va.; Tilla K., b 2 Feb 1867 at Rosby's Rock, Marshall County, WVa; Malinda, b 1870 in Ohio; John Richey, b: 14 Mar 1870 in Ohio; Charles B., b 29 Jan 1872 in Ohio.

1860 Census, Marshall County, (West) Virginia
William, 34-wm, farmer, PA
Mary J., 27-wf, PA
Irvin M., 3-wm, VA
Mary A., 1-wf, VA
Sarahetta C., 7/12-wf, VA

1870 Sunbury Twp., Monroe County, Ohio
# 255-255 William R. Kimmins, 44, b PA, Farmer
Mary J., 37, b PA, Keep house
Irving M., 13, b VA, School
Mary A., 12, b VA, School
Sarah E., 10, b VA, School
Matilda, 3, b VA
John R., 2 mos, b OH
Mary Mansfield, 67, b Ireland, lives with daughter

1900 Census, Brazoria County, Texas
William R. Kimmons, b May 1826, 74, mar 55 years, b Pa
Mary J., b Mar 1833, 67, b Pa
John R., son, b Mar 1870, b Ohio
Charles B., son, 28, b Jan 1872, b Ohio
Spahr, Mont Z., s-i-l, b Nov 1866, b Ohio
Spahr, Mary A., daughter, b Aug 1867, WV


Submitted by Joseph D. Parriott.

Moundsville Echo, September 28, 1900

W. R. Kimmins of Alvin, Texas, writes that himself and family lost about all they had in the gulf tidal wave. Everything they had has lost and it's simply a miracle that they passed through the flood and came out alive.

Mr. Kimmins is an aged man. He is a native of Marshall County and served during the war in a West Virginia regiment but receiveds no pension. He appeals to his friends for aid as he ahas been left entirely destitute. A subscription has been started in this city for Mr. Kimmin's benefit and the people are responding promptly. [From CNN News: The deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history ripped into the "Jewel of Texas", killing some 8,000 men, women and children and wiping away 12 city blocks -- nearly three-quarters of the island city of Galveston, Texas. The Category 4 hurricane struck September 8, 1900.]

     William R. Kimmins died 6 Feb 1913 in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas. He is buried there in the Willow Wild Cemetery. Mary J. died 5 Aug 1907 in Brazoria, Brazoria County, Texas.