Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen
H. H. Hardesty, Vol II, 1894, pages 578-579.

Contributed by Shirley Fox Allen.

     Cephus Kinney - A son of George and Mary (Six) Kinney, both deceased, was born in Greene county, Pa., Jan. 15, 1842, and settled in Marshall county, in Feb. 1891. He was married in Greene county, Pa., Oct. 5, 1865, to Jennie Ashbrook, born in Washington county, Pa., in 1843. Her parents were William and Sallie Ashbrook, and are now deceased. Two children were born to them, Caroline and William D., dec. By his second wife, Annie Lough, he had the following children, John, Sadie, Lindsey, Harry C., Samuel, George, Jessie, Emma and Benson. Comrade Kinney was by occupation a farmer when he entered the army at the age of eighteen years, from Wheeling, W.Va., as a private, afterwards promoted to Corp., Aug. 31, 1861, in Co. N, 1st W.Va. Cav., 1st Brig., 2d Div., 1st Cav. Corps. He was wounded twice while in battle; at Warrenton Junction, and at Bunker Hill by gunshots; for the first wound he was in hospital at Martinsburg three weeks, then transferred to Parkersburg where he remained from Aug. 1861 to July 1865; he was furloughed from hospital for thirty days and returned to Wheeling, W.Va. at expiration of time. He was captured by Mosby in the spring of 1862 but made his escape before reaching Richmond. Dec. 1863 he was honorably discharged from first enlistment, and re-enlisted the same day in Co. I, 1st W.Va. Cav. He was detailed about three months as Ord. for Gen. Kimble. His battle list includes Bloomery, Romeny, Kelley Ford, Fredericksburg, Culpeper, Strausburg, Meddletown, Stanton, Fort Republic, Winchester, Hanover C. H., Gettysburg, Brandy Station, Henter's Raid, Sheridan's Campaign, Cedar Creek, Salem, Newtown, Chancellorsville, Kelley's Ford, 2d Bull Run, Monterey, Smithburg, Hagerstown, Boonsboro, Gaines' Road, Summerville, Ford, Rabosen Ford, Cross Roads and Liberty Gap, receiving an honorable discharge June 1865 at Wheeling, W.Va. Of his four brothers who served in the late war, all lived to return home. Comrade Kinney is Q. M. of S. B. Stidger Post, 35, he is a farmer by occupation, and his address is Loudenville, W.Va.


Moundsville Echo, January 27, 1932

Submitted by Joseph D. Parriott; typed by Linda Fluharty.

Cephas Kinney, 90, veteran of the Civil War, died at his home on Myrtle avenue Tuesday evening at 4:56 o'clock, following a brief illness.

Mr. Kinney is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna Kinney, and five sons: John, of Columbus; Sam and Harry of Akron, O.; Lindsey, of Proctor, R.F.D., and Benson, of Warren, O., and three daughters, Mrs. Sadie Knicely, of Garrison, Pa.; Mrs. Myrtle Keller, at home and Mrs. Emma Pettit, of Akron; thirty-two grandchildren and thrty-eight grandchildren.

He was a member of the Church of Christ, Moundsville. Mr. Kinney served during the Civil War with Company 1, First West Virginia Cavalry, and a member of the J. C. Caldwell Post, No. 21, G. A. R.

He enlisted Aug. 31, 1861 Co. N. 1st W. Va. Cavalry; was wounded at Warrenton Junction, and again Bunker Hill. Was captured by Mosly in 1862, but escaped before reaching prison.

He took part in the following battles: Bloomery, Romney, Kelleys Ford, Fredricksburg, Culpeper, Stansburg, Middletown, Stanton, Fort Republic, Winchester, Hanover C. H., Gettysburg, Brandy Station, Cedar Creek, Salem, Newtown, Chancellorsville, 2nd Bull Run, Monterey, Smithburg, Boonsboro, Gaines Mill, Summersville Ford, Cross Roads and Liberty Gap. He was discharged in June 1865 at Wheeling, W. Va.

The body will be removed from the Grisell funeral home to the late residence this afternoon, where short services will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock. The Funeral party will leave immediately thereafter for the Christian church on Fork Ridge, where services will be held at 2 o'clock. Interment will be in the Christian church cemetery on Fork Ridge.