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Below is a family biography included in Book of Biographies: Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, Cortland County, New York published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1898.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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DR. BENJAMIN KINYON, the popular and efficient physician of Cincinnatus, is a son of Israel and Sally (Philley) Kinyon, and was born May 2, 1842, at McDonough, Chenango County, this state.

Benjamin Kinyon, the grandfather, born in Connecticut, emigrated to this state and located at McDonough, where he died. His occupation was farming. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Israel Kinyon, the father, has lived all his life at McDonough, where he was born. In his early life he learned the trade of a carpenter and joiner, which was his occupation for many years, but later he moved on a farm and was engaged in its cultivation. Politically he has always been a Democrat, and has taken an active part in the affairs of the party. He has held a number of town offices, and has been the superintendent of the county’s poor, and for twenty years was a justice of the peace. Fora number of years he was a colonel in the old state militia organization, and is still called by that title by the old citizens. He is a man of splendid physique, and well preserved military bearing. He has frequently represented his party in conventions. He was married to Sally Philley, whose ancestors were from New England, and they still reside on the pleasant old homestead at McDonough. They have been blessed by the birth of six children: Jane, the wife of Alexander Daniels of Binghamton, N. Y.; Smith, who resides on the old homestead in McDonough; Sarah, wife of Fred Scott of Norwich, Chenango County; Benjamin; Mary, widow of Milton A. Pike of McDonough ; and Alice Ives of Guilford, Chenango County.

Dr. Benjamin Kinyon was united in marriage March 15, 1870, with Miss Ellen Smith, a daughter of William Smith of McDonough, and to them was born one child, a daughter, now the wife of J. Grove Osgood of Chicago, Ill. Dr. Kinyon was educated in the high schools of Chenango County, and then entered the office of Dr. E. L. Ensign as a student of medicine; from there he entered the Medical Department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he graduated in 1871, and at once located at Triangle, Broome County, N. Y. He remained there in the practice of his profession for fifteen years, when he removed to Cincinnatus, where he is recognized as one of the most skillful physicians of the county. He keeps well informed in all the discoveries and improvements made in the world of medicine, and any mode of treatment, which is seen to be beneficial to his patients, is quickly applied, giving them the benefit of his years of experience together with the latest methods used by men of science, as taught in the medical schools of to-day. He has a lucrative practice which covers a large territory.

He has always been an active member of the Democratic party, taking part in the councils and frequently representing his district in county and state conventions. He served as supervisor of Broome County one year and of this county three years. He is a member of the County and State Medical Societies, and is a member and master of Cincinnatus Lodge No. 706, F. & A. M. Dr. and Mrs. Kinyon are communicants of the Methodist Church, of which he is trustee and steward, and for whose advancement they both labor earnestly.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in Book of Biographies: Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, Cortland County, New York published in 1898. 

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