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Below is a family biography included in History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott, published by Iola Register, 1901.  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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CLARENCE M. KINYON. In the year in which he attained his majority Clarence M. Kinyon came to Woodson County and throughout his entire business career has been identified with its agricultural interests. He is now one of the popular young farmers of Liberty township and his labors annually bring to him a good income.

Mr. Kinyon is numbered among the residents of Kansas that Pennsylvania has furnished to the Sunflower state. He was born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, June 24, 1858, and is the eldest son of W. P. and Lydia N. Kinyon. When a little lad of six summers he accompanied his parents on their removal to Minnesota, where he was reared upon a farm and in the district schools of the neighborhood acquired his education. When the family came to Kansas in 1879 they located in Linn County and resided there till 1883 when they became residents of Woodson County. He lived with his parents until his marriage, which event was celebrated on the 24th of June, 1891, the lady of his choice being Miss Daisy A. Bales, of Liberty township. She was born in Randolph County, Indiana, on the 3d of December, 1872, and in 1884 came to Kansas with her parents, John R. and Samantha Bales, who now reside in the vicinity of their daughter’s home. They also have a son, Walter M. Bales, who is yet with his parents. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Kinyon is graced with two children: Keith E., born November 29, 1894, and Vesta U., born March 23, 1898.

The farm upon which Mr. and Mrs. Kinyon reside was purchased by our subject and comprises one hundred and twenty-five acres situated eight miles north and three miles west of Yates Center. It was a tract of wild prairie when he took up his abode there and began to lay the foundation for his present prosperity. He erected a handsome residence and built a large barn, also added other necessary improvements. The land is undulating and productive and gives a rich yield in return for the care and cultivation bestowed upon it. He has also a fine young orchard of five acres which is now in bearing condition; the latest improved machinery facilitates his farm work and in every particular the place is modern, indicating the progressive spirit of the owner. Neatness is also one of the salient characteristics of the place and its orderliness is most commendable. Mr. Kinyon raises good crops and also handles what stock his farm will support. His life has been one of untiring industry and with but little assistance all that he now possesses has been acquired through his own efforts. His fellow townsmen, recognizing his worth and ability, have several times called him to public office. He was elected and served for two terms as township trustee of liberty township and also two terms as township clerk, and in both positions performed his duties in a capable and trustworthy manner.

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This family biography is one of 204 biographies included in History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott, published by Iola Register, 1901, Iola, Kansas.  For the complete description, click here: Woodson County, Kansas History and Genealogy

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