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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published by Biographical Review Publishing Company in 1896.  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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JUSTUS HOLLAND KINGSLEY, the worthy descendant of an old and honored family of Hampshire County, was born December 30, 1842, in Westhampton, where he is now a conspicuous figure in the farming community. His father, the late Zenas Kingsley, was a native of Westhampton, and for many years carried on an extensive business in the manufacture of woollen goods, and was also identified with the farming interests of this town. In the latter part of his life he removed to Stratford, Coos County, N.H., there becoming interested in the lumber business, continuing thus engaged until his demise in 1881. To him and his wife, formerly Susan Elwell, nine children were born, namely: Susan M., wife of Henry M. Parsons, of Northampton; Edward W., of Westhampton; Joseph H., of whom a short sketch appears elsewhere in this volume; Cynthia S., who married Charles Clark, both she and her husband being now deceased; Zenas Mahlon, a soldier in the late Civil War, who died in his country’s service; Nelson H., of Riverside, Cal.; Ellen V., widow of the late Enoch Perkins, of Northampton; Justus Holland; and Fidelia M.

Justus H. Kingsley was reared and educated in this town; but, when his father removed to New Hampshire, he accompanied him thither, remaining with him, assisting him in his labors, and caring for him in his last days. In 1886 Mr. Kingsley and his sister Fidelia returned to the home of their childhood years, and here bought their present farm of two hundred acres, on which they have since resided. Mr. Kingsley takes a genuine interest in tilling the soil, and is continually making substantial improvements on his estate, rendering it one of the best in point of equipments of any in the locality. He pays especial attention to the raising of choice fruits, besides which his principal productions are hay and corn, his harvests being, large and profitable. A Republican in his political affiliations, Mr. Kingsley is an earnest supporter of the principles of that party; and, religiously, both he and his sister are valued and esteemed members of the Congregational church. As citizens and neighbors they are held in high regard throughout the community.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published in 1896. 

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