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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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LEVI W. KINGMAN, deceased, was born in Worthington, May 16, 1825, son of Isaiah and Lucy (Daniels) Kingman. Isaiah Kingman was a native of Connecticut, and came from that State to Worthington, where he engaged in agriculture, at the same time working at his trade, which was that of a tailor. His wife, who was born in Connecticut, became the mother of eleven children, as follows: Alphonzo, who married Sally Parsons, both now deceased; Franklin, deceased, who married Theodosia Smith; Sophronia, who died young; Mary, deceased, who married George Davis, of New York; Sophronia (second), who married the Hon. Elisha Brewster, formerly a prominent resident of Worthington, both deceased; Emily, who also died young; Lucy, deceased, who married Jonathan Davis; Charles, who died in his youth; Samuel A., an ex-Chief Justice in the State of Kansas; Levi W., the subject of this sketch; and Emily, who died in infancy.

Levi W. Kingman received his education at the district schools and at the Worthington Academy, and was reared to agriculture. He taught school for some time, and assisted his father in carrying on the farm. He was a successful agriculturist and a highly esteemed citizen. He is well remembered as a kind-hearted and sympathetic neighbor. Levi W. Kingman died November 2, 1852, sincerely regretted by all who knew him.

On June 9, 1850, Mr. Kingman was united in marriage to Miranda B. Bartlett, of Worthington. She was born October 26, 1831, daughter of Russell and Nancy (Jones) Bartlett. The father was born August 1, 1806, and became a prominent man in the community. He was a Republican in politics, was Postmaster in West Worthington for thirty-four years, and served as a Selectman for over eight years. He and his family were members of the Congregational church, and devoted much of their spare time to church work. Russell Bartlett died in April, 1874. Mr. and Mrs. Kingman had but one child, Mary Jane, who was born March 22, 1851, and died October 7, 1852.

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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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