Tombstone Tuesday – April 26, 2022 – Barbara Z (Hilliard /Willard) Kinnaman

Barbara (Hilliard) Willard was born on November 19, 1785 in Stokes, Pitt County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Johann George and Susannah Catherine (Appel) Willard.

Barbara married Walter Kinnaman. in Stokes, North Carolina on March 14, 1808. Walter and Barbara had ten children; Hiram L. (1809), Samuel (1813), Susannah (1813), Richard (1815), Margaret (1818), Solomon (1818), Henry (1820), Andrew (1822), Hannah (1824), Barbara (1826). Walter and Barbara left North Carolina in 1816 and settled in Montgomery County, Ohio. They moved on to Madison County, Indiana by the 1830 Federal Census and remained there until shortly after the 1850 Federal Census. This information was extracted from a Kinnamon Family book in the chapter about the John Thomas Kinnamon Family. John Thomas is Walter’s father.

In the 1850 Federal Census., Barbara is found in Madison County, Indiana with her husband, Walter. They have six other Kinnaman family members listed with them. Walter is 71 years old and Barbara is 66. There is a 32 year old Edmund and a 23 year old Barbara listed. Barbara is likely their youngest daughter. Could Edmund really be Solomon or Solomon Edmund? The age would be correct and I do not know if Solomon had a middle name. The younger children listed are Richard’ s children according to the Kinnaman Family in America book. Is Richard’s middle name Edmund? I find no records for an Edmund or Edmond Kinnaman. The children recorded are John (1835), Henry (Wm- 1840), Lucinda (1844) and Susan (1847).

One hundred and sixty-six years ago today Barbara Kinnaman died in Flora, Clay County, Illinois. She is buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

Rest in peace Barbara!

Love Jan

Barbara was a challenge this week to my research skills. She is listed as a Hilliard, Williard and Willard in various records. The Kinnamon name is also an issue at times it is Kinnamon, Kinnaman and Kinnimin. I had my work cut out for me. Barbara is the paternal grandmother to the wives of two of my Smith Great Uncles. Yes…this is quite a stretch but it was what I had to work with this week.

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