Carroll County IL Biographies

Daniel Kingery

Daniel Kinger, one of the old and well-known citizens of Lanark, is, like a good many other residents of Carroll County, a native of Maryland, born May 14, 1824. He is a son of Jacob and Sarah (Hubermale) Kingery, both of German descent, who were life-long residents of the state of Maryland, where both died. They were the parents of nine children, of whom our subject was the youngest and his birthplace was beside the Burnside Bridge, close to where the battle of Antietam was fought. By the death of his father he was left an orphan at the age of 15, but he remained at his native place until he was 20 years old, carrying all his worldly possessions, save the suite he was dressed in, tied up in a pocket-handkerchief. Today he is worth at least $85,000, a result achieved by his habits of industry, thrift and economy, and he has arrived at his present position with a character unstained, and with a reputation for integrity and uprightness second to that of no man in Carroll County. Shortly after the death of his father he began learning the trade of cooper, following that trade a short time after coming to this county.

Mr. Kingery first came to Carroll County in 1845, traveling by team to Pittsburg, thence to St. Louis by river, and, taking a new departure from there, came up the Illinois River to LaSalle, then across the country to Mt. Carroll, where he made his home until 1876, then removed to Lanark, wherehe now lives. When he first landed here he had but $25, being all the m oney he was worth in the world. From this has grown his present large estate, which was not acquired, however, until after many years of arduous toil. He is a thorough farmer, and alays made his land productive, and while other farmers were complaining of hard times, he, by goodmanagement and the thorough cultivation of his land, made money. As an instance of this, we may mention that in one year he sold from a farm of 300 acres grain and stock to the amount of over $7,000.

Our subject has been twice married, both times in this county. In 1850 he was wedded to Miss Susan Emmert, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Emmert, the former of whom is deceased, and the latter is still surviving. By this union he became the father of eight children, and four are still living; Amanda, the wife of Daniel Snitzer, and the mother of eight children, of whom seven are living. Mary is wedded to the Rev. J. Scott Snively, minister of the German Baptist Church at Lanark and is the mother of three children; Ida is married to Fonda Orr of Philadelphia PA who is a minister of the German Baptist Church; John M. married Mary Goodyear, and is engaged in the loan and abstract business in Brown County, Neb.; he has two children. The mother of this family died Aug. 7, 1876.

The second marriage of Mr. Kingery was contracted Dec. 26, 1876, his wife being Mrs. Matilda (Peck) Forney, who was born in Somerset County PA in 1846. She was the widow of Jacob Forney, by whom she had two children, a son and daughter. The former, Jones, is a resident of Brown County KS and the daughter, Myra is engaged in teaching school. Of her union with our subject there are not children.

Our subject is the owner of 203 acres of fine land, two miles west of Lanark, which for 20 years past has been rented by a brother-in-law, who has in that time paid over $13,000 for rent, and they have never in all their score of years exchanged a harsh word. Mr. Kingery has also given considerable property to his children, giving each enough to insure a good start in life, and has still, as already stated, an ample estate left. He and his wife are now living a retired life in the city of Lanark, and are enjoying a well earned repose. Both are active and consistent members of the German Baptist Church, of which for 28 years Mr. Kingery has been Trustee and Deacon, and no family in Carroll County is held in higher esteen than that of Daniel Kingery.

Transcribed and Contributed by Carol Parrish from Portraits & Biographical 1889 Pg 816

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