Job B. Kinnison, son of John J. and Betsey Kinnison, was
born in the town of Parny, Monroe County, State of New York, on
the 18th day of August, 1826. At the age of fourteen, he
bound himself as an apprentice to a cabinet maker. He remained
in this position for five years, giving the closest attention and untiring energy to mastering the details of the trade. The first practical account to which he turned his knowledge of cabinet making
was at Munday Valley, whither he went and engaged to work for
Edward and Samuel Swayne, but after one year and a half in their
employ his health became seriously affected from the inhalation of
dust arising from black walnut turnings. After two years of suffering he was sufficiently recovered to resume business, but not daring to risk another attack by working in contact with walnut he
purchased a boat on the Genesee Valley Canal and conducted that
business during the ensuing season. It was at this time that Mr.
K. met Miss Ellen Marks, a very estimable lady, daughter of Samuel and Betsy Marks, of Old Dansville, Livingston County, N. Y.,
and on the 7th day of June, 1818, they were united in marriage.
Mr. K. removed to Michigan three years afterwards and has been a
resident of the State ever since, residing in various portions. Mr.
K. enlisted Aug. 5, 1861, in Co. G, 6th Mich. Infantry Volunteers,
under Col. Curtemas. He was mustered into the service at Kalamazoo on the 21st day of August, 1801. This regiment was enlisted for three years. It was sent to Baltimore, thence to Newport
News, and was at Forts St. Philip and Jackson during the siege of
those noted places. His regiment was the first to unfurl the union;
colors in the city of New Orleans. He was afterwards sent to Vicksburg, Baton Rouge and Alexandria, where he partook of two sharp
engagements; also Bnizin City, La., Pattersonville, and in capturing the rebel gunboat, William H. Cotton, while on a scouting expedition near Lake Pontcliartrian. Mr. K. received injuries from
which he has never recovered and for which he is now drawing a
pension of 618 per month. These injuries were caused by falling
through a railroad bridge while in pursuit of the retreating rebels.
Soon after returning from the army Mr. K. came to White River
Landing, on the 9th day of June, 1800, and has lived there ever
since. His occupation at present is fishing. He has represented
the interests of the town to a considerable extent during his resilience there, holding the offices of Town Clerk, Justice of the Peace
and Postmaster, to which office he was appointed April 1, 1880.
His family consist of the following named: Mary H., born April 6,
1858; Lucretia B., born July 20, 1850; Mary Ann, born Aug. 10,
1858; John S., bora Sept. 24, 1800; Eliza E„ born Dec. 28, 1801;
Of this number Mary Ann died Sept.C, 1800, at Cheshire, and John
S., died September 21,1800. There was also one child Maud H.,
which died in its infancy. Lucretia B. is the wife of Frank S.
Nickett, married at Clay Banks, Jan. 22, 1871; and Eliza E. was
married Feb. 21, 1821, to Benj. F. Johnson. Doth of the latter
named gentlemen are at present residing in White River.
S. J. B. Watson, farmer, is one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of White River, and has filled many public offices, but
is now retired to his fine farm. He was born June 20, 1814, in
Hartford, Conn., moved when throe years old to Watertown, N. Y.,
and in 1855 came to White River as carpenter to the Ferrys. He
was postmaster from 1858 to 1804, receiving about $300 annually;
was Supervisor for over ten years, also County Superintendent of
the poor, Deputy Sheriff under Gray of Ottawa, Justice of the Peace
twenty years, and is still Superintendent of Schools, also Treasurer
and Assessor for two years. In politics he is an old time Democrat.
He married first, Silvia Slate, in 1886, at Watertown, and the only
issue is T. S. Watson, of the Mears Hotel. About 1840 he married
Mary Hewitt, by whom he has Sanford Watson, of Montague.