HARVEY H. KINDER, a well-known farmer of Washington county, is a native of West Bethlehem township, and a resident of East Pike Run township. His father, Valentine Kinder, was a son of George and Ruth Kinder, who were of German-Welsh descent, and passed their later years on a farm in Washington county Pennsylvania.
Valentine Kinder was born in 1801, in Washington county, Penn., and when a young man was united in marriage with Julia A. Booze, who was born in 1806. Their children were born as follows: George, Harvey H., Louis, Isaac, John, Christian, Elizabeth, Valentine and Samuel, of whom are yet living Harvey H. and Samuel. The father was an active worker in the Whig party, and followed the occupation of farming. He died in June, 1890, having been preceded by the mother in 1884. Both were members the M. E. Church.
Harvey H. Kinder was born September 28, 1833, on the home farm in West Bethehem township, Washington Co., Penn., where he received a common-school education. In 1861 he enlisted as a private in Company B, Twenty- second Cavalry, under Capt. A. J. Greenfield, and served in the principal battles of the war, and a number of skirmishes in which his company were engaged. In 1864 he received an honorable discharge, and returning home was married October 16, 1864, to Maria Bailey, who was born 1843, in Washington county, Penn. She is a daughter of Isaac and Agnes Bailey, and granddaughter of George and Rebecca (Zollars) Garret. The last mentioned couple were of German ancestry, and settled in this county many years ago, where they both died.
Isaac Bailey was of Welsh descent, and was born in 1812, in Washington county, Penn. When a young man he was married to Agnes Garret. She was born May 8, 1817. Three children were born to this union, as following: Maria (Mrs. Kinder), Henry and William G. He was an active worker in the Republican party, and in religion a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He died in 1882; his widow still survives.
Harvey H. and Maria (Bailey) Kinder are the parents of five children namely: Isaac V., Dora A., Anna, Emma and William. Mr. Kinder is a prominent citizen, is actively identified with the Republican party, and has held various township offices. His farm contains ninety-three acres of valuable land, upon which a comfortable two-story brick residence has been erected, also a large frame barn. He and his wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Text taken from page 590 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed March 1997 by Judy and Lee Schaeffer of Pittsburgh, PA as part of the Beers Project.
Published March 1997 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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