Johannes Kinsinger1815 - 1900 (84 years)
Name Johannes Kinsinger [1, 2] Born 21 Oct 1815 Contwig, Zweibrücken, GR [3, 4, 5]
Christened 21 Oct 1815 Contwig, Zweibrücken, GR Gender Male Died Oct 1900 Tremont, Tazewell Co., IL  Buried Groveland, Tazewell Co., IL [5, 6]
- Landes Mennonite Cemetery, Plot #4 on cemetery map dated 8/12/2013
Person ID I411 Schrock-Birkey Connection Last Modified 5 Mar 2021
Father Christian Kinsinger, b. 22 Feb 1794, Weisenheim-am-Berg, Palatinate, GR , d. 1840, Davis Co., IA (Age 45 years) Mother Magdeleine Schrag, b. 8 Apr 1798, Zweibrücken, Rheinland-Pfalz, GR , d. 9 May 1824, Contwig, Zweibrücken, GR (Age 26 years) Married 1 Nov 1814 Contwig, Zweibrücken, GR  Family ID F1897 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family 1 Barbara P. Smith, b. 1817, Schwartzwold, Black Forest, GR , d. 1851, Butler Co., OH (Age 34 years) Married 1834 Butler Co., OH  Children 1. John Kinsinger, b. Abt 1842, Butler Co., OH , d. Bef 1850 (Age ~ 7 years) 2. Magdalena Kinsinger, b. 19 Feb 1840, Hamilton, Butler Co., OH , d. 26 Jul 1931, Big Horn, Sheridan Co., WY (Age 91 years) 3. Barbara Kinsinger, b. Abt 1841, Butler Co., OH , d. May 1921, Butler Co., OH (Age ~ 80 years) 4. Jacob Kinsinger, b. Abt 1842, Butler Co., OH , d. 1900 (Age ~ 58 years) 5. John Kinsinger 6. Anna Kinsinger 7. Elizabeth Kinsinger, b. 3 May 1852, Butler Co., OH , d. 18 Nov 1913, Bloomington, McLean Co., IL (Age 61 years) Last Modified 5 May 2009 Family ID F1905 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family 2 Barbara Wagler, b. 19 Feb 1837, Butler Co., OH , d. 9 Oct 1902, Tremont, Tazewell Co., IL (Age 65 years) Married 10 Mar 1861 Groveland, Tazewell Co., IL  Children 1. Katharina Kinsinger, b. 27 Dec 1862, Elm Grove Twp., Tazewell Co., IL , d. 7 Oct 1903, Deer Creek Twp., Tazewell Co., IL (Age 40 years) 2. Jacobine (Phoebe) Kinsinger, b. 11 Jan 1864, Tremont, Tazewell Co., IL , d. 20 Jul 1953, Chicago, Cook Co., IL (Age 89 years) 3. Fannie Kinsinger, b. 16 Oct 1866, Pekin, Tazewell Co., IL , d. 19 Jun 1927, Union Twp., Benton Co., IN (Age 60 years) 4. Sarah Kinsinger, b. 11 Feb 1870, Groveland, Tazewell Co., IL , d. 21 Jun 1891, Groveland, Tazewell Co., IL (Age 21 years) 5. Samuel Kinsinger, b. 28 Jul 1873, Tremont, Tazewell Co., IL , d. 20 Apr 1924, Morton, Tazewell Co., IL (Age 50 years) 6. Jonnie Kinsinger, b. 23 Mar 1875, Groveland, Tazewell Co., IL , d. 26 Jan 1880, Groveland, Tazewell Co., IL (Age 4 years) 7. William Daniel Kinsinger, b. 21 Apr 1876, Groveland, Tazewell Co., IL , d. 20 Jul 1936, Flanagan, Livingston Co., IL (Age 60 years) 8. Carrie Kinsinger, b. 3 Jun 1880, Groveland, Tazewell Co., IL , d. 1 Aug 1945, Mineral, Bureau Co., IL (Age 65 years) Last Modified 1 Sep 2007 Family ID F179 Group Sheet | Family Chart
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The oldest child of Christian Kinsinger was Johannes Kinsinger, who came to be known as John Kinsinger in America. He was born on October 21,1815 in Contwig, Germany. He was considered to be a very bright young man. At the age of 19 years, he determined that his future lay in coming to America and he traveled with a small group of Mennonite immigrants by ship from the Netherlands to New York, and on through Pennsylvania to Butler County, Ohio , a center of Amish and Mennonite life in the Midwest. John (Jean) Kinsinger (19) is listed on page 1 of the Passenger List of the ship "Sully" which arrived in New York from Le Havre on November 5, 1834.
In Ohio, he was a hired laborer on Amish and Mennonite farms. In a few short years, the frugal John had saved enough money to operate his own farm. He continued the family tradition of leasing land. In 1836, he met another recently-arrived Mennonite immigrant, Barbara Smith and they were married in 1837.
In 1840, the family (as John Kensinger) was living in St. Clair Township, Butler County, Ohio and consisted of 1 male and 1 female (John and Barbara) age 20-30 years, and 1 male and 1 female under 5 years (John Jr. and Magdalena). St. Clair Township in Butler County is in the far southwestern corner of Ohio surrounding the village of Overpeck.
1840 US Census, Ohio, Butler Co., St. Clair Township, Sheet #4.
In 1850, the family was living in Fairfield Township, Butler County, Ohio and consisted of John (34), Barbara (34), Malinda (12), Barbara (10), Jacob (8), John (6), Anna (4), and Elizabeth (3 months) along with two laborers: John Reddigel (Rediger) and Wendel Greaser. It is unclear whether the family moved slightly south, or whether the township line moved north.
They had seven children when Barbara died in 1860. Shortly after Barbara's funeral, the devastated widower loaded his children into a wagon and left for Illinois, stopping near Groveland in Tazewell, County. He knew some of the residents of Groveland (Christian Bechler) who had lived in Butler County before coming to Illinois and was able to lease some farmland almost immediately.
One of those Groveland families was the Christian Wagler family. John knew Christian and his wife Catherine Ulrich Wagler and their children well. The Wagler's and John had all came to America around the same time and had been members of the same congregation in Ohio. Even so, it was a surprise to many when the 41 year-old widower with seven children married the 21 year-old daughter of Christian and Catherine Wagler, Barbara Wagler, in 1861.
John and Barbara Wagler Kinsinger had eight children. John became a highly successful farmer in Tazewell County. In addition to raising a total of 15 children, the couple opened their home to several orphans. John was gregarious, articulate, and well-informed. He was very interested in politics and business. He also taught himself to read and write English. That made him an important man in the largely German-speaking Mennonite community. He often served as a translator or go-between for transactions between the German-speaking Amish and Mennonites, and the English-speaking locals. For this reason, he was frequently called to court. It is said that he provided this service free of charge and earned much good will among his brethren.
John Kinsinger died in October, 1900 at the age of 85. Barbara Kinsinger died two years later. Both are buried in the Landes Cemetery, one mile southeast of Groveland. Of the 15 children of John Kinsinger, almost all grew to be successful. They spread from Pennsylvania to Wyoming and John Kinsinger's descendents are now present in every state of the Union. (Copied from FindAGrave website) 
- [S716] Descendants of Johannes Kinsinger.
- [S689] Pedigree Chart for Rodger Allen Salzman.
- [S218] Kinfolk (Schrock/Garber/Kinsinger families), Barbara Jeane Purdy Lorenz.
- [S40] Amish Mennonites in Germany: Their Congregations, The Estates Where They Lived, Their Families (English edition), Hermann Guth, (Masthof Press, Morgantown, PA).
- [S398] Amish Mennonites in Tazewell Co., Joseph Staker.
- [S1060] Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/32268929/johannes-kinsinger.
- [S218] Kinfolk (Schrock/Garber/Kinsinger families), Barbara Jeane Purdy Lorenz, Gives date as about 1836.
- [S716] Descendants of Johannes Kinsinger.