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Below is a family biography included in The History of Polk County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Nelson N. Kinder was born August 14, 1852, in Tennessee, and is the son of James M. and Martha J. (Cates) Kinder. James M. Kinder was born May 1, 1824, in Grainger County, East Tennessee, and grew to manhood in that State. He was there married to Miss Cates, September 20, 1846, and afterward settled down and engaged in farming and teaching school, having, previous to his marriage, attended Mossy Creek College a short time, and also taught for about four years. In i860 he and family removed to Polk County, Mo., and afterward he enlisted in the Home Guards, served about one year, and during that time was disabled from a fall. After leaving the Home Guards he returned to his farm, where he is still living in the enjoyment of fairly good health. His wife was born in Grainger County, Tenn., January 13, 1829, and is the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Lloyd) Cates. To Mr. and Mrs. Kinder were born ten children, five of whom are now living. Mrs. Kinder is still living on the farm in Polk County. The paternal grandfather, Jacob Kinder, was born in Wythe County, Va., and was married in that county to Miss Mary Rouse. He emigrated to Grainger County, Tenn., in 1820, followed farming in that State, and died suddenly there when sixty-three years of age. The paternal grandmother, Mary Rouse, was born in Virginia, and died in Tennessee on the old home place soon after the death of her husband. The maternal grandfather of our subject, Charles Cates, was born in North Carolina in 1800. His wife, Elizabeth Lloyd, was a native of North Carolina, born in the year 1794. Six children were born to this union, five now living. Nelson N. Kinder was reared in Polk County, Mo., received his education in the common schools, and afterward attended Bolivar Academy two terms. He then taught school for about ten years in Polk County, Mo., and was one of the prominent local educators of that county. He was married June 11, 1876, to Miss Elizabeth E. Runyan of Polk County, and the daughter of A. M. and Mary A. (Jarnagin) Runyan. After marriage Mr. Kinder settled on a farm, taught several terms of school, and there remained until 1879, when he removed to Humansville. He remained there but two years, and in that time was engaged in a carpenter and furniture store, after which he moved back to the farm. Seven years later he located in Aldrich, and in August, 1887, he embarked in the lumber business and also the hardware business at that place. He was sole proprietor in the former business, but was in partnership with W. J. Hensley in the latter. Mrs. Kinder was born June 30, 1859, in Polk County, Mo., and received her education in the common school. She is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Kinder is a member of the Methodist. He is a Democrat in politics.

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This family biography is one of 132 biographies included in The History of Polk County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Polk County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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