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    GEORGE E. KINNISON, a well known farmer and representative citizen of Newton Township, Miami County, Ohio, is the owner of sixty acres of land in Section 26, Range 4, of that township. He was born in Washington Township, Miami County, Ohio, April 5, 1864, and is a son of George and Elizabeth (Halderman) Kinnison. George Kinnison was born in Virginia, December 9, 1831, and was five years of age when he moved with his parents to Jackson County, Ohio. There he grew to maturity and lived until lie was twenty-eight years of age, then moved to the vicinity of Covington, in Miami County, Ohio. He had a farm lying partly in Newberry and partly in Washington township, on which he lived until, 1877, when he bought a sixty-acre tract in Newton Township. He continued on the latter until 1900, then moved to the place where his widow now lives, about one-half mile south of Covington. He died there on May 9, 1909, and was buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Religiously, he was a member of the Christian Church. He was a Democrat in politics, and took an earnest interest in public affairs, but never dabbled in politics. Mr. Kinnison was married in Jackson County, Ohio, to Miss Elizabeth Halderman, and they were parents of the following children: Clara, Mary F., Laura, George E., Emma, Rosa, Wesley, Myrtle, Ella, and one who died unnamed.

    George E. Kinnison first attended what was known as White's schoolhouse, one mile east of Covington; after six terms in that school, his parents having moved to Newton Township, he attended the Buckeye school in that township. He next engaged in farming, working out by the month, until his marriage in 1884, when he moved onto a twenty-acre farm in Newton Township. He moved from that place in 1895 to the sixty acres on which he now lives, in the same township. He first lived in the old log house, which was built on the place by John Sloan at an early date, but more recently has occupied a fine new frame house which he erected. He also put up the other buildings on the place, and has made many other important improvements, including the laying of 1,000 rods of tile for drainage. He is a Prohibitionist in politics, and served three years as township trustee, as well as member of the school board at different times.

    In February, 1884, George E. Kinnison was married to Mary J. Awker, a daughter of James and Malvina Awker, and they became parents of five children, namely: Elmer, who married Blanche Niswonger, daughter of David and Nellie Niswonger, and has a daughter named Ruth; James; Clyde F.; Wilbert D., and Stephen. Religiously, they are members of the Christian Church, and Mr. Kinnison serves as financial secretary of the church organization.

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