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Kinder, Isaac


Among the citizens of Marion County that were prominent in early years was Mr. Kinder.  He had bought a half section of land at the sale in Brookville in the year 1821, and in March, 1822, moved to and improved a farm located three miles north of town, on the east bank of Fall Creek, known now as the property of John Sutherland.  While living on this farm he was county surveyor, and s such ran out the lines of the first farms that were improved in the county.  About the year 1831 he sold this farm to the present owner, John Sutherland, and removed to town and engaged in merchandizing, and for about ten yers successfully carried on that business.

Mr. Kinder's only son living at the time, Captain T. B. Kinder, raised a company of volunteers for the Second Indiana Regiment in the Mexican war, and fell at the head of his company during the battle of Buena Vista, on the 23d of February, 1847.  In 1848 his father went to that distant and ill-fated battle-field and identified the body of his son, and brought it to this place, here it rests in one of the city cemeteries.

Isaac Kinder ws a native of Delaware, having been born in Sussex County in 1792.  When quite young he emigrated to Pickaway County, Ohio, and was there married in the year 1819, and at the time above mentioned became a citizen of Indiana. The deth of his son sat heavily upon his mind, and greatly impaired his health, and hastened his deth, which occurred in December, 1849.

His widow yet resides in this city, and though advanced in age is quite active, and may be seen attending to the ordinary duties of life as she did twenty-five years ago.

His six daughters, four of whom are married, yet reside in the city and vicinity.  One is the wife of Mr. Clark, another of Martin Igo, a third of Mr. McLaughlin, and a fourth the wife of Mr. Trumball.  The two unmarried reside with their mother.  The eldest daughter, now dead, was the wie of J. R. M. Bryant, of Williamsport, Warren County.

Mr. Kinder ws an industrious and frugal man, and left his family in comfortable circumstances.  They own some fine business propery on East Washington Street, known as "Kinder's Block.



Nowland, John H. B., “Early Reminiscences of Indianapolis, with Short Biographical Sketches of Its Early Citizens, and of a Few of the Prominent Business Men of the Present Day,” 1870, pp. 95-96.


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