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Henry J. Kinney (1863-?)
Sheriff of Bay County, owned livery and boarding business in Bay City.

Biography, 1915. Added Dec., 2011.

The History of Michigan, by Charles Moore, 1915


One of the leading and responsible factors in the political life of Bay City for a number of years has been Mr. Kinney, who recently retired from a long service in the office of sheriff. His record as sheriff was one of capable efficiency, not excelled by any incumbent of that office since Bay county elected its first citizen for that post. Mr. Kinney is a native of Bay county, has live in that vicinity all his life, has been a merchant and public official, and has well earned the various distinctions which have come to him.

Henry J. Kinney was born in Bay county, February 9, 1863. His father, Thomas Kinney, a native of Ireland, on emigrating to America first settled in Buffalo, New York, later in Ohio, and during the fifties established his home in Bay county, where he live until his death in the fall of 1904, when ninety years old. A shoemaker by trade he was most actively connected with farming during the years of his residence in Bay county. The maiden name of his wife was Mary Griffin, also born in Ireland, and who came to America alone and met her husband at Buffalo, New York. To their marriage were born five children, on of whom died in infancy, and the others are: Michael of Flint, Michigan; Thomas Kinney of Seattle, Washington; Henry J.; and Ann Jane, wife of Morris Walsh, of St. Albans, Vermont.

Reared in the country, and educated in the district shools of Bay county, Henry J. Kinney at the age of fifteen began to be a self supporting by contributing his services to the management of the home place. After some years spent on the farm, and having in the meantime acquired some prominence in public affairs, when twenty-three he started on his own account, and opened a stock of hardware in Bay City. The six years of merchandising in Bay City were entirely successful, but at the end of that time he gave up a close supervision of his business in order to enter politics. For four years he served as under-sheriff, and then was chosen to the office of sheriff of Bay county, and by reelection served continuously for eight years his lifeterm coming to an end on January 1, 1913. In May, 1911, Mr. Kinney bought the E. J. O'Neil Livery and Boarding Stable, and that has been his chief business activity ever since. The business headquarters are 716 Adams Street. Besides the major political activities already mentioned, Mr. Kinney was for some years township supervisor and highway commissioner of Merritt township in Bay county. His politics is Democratic and he has been one of the workers for party good and one the most influential advisers in the Democratic councils.

Well know in social circles, he belongs to the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the New Era, and the Modern Brotherhood. His religious affiliation is the with the Catholic church. Though he started in life a poor boy he has won prosperity and a high position in his civic community.

In June 1889, Mr. Kinney married Miss Marie Mooney, who was born in Bay City, and her father William Mooney was one of the old settlers of the county. Five children have blessed their marriage: Morris H., who is employed in the Capitol at Lansing; Marie, who is a bookkeeper in her father's office; Florence; Harry; and Dolores. The Kinney home is an attractive residence at 608 Monroe Street.

Additional Notes.

    1880 Census: Merritt, Bay, Michigan.
    Kinney, Thomas b. 1830, Ireland - farmer
    Mary, wife b. 1830, Ireland
    Thomas, son b. 1858, Mich.
    Henry, son b. 1860, Mich.
    Jane, daughter b. 1862, Mich.
    Thomas, grandson b. 1875, Mich.

    1890 Michigan Marriages: Saginaw, Bay, Mich.
    Henry Kinney, b. 1864, son of Thomas Kinney and Mary Griffin, married Mary Mooney, b. 1868, daughter of Wm. Mooney and Bridget Mahar.

    1893 Directory: Bay City, Mich.
    Kinney, Henry J. - (Kinney & Fitzgerald), pipeman Hose Co. No. 2, res. 521 Kitchum.

    1900 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
    Kinney, Henry J. - b. Oct. 1861, Mich.
    Mary, wife b. Jun. 1866, Mich.
    Maurice, son b. May 1891, Mich.
    Marie, daughter b. Sep. 1893, Mich.
    George, son b. May 1896, Mich.
    Margaret, daughter b. Sep. 1898, Mich.
    Burke, Thomas nephew b. Nov. 1876, Mich.

    1930 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
    Kinney, Henry J. - b. 1864, Mich.
    Mary, wife b. 1866, Mich.
    Marie C., daughter b. 1897, Mich.
    Deloros, daughter b. 1910, Mich.

Related Notes & Pages

Related Pages:
Fitzgerald, Wm. B.
Eastern High School
People Referenced
Burke, Thomas (nephew)
Kinney, Ann J. (sis)
Kinney, Deloros (dau)
Kinney, Florence (dau)
Kinney, George (son)
Kinney, Henry Jr. (son)
Kinney, Henry J (subject)
Kinney, Marie (dau)
Kinney, Michael (bro)
Kinney, Morris H. (son)
Kinney, Thomas (father)
Kinney, Thomas Jr. (bro)
Mahar, Bridget (m-inlaw)
Mooney, Marie (wife)
Mooney, William (f-inlaw)
O'Neil, E.J.
Walsh, Morris (bro-inlaw)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
Buffalo, NY
Flint, MI
Kinney & Fitzgerald
Lansing, MI
Merritt Twp., Bay, MI
Seattle, WA
St. Albans, VT
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.