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     John Kinney was a well respected member of the Irish settlement in Dora Township.  Several of the Irish families  appointed him executor of their wills.  The Kinney farm of 160 acres was located just east of St. Isidore Church.  The farm area was often referred to as "The Kinney Corner".  John was one of the original sixteen founders of St. Isidore Church in Bethany, Illinois.

John Kinney & Mary Bresnan were the parents of Edward Kinney who married Emma Henneberry and Daniel Kinney who married Lizzie Henneberry.  Mary Bresnan was the daughter of Edward Bresnan and Mary Twohy.  See the Bresnan pages on the Henebry site.

From Bethany Echo: Friday, April 27, 1906  John Kinney ( Oct. 6, 1832 - April 27, 1906)

   "John Kinney died Friday evening about 5 o'clock at his home one quarter of a mile east of St. Isadore Church.  His death was the result of injuries sustained in a run away the day before.  Thursday, he was engaged in pulling hedge with a traction engine.  When driving to a well to fill the tank, the mules hitched to the tank, ran away overturning the tank which fell upon Mr. Kinney and was dragged over his body.  As he was able to walk to his home and seemed to be but slightly hurt, no danger was anticipated until Friday afternoon when in act of taking a glass of water he fell to the floor in a faint.  Father Dougherty was called and administered the last sacraments.  When Dr. Davis, who was phoned for, arrived life was extinct.
Mr. Kinney's wife died suddenly about five months ago.  He leaves five sons and three daughters, Edward, Dan, Will, John and Nean, Mesdames P. Fogarty, and L. Bolanger and Sister Isabella of the Ursuline Convent, Collinsville.  He retired from active farming some years ago.  He was about 73 years old.  He was born in Ireland but came to America when quite a young man.  He had many friends and, what can be said of very few, no enemies.  He was noted for his honesty, his generosity and his charity.
The funeral was held Sunday at 10 a.m. at St. Isadore's Church and was largely attended.   Rev.  J. J. Dougherty officiated.  The regular choir under the directorship of Miss Lizzie Conlin furnished the music.  The pall bearers were Bryan Conlin, John Fitzgerald, David Henneberry, Patrick McCaughey, Michael Griffin and James Smith."

Bethany Echo:  Friday, December 1, 1905:
The many friends of Mrs. John Kinney were greatly shocked last Wednesday morning when the news of her sad and sudden death was announced.  The family being unable to wake her, called Father Dougherty and Dr. Loesch.  Both gentlemen pronounced her dead.  Heart trouble was the cause of death.  Mrs. Kinney was one of the best and most favorable known member of St. Isidore parish.  She was noted for her many fine qualities, especially for her gentleness and charity.   She had a most sympathetic soul and a place in the heart for all.
    Mrs. Kinney was born in the county of Limerick, Ireland in 1835.  She came to this country 52 years ago and has lived near St. Isidore's church for the past 45 years.  The funeral service was held at St. Isidore church Saturday morning and was conducted by the rector, Rev. J. J. Dougherty.  Miss Agnes Dugan, assisted by Mrs. Dan Bresnan, John Nolan and St. Isidore's choir furnished the music, "Near My God to Thee" was sung as the funeral procession left the church.
    The church was more than crowded by her many friends, all of whom were moved to tears by the remarks of Father Dougherty, who himself was greatly affected.  The pall bearers were David Henneberry, Jim Fogarty, William Delahunty, James Munson, M. Ryan and M. Nolan.  The interment was in St. Isidore cemetery."


  • 1870 Moultrie County, Illinois census for Dora Township taken July 26, 1870:
    #47-46:  John Kinney age 35 born in Ireland, Mary Bresnan Kinney age 31 born in Ireland.
    Children:  Cornelius age 9, Edward age 7, Daniel F. age 5, Mary A. age 2.  All children born in Illinois.  
  • 1880 Moultrie County Illinois census for Dora Township taken June 7, 1880:
    # 91-91:  John Kinney age 45, Mary age 40, children:  Cornelius age 18, Edwin age 16, Daniel age 14, Agnes age 12, Cecilia age 9, Lucy age 7, Ellen age 2.
  • 1890 Moultrie County Census:  #166.  John Kinney, b. June 1834, age 65, Mary, b. May 1838, age 60.
1900 Surname   Birth Mo Birth Yr Age Born IN Father Mother
168 Kinney Cornelius Jan 1862 38 IL Ire Ire
    Lucy Aug 1874 24 IL Ire Ire
    William Sep 1879 20 IL Ire Ire


Children of John Kinney and Mary Bresnan Kinney

  • Cornelius:  born Jan. 16, 1861 in Dora Township; died March 10, 1910.
  • Agnes( Mary A.):  born Nov. 26, 1867, died July 17, 1927.  Married Patrick T. Fogarty.  Son:  Patrick Vincent Fogarty born Oct 19, 1902.  Baptized in Sacred Heart Church on Oct 24, 1902.  Sponsors:  William and Mary Fogarty.
  • Cecilia:  born 1871, became Sister Isabella
  • Lucy:  born Aug 1874,  m. L. Bollanger
  • Ellen:  born April 16, 1878, died May 8, 1885.
  • Edward:  born July 13, 1863, Married Emma Jane Henneberry
  • Daniel:  born July 18, 1865, Married Lizzie Henneberry
  • William: born Sep 1879, m. Anna Theresa Dunn.  Lived in Cayley, Alberta, Canada
  • John: died as infant.


Fogarty family in Dora Township, Moultrie County in the 1860 Census:

588   Fogarty William 39 Ire
      Margaret 27 Ire
      Patrick 5 months IL

Fogarty family in Dora Township, Moultrie County in the 1870 Census:

133 Fogerty William 50 Ire
    Margaret 43 Ire
    Patrick 10 IL
    Richard 8 IL
    Mary 6 IL
    William 3 IL




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