Almost every person asks at some point in life, "Who am I and where
did I come from?" Every family has a story full of adventure, joys
and heartbreaks buried in its' past. Genealogy can be nothing more than
a list of names and dates or it can add flesh and blood to make our
ancestors into real people.
To our ancestors the events we call history were current happenings in
their daily lives.
Our ancestors laughed and cried, lived and died, just as we do, and our
children and grand children in the future will look back and call it
history. What will be history to them is the substance of everyday life
Many times men are caught up in events beyond their
control. Decisions are forced upon us that we do not wish to make. The
consequences of these decisions, whether good or ill, are visited upon
our children and our children's children.
When each of us comes to the point in life when we ask, "Who
am I?" we are a result of all preceding events.
These pages tell part of onr family's story.
In a sense this is everyone's story.
This story traces almost four hundred years in the life of one family.
Our ancestors were immigrants who made a choice to resettle in a new
world. This story is about their choices and the consequences
carried forward through many generations.
John, Jacob, and George Kinser were Virginia
Revolutionary War soldiers.
Marion Francis Kinzer served in the 2nd Tennessee Cavalry during the Civil War. That unit fought in the battle of Chickamauga. Jacob Kinser
was at Vicksburg.
Elbert Luther Kinser died on Okinawa
William Scott Kinser died in Iraq. Adam
Kinser in Afganistan