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Descendants of John Kingshott of Michigan

John's Children


As stated on the previous page, there are a substantial number of surviving Kingshotts in and around Michigan, all of whom (apart from my dad) descend from the US Civil War veteran John Kingshott.


Now, John and Amelia were quite productive as parents. There was obviously not a lot to do in the evenings, so they ended up with ten children that I can find. These were:-


  • Joseph

  • Ellen

  • Alfred

  • George Albert

  • Harriet

  • Hiram

  • Phoebe

  • Elizabeth

  • Henrietta

  • Charles


These will be dealt with in turn.


Joseph Kingshott


Joseph Kingshott appears to be the first born of John's children. He was born on 26th July 1852 in Chatham township, Bothwell District, Ontario, Canada.


I assume that Joseph died young as he does not appear in any subsequent census (that I can find) however there are tantalising glimpses of a Joseph Kingshott surviving in one or two records. At the moment, I don't have enough information to confirm, or disprove, Joseph's survival.



Ellen Kingshott


Ellen Kingshott was born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada on the 11th April 1854. She survived into her 14th year, sadly dying in Muskegon, Michigan, USA, on 3rd November 1868.



Alfred Kingshott


Alfred was again born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, on 20th June 1856. He was sometimes called Alfredo, but most records list him as Alfred. He married Armintha Benedict, another Canadian, at Muskegon, Michigan, USA, on 2nd April 1884. 


Alfred followed his fathers trade and became a carpenter. His first child, Gertrude, was born in Muskegon in 1887. Shortly afterwards he moved the family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where two other children were born, Frederick & Leslie. Sadly, in 1900, Armintha died leaving Alfred to bring up the three children alone. 


This photograph, kindly supplied by descendant Tom Kingshott (who still lives in Muskegon) shows Alfred and his three children, shortly after his wife's death.

Click here to see the first couple of generations of Alfred's descendants. I have left out anyone who I know to be living, and removed the identifiable details of those that may still be with us.  


This photograph shows Gertrude Kingshott. I saw it for sale on eBay Canada, as a postcard, and managed to buy it. It has, written in pencil on the rear, "Miss Gertrude Kingshott". I'm so pleased that I found it.

This is another photograph of the same people, taken around 1910.

Alfred died, back in Muskegon, on 30th September 1931. He was 75 years old.



George Albert Kingshott

George was born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada on 14th January 1858. He grew up to be an engineer, and worked on steam dredgers on the Great Lakes. 


Along with the rest of his family, he moved from Canada to Michigan and there met Anna Maria Wunderlich. They married in Manistee, Michigan on 13th February 1899 and settled in that area.


George and Anna had six known children. These were Irene, Ethel, Gordon, George, Lola and John Wesley. Details of some of their known descendants (except those still living) can be found here. I know that there are a lot that I don't have, so, as always, I would love to hear from anyone out there who is related. 



Harriet Kingshott

Harriet Kingshott was born on 5th November 1859 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. I don't know a lot about her, I'm afraid, other than she survived to marry a chap who I believe was called Harvey Rowe. If you can assist on this branch of the tree, I would love to hear from you.



Hiram Kingshott

Hiram Kingshott was another of John's children that did not survive to see adulthood. He was born on 5th November 1862 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada and died in the same town on 2nd January 1869. He died only two months after his sister, Ellen, which must have been a massive blow to his family.


Phoebe Kingshott

Phoebe Kingshott was born on 13th March 1864 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. She was known as Fi-Fi. 


Phoebe was married three times, though I am not entirely sure in what order. Her obituary, which appeared in the Muskegon Chronicle on 10th January 1927, gives a little insight into her family. It reads:-



Mrs. Hans Schwarzfarber, 61 years old, died at her home 1387 Pine street, Saturday. She had resided in Muskegon for 49 years. She was born in Chatham, Ontario, and came to Muskegon when she was 12 years old. She is survived by her husband; four daughters, Mrs. Fred Weidner, Mrs. Leon Nobes, Mrs. Arthur Borgeson, Mrs. Cecil Engle, and one son, LeRoy J. Travis, all of Muskegon; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Studemecker. Of Muskegon, Mrs. Harriet Rowe, of Orlando, Florida, and two brothers, George Kingshott, and Alfred Kingshott of Muskegon, and 11 grandchildren.


Phoebe's first husband was Joseph Leroy Travis, who she married in Muskegon, Michigan on 3rd June 1883. There were four children from that marriage, Leroy Joseph, Edna Laura Elizabeth, Jessie & Ruby. I don't have any details for them, or any descendants. If you can fill in the blanks, please contact me.


Phoebe's last husband was Hans Scwartzfarber who was born in Nuremburg, Germany in 1874. As she was called Schwartzfarber at the time of her death, it is fair to assume that she married someone called Crothy in between. Unfortunately, I have no details of this. I am not aware of any children from either of these marriages, but if you know differently I'd like to hear from you.



Elizabeth Kingshott

Elizabeth Kingshott was born at Muskegon, Michigan, USA on 29th April 1866. I know very little about her other than at some point before 1884 she married James Studebaker (spelling uncertain), a mason, who originated in Pennsylvania, USA. They had, to my knowledge, four children, namely William, Ethel, George and Ruth and I am sad to report that some time between the 1900 and 1910 census, James died.


Elizabeth does not seem to have left Muskegon and died there in 1940 at the age of 74.



Henrietta and Charles Kingshott

Now, Henrietta and Charles Kingshott were both born in Muskegon. She was born on 16th May 1868 and he was born on 23rd August 1870.


I am sad to report that I have no information on either of these people, other than a vague notion that Charles died in Nebraska somewhere. I would therefore really love to hear from anyone who knows anything about them at all.

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