One of Necedah's First Settlers
By Jackie L. Martin Hufschmid
Son of Paul (
In the winter of 1837, eighteen year olds - John T. Kingston and Samuel Pilkington walked up a semi-frozen
In the fall of 1843, John departed
with Esquire Rice, from what is now known as
In 1848 John, along with John Werner and Joe Gill explored the Yellow River to claim some land where they would prepare to build a sawmill at what would become Necedah.
Eliphalet S. Miner and John were partners in the Necedah Lumber Company from the 1850's until the late 1870's.
In 1852 John and another early settler, W. H. Darrow, founded a Sunday school in Necedah were classes met in a log cabin schoolhouse.
At the 1870 County fair John exhibited his fruit growing expertise with ten varieties of grapes, five varieties of pears and sixty-eight varieties of apples.
In the late 1870's John south a railroad
connection to their
John was very interested in politics
and was a staunch Republican. He served in the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly,
was county register of deeds, Necedah village president and
postmaster. The town of
John married Hannah Dawes
John and Hannah are buried at the
Free white inhabitance: Paul Kingston
Free White males under twenty-one: 3
Free White males of twenty-one & under forty-five: 2
Free White males of forty-five & upwards: 1
Free White females of eighteen five: 2
1830 Fulton Co.,
Paul Kingston – 1 male under 5, 1 male under 15, 1 male under 40 & 2 females under 15, 1 female under 50
Paul Kingston – 1 male 50 under 60; 1 female 5 under 10 and 1 female 15 under 20
Paul Kingston, age 68, laborer, value of real estate $800, born in
Mary, age 65, born in N.Y.
1659/1496 - dated
Paul Kingston, age 78, farmer, born in
John T., age 41, merchant, value of real estate $28,000, value of personal estate $11,000, born in
Hannah, age 30, born in
Maria C. Fahey, age 20, born in
Ida M. Kingston, age 8, born in
William, age 3, born in
John, age 8/12, born in
Isaac Lewis, age 22, laborer, born in N. Y.
Hannah Murray, age 22, domestic, born in
40/49, Page No. 6, dated
John T. Kingston, age 51, lumberman, value of real estate $100,000, value of personal estate $10,000, born in
Hannah, age 40, keeping house, born in
Ida, age 18, born in
William, age 13, born in
John T., age 10, born in
Arthur, age 8, born in
Mary, age 6, born in
Edith, age 2, born in
Hannah Hanahan, age 66, domestic servant, born in
Homer Ealey, age 20, comm. labor, born in
William Heneda, age 19, comm. labor, born in
Annie Carter, age 22, teaching school, born in
Julia Northcott, age 24, teaching school, born in
1880 Necedah Census
119/122, Page 13, Supervisors Dist No. 2, Enumeration Dist. No. 194, dated
John T. Kingston, age 61, lumber merchant, born in
Hannah, age 50, wife, keeping house, born in ME, father born in ME, mother born in N.B.
John T. Jun., age 20, son, at school, born in
William P., age 23, son, book keeping, born in
Arthur L., age 18, son, at school, born in
Mary B., age 16, daughter, at school, born in
Edith G., age 12, daughter, at school, born in
Annie Johnson, age 21, servant, born in
Hannah Bra????, age 17, servant, born in
J. T. KINGSTON's Funeral Buried at Necedah Yesterday Largest Funeral Ever Held in That City
The remains of ex-Senator John T. Kingston,
Jr., arrived in Necedah Tuesday afternoon from
The pallbearers were Sergt. F. F. Carter,
Corporals H. J. Lyon, C. F. Hagemann, H. R. Fosbinder, Privates E. L. Field,
and W. E. Bradley, of Co. D, 3rd Wisconsin Volunteers, of this city. This
company was present at the funeral of Corp. Kingston in
Business houses and the public schools were closed. 2
Hon. John T. Kingston died at his home in Necedah, at 10 o'clock last Sunday evening of heart failure, aged 80 years, 1 month and 27 days.
John T. Kingston was born in St. Claire county,
in the state of
In the social and commercial affairs of the community wherein he resided. Mr. Kingston always bore a conspicuous and honorable part.
Whatever made for good, or tended to the uplifting of the moral and intellectual advancement of its members found in him an ardent, generous and vigorous friend and supporter. Even his most pronounced opponents never questioned the purity and integrity of his purposes. His battles for what he believed to be the right were fought openly, fearlessly, and with a frankness that left no chance to question the honesty of his purposes or methods.
In his political life he exploited the same
conspicuous traits of character, and was often honored by his fellow citizens
because he compelled their respect and won their condence and esteem. He
served his district as state senator in the years 1856, 1857, 1860, 1861,
1882 and 1883; was appointed a trustee of the
His son, John T. Kingston, Jr., who enlisted in and served as a member of the Third Wisconsin Infantry in the State War with Spain, died in Porto Rico on August 26th, 1898, and his remains were recently brought to Necedah and interred family grounds in the cemetery, an account of which was given in the PRESS a few weeks since.
Mr. Kingston leaves a wife, two sons and three daughters -- Wm. P., residing in the State of Washington, Arthur L., Mrs. Jay Jennings and Mrs. A. P. Niles of Necedah, and Mrs. H. K. Willis of Warner, S.D.
The funeral was on Wednesday and was attended
by large numbers of people from all parts of
In his death Necedah has lost one of her best, most respected and beloved citizens, and for her loss she may well, as she surely will, deeply and sincerely mourn. Many will be the years that his memory will remain fadeless in their hearts. 3
Name of Servant: Not Listed
Document Type: Census
County: St. Clair
2 Free Persons of Color
Governed by the French, English and
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