Lewis Kindness

This post contains all the information I have collected to date for Lewis Kindness. I will update the page as new information is gathered, so bookmark this page and check back often.

Last updated on 20-Apr-2012

Lewis M. Kindness was born about 1838 in New York State. He was the son of Phebe Kindness and was a member of the Brothertown Tribe. He is a cousin to Laton Kanistanaux. He is identified in census records as Indian.


  • 4-Sep-1838 – born at Brothertown, Oneida Co., NY (1900 & 1910 US Census, Brothertown Genealogy).
  • 1861 to 1865 – served in Co. I & B, 5th Wisconsin Regiment during the civil war. He enlisted 5-Oct-1861 from Wisconsin and mustered out 11-Jul-1865. He served just a few months short of the entire war (Ancestry.com & Fold3.com Civil War collections). We all owe this man our gratitude!
  • 26-Sep-1869 – married Ruth Coyhis in Calumet Co., Wisconsin (Brothertown Genealogy).
  • c1868 – a son, William is born in Wisconsin and died there in 1890 (Brothertown Genealogy).
  • Jul-1900 – resident of Stockton, Chautauqua Co., NY as a border in the household of Laton Kanistanaux. He is a white male age 59, born in NY State and working as a day laborer (1900 US Census).
  • 1901 – filed Court of Claims application from Stockton, Chautauqua Co., NY (Brothertown Genealogy).
  • 2-Feb-1902 – admitted as a resident of the Chautauqua County Almshouse due to “Kidney Trouble” preventing him from earning a living. He is 63 years old and claims to have lived in NY for 36 years (Ancestry.com NY Almshouses, 1830-1920).
  • Jun-1904 – files for a Military Invalid Pension based on his Civil War service (Ancestry.com & Fold3.com military collections)
  • 1910 – resident of Stockton, Chautauqua Co., NY as head of household. He is age 73, Indian, single man living alone and working as a Peddler of what looks like “Yankee Notions” (1910 US Census).
  • 22-Jul-1910 – admitted as a resident of the Chautauqua County Almshouse due to Rheumatism. He is age 70, “Red”, single, and has been living in New York for 25 years (1910 US Census).

Discussion & Notes

This man was believed to be a brother of Laton Kanistanaux, but further research (Claims Applications and other Brothertown documents) indicates he is actually a cousin.
It appears Lewis was divorced from his wife, for she is found remarried in Wisconsin while he is in New York.

See Lewis Kindness – A Soldier’s Story on this blog for my full examination of this man’s life based on documents in his Civil War Pension File.

Sources & Documents


See the Kanistanaux Home Page for more.
See the Kanistanaux Map at Google.
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