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.
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
- 1900 U.S. Census for Stockton, Chautauqua Co., NY
- 1910 U. S. Census for Stockton, Chautauqua Co., NY
- Compiled Brothertown Genealogies by Caroline Andler
- Laton’s 1901 Application
- Civil War Pension File share by Caroline Andler
- Review & To-Do for Lewis
See the Kanistanaux Map at Google.
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