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The following are obits for Nathan J. Kinch's family. I've taken out names of survivors that are likely still alive. --Laura Seward

Family of William and Ruth Peck Kinch
Son: Nathan and Betsy Shaver Kinch
Son: Heth and Catherine (Edith Catherine) Finkle Kinch


HETH KINCH died at the residence of his son, Nathan J. Kinch, Stockton avenue, Sunday evening, September 3, aged 91 years and 6 months. Mr. Kinch was undoubtedly the oldest man in town with the single exception of Philander Pettis, Park street. His health had always been good and he retained his faculties to the last and when he died he sank to sleep as peacefully as an infant. On January 28, 1910, he broke his hip and has lain in bed ever since, being cared for by his son, N. J. Kinch, with whom he has made his home for the past seven years. Mr. Kinch was born in Shavertown. He married Katherine Finkle and raised a family of seven children. He was a deeply religious man and in his younger days was a farmer and lumberman. He is survived by four sons, Nathan J., Walton; Lei, Nebraska; Sylvester, Colchester; William, Brooklyn; and by two daughters, Mrs. Permelia Cross, Nebraska, and Mrs. Fitch Maxwell, Schnectady. The funeral was held Tuesday at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. Foster of the Methodist Church. Burial in Walton cemetery.

Added notes: Heth was born February 24, 1820, he died in 1911. According to his death certificate he died on Sept. 4, 1911. He lost a son at an early age, Townsend, and his youngest son, Elmer died ca 1900. We have no dates on C(K)atherine Finkle Kinch. She is on the census until 1860. We don't know where she died or where she is buried and are still looking for her parents and siblings. Obit from the Walton Reporter.

Heth and C(K)atherine's children:

NATHAN J. KINCH, one of the best known residents of Walton, died at his residence on Stockton avenue, Tuesday afternoon at 2:40 o'clock, as the result of a stroke of paralysis, which he had suffered on the previous Saturday. Mr. Kinch had not been in robust health for the past year, but recently he had felt much better and his death was unexpected. Nathan Joseph Kinch was born near Youngs, May 26, 1843. He was married in 1865 to Miss Martha Rush. They had resided for several years in Rockland, where Mr. Kinch was a carpenter. They came to Walton in 1873 and Mr. Kinch started in the furniture and undertaking business in the building occupied of recent years by Charles W. Shepard on Delaware street. While in this business, Mr. Kinch patented a mitering machine, from which he reaped a comfortable fortune. He sold out to E. P. Berray in 1882 and then built up a large insurance business in the Kinch block on Delaware street. Mr. Kinch was town overseer of the poor for the last four years of his life, resigning a few weeks ago, owing to ill health. He made one of the best overseers the town has had, conducting the office at a great saving to the taxpayers, and with utmost kindness to the unfortunate. He also served as village trustee some years ago. He was a man of exceptional business judgment and his opinion on business propositions was invariably sound. Mr. Kinch enlisted in the 101st Regiment, N. Y. volunteers, in 1861, but he was overtaken with fever on his was to the front and did not see active service on the field during the Civil War. He was a member of the M. E. Church and active in church affairs. The funeral was held Friday from the house, at ten o'clock. The services were conducted by Rev. E. J. W. Burston, and burial was in Walton cemetery. It is a strange coindence that Mr. Kinch is laid to rest on the day of the Kinch family reunion, of which he was the most prominent promoter. Six members of the Ben Marvin G. A. R. Post, of which Mr. Kinch was a member, acted as pall bearers. Besides his widow, Mr. Kinch is survived by three sons: Harvey, Edgar and Irving, all of Walton. Mr. and Mrs. Kinch celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage, June 13, of this year.

Added notes: Obit from the Aug. 14, 1915, Walton Reporter.
Mr. and Mrs. Kinch lost a daughter, Laura Kinch, born and died in 1874.


MRS. MARTHA L. KINCH
The death of Mrs. Martha L. Kinch occured Monday, Sept. 4, 1922, at her home in Walton. Mrs. Kinch, who had reached the advanced age of 80 years, was the widow of the late Nathan J. Kinch. She had been a resident of Walton for fifty years. Three sons survive her, Harvey J., Edgar H., and Irving Kinch, all of Walton. Mrs. Kinch was a member of the Methodist church. The funeral was held Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock at the home on Stockton avenue, conducted by Rev. D. H. Piper, with burial in the Walton cemetery.

Taken from the Sept 9, 1922, Walton Reporter

HARVEY J. KINCH, retired Walton photographer, died Sunday, June 7, 1959, at Smith hospital here. He was 90 years old. Mr. Kinch, a resident of 13 Griswold street, Walton, had been ill with a heart ailment since April 23, 1959. He was born in New York state, Nov. 23, 1868, son of Nathan J. Kinch, a prominent Walton businessman in the furniture and insurance business. His mother was Martha L. Rush Kinch. He was married to Mary Haverly Oct. 21, 1934, in Walton. With his brother, Edgar, he conducted photo studios in Walton and Hancock. After the building housing their Walton studio burned in July, 1935, he retired from business. Harvey Kinch was one of the first to drive an automobile in Walton. He was a member of the First Methodist church in Walton and also played in the 1892 period with the Walton Cornet band. His widow survives him. Services were Wednesday from Lyon Brothers chaped and burial was in Walton Cemetery. Rev. Henry G. Lincoln officiated.

MRS. HARVEY J. KINCH, 1st wife of Harvey J. Evelyn Carmen, wife of Harvey J. Kinch, aged 66 years, died at her home on North street, Walton, Monday Jan. 29, 1934, after a short illness. Mrs. Kinch was born in Andes where her girlhood was spent. After her marriage to Mr. Kinch in 1895 she came to Walton where her home has since been. She was a member of the First Congregational church of Walton and of the Sedna club. Besides her husband she is survived by one brother, Ward Carmen, of Margaretville. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock at Holmes funeral home, Rev. Grant Robinson officiating. Burial was made in the Walton cemetery.

Walton Reporter, Feb. 2, 1934

I don't have an obit on Mary Haverly Kinch.

EDGAR HETH KINCH, a lifetime resident of Walton, died in Binghamton Sunday, Sept. 17. Mr Kinch had been in poor health for several months and seriously ill for the past four weeks. Death was caused by pernicious anemia. Mr. Kinch was born in Walton May 7, 1877, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan J. Kinch. In early life he became interested in photography, and over 40 years ago, in partnership with his brother, Harvey, started a photographic studio in Walton. He has been active in portrait photography ever since then, having a studio in both Walton and Hancock. Quiet and unassuming, honest and industrious, Mr. Kinch was a man who had many friends. He was a member of the Walton fire department, the Masonic order and the Methodist church and was an honorary member of the Walton Kiwanis club. He is survived by one son, Carleton G. Kinch, of Stamford and a daughter, Mrs. Helen Craft at home and one brother, Harvey Kinch of Walton. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Lyon Brothers funeral chapel, Rev. Grant Robinson officiating. Burial was made in the Walton cemetery.

Walton Reporter,Sep. 22, 1939
Still looking for information on Edgar's children!! His daughter, Helen is buried in the Walton cemetery.


MRS. EDGAR H. KINCH
Emma Goodrich, wife of Edgar H. Kinch, died at her home in Walton, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1938. Mrs. Kinch had been in poor health for about a year. Mrs. Kinch was born in Walton on Feb. 2, 1878, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Goodrich. Her entire life had been spent in Walton. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Helen Craft of Walton and a son, Carlton G. Kinch of Stamford, and one brother, George Goodrich of Walton. Mrs. Kinch was a woman who had many friends and who was an able assistant of her husband both at home and in business. The funeral will be held on Saturday a 2 o'clock at the Holmes funeral home. Rev. Grant Robinson, pastor of the Methodist church, of which she was a member, assisted by Rev. Frederick Belden, will officiate. Burial will be made in the Walton cemetery.

Walton Reporter, Sept. 30, 1938

IRVING J. KINCH, son of Nathan J. and Martha Rush Kinch
Irving J. Kinch died Thursday, Dec. 7, 1922, at his home in Walton, after an illness of about two months. Mr. Kinch was 42 years of age. He is survived by six children: William, Irvan,(Irva), Walter, Nathan, Ernest and Charles, and by two brothers: Harvey J. Kinch and Edgar H. Kinch, both of Walton. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence of Harvey and Edgar Kinch on North street, conducted by Rev. D. H. Piper, with burial in the Walton cemetery.

Walton Reporter, Dec. 9, 1922

MRS. SUSIE E. FITCH, Irving Kinch's former wife and mother of his children.
Private funeral services for Susie E. Fitch, of Sidney Center will be held Wednesday at 2 in Lyon Brothers Chapel, Walton, Rev. William T. Ward officiating. Burial will be in Walton Cemetery. Mrs. Fitch died Saturday, April 25 at Delaware Valley Hospital, Walton after a brief illness. She was 88. A native of Hancock, she was born July 23, 1881, a daughter of William and Jane (Baker) Smith. She was married to Guy Fitch at Susquehanna, PA in 1918. She was a housewife and member of Rebecca Lodge of Unadilla. Surviving are four sons, William and Ernest Kinch of Sidney Center, Walter Kinch, Walton and Guy Fitch, Jr., Walnut Creek, CA; two daughters, Mrs. Thomas Fitch, Sidney Center and Mrs. Douglas Baldwin, Longmont, CO; one sister, Mrs Eva Sharpe, Hancock.
Walton Reporter, April 30, 1970

Children of Irving and Susie Smith Kinch:

WILLIAM S. KINCH, retired worker at the Borden Chemical company plant in Bainbridge, died Saturday, April 9, 1977, at Chenango Memorial hospital in Norwich. He was 75 years old. Mr. Kinch was born in Hancock Mar. 26, 1902 to Irving and Susie Smith Kinch. He had lived in the Walton area for most of his life and had served with the army (field artillery) during World War II with overseas service in Belgium. Surviving are three brothers, Guy Finch, Jr. (sic) (should be Fitch) of Walnut Creek, CA, Ernest of Franklin Depot and Walter of Walton; two sisters, Mrs. Irva Fitch of Sidney Center and Mrs. Audrey Baldwin of San Jose, CA. Services were Tuesday from Lyon Brothers Chapel in Walton with Rev. Robert Cook of Sidney Center Baptist church in charge. Burial will be in Walton Cemetery.

IRVA KINCH FITCH: No info.

WALTER J. KINCH of 52 Burton street, Walton, died Saturday, July 9,1977 at Delaware Valley hospital in Walton. He was 70 years old. Mr. Kinch was born in Walton Apr. 30, 1907 to Irving and Susie Smith Kinch. He married Pauline Shackleton in 1928. He had worked for several years on the Walton village street crew. Mr. Kinch was a towering man who had formerly lived on the east end of Delaaware street. When Route 10 was reconstructed it was recalled that he remained in his home until the last possible moment as earth-moving equipment ripped and tore, eventually leaving the house standing high on the embankment. Surviving besides his widow are three sons and two daughters, two brothers, Guy Kinch of Walnut City, CA and Ernest of Franklin Depot; two sisters, Mrs. Audrey Baldwin of San Jose, CA and Mrs. Irva Fitch of Sidney Center. Services were held Tuesday at Lyon Brothers chapel in Walton with Rev. Anthony Lister in charge. Burial was in Walton cemetery.
Walton Reporter July 13, 1977


ERNEST M. KINCH of Sidney Center RD 1, a skilled automobile mechanic who conducted his own business for many years, died Saturday, Apr. 3, 1982, at Delaware Valley hospital in Walton. He was 72 year old. Mr. Kinch was born in Walton Feb. 20, 1910 to Irving and Susie Smith Kinch. He entered the army in Aug., 1942 and rose to the rank of staff sergeant serving in England and other places. He was discharged in 1945. Surviving him are two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Fitch of Sidney Center and Mrs. Audrey Baldwin of San Jose, CA; a brother, Guy of Stockton, CA; a friend, Alice Crawford of Sidney Center. Services were Tuesday from Lyon Brothers' chapel in Walton with Rev. Rovert Cook of Sidney Center in charge. Burial will be in Walton cemetery.

Walton Reporter, April 7, 1982


NATHAN JOSEPH KINCH of Walton, aged nineteen years, was instantly kiled late Thursday night, May 10, 1928, when his Cadillac automobile over-turned after leaving the road in front of the Merton Allen house on the Derr's creek road about four miles from Walton. His companion escaped injury. Little is known of just how the accident happened. The only witness states that the car was coming down the Kerr's creek road going about forty-five miles an hour and that Kinch failed to round the curve for some reason and went between two trees on the Allen lawn and before he could stop the car he had to swerve it so suddently toward the highway to escape hitting the milk house that the automobile overturned, pinning Kinch underneath. Kinch seemed to have perfect control of the automobile until it overturned. At the place where the Kinch car left the road there is a fairly sharp curve but it can be easily negotiated in the daytime by a car traveling at thirty or thirty-five miles an hour. There is no high shoulder or ditch on the Allen side of the road at this point and the nearest obstruction to the road is a row of trees set about ten feel back on the Allen lawn. Kinch evidently was either going at such a speed that he could not make the curve or did not notice that he was coming to a curve for the tracks of his car in the grass revealed that the automobile had instead of rounding the curve gone straight over onto the Allen lawn between two small trees set back from the road. After passing the two trees the car was straightened around and run parallel with the highway for about 150 feel until near the milk house, when Kinch evidently tried to turn back into the road on the driveway used in coming from the road to the barn. He evidently had not checked the speed of the car sufficiently to make the sharp curve for it was at this place the car tipped over. The car hit no obstruction to cause it to overturn. When the car overturned Kinch's head was caught between the back to the front seat and the ground. His neck was broken and the bones of his face fractured and death probably was instantaneous. With the help of men in a passing car his body was extricated and brought to Walton in the Holmes ambulance. The passenger was thrown clear of the car and was not hurt. Nathan Kinch is survived by his mother, Mrs. Guy Fitch, one sister, Mrs. Louis F. Phillips of Walton and four brothers, Willliam Kinch of Hancock, and Walter, Ernest and Charles of Walton. The funeral was held in the Holmes funeral chapel at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. G. E. Robinson, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, officiating. Burial will be in Walton Cem.

Walton Reporter May 19, 1928.

CHARLES EDWARD KINCH, 36, of Watervliet, formerly of Walton and Sidney Center, was killed almost instantly Saturday night, Oct. 30, 1948, about 8, when his new Frazer Manhattan sedan left the road near the Albert Nichols farm, Kerrs Creek, and crashed into a tree. He was riding alone. On May 10, 1920, Nathan Joseph Kinch, 19, brother of Charles, suffered death from a broken neck when his Cadillac phaeton missed the turn at the Merton Allen place, went between two trees on the Allen lawn, swerved to avoid the milkhouse and upset. The scene was exactly three-quarters of a mile from the short incline near the Nichols place where Charley Kinch met death Saturday night. What happened will never be known. Harry B. Ammon, Walton policeman, said there were no tracks indicating Mr. Kinch had braked his car. It left the road about 50 feet from the tree, tore through an open wire fence, knocking down some fence posts and struck the tree with considerable force as shown by the shape of the car's front. Dr. Harry J. Wilbur of Walton found Mr. Kinch dead and turned the case over to Dr. C. S. Gould, county coroner, who said he probably died of a ruptured aorta caused by sudden compression of the chest from impact of his body against the steering wheel. Dr. Gould gave a verdict of accidental death. Miss Eugenia T. Burrhus, returning home from Sidney Center, noticed the car against the tree with a man slumped over the wheel. She called for police and an ambulance from the farm home of Joseph Honeywell. Patrolman Ammon and Chief Alton Anderson were called from their direction of the Halloween night of fun parade in Walton to investigate. The car was brought to Coulter's garage here. Mr. Kinch was in some of the bloodiest fighting of the war in the Battle of the Bulge and African campaign. As a member of the corps of engineers he received five battle stars and served in the Panama area as well as in Europe and Africa. He was inducted into the army March 26, 1941, and discharged July 22, 1945. He had been managing a creamery for his father-in-law in Watervliet. Until about 15 years ago Mr. Kinch was a resident of Walton and also lived at Sidney Center and Binghamton. The victim was born in Walton Nov. 23, 1911, the son of Irving and Susan Smith Kinch and attended Walton schools. While in the army, he was married to Miss Barbara Ford of Watervliet and to their union a daughter, Sue Ellen, now aged 4, was born. Surviving besides his wife and daughter is his mother, Mrs. Guy S. Fitch of Sidney Center; two sisters, Miss Irva Kinch, Sidney Center and Mrs. Douglas Baldwin of Newark Valley; three brothers, Ernest Kinch and William Kinch of Sidney Center and Walter Kinch of Walton and a half brother, Guy Fitch of Syracuse. The body was turned over by Ivan P. Clark, whose ambulance brought it to Walton, to Arthur M. Bowen, in charge of funeral services held Wednesday in Watervliet. Burial was made there.

Walton Reporter, Nov. 5, 1948


MRS. BARBARA FORD KINCH.
Entered into rest December 8, 1993, at Saratoga Springs, Mrs. Barbara Ford Kinch, of Rt. 423, Saratoga Springs. Wife of the late Charles E. Kinch. Mother of the late Sue Ellen Kinch Ricci DeCoda. Two grandsons, and two great-grandsons. Funeral servce 10:00 AM Saturday at the Bowen Funderal Home, 97 Old Loudon Road, Latham.

From the Saratogian, Dec. 10, 1993

SUE KINCH RICCI DECODA died Saturday, April 10, 1993, at home. She was 48. Born Sept. 6, 1944, in Troy, she was the daughter of Barbara E. Ford Kinch of Saratoga Springs and the late Charles E. Kinch. She is survived by her mother, two sons, and a grandchild. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in T.L. Cassidy Funeral Home, Mechanicville. Burial in the Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands.



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