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Kincaid Family papers, 1867-1913. : [manuscript]

Identifier: MS5058

Scope and Contents

These personal papers include correspondence between Kincaid and various church institutions seeking his pastorate. Correspondence includes admission and dismission letters from his various posts at Rushville, Leavenworth, Oberlin, Oswego, the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions and the American Home Missionary Society. Of note is correspondence from David J. Brewer, who later became a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Additional records include annual papers authored by Kincaid from 1889-1895 as Secretary of the American Home Missionary Society. Historical items include a program commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Congregational Church at Rushville, pamphlets of the Congregational-Christian Club of Philadelphia, and the charter of the Congregational Home Missionary Society (formerly the American Home Missionary Society). Papers concerning the Memorial Service and passing of Martha Kincaid are also included in this collection.


  • 1867-1913, bulk 1867-1896


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Access to this collection is unrestricted and open to the public.

Biographical / Historical

William Kincaid (1841-1897) was born in London, England on March 8, 1841. When he was a small boy, his family moved to Glenwood, New York and became members of the local Congregational Church. Kincaid attended Oberlin College, where he met and married Martha J. Chapman in 1865. In 1868 he graduated from Oberlin Theological Seminary. He was ordained at the Congregational Church in Rushville, New York, and served as minister there from 1867-1870. From Rushville, he accepted a position at the First Congregational Church and Society of Leavenworth, Kansas, where he served as minister from 1870-1876. He was then appointed the first pastor of the new Second Congregational Church at Oberlin from 1876-1882. The family then moved to New York State where he accepted a brief pastorate at the Congregational Church in Oswego, N.Y., after which he became the Secretary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. He held that post from 1885-1888, moving on to become the Secretary of the American Home Missionary Society from 1888 until his death in 1897. He died of anemia in Brooklyn, N.Y. on February 12, 1897. Upon his death, Martha Kincaid (1843-1913) continued his charitable work, becoming President of the Women’s Home Missionary Union of New York until her death on October 5, 1913.


.22 Cubic Feet (1 case)

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The contents of this collection are arranged chronologically.

Related Materials

Materials by William Kincaid: Sunday, a holiday or a holy-day? : read before the General Association of Congregational Churches of New York (9.3 2030) Temperance and the republican party (28.9.5 2502)

Materials by Katherine Kincaid Newman and James Barnard Newman: The History of a Kincaid family (K57.8)

Related Materials held at Another Repository: 1) The New York State Library, Albany, NY has additional archival materials regarding the Kincaid family. The collection number is SC23274. 2) The Kansas Memory online collection at the Kansas Historical Society holds correspondence between David J. Brewer and Kincaid from 1870. The item number is 220817. 3) The Oberlin College Library has additional items written by Kincaid during his time as secretary of the American Home Missionary Society (Congregational Home Missionary Society).

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Processed by Elyse Edwards, December 2013, using DACS Second Edition.
Processed by Elyse Edwards, December 2013, using DACS Second Edition.
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