Christopher C. Kincaid is one of the prominent business men of the city of Cherryvale and of the State of Kansas, his interests being large and varied. Mr. Kincaid is a native of Ohio, having been born in Trumbull county, that state, Feb. 28, 1847, and is a son of Robert and Mary (Pierce) Kincaid, the former of whom was born in Youngstown, Mahoning county, Ohio, and the latter in the State of Connecticut. The father moved to Trumbull county, Ohio, about 1844, and there he followed farming, clearing the land which he tilled and building the log cabin which he and his family occupied. He spent the remainder of his life on his farm in that county. The paternal grandfather, whose name was also Robert, was born in Virginia, and became an early settler in Ohio. His son, the father of Christopher C. Kincaid, while residing at Youngstown, for about four years worked for David Tod, who became celebrated as the first war governor of Ohio. The mother of the subject of this review came with her parents from Connecticut to Ohio when a young woman. They settled in Trumbull county in an early day, and there her father, Benjamin Pierce, followed farming and stock growing. Christopher C. Kincaid is the eldest of a family of two sons and three daughters born to his parents, and his boyhood days were spent on the farm in Trumbull county, Ohio. He was afforded the best of educational advantages in the common schools and the Western Reserve Seminary, at Farmington, Trumbull county, which he was attending when the Civil war broke out, and in 1863 he enlisted as a private in Company D of the Second Ohio cavalry, serving until September, 1865. In September, 1863, the regiment participated in the defeat of the Confederates at Blountsville and Bristol, Tenn. During the siege of Knoxville it operated on the enemy's flank, and after the siege was raised, joined in the pursuit. In December it fought Longstreet's cavalry at Morristown; two days later it formed the advance of a brigade which attacked and fought eighteen regiments for two hours at Russellville; it was at the front five hours in the battle of Bean's Station, and for five days was almost constantly under fire. The time was spent in maneuvering and fighting until Jan. 1, 1864. At Brandy Station, Va., it engaged Rosser's cavalry, and from this time on in the Wilderness campaign it was employed almost constantly in covering the right flank of the infantry, either on picket duty or skirmishing. The regiment occupied the center and sustained the heaviest of the shock at Hanover Court House, driving the enemy from the front, taking possession of and holding the town. In Ashland it was surrounded by the enemy under Fitzhugh Lee, and an action ensued, which lasted until sunset, when the Union forces withdrew, the regiment covering the retreat. It had an active share in the fighting at Nottaway Court House, Stony Creek and Reams' Station, and returned to the lines at Light House Point on July 1. It was engaged in August at Winchester and Charlestown, then marched to the vicinity of Berryville and assisted in driving the enemy from that town. At the battle of the Opequan, after four hours' hard fighting, the regiment was the last to leave the pursuit on the Valley pike. With its division, it moved out the Front Royal pike, drove Wickham's cavalry through Front Royal and marched and skirmished in Luray Valley until it joined the army at New Market. At Waynesboro the regiment fought dismounted till all had withdrawn, and then charged through a line of Confederate infantry in column of fours and continued as rear-guard until noon the next day. Rosser's cavalry attacked the command at Brdgewater, but was repulsed, the regiment sharing in the action. It shared in the battle of Cedar Creek, being in the saddle from daylight until 9 o'clock p. m. The regiment marched with the cavalry to reconnoiter Early's force at New Market, where it became hotly engaged, and it repulsed that portion of the enemy which attacked the First brigade at Lacey's Springs. It was mustered out on Sept. 11, 1865, at St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Kincaid was in continuous service from the time of his enlistment until his discharge, and then returned to Ohio, where he remained until 1868. In the spring of that year he came to Kansas, and in the fall of 1871 took up his residence in Montgomery county, locating at Independence, where he accepted the position of clerk in a general store. In the spring of 1874 he removed to Cherryvale and engaged in the general merchandise business, handling dry goods, clothing, groceries, etc., and he continued so interested for thirty-one years, until 1905. In 1883 the private bank of Newton, Carson & Kincaid was organized, and it continued as a private institution until 1892. When it was reorganized as the Montgomery County National Bank, Mr. Kincaid being elected president, which position he has since continued to fill. The bank has a capital stock of $50,000. Mr. Kincaid is a Republican in his political proclivities and has voted at every election since arriving at his maturity, but he has never been an office seeker in the general meaning of that term. However, he was elected as the first mayor of Cherryvale after the town was incorporated as a city, in 1880, and he has since served two terms in that position. He has been a member of the Masonic order for many years, serving as treasurer of the local organization. He is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, serving as treasurer of the local lodge of that order, and at one time was Noble Grand, and is now Department Grand Master. He is the oldest business man in Cherryvale.
In June, 1877, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Kincaid to Miss Lue Marshall, daughter of Moses and Lavina Marshall, of Montgomery county. Mr. Marshall was a hotel man in Independence and was one of the early settlers of that place. He lived to the advanced age of ninety-six years and his widow survives at the age of seventy-nine. Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Kincaid there were born three children: Maud is the wife of Charles R. Shanton, of Cherryvale; Blanche resides at the parental home, and a son died at the age of twelve years.Pages 250-252 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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