KINSEY, David*
UNKNOWN, Magdalen*
(-Bef 1715)


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  • Born: 1693, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Marriage: KEARNEY, Mary in 1725 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Died: 11 May 1750, Burlington, Burlington County, West Jersey Colony

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Story. 170 John Kinsey was born in Philadelphia in 1693. He began a law practice in both the Jerseys and in Pennsylvania. In 1725 his boldness in demanding, as a Quaker, the right to wear his hat in Governor Keith's chancery court in Philadelphia finally won the Friends that right. Three years later, as speaker of the assembly of New Jersey, he led a movement to have a governor of New Jersey separate from New York, and succeeded. In 1730, he settled in Philadelphia and became a member of the assembly there, a position he kept for 20 years. He was speaker of that assembly for 11 years. This was the zenith of Quaker power in the province's government. At the same time, for three years beginning in 1738 he was the province attorney general. In 1737, he was a commissioner to settle the boundary dispute between Pennsylvania and Maryland. In 1733, he published Kinsey's Laws of New Jersey. While speaker, he was also chief justice of the supreme court of Pennsylvania for seven years. In 1742 he edited Kinsey's Laws of Pennsylvania (published under the name of the printer, Franklin). He married Mary Kearney on 9 Sep 1725. He died suddenly of apoplexy while at Burlington, NJ, at the court of his son, 11 May 1750.

Story. 192 John Kinsey Jr, son of John Kinsey (son of David Kinsey), succeeded his father as Speaker of the Assembly of East Jersey upon his father's death. The younger John was a distinguished lawyer. He finally located in Philadelphia, where he served until his death in 1750. He was Speaker of the House in Pennsylvania and Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He married in Philadelphia in 1725, Mary, daughter of Philip Kearney, and was the father of James Kinsey, Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Occupation: Lawyer, Speaker of PA House, Chief Justice of PA Supreme Ct.

Religion: Quaker.


John married Mary KEARNEY in 1725 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States.

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