About Peter Kinney
Colonel Peter Kinney, President of the Kinney National Bank of Portsmouth, Ohio, died in that city on August 13th, after a few days illness, in his seventy-second year.
He was born in Portsmouth, was one of the originators of the Scioto and Hocking Valley Railroad, served with distinction as Colonel of the Fifty-sixth Ohio Volunteers, and was one of the oldest bankers in the State, having engaged in the banking business over forty-five years. <><><><>
He served in the Civil War and organized the 56th Ohio Infantry at Camp Morrow in Portsmouth, OH. which, under his command, mustered in for three years of service on December 12, 1861. They took the field in February at Fort Donelson, and in April was at Shiloh.
Peter entered the service on Sept 11, 1861 and resigned on April 3, 1863
First President of the Portsmouth National Bank located in the corner of the Elk Building at the corner of Second and Court Street.
Peter Kinney and Elizabeth Redhead were married on 14 December 1830 in Portsmouth, Scioto Co., Ohio. Elizabeth Redhead (Immigrant) was born on 24 June 1814 in Penrith, Cumberland, ENGLAND. She died on 5 March 1887 in Portsmouth, Scioto Co., Ohio.
In the 1870's, Colonel Peter Kinney built a home on the flats near the upper end of Springville, where the family summered. This house was later known as the McAllister place.
Of the ten children born to Peter Kinney and Elizabeth Redhead (pronounced "Redded") only two, John Wesley and Emma Dora lived to adulthood. The other eight died at ages varying from three weeks to 12 years.