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Lavina or Lovina Jane Kinyon (Dustin)

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Iowa, United States
Death: March 1918 (69)
San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States
Place of Burial: Colton, San Bernardino, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Dustin and Sarah Jane Littlefield Dustin
Wife of George Benjamin Kinyon
Mother of Nettie Lavina Kinyon; Wilford Farnum Kinyon; Sarah Lucinda Kinyon; John Henry Kinyon; Katherine Mable Brown and 5 others
Sister of Joseph Hiram Dustin; Asenath Cecelia Dustin Matthews; Izora Eblin More; Eliza Dustin and Unknown Child Dustin
Half sister of Josephine Dustin; Henry Harry Dustin; Elizabeth Dustin; Tina Manda Dustin Smith; Truman Dustin and 7 others

Occupation: Married George Benjamin Kinyon March 9, 1865, in San Bernardino, and they had 10 children, but divorced in 1903.
Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Lavina or Lovina Jane Kinyon

The above photo was found on and shows Lavina Jane Dustin Kinyon (center) and some of her children. Upper left in dark hat is daughter, Ktty, on the right in back is Nellie, in the front sitting on the left is Georgia, and on the right sitting was son Albert. Since Nellie was the youngest in this photo and she was born in 1884, I would imagine the photo may have been taken sometime between 1888 and 1889, since she appears to be about 4 or 5 years old here. also, another child was born in 1889, Frances Austria Kinyon.

Lovina Dustin was found in public records starting with the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for Pottawattamie County, Iowa, where she was listed as a 2-year old girl living with her parents and siblings, Joseph Dustin, 29, Sarah Jane Littlefield Dustin, 20, Hyram, 3, and Aseneath, 1, (listed incorrectly as Cenith Dustin in the census record). They were getting ready to cross the plains with a Mormon Pioneer Company. Living next door was Lovina's maternal grandfather, Waldo Littlefield, 53, and his wife Mary, 35, and their children, Joseph, 12, Sydney, 10, and David O., 5 years old. As a testament to how many times they moved in those days, Joseph was born in New York, his wife, Sarah in Ohio, Hyram and Lovina in Illinois, and Aseneath in Iowa or Missouri.

They probably came to Utah in 1852 with the Isaac M. Stewart Mormon Pioneer company, but by 1860 they were living in San Bernardino, California, and were listed in the census record as follows: Joseph, 30, Sarah, 28, Hiram, 13, Lovina J., 11, Cecelia, 10, and Ivona E., 9 months old. Cecelia was Aseneath's middle name, which is how she was listed in this census and a few others. Lovina's father was working as a farmer.

Many members of the LDS Church had been sent to San Bernardino in 1850 to settle that area for the church. They lived there for about 7 or 8 years and were called back to Utah when Johnson's Army arrived there to drive out the Mormons. However, some of the Mormons who had been living in San Bernardino, California, at the time, decided not to return to Utah and became early members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Crhist of Latter Day Saints, and Lovina Jane Dustin was baptized a member of the reorganized church on September 4, 1864. According to her obituary shown below, she married George Benjamin Kinyon in 1865 in San Bernardino, and their first daughter, Nettie Lavina Kinyon, was born in 1866.

However, in the 1870 census for San Bernardino, Lovina or Lavinia was listed with her parents and siblings as follows: Joseph, 40, Sarah, 38, Joseph Hiram, 23, Lavina, 21, Cecelia, 20, and Eliza, 10 years old. Her father was still working as a farmer and her brother Joseph Hiram was working as a teamster. Both Joseph and Hiram stated their real estate was valued at $300 and their personal estate at $150. In this census it showed that both Joseph and Sarah were born in New York, their son, Hiram in Illinois, daughter Lavina in Ohio, daughter Aseneath Cecelia in Missouri and daughter Eliza in California.

Although Lavina was listed with her parents in the 1870 census, the 1900 census indicated that she and George Benjamin Kinyon were married in 1865, so I don't know why she would have been living with her parents in the 1870 census and not with her own husband and children.

By the 1880 census, Lavina and husband George were living with their children in San Bernardino, and they were listed as follows in the census: George B. Kinyon, 37, Lavina Kinyon, 31, Nettie, 14, William F., 11, Sarah L., 9, John H., 7, Kitty M., 2, and Georgia E., 7 months old. Also living in their home was a boarder by the name of Wesley Brown, 20. Both George and Wesley were working as butchers.

An 1887 U.S. City Directory for San Bernardino County showed George B. Kinyon was working as the proprietor of the Colton Meat Market on the corner of Main and Connecticut Streets, and was living one mile west of Colton. His brother, William Henry Kinyon was listed in the same directory and was working as a farmer.

In the 1900 census, George and Lavina were living in East Colton, San Bernardino County, and were listed as follows in the census: George, 59, Lovina, 50, Georgia E., 20, Nellie G., 16, Albert B., 18, and Frances A., 9 years old. George was listed as the owner of a gold mine, and Albert was working as a farm laborer. Lovina and George had been married for 35 years, had given birth to 9 children, all of whom were all living at the time.

Even though an record showed that George and Lavina Kinyon were divorced in 1903, in a 1904 U.S. City Directory listing for San Bernardino, Lovina J. Kinyon was listed as the widow of George B. Kinyon, but was residing at 390 H. Street, which is where they were both living in the 1910 U.S. Federal Census. Also, George did not pass away until 1927.

George and Lavina were shown in the 1910 census living at 390 H Street in San Bernardino, and were listed as follows: George, 69, Lavina, 61, Austria, 18, Albert C. Brown, 35, (son-in-law), and Katherine Dustin Brown, 28, (Kitty Dustin in the 1880 census), Albert D. Brown, 8, (grandson), and Georgia Dustin Brazelton, 26, their daughter who was a widow. Also living in their home was a "roomer" by the name of Ella M. Truitt, 37, a widow who had given birth to 4 children, 2 of whom were still living. Ella was from Georgia, but was not working at the time. George was no longer working, but his son-in-law, Albert C. Brown, was working as a forest ranger for the U.S. Government.

For some reason, George and Lavina's son, Albert B. Kinyon, 24, was living as a "lodger" with some neighbors three doors down from the Kinyon home. Albert was working as a pipe fitter for the railroad. There were 3 other lodgers living in the home with him, along with Clem Sherer and his wife Jennie and son, daughter, son-in-law, and 3 stepsons as well. Why Albert was not living with his parents at this time is unknown.

By 1917, Lavina J. Kinyon, widow of G.P. Kinyon, was living with her daughter, Frances Austria Kinyon at 1635 4th Street in Santa Monica, California, which is strange, because Lavina's husband George, did not pass away until March 29, 1927. However, Lavina died the following year in March of 1918, and her obituary is shown below. I suppose her daughter, Frances Austria Kinyon, must have married sometime that year because in Lavina's obituary it mentioned that one of her survivors was her daughter Mrs. Austria Squires, and Frances Austria Kinyon had married Samuel Edgar Squires.

In the 1920 census, Lavina's husband, George, was living with his son, John Henry Kinyon, and his family who were living on a farm in San Bernardino. They were listed as follows in the census: J.H. Kinyon, 46, Florence, 40, Louise, 10, and George, a 78-year old widower. John was working as a farmer, Louise was working as a bookkeeper for a plumbing shop, and George was listed as being retired. They owned their own home free from a mortgage.

In the 1920 census for Los Angeles, George and Lavina's daughter, Frances, 28, and her husband Sam, 43, were living in a rented home located at 410 East Pico Street. He was working as a stevedore for the steam railway. By 1930 they were living at 4423 Los Flores Avenue, Compton, Los Angeles County, California. Sam, 54, was working as a laborer at odd jobs, but Frances, 38, was not working.

In the 1940 census they were living at 5124 Los Flores Avenue and living with them were three children, Virgil Avon Blackburn, 6, Tyrrell Blackson, 4, (a daughter), and John Sherman Price, 8. Perhaps these were adopted children, since they did not have the last name of Squires. Samuel Edgar Squires was working as a concrete worker in the storm drain industry. For the 33 weeks he worked in 1939 his income was $400. They were renting their home for $10 per month. Samuel passed away just 6 years later on July 30, 1946, in Los Angeles County, California. He was born January 1, 1876, in Runnels, Polk County, Iowa, the son of Dadley M. Squires and Mary A. McPotough. Frances Austria Kinyon Squires passed away June 17, 1953, while living in Colton, San Bernardino, California, and was buried in the Hermosa Memorial Gardens Cemetery there.


Mrs. Lovina Jane Kinyon, for 61 years a resident of the San Bernardino valley, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry Tosetti, at 9:50 Friday night. Her death was the result of a paralytic stroke suffered about four years ago. She is survived by seven children, Mrs. Nettie Brazil, Mrs. Austria Squires, and John Kinyon of Colton, Mrs. Ed Reber, Mrs. Tosetti and Albert Kinyon of San Bernardino, and Mrs. George Vosenburg of Riverside. Mrs. Kinyon was 69 years of age. She was born in Iowa July 31, 1848, and came to Southern California when still a child. The 61 years of her residence in this vicinity have been spent in Colton and San Bernardino. Funeral service for the deceased will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Knopsnyder chapel. Interment will follow in Hermosa cemetery. Rev. David Todd Gilmore of San Bernardino, pastor of the Episcopal church there will officiate.


With the Rev. David Todd Gilmore, rector of the Episcopal church of San Bernardino officiating, the funeral services for the late Mrs. Lavina Jane Kinyon of Urbita Springs were held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Knopsnyder chapel. The chapel was filled with friends of the beloved pioneer, who for almost 62 years has been a resident of this vicinity, and over the casket was spread a wealth of lovely floral tributes. During the service, Mrs. J. C. Goodfellow sang the favorite hymn of the deceased, The Holy City."

Mother of Albert Benjamin Kinyon(1882-1949) and John Henry Kinyon(1873-1953).




Joseph Dustin (1827 - 1914)


Sarah Jane Littlefield Dustin (1830 - 1917)



George Benjamin Kinyon (1842 - 1927)



Nettie Lavina Kinyon Brazil (1866 - 1927)


Wilford Farnum Kinyon (1868 - 1901)


John Henry Kinyon (1873 - 1953)


Nellie Gail Kinyon Tossetti (1884 - 1965)


Frances Kinyon Squires (1891 - 1953)


Joseph Hiram Dustin (1847 - 1922)


Lavina Jane Dustin Kinyon (1848 - 1918)


Izora Eblin Dustin More (1859 - 1948)


Josephine Dustin Chipman Curtis (1875 - 1964)


Henry Harry Dustin (1879 - 1880)


Elizabeth Dustin (1882 - 1923)


Truman Dustin (1885 - 1886)


Joseph Hiram Dustin (1886 - 1886)


Edward Dustin (1886 - 1886)


Christopher Columbus Dustin (1889 - 1962)


Benjamin Harrison Dustin (1892 - 1942)


Albert McKinley Dustin (1896 - 1972)

Created by: Barbara LeClaire

Record added: Oct 03, 2007

Find A Grave Memorial# 21912542

The following information is from and showed the spelling of her name as Lovina Jane Dustin Kinyon: From the California Digital Newspaper Collection, Los Angeles Herald, Volume XXX, Number 173, 29 March 1903: Prominent Mining Man Allows His Wife's Suit for Divorce to Go by Default -- Mrs. Lovina Jane Kinyon was granted a divorce today from George A. Kinyon, a well-known mining man. The defendant defaulted. Mrs. Kinyon testified that her husband had become a habitual drunkard and had refused to support herself and children. Kinyon made the first rich strike in the Randsburg district. He sold out for a good figure, but where the money went is a mystery.

NOTE: From another bit of information on, it seems that much of the wealth that Mr. Kinyon acquired from the gold mine he owned went to pay for the medical expenses of their daughter, Frances Audra, who was born with club feet. Perhaps that was why there was no money left at the time of their divorce in 1903.

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Lavina or Lovina Jane Kinyon's Timeline

July 31, 1848
Iowa, United States
May 28, 1866
Age 17
San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States
October 24, 1868
Age 20
San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States
February 1871
Age 22
February 23, 1873
Age 24
California, United States
August 30, 1877
Age 29
November 21, 1879
Age 31
Colton, San Bernardino, California, United States
February 26, 1882
Age 33
February 25, 1884
Age 35
Colton, San Bernardino, California, United States
November 21, 1889
Age 41
San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States