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Early Kinard Family History

John Kinard, Sr. and Martin Kinard Sr. came with their families from Germany between  1745 and 1760.  They were from the vicinity of Baden in the Palatinate.

They left their country because of economic disturbance , due to an upset in religious organizations and the intolerant attitude of the mother-church, the Catholic.  The Kinard name was originally spelled “Kynnard”.

About three miles north of the town of Pomaria the old Kinard graveyard can be seen.

Kinards Community - Kinards South Carolina

The community  of Kinards, which is located on Highway 76 near the Newberry Laurens County Line, was named for the settler Captain Martin Kinard, Jr., who moved there in the first part of the 19th century from the Pomaria section of the count.  He eventually acquired all the land between what is now Kinards and Joanna and became a wealthy plantation owner.  Because he was instrumental in bringing the Laurens Railroad ( which became operational in 1854) through the communites.  Joanna (Goldville) was first known as Martin’s Depot and Kinards was first established as Kinards Turnout when the post office opened there on February 26, 1856 with Thomas F. Harmon as Postmaster, the name was changed to Kinards in 1881.

The only church in Kinards, Sharon United Methodist Church, was first organized in 1854 on land donated by Martin Kinard, Jr.  A building was finally erected in 1869 under the guidance of his son in law, Jacob Summer.  Among its first members were the Gorees, Oxners, Harmons, Whitmans, and Hensons.  The first church building was replaced about 1905 by the present structure.  Mr. J.A. Dominick, Mr. Emanual Oxner, Mr. Luther Boozer, Mr. J.B. Smith and his mother Mrs. Katherine Summer Smith, and Mrs. O.B. Evans and her sons, John, Jim, and George Speake were instrumental in establishing this structure.

Martin Kinard, Jr. and his wife, Katherine (Koon) Kuhn Kinard are buried in the cemetery behind the church as are three of their eight children, Middleton T. Kinard, Elizabeth Kinard Summer and Martha Kinard Goree.  Two of Martin Kinard’s sons Henry Harrison Kinard and John Peter Kinard, served as sheriff of Newberry County during the years 1839-1851.  (H.H. Kinard: 1839-1843; J.P. Kinard 1843-1847)

During the early part of the 20th century, Kinards was a thriving agricultural community which supported a church, parsonage, school, post office, depot, two cotton Gins, a flour mill, four stores including a clothing store, a barber shop and a modern dairy farm.  The surrounding area still prospers as a farming, cattle-raising, and lumber region little is left of the small village of Kinards that once hugged the railroad tracks.

The Sharon United Methodist Church is still attended by a faithful few, and until recently the old Oxner Brothers General Store was open for business.  But by far, the most visible remainder of community life is the U.S. Post  Office.  The Kinards Post Office, having survived population shifts and countless changes in U.S. Government Administration, is today housed in a modern Brick structure and covers 93 miles of rural route service.

Article given to J. Petty when visiting Kinards, S.C.   in 2003


Tomb Stone Inscriptions
Sharon United Methodist Church
Kinards, South Carolina



Sacred to the Memory of

Capt. Martin Kinard

Who departed this life

August 5, 1854.

near 76 years of age.

While young he attached himself to the Lutheran Church and during a long life was an observer of religion and a sincere worshiper .  Having made his penance with God he was stately when the sermons came and died in humble hope of heaven.  He rest from his labors and his nobles following him.  He was a good citizen
and an affectionate husband and father and a kind master.  Respected and honored by all who knew him.

This Slab mark is the resting place of

Katherine Kinard

Wife of Capt. M. Kinard

Who was born September 8, 1787

And died

September 14, 1856

Being 68 years old

In early life she connected herself with the
Lutheran Church and was a faithful and consistent member.
In all the relations of life if not perfect
She at least furnished an example worthy of imitation.
She  was a devoted wife, a good mother and kind and obliging to the neighbors,
No one knew her but to love her.  She died in Peace and rest with God.

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