A biography/family history of John B. Kinsella, Hill County, MT, is included in "Montana, Its Story and Biography", Vol 3, pages 712 & 713.
John was born, 13 Jun 1861, son of Lawrence and Ellen (Burke) Kinsella.Lawrence was born in Kings County, IR, and Ellen was born in Cork County, IR. Lawrence immigrated to Canada, where he spent a short time before locatingpermanently in Vermont.He worked in the slate mills at Castleton, VT.Lawrence and Ellen were married at Castleton and became parents of seven sons and six daughters.
John B. Kinsella attended schools in Fairhaven and graduated from Fair Haven High School in 1880. He learned the trade of a stone cutter and worked at it for five years before moving to St. Paul, MN, where he was employed in stone cutting for a time.He then started out with a trainload of 4,600 cattle and brought them to Devil's Lake, ND, from there he drove to the present site of Big Sandy, MT, delivering the cattle to the Diamond B Cattle company at Fort Assinniboine, Nov 1886.He was employed by the Diamond B for two years, then was employed in freighting between Great Falls and Judith Basin.In the spring of 1891, John was again employed by the Diamond B.At this time, the US government set aside a portion of the Indian reservation from Fort Assinniboine and in Nov 1891, John Kinsella set up a homestead.He started with one cow but increased the herd to 175 white face and Durham cattle and a number of Belgian Draft horses. He and his brother, Lawrence, operated the ranch in partnership.John did not marry.
John B. Kinsella, died 17 Nov 1935, age 74, Hill County, MT.