“Died, in this city, March 13th, 1881, after a lingering illness of five months, John Decamp Kinsey. Deceased was born in Plainfield, Middlesex County, New Jersey, Oct. 12th, 1836, where he remained with his parents until 1857, when he started westward. After spending a year in New Mexico, he came to Oregon in 1859, since which time he has been a resident of Eugene City, except four years spent in the mines of Idaho. Punctual and upright in business, an active and energetic citizen, he filled a place in the community that will be difficult to supply. With a mechanical genius of no ordinary stamp, he possessed a passion for machinery, investing his surplus as fast as it accumulated in improvements and additions. At the time of his death, he had built a large business and owned one of the most complete machine shops in the State for all kinds of wood work. A kind husband and indulgent father, his family consisting of a wife and two little girls, will miss him sadly. During his illness he exhibited a patience that surprised all who knew his energetic disposition, seeming to forget his own sufferings and to think only of the trouble he was causing others. His less occasions unusual regret and excites the sympathy of the entire community for his grief-stricken family and relatives. Oregon State Journal (Eugene) March 19, 1881, pg. 5, col. 3. University of Oregon Knight Library’s Newspaper Collection.
The Eugene Pioneer Cemetery lists John Kinsey in Plot 200, but no other Kinsey’s in that place. There are several other Kinseys buried here, one who was also born in New Jersey. Further investigation is needed.