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History of Greenbrier County 
J. R. Cole 
Lewisburg, WV 1917 
p. 301-303


Alexander Clarke Kincaid was born on his father's farm on Anthony's creek, Greenbrier county, Virginia, February 27, i8i8. He died at Frankford, W. Va., December 6, 1893. He was a son of Colonel James Kincaid, who was born May 15, 1782, and died July 9, 1838. Colonel Kincaid represented Greenbrier county in the General Assembly in both branches, the State Senate and the House of  Delegates. He fought in the Mexican war with the rank of colonel. Phoebe Kincaid. his wife. was born April 15, 1795, and died January 16, 1858. She was a daughter of George and Margaret Kincaid, the latter being the sister of Major William Renick. Colonel James Kincaid was the son of Squire Samuel Kincaid, who was grandson of Alexander Kincaid, of Scotland. Squire Samuel Kincaid married a Miss Clarke, of eastern Virginia.

Dr. Clarke Kincaid was educated at the University of Virginia and was a practicing physician first in Braxton, then in Greenbrier and adjoining counties for more than forty years. He was a Blue Lodge Mason, a member of the Presbyterian church, and in active service during three years of the Civil war. Soon after the outbreak of the war he organized a company of cavalry, of which he was captain, who trained and marched from Summersville, Nicholas county, Virginia. He resigned this command when he was made an officer of ordnance by General Lee to sup-ply armies of northwestern Virginia. When this was accomplished he joined the Alhermarle Rangers, a company formed of young men from the University of Virginia. At the end of the third year he was honorably discharged and came home to his family. He married Maria Louisa Hamilton at Summersville, Va., October 31, 1847. She was a daughter of Colonel Robert and Fanny (Peebles) Hamilton, of Summersville, was born there on February 5, 1826, and died in Frankford, W. Va., February 17, 1894. Colonel Rohert Hamilton was sheriff of Nicholas county and clerk of both courts until debarred by age from further service, when his son, Alexander Hamilton, took this office, which he held until his death at the age of 72 years.

To Dr. and Mrs. Kincaid seven children were born - Robert Alexander, James Renick, Fanny Bell, Phoebe Caroline, Laura Margaret, Mary Agnes, and Lucy Hamilton.

Robert Alexander Kincaid, a lawyer by profession living at Summersville, W. Va., married Mary Patton, of New Orleans. To this union seven children were born-Phola Hamilton, who married William Moore, a lawyer, of Lisbon, Ohio; Herbert Clarke, at this writing a captain in the medical corps of our army in France; Wallace Patton, a banker at Summersville; Robert Truslow, who died in childhood; Mary Louise, at home; James Baldwin, first lieutenant in the aviation with our army in France; and Ralph Templeton, at home. James Renick Kincaid, M. D., graduate of Medical College of Virginia, married Alice White, daughter of Richard Dickson White, of near White Sulphur Springs, and practices his profession at Frankford, W. Va. Of this union there are four children - Mary Hamilton, Edith White, and Byrne Clarke, at home, and James Clarence, at Camp Lee in the service of his country.

(1) Fanny Bell Kincaid died at the age of six years;
(2) Phoebe Caroline Kincaid married J. R. Woodward, now deceased, and lives at Frankford;
(3) Laura Margaret Kincaid married Achilles Livesay, who lives one and one-half miles south of Frankford;
(4) Mary Agnes Kincaid died at nine years;
(5) Lucy Hamilton Kincaid married William Alexander Jameson, of Philadelphia, and lives at Bramwell, Mercer county, West Virginia, with their three children, William Alexander, Margaret Louise, and Edith Kincaid.

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