NATHAN D. KISNER, engineer, New Grand Chain, was born in Marion County, W. Va., July 3, 1851, the eldest child of William and Nancy J. (Williams) Kisner, both natives of the same State. William Kisner was a tiller of the soil, and he departed this life in 1861. His wife, who since his death has been married twice, is still living in the county. The parents had three children — N. D., Mary C. and George W. When he was about two years old, our subject's parents removed to Posey County, Ind., and here he first went to school, but obtained his education mostly in White County, Ill., where they went in 1858. At sixteen years of age he went to Evansville, Ind., and served a four years' apprenticeship at the machinist trade under W. M. Hileman. He afterward worked for about four years at his trade in West Tennessee. He removed to Pulaski County, Ill., and went to farming, purchased fifty acres of land, which he still owns, in Ohio Precinct, which is now operated by his brother, George W. Mr. Kisner came to New Grand Chain, and January 1, 1883, took charge of the engine and machinery of Bartleson's flouring mill at this place, which position he still fills. March 24, 1874, he married Nancy E. McAllister, a daughter of James Y. and Amanda McAllister. Five children have blessed this union, four of whom are living — Cora, Leona, Gusty E. and James E. Mr. Kisner is a member of the A., F. & A. M., Grand Chain Lodge, No. 660. Politically, he is a Democrat.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 306.