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From: Judith Brumm <>
Subject: [KENNEY-L] Hello Kenney Researchers
Date: Sun, 01 Aug 1999 18:07:46 -0700

Our earliest far!
1. JAMES BARNETT1 KENNEY was born 1726 in Ireland, and died 1782 in
Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania. He married (1) MARY Abt. 1768. She
was born 1730 in Rockbridge County, VA. He married (2) KRAMER 1751 in
Rockingham County. She was born 1730 in Ireland.

The name of Kenney, variously spelled as Kenny, Kenney, and Kinney, is
claimed by some authorities to have been taken from the Gaelic Word
Clenn, which is pronounced kin and means "esteemed or honored," combined
with neae, meaning "an individual." The meaning of the name ,
therefore, "a person of honor and esteem." This name is found in
ancient records in the various forms of Kinne, Kinnie, Kenne, Kenei,
Kennie, Kenny, Kenny and Kinney. The last three are still in general
use. The Kenney family is believed to have descended from a Norman
knight who was among the followers of William the Conqueror, in the
Norman invasion of England in 1066. According to Burke, the Keeney,
Kenney, Keen, etc. family was originally from Somersetshire England; of
great antiquity, deriving the family name from the place Kenne, of that
country. In the second year of the reign of Henry II of England or
1156, since Henry resigned from 1154-1189, John de Kenne held two knight
fees in Kenne.

Nicholas Kenne, Kenny or Kenney went with the cadets of many
Somersetshire families to Dublin. (Burke landed Gentry of Ireland 1912)
the most ancient of the several coats of arms which have been bestowed
at various times on the members of this family is that of Kenne of
Somerset County. It is described as follows:
Arms: Ermine (sometimes argent), three crested gules
Crest: A unicorn's head, azure bezantee, maned Or, horned of the last
and sable. (Burke's heraldry, 1844)
Motto: "Tereat, luceat, foreat." (Let it hold, shine and flourish.)

It is not definitely know from which of the several illustrious lines of
the family in Great Britain the first American families of the name
descended, but is practically a certainty that all of them were from a
common ancestor of the eleventh century. The members of these families
were, for the most part, of nobility and landed gentry of England and
Ireland and were very prominent in affairs of State as well as in the
military service of their country.

Barnett Kenney served in the American Revolution as Sergent of the 11th
Pennsylvania Regiment, Continental Line. Three of his sons also
served. Joseph was killed in the Revolution according to Challey's
records. John served as a private in Captain William Harrod's Company
in 1780, at the station near the Falls, in what is now Jefferson and
Shelby Counties. (Collins History of Kentucky p. 12) (James Kenney and
His Descendants, Corday Leer Buckley, 1944, The Kentuckian-Citizen,
Paris, KY.)

National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Centennial
Edition, Part II, Patriot Index p. 1692: Kinney, James Barnett. b. 1720
IR, d p 1782 m Miss Kramer, Sgt Va. Also listed on p.1691 as Kinney,
Barnett 1726 IR d p 1786 PA m (1)____ Kramer, (2) Mary____ Sgt CL PA.

National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Centennial
Edition, Part II, Patriot Index p. 1692: Kinney, James Barnett: b. 1720
IR, d. p 1872 m Miss Kramer Sgt. VA

Children of JAMES KENNEY and MARY are:
i.BARNETT2 KENNEY, JR., b. 1770, Rockbridge County, VA.
iii.ROBERT KENNEY, b. 1773.
iv.AGNES NANCY KENNEY, b. July 04, 1774; m. THOMAS FRAZER, Uniontown,
Fayette County, Pennsylvania.; b. Abt. 1769, Scotland.
v.KEZIAH KENNEY, b. 1776, Virginia.
vi.SUSAN KENNEY, b. 1778, Virginia.
vii.MARGARET KENNEY, b. 1780, Virginia.
viii.JOSIAH KENNEY, b. 1782.
ix.WILLIAM KENNEY, b. 1782, Virginia.
x.BENJAMIN KENNEY, b. 1784, Virginia.
Children of JAMES KENNEY and KRAMER are:
xi.JAMES2 KENNEY, SR, b. November 29, 1752, Rockbridge, Augusta
County, Virginia; d. March 13, 1814, Augusta County, Virginia; m. (1)
MARY FRAME, 1771, Bourbon County, Kentucky; b. May 14, 1741, Botetourt
County, Virginia; d. September 22, 1796, Bourbon County, Kentucky; m.
(2) MARGARET (PEGGY) JOHNSON, June 17, 1799, Bourbon County, Kentucky;
b. January 11, 1770, Agusta County, Virginia; d. May 30, 1829, Bourbon
County, Kentucky.

James Kenney Sr. was born in Augusta County Virginia, near Staunton. He
married there in 1771 to Mary Frame or Froome, daughter of David Frame
and for whom she named her first child, a son.

As the records show, James Kenney came to Boonsborough in 1776 and he
saw the fertility of the soil and the beauty of the country. After
returning to Virginia and taking part in the Revolution, he returned to
Kentucky, bringing his family with him. Polly Kenney, the fourth child,
told her children she remembered the long trip on horseback as she sat
in front of her father in the same saddle. (CLB)

Lineage Book, National Society of the Daughters of the American
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Centennial
Edition, Part II, Patriot Index p. 1692: Kinney, James 1-29-1752 VA, D.
3/13/1814 KY m (1) Mary Frame, (2) Margaret Johnston, Pvt VA.

VolCXXV p. 104, 124001-125000, 1916
James Kinney (1752-1814) enlisted in Virginia in Capt. Joseph Crockett's
Company, 7th Virginia regiment, commanded by Lieut. Col. Holt Richeson,
Also No. 110361. And also, "Captain James C. Kenney served in the
Revolutionary war in Captain Joseph Crockett's Company, 7th Virginia
commanded by Lt Col Holt Richeson, as a mere boy. Reinlisted in 1778,
taken prisoner Oct 4, 1778 at Germantown." from DAR membership
application dated 6/15/1914.

At the close of the Revolutionary War James Kenney, who held the office
of Captain in the army, removed from Virginia, his native state, and
settled on a farm about three miles from what is now known as Paris,
Bourbon County, Ky. He was a successful farmer, raising large crops of
hemp, then a comparatively new staple in the State; he was twice
married, the first wife was a Miss Frame, of Virginia, and the second
wife was Miss Margaret Johnson, of Nicholas County, Ky. He had sixteen
The father of John C. Kenney came from Virginia to Kentucky about
1775-1779, bringing John C with him. He purchased land two miles from
the present site of Paris, KY. The father and son established a camp in
the wilderness and then the father returned to Virginia to bring he rest
of the family to their new home, leaving John C, then just 16 years old,
in the camp alone for 60 days. during that time John C. caught sight of
a man across a creek, about a mile from camp, but could not see the man
plainly enough to know if he was a white man or Indian. He saw no other
human being during the time that his father was away. John C. Kenney
was known as Captain Kenney, probably because he served in the State

In the "History of Bourbon County," James Kenney is listed along with
the first people to raise corn, a quarter acre each. (p.70) "The first
corn ever raised in Bourbon County was in 1775, by John Cooper, near
Hinkston Creek. Thomas Whitledge, James Kenney and several others
raised corn on a quarter an acre or two each.

>From the record of will abstracts.
Kenney Sr., James, of Bourbon County. - (Will copy certified by Thomas
P. Smith, D.C.B.C. and donated by Mrs. B.F. Buckley, Lexington, KY.).
Will written March 12, 1814. Names wife, Peggy, sons John, Victor,
Joseph, Moses, Napoleon, Daughters, Maria, Abbe, Helena, Cordee and
Peggy. Daughters Sally Barnett, Elisabeth Trotter, Nancy Rhodes, and
Polly Hildreth. Exec's Wife Peggy Kenney, James Hughes and John
Barnett. Witnesses, Thomas Rogers, Josiah McDowell and Alexander
Barnett: Will of James Kenney, deceased proved June Court , 1814.

Abstracts for Bourbon County, Kentucky, Master Commissioner's Deed Book
"A", page 70.

James Kenney's (Sr.) heirs, John Kenney, Moses Kenney, Victor Kenney,
Joseph Kenney, Napoleon Kenney, John Barnette and Sally Barnett, James
Trotter and Elizabeth Trotter, late Elizabeth Kenney, William Hildreth
and Polly Hildreth, late Polly Kenney, Nancy Rhodes, late Nancy Kenney,
Maria Kenney, Helena Kenney, Abigail Kenney. Cordelia Kenney; and
children of James Kenney, dec'd who was the son of James Kenney, via
Dosia Kenney, Nathan Kenney, Eli Kenney, Polly Kenney, Archibald
Kenney, Eda Kenney, James Kenney, Madison Kenney, Amanda Kenney; and
David Kenney's children Polly, Elizabeth, John, Sally, Moses Jr. and
Elam, Peggy Kenney, Maria Kenney, Helena Kenney, Abigail Kenney.
According to notes in the "Kenney Genealogy," John C. Kenney is the
same as James Kenney. This was copied from Kenney Bible of Corday Leer
Marriage Index: IL, IN, KY, OH, TN, 1720-1926
Kenney, JamesSpouse : Johnson, Margaret
Marriage date : Jun 17, 1799

Burial in Kenney Cemetery, Stonerside Farm, located near Paris, KY, on
Middletown Pike.

Burial: Kenney Cemetery, Stonerside Farm

Notes for MARY FRAME:
AKA Margaret Frame

They had a "Irish lady of rank" who was the governess of their children.

has the birth date as Mary born 21 Feb. 1741 (Julian
calendar, when the year began in March, so it was 1742 by our calendar).
She died in Bourbon County, Kentucky on 22, Sept. 1796.

More About MARY FRAME:
Burial: Kenney Cemetery, on Stoner Creek, Paris, KY. Now Stonerside
Farm (1998)
Fact 1: 1741, Baptized: February 21, 1741/42, Augusta /County, VA

Her date of birth is noted as Dec. 12, 1809 in CLB notes.
Her date of death is listed in the Kenney Bible as Feb.14, 1900.
In The History of Bourbon, Scott (etc) County, she is listed as being
from Nicholes County, KY.

LDS# 4H8W-WC list her date of birth as 2/11/1777 and place of birth as
Bourbon County.

xii.JOSEPH KENNEY, b. Abt. 1754, Rockbridge, Virginia; d. Kentucky.

Joseph killed in the Revolution, according to Challey's records.

July 15, 1782 James Kenney, oldest brother of Joseph Kenney, who died
in Continental Service, has it certified in order to obtain land.
(Chronicles of the Scotch- Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol 1, p 231.)

xiii.JOHN KENNEY, b. Abt. 1756.

Notes for JOHN KENNEY:
Served as a Private in Captain William Harrods' Company in1780 at the
station near the Falls, in what is now Jefferson and Shelby Counties
(Collins History of Kentucky, p 12.) (CLB)

xiv.SARAH KENNEY, b. Abt. 1758, Rockbridge County, VA.
xv.ELIZABETH KENNEY, b. 1760, Rockbridge County, VA.

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