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From: "suzanne" <>
Subject: [MADKY] Leah Lanham - James Kennedy
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 20:43:00 -0700
It occurs to me that while I have shared this with people who have asked,
there might be others out there who might benefit, or more importantly, have
additions and corrections that would help all of us. Associated family names
include West, Ward, Ellington, Golden, Messick, White, Crews and Fowler.
LEAH LANHAM, oldest daughter of Thomas and Patience Lanham, was born abt.
1785, d. abt 1830. She married James Kennedy, 1 Aug 1804. Consent by
Thomas Lanham, Father of Bride, Bondsman, Stephen Lanham (probably her uncle
Stephen but it could be her brother Stephen), [Madison County Kentucky
Marriage Records Vol I, 1786-1822, compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery,]
According to the 1850 census, James was born in Virginia. [There is no known
relationship to any of the other Kennedy's who settled in, or around,
Madison Co., KY, including the Garrard Co. Kennedy's who have been
thoroughly researched by Gerald Tudor.] James origins are still a mystery
and we're still looking for his family.
1810 and 1820 census reports do not show James and Leah in Madison County.
On 25 Jan 1830, James (who signed with his mark) sold personality to his
father-in-law, Thomas Lanham, including two featherbeds, a bolster and
counterpain, a pot, a kettle, pair of pothooks, some glass, cupboard, table
and six chairs, a chest, a grind stone and cooper tools. We can't read too
much into this because Thomas Lanham frequently loaned/gave money to his
The 1830 census, taken in June, shows James Kennedy, Sr. with one female, 45
and over (Leah), and nine children. A note of interest is the census also
shows Mary West and three children are neighbors. We believe Leah, only
about 45 years of age, died shortly after the census was taken and the
children probably were farmed out to aunts and uncles. Leah had 16 brothers
and sisters so there were plenty to go around. It appears that Leah named
her children after her brothers and sisters. With an absence of names in the
earlier census reports, it is difficult to identify the individual children
- birth dates are estimated based on marriage dates and later census
reports. James was listed as father of the bride or groom in several
marriage bonds from 1832 - 1845.
A household for James is not found in the 1840 census, however 14 Nov 1842,
James Kennedy granted Tract and Personality to Mary West [Madison County
Marriage Contract -1-149]. James Kennedy, 67, and Mary West, 47, are married
15 Nov 1842 [Madison County Marriages BK 3W-34]. During the 1840s, there
were a large number of land transactions within the West family in the Otter
Creek, Clear Creek, Muddy Creek regions.
The census taker, in 1850, Madison Co., Dist. 1 lists both Mary and James as
Canada, however it is clearly a mistake of spelling because Mary is shown
with her son William and James is shown next door with Mary's daughter
Angeline and her husband George Anderson. On 25 Jan 1847 Mary Kennedy gave
permission for son Luke to marry Martha Grooms. [Madison County Kentucky
Marriage Records Vol II 1823-1851, compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery ]
We have been unable to find either James or Mary in 1860 but all of Mary's
children have finished selling off property in Madison County and are living
in Missouri. We have no knowledge of burial places of any of the Lanhams or
The following are the children of James and Leah (Lanham) Kennedy,
b. 1805, Polly/Mary Kennedy m. Thomas H. Ward, 21 Jul 1824. Bond by Jesse
Lanham, brother of her mother Leah Lanham. Consent by James Kennedy, FB.
[Madison County Kentucky Marriage Records Vol II 1823-1851, compiled by
Bill and Kathy Vockery]. In 1830 census, Thomas and Mary are found with two
small daughters and a small son in the Western Division of Madison County.
Thomas died before the 1850 census which found the widow, Mary Ward, 44,
with all 12 children at home - a couple of them may be grand-children. In
1853, Polly, 48, married widower William T. Ellington, 66. John White,
bondsman. [Madison County Kentucky Marriage Records Vol III 1852-1876,
compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery]. In 1860 census, she was the widow Mary
Ellington, with sons Thomas Ward, 22; John Wesley Ward, 19, and Levi Ward,
18. In 1870, she was living with son, John Wesley and his wife, Anna Baxter,
in the Athens district of Fayette Co. The Ward family Bible gives the date
of her death as 10 Oct. 1872.
b. 1810, Sarah/Sally Kennedy m. Hardin Golden, 8 June 1832. Richard Golden
bondsman, James FB. [Madison County Kentucky Marriage Records Vol II
1823-1851, compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery ] This was a second marriage
for Hardin and he died before 1850 leaving Sally with 4 children. In 1850,
Sally Golden, age 30, <should be age 40> is found living near her father
James CANADA and his second wife Mary CANADA. With her are children:
Catherine, 17; Emily, 14; William, 10; and Frank, 5. On Oct. 31, 1853, she
married William Crews. Bondsman was William T. Ellington. [Madison County
Kentucky Marriage Records Vol III 1852-1876, compiled by Bill and Kathy
Vockery]. William Ellington was the second husband of Mary/Polly Ward,
b. 1812, Margaret Kennedy m. William Messick, 6 Feb 1838, Richard Golden
bondsman, James FB [Madison County Kentucky Marriage Records Vol II
1823-1851, compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery ]
b. ~1815, Thomas Kennedy m. Elizabeth Messick, 20 Jul 1840. William Messick
bondsman, James FG [Madison County Kentucky Marriage Records Vol II
1823-1851, compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery ]
b. 1816, Leah Kennedy who in 1850 was living with her aunt and uncle, Sarah
Lanham and John Sappington. Sarah Lanham married late in life, staying home
to take care of her father, Thomas, till his death in 1840, after which she
married a cousin, John Sappington. They opened their home to various nieces
and nephews over the years. The 1860 census shows Leah living with another
aunt and uncle, Margaret Lanham and Zepheniah Fowler in Montgomery Co. KY.
b. ~1822, Jemima married 21 Dec 1842 to John White, Samuel White bondsman,
James Kennedy FB, Samuel White FG. [Madison County Kentucky Marriage
Records Vol II 1823-1851, compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery ] John White,
was the bondsman some 20 years later when Polly/Mary married William
Ellington after Thomas H. Ward had died.
b. 1824, Martha/Patsy, m. Benjamin Golden, 12 Jul 1845. Richard Golden
bondsman, James FB. FG [Madison County Kentucky Marriage Records Vol II
1823-1851, compiled by Bill and Kathy Vockery ] Her birth date was
determined by her age 36 shown in 1860 census. They moved to Rockcastle for
several years. And in 1860 they were back farming in the Western Subdivision
of Madison County with children: Jonathan N, 13; George W., 11; Oscar H., 8;
Ann H., 6; and Edna C., 3.
b. 1825, James, was living with Uncle John and Aunt Sarah Sappington in
Montgomery Co. KY. His sister Leah is there, also, along with cousin Thomas
S. Ward, 14, son of Mary/Polly and Thomas H. Ward. By 1860, James, now age
35, cooper, is living in the household of Zepheniah Fowler, whose wife was
another of Thomas Lanham's children, Margaret, so he moved from one aunt to
another. He also brought his wife, Cynthia. We haven't found a marriage
for that couple, but they sold property together years later and appear to
have been married, not other siblings.
Clearly, we are missing two children who were shown in the 1830 census.
Mary/Polly was already married and living away from home. There is a
surprising 5 year gap between the births of Mary/Polly in 1805 and
Sarah/Sally in 1810. Perhaps children were born and died or perhaps we have
just not found one or two others. A possible child might be William
Kennedy, b. 1808 who married Polly Guire, 10 Mar 1820. Bondsman John Guire.
Other possible children suggested by other researchers have proven to be
part of the thoroughly documented Garrard County Kennedy's.
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