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John Kenney

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  • Name John Kenney  [1
    Born 15 Aug 1689  Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth 15 Aug 1689  Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I33752  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DGH
    Last Modified 9 Apr 2021 

    Father John Kenney,   b. 2 Jan 1652, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1718, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Looke,   b. May 1656, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1695  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Married 17 Jun 1675  Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Family ID F19891  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary,   b. 1676,   d. Aft 1736  (Age > 61 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Josiah Kenney,   b. 12 Feb 1706, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1737, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)
    Last Modified 9 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F19890  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John Kenney and wife Mary, no dates or parentage for either, are given as the parents of Josiah Kenney in the record of his 1706 birth at Topsfield. John is called "Jr.," so presumably Josiah's grandfather was also named John.

      Wikitree makes this John Kenney the John Kennee who is recorded as born in Salem (or at any rate included in the published Salem records, noted as imported from Essex County Quarterly Court records) on 15 Aug 1689, "s. John". At first this seemed to us a little implausible on chronological grounds; this John Kennee would need to have fathered Josiah when he was 16, not impossible but not common in that time and place. A better fit, we thought, was the John Kenne who appears in Salem records as born 25 Mar 1676, "s. John and Elizabeth (Looke)."

      However, according to the reasonably well-regarded Ancestors of Guilford Solon Tingley and His Wife Martha Pamelia Meyers (citation details below): [1] the John who was born in 1676 died young; [2] the John of 1689 was also a son of John Kenney and Elizabeth Looke; [3] John of 1689 married a woman (named Mary!) who was thirteen years older than he was; and [4] among their listed children is a Josiah, their third. So we are tentatively going with this model.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3421] Vital Records of Topsfield, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. Topsfield, Massachusetts: Topsfield Historical Society, 1903.

    2. [S2276] Vital Records of Salem, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. Salem, Massachusetts: The Essex Institute, 1916-25.

    3. [S4161] Some Ancestral Lines: Being a Record of Some of the Ancestors of Guilford Solon Tingley and His Wife Martha Pamelia Meyers by Raymon Meyers Tingley. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle, 1935.

    4. [S4161] Some Ancestral Lines: Being a Record of Some of the Ancestors of Guilford Solon Tingley and His Wife Martha Pamelia Meyers by Raymon Meyers Tingley. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle, 1935., date only.