THOMAS F. KENNEDY, Supervisor of Martin Township, is actively engaged in farming, and owns and occupies a fine homestead, which he purchased in 1882. He is a native of Clark County, Ky., and was born near the town of Winchester, March 23, 1852. He is the son of George and Nancy E. (Railsback) Kennedy, both natives of the Blue Grass State, and both born in Clark County. They emigrated to Illinois in the fall of 1852, first locating on a farm two miles west of Bloomington. The family continued to reside there until the fall of 1860, then removed onto a tract of land in Martin Township, where George Kennedy engaged in farming pursuits, and departed this life on the 10th of March, 1865. His wife survived him until 1867. Their seven children included three sons and four daughters, of whom only four survive. The grandfather of our subject, James Kennedy, a native of Kentucky, emigrated to Illinois and located in this county in 1851; he is still living, and a resident of Martin Township. (See sketch of Capt. James Kennedy.)
The subject of this biography was the second child of his parents' family, who removed to this county when he was but six months old. He received a fair education in the district school, and remained under the home roof until he was twenty-one years old. He then began farming on his own account. In 1886 he took unto himself a helpmeet, in the person of Miss Nancy J. Wilson. Mrs. K. is the daughter of John and Clara Wilson, natives of Indiana, but now residents of this county. After marriage the young people settled on a farm in Martin Township, where our subject engaged in general agriculture, including stock-raising. He is still in the prime of life, full of energy and ambition, and is recognized by all as a skillful and intelligent farmer, who avails himself of the most modern and approved methods of operating his land. He enjoys in a marked degree the confidence and esteem of his fellow-citizens, who have kept him in the position of School Director for many years, and have elected him Township Collector for three years in succession and a member of the Board of Supervisors since the spring of 1885, which office he still holds. Politically he is an uncompromising Democrat, and takes an active interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of the country at large. Both Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy are prominently connected with the Christian Church, our subject having joined when fourteen years of age. He has been Clerk of the church society for several years.
Our subject and his wife became the parents of five children, three sons and two daughters, all of whom are living and at home with their parents Charles O., Ord C., George F., Gertrude F. and Myrtle Belle.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 581. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.