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Kennedy Family
Contributed by Jayne Kennedy Sweger

Contributed by Jayne Sweger

James L. Kennedy was born in 1825, Tell Twp. Huntingdon Co. PA. He died 1897 in Manchester, Dearborn Co IN. His wife was Emira Roberts (she was the sister of Marthat Roberts who was the wife of James L. Kennedy's brother) Emira was born in 1828, Manchester, Dearborn Co IN and died in 1860, Genesee Twp., Whiteside Co IL. After Emira's death, James L. went back to Dearborn Co. Indiana, but he farmed his children out with relatives. His son Charles H. stayed in Whiteside County with his mother's sister, Lydia Roberts and her husband, Stephen Robinson Libby.

Children of James L. & Emira (Roberts) Kennedy:

1. Emily Jane Kennedy 1848 Manchester, IN 1901 Paw Paw, IL

2. Lewis "Lou" Kennedy 1849 Manchester, IN 1928 New Douglas, IL

3. Amasa Roberts Kennedy 1851 Manchester, IN 1878 Madison Co, IL

4. John O. Kennedy 1852 Manchester, IN 1906 Macoupin Co, IL

5. Charles H. Kennedy 1856 Clyde Twp, IL 1916 Coffeyville, KS married 30 Nov 1882, Clyde Twp, Whiteside Co, IL to Emma Kingsbury the daughter of Silvus H Kingsbury and Olive E Pond, of Whiteside Co.

6. Sallie Kennedy 1859 Clyde Twp, IL 1881 New Douglas, IL

James & Emira (Roberts) Kennedy

Charles Family Kennedy Jayne
Charles & Emma Kennedy

Children of Charles & Emma Kennedy

Pearl b 1863 Whiteside Co, IL - 1979 Coffeyville, Montgomery Co, KS

Roy L, b 1886, Clyde Twp - d 1953, Coffeyville, KS

Forrest, b 1888, Clyde Twp - d 1910, Coffeyville, KS

Olive, b 1891, Coffeyville, KS - d 1927, Denver, CO

Nona, b 1894, Coffeyville, KS - d 1963, Spokane, WA

Doris, b 1906, Coffeyville, KS - d before 1963, California


Contributed by Jayne Sweger

Robert and Martha Kennedy 
Robert & Martha Piatt (Roberts) Kennedy

Robert McCay Kennedy, son of John & Elizabeth (McMath) Kennedy
born 30 January 1823, Tell Twp, Huntingdon Co, PA
died 08 December 1910 Clyde Twp, Whiteside Co, IL

Martha Piatt Roberts, daughter of Joseph & Elizabeth (Robinson) Roberts,
born 17 July 1826 Manchester, Dearborn Co, IN
died 27 July 1919 Clyde Twp, Whiteside Co, IL

Children of Robert & Martha:
1. Joseph Robert Kennedy 1844 1663 Natchez, MS
2. William Elliott Kennedy
3. Henry Gearheart Kennedy 1848 1865 Clyde Twp, Whiteside Co, IL
4. Alice Evelyn Kennedy born 21 April 1851 in Indiand - died 26 November 1917 Reubens, Idaho. She married John Wesley Sayres 10 December 1868 in Whiteside Co IL.
5. Catherine Celia Kennedy 1853 1942 Waitsburg, Walla Walla Co, WA
6. Luther Kennedy 1855 1855 Clyde Twp, Whiteside Co, IL
7. Alfred Howes Kennedy born 6 February 1857 - died 25 September 1859 Clyde Twp, Whiteside Co, IL
8. Richard Yates Kennedy
 9. Clara Lydia Kennedy 25 Nov 1864 Whiteside Co IL - 14 Jun 1927 Twin Falls, ID m James Ambrose Crom 28 March 1885 Whiteside IL son of Martin V. Crom and Rebecca Overholser. They had a son named Forest Blane Crom. James was first married to Daisy Howell.
10. Grace Kennedy 1866 1961 Clyde Twp, Whiteside Co, IL. Buried at Center Clyde Cemetery. Married to Edward A. Janvrin

2. William Elliott Kennedy 
born 29 June 1846 in Dearborn Co IN -
died 09 May 1923 Sterling, Whiteside Co IL.
William was named after his uncle, William Elliott Kennedy, a career soldier during the War of 1812. He served in the Battle of Tippecanoe. Elliott, was his great grandmother, Elizabeth Elliott's name. The photo shows William, Mary Ellen and two of their daughters.

William married Mary Ann Sayres in Ohio.
Mary Ellen was born 1848 Ohio - died 1935 Sterling IL.
William's daughter, Alice K. Matthews said: "My father, William, was a drummer boy in the Civil War. Grandpa (Robert McKay Kennedy) refused to let him enlist because he needed him on the farm. So Pa [we called him Pa] ran away and walked 30 miles to enlist and back, and told Grandpa where he had been, so Grandpa said, "All right, Billy, Good Luck". Pa had a rugged time; was in Anderson Prison, Libby Prison, etc., and there was nothing I enjoyed more as a child than to hear him talk about his army life. I always loved him dearly."

Kennedy Five Generation Photo: 1911

Martha Roberts Kennedy, 85 years
William Elliott Kennedy, 65
Lucy Kennedy Beers, 41
Lola Beers Carnell, 20
Ivil Carnell, 7 months

Five Generations At Edward Janvrin Home

A notable family reunion was held at the home of Mr and Mrs Edward Janvrin in Clyde Township Sunday. Five generations of the Kennedy family were represented.

Mrs Martha Kennedy, wife of the late Rober Kennedy, is a great, great grandmother, her son, the great grandfather, William E Kennedy of Sterling, Mr Kennedy's daughter, Mrs William Beers, of Mt Carroll, the grandmother. Mrs Robert Carnell of Thomson, a great granddaughter of Mrs Kennedy, and her little daughter, Ivil, aged 7 months, were all present.

A photograph was taken of the above five persons representing the five generations.

Mrs Martha Kennedy, although eighty-five years of age, is still in very fair health. It will be remembered that her husband died less than a year ago, thus severing a marriage of over sixty years. Mrs Kennedy resides at the present time at the home of her daughter, Mrs Edward Janvrin.

It is the wish of The Sentinel and its readers, that Grandmother Kennedy may be spared to enjoy several more family gatherings.

8. Richard Yates Kennedy and Axaphia Wink
born 16 February 1861 Clyde, Whiteside Co IL - died 16 March 1934 Coffeyville, Montgomery Co, KS.
Richard married 28 April 1886, Whiteside Co IL to Axaphia Brown Wink, daughter of Sansom & Elizabeth (Johnson) Wink, 28 January 1862 Fulton Co PA - 20 April 1956 Coffeyville, Montgomery Co KS.

Richard & Axaphia's children:
Ogle 1861-1887 Clyde Twp. Whiteside Co IL
Ola "Dode" 1888-1970 Coffeyville KS
Flossie 1889-1921 Coffeyville KS
FLorence "Flo" 1891-1983 Virginia
DeWitt "Dude" 1893-1971 Nowata Co OK
Raymond 1894-1894 Coffeyville KS
Gretchen 1900- 1976 Coffey Ville KS
Leah 1896-1987 Kansas City MO
Maxhon H. 1903-1997 El Dorado KS


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