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Questions of Origin
Where did the Kennedys of
Chester County, Pennsylvania originally come from? What brought
them to Pennsylvania? What are the connections with other Kennedys
in the area and beyond?
We have been able to search this family line of William M. Kennedy
only as far back as his father Samuel Kennedy, whose birth
and death dates and origins are unknown. Information to date tells
us that William had at least three siblings: Samuel, John, Sarah,
and a brother whose name is not currently unknown. He married
Sarah Elbehar in Honey Brook in 1863
This Kennedy line is descended from William M. Kennedy's son William
Sloan Kennedy. The source of the middle name Sloan
is a mysterious clue. William Sloan Kennedy was the third of
nine children, all born in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania.
The information presented here is based upon pieces of information
obtained from historic documents, photos, and the personal knowledge
as shared by family members. Together they provide only a fraction
of the story of each individual and their experiences.
Photos add a special dimension to a project like this. Among
other things, they help remind us that this is about more than facts
and statistics; these were real people of flesh, bone, and blood.
They experienced the adventures of youth, the trials and tribulations
of raising a family, the struggles of work and making ends meet, the
joys of traditions, and the sorrows of loss. Some died young;
others lived long, fruitful lives. In some instances, we may
even see a reflection of one another.
516 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA
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Photo taken by Diane Shupe, 2001
There is great risk in reading too much into isolated pieces of information. Imagine trying to figure out what an elephant looks like with only
a toe, an ear, or just the snout as clues. The further we go back
in to time, limited available records--if we're lucky to find any at all--provide
only a momentary glimpse into a situation, and often subject to the interpretation
or limitations of the person recording it.
I have tried to be diligent in recording the sources of my information
so that it can be judged by myself and others as to its reliability.
Just because a record exists does not mean it was recorded accurately,
whether by the scribe or the original provider. But such records
are helpful in providing us with clues that could help verify our
assumptions or point us in directions.
Any information, corrections, clippings, suggestions, and/or photos offered
that will help weave the fabric and reveal the texture of the Kennedy
family's history will be greatly appreciated. All photos or
other original documents will be handled with great care, copied,
and promptly returned to their owner, unless instructed otherwise.
While I am eager for ANY information, including stories and
oral histories, that will help tell our story, I also want to be respectful
of people's privacy and to use discretion in matters that may be sensitive.
This document is only as complete and accurate as the information available
up to this moment. No doubt it will continue to evolve over time,
as it should.
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for William M. KENNEDY
Register Report for William M. KENNEDY
Descendant Report for William M. KENNEDY
Data for Sarah A. EBELHAR
Register Report for Sarah A. EBELHAR
Descendant Report for Sarah A. EBELHAR
Methodist Cemetery, Honey Brook, PA
Lillian May Kennedy
John T. and Emma Kennedy
William F. and Leah Kennedy
Wlater John Kennedy
C. and Virginia C. Kennedy
William M. and Sarah A. Kennedy
Winfield S. Kennedy
Peter J. and Laura Mertz
John L. Trester
Edwin and Flora White
D. and Elizabeth L. Kennedy
S. and Marie A. Kennedy
E. and Mary C. Kennedy
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