This post is intended for anyone interested in the families of HUGH KENNEDY (b.1795 NC; md. JANE DELANEY in Greene Co., TN, 1818; d. 1850 TN) and ROBERT J. KENNEDY (b.c1801 NC, md. CYNTHIA EASON c1825 TN; d. bef. 1860 TN) of Henderson and Decatur Counties, TN. HUGH KENNEDY also has known connections in Greene and Washington Counties, TN. There are many Kennedy spelling variations, e.g., Kenedy, Kenady, Kanedy, Canida, Canada, etc. I have tried for over thirty years to make a family connection from TN to NC without success. If fact, for the most part, I gave up. :However, when time allows, I continue from time to time to probe NC records looking for a HUGH and ROBERT KENNEDY'S NC connection. For the last few weeks, I have been looking at 1800 NC census records and have focused on JOHN KENNEDY in Rockingham County. I think this JOHN KENNEDY represents the best prospect I have come across in thirty years. One reason I am making this post is to encourage any family members who has the interest to also take a look at this possibility. A synopsis of the Rockingham JOHN KENNEDY information is as follows:
There are two JOHN KENNEDYs in Rockingham, NC, in the 1800 census. The one I am primarily interested in is on page 462. The family is listed as follows:
Under 10: 1 (Could this be our HUGH?)
Over 45: 1 (This age would be about right for Hugh and Robert's father. In fact, I previously estimated their father being born c.1765)
Under 10: 2
A THOMAS KING is listed next to HUGH KANEDY in the 1819 Washington Co., TN, SAND'S Tax List. There is also a THOMAS KING located near JOHN KENNEDY in Rockingham Co., NC, in 1810. Actually, it was tracing THOMAS KING that took me to Rockingham Co.
In Rockingham Co., NC, there are numerous familiar family names previously associated (to one degree or another) with HUGH and ROBERT's families, e.g., WINCHESTER, GANN, STEGAL, LACY, DUCK, LYON, JOHNSON?, etc. In an EASON family book written by J. B. BELL, it was recorded that EASONS, JOHNSONS, KENNEDYS, LACYS, and STEGALLS traveled from NC to TN in ox carts before 1830. Also, it is interesting that next to JOHN KENNEDY in Rockingham Co., NC, in the 1800 census is a WILLIAM NAILS. A NAILS family was closely connected to ROBERT J. KENNEDY'S family in Decatur Co., TN. Son JAMES D. "Jim" KENNEDY married BARBARA NAILS. Daughter LYDIA A. KENNEDY married WILLIAM "Bill" NAILS. BILL NAILS and JAMES D. KENNEDY were the first interments in Doe Creek Cemetery (Decatur Co., TN) after the Civil War. For the first time, I am cautiously encouraged that we might actually be on to something. In any event, I think it is worth pursuing until it proves to be wrong. Please let me know if you find anything of interest..
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