History of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania : including its early settlement
Chicago : A. Warner Co., 1889
Cushing, Thomas, 1821
Pg. 294, 295
THOMAS J. KENNY, retired, Homestead, was born Nov. 8, 1803, in Chester Co., Pa. His father, CHARLES HENRY, was born Nov. 1, 1760, in County Donegal, Ireland; immigrated to America in 1791 and settled in Chester Co., Pa. He was a merchant and county official, being justice of the peace a long term and register and recorder nine years. He died July 29, 1845. He married MARY, a daughter of MICHAEL JENKINS, of Welsh descent, who ancestors came to America with Lord Baltimore. The progenitor of the JENKINS family was AP JENKINS, whose son WILLIAM, born in 1634, married MARY, daughter of LIEUT. THOMAS COURTNEY, of the English navy, both families having a coat of arms. MRS. MARY KENNY was the mother of five children: ANTHONY H. (a Catholic priest), THOMAS J., CHARITY A., CHARLES W. and MARY. Of these CHARITY A. was the wife of WILLIAM B. CONWAY, who organized IOWA as a territory and became its first secretary of state; CHARLES W. joined the Jesuits as St. Stanislaus, Mo., where he is superintendent.
In 1818 THOMAS J. walked from his native county to Mifflin Twp., where his father bought 275 acres of land, which is still in possession of our subject. For thirty years he has been engaged in mining coal under his own and other farms, and as a farmer and coal merchant. Since 1883 he has resided in Homestead. MR. KENNY married twice, his first wife, HANNAH CURRAN, dying young. His second wife, ANN MAGINN, died Aug. 11, 1885, age 78 years; they had ten children, of whom six are yet living: CHARLES, ANTONY H., THOMAS J., ANN E. (now MOTHER BERNARD, of Cincinnati, where she is superioress), AGNES G. (wife of J. G. KELLY, cashier at Braddock), and WILLIAM F. MR. KENNY is a member of the Catholic Church.
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