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Mary Hildreth (Kenney)

Nicknames: "Polly Kenney"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Augusta Co, Virginia
Death: Died in Indianola, Vermilion Co, Illinois
Place of Burial: Vermilion Cemetery, Indianola, Vermilion Co, Illinois
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt. James Kenney and Mary (Polly) Kenney
Wife of William Hildreth
Mother of Alvin Kenney Hildreth; John S. Hildreth; Angeline Mallory; William Henry Hildreth; Dorcas Tabitha Yarnell and 1 other
Sister of David Kenney; Elizabeth Trotter; John C. Kenney; James Kenney, Jr.; Moses Kenney and 2 others
Half sister of Marie Robinett; Abigail Houston; Helena Johnson; Joseph Bonaparte Kenney; Napoleon Bonaparte Kenney and 4 others

Managed by: Justin Swanström
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About Mary Hildreth (Kenney)

Polly Hildreth told her children the story of going from Virginia to Kentucky on horseback and riding in front of her father in the same saddle. (Paglia)

The following story is undoubtedly about two of her relatives, but I have not been able to determine which. It is probably about one of her sons and his Frame cousin:

"The year 1831 was almost without a summer, the cold weather continued until late in the spring and a hard frost set in on September 20th, and it was so severe that it froze the corn, cob and all. In consequence of the loss of the crop, times got close and money was extremely scarce. The following year the settlers were compelled to send to Kentucky for their seed corn. In December 1836, a deep snow lay upon the ground. It began to rain and continued all day, when suddently it turned intensely cold making ice over the ground and freezing very hard. The sudden change caught many persons unprepared and they were frozen to death. Two men named Hildreth and Frame were crossing Four Mile Prairie on that day; they became bewildered and lost their way and were out when the change came. They killed their horses and Frame crawled inside the body of his horse for protection against the cold. But it proved his tomb as he was found therein frozen to death. Hildreth wandered around all night, and when found in the morning was so badly frozen that he lost his toes and fingers."

Mary Kenney Hildreth died at the home of her youngest daughter, Mrs. Mary Hildreth McDowell. She was buried near Indianola (Paglia), but I have not been able to locate her grave or a date of death for her.

-- Justin Swanström

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Mary Hildreth's Timeline

1779
July 4, 1779
Augusta Co, Virginia
1801
May 21, 1801
Age 21
Bourbon Co, Kentucky
1802
December 17, 1802
Age 23
Bourbon, KY, USA
1805
January 9, 1805
Age 25
Bourbon, KY, USA
1806
August 26, 1806
Age 27
Bourbon Co, Kentucky
1809
1809
Age 29
Bourbon, KY, USA
1812
1812
Age 32
Bourbon, KY, USA
1814
October 13, 1814
Age 35
Bourbon, KY, USA
1850
1850
Age 70
Indianola, Vermilion Co, Illinois
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Vermilion Cemetery, Indianola, Vermilion Co, Illinois