Richard Kenner (c.1635 - 1692)

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Birthplace: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Death: Died in Northumberland, Virginia
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About Richard Kenner

Richard Kenner was born about 1635 in England and he died in 1692 Northumberland County, Virginia. Some sources state he was a Captain in the British Navy and the son of Richard Kenner b. 1600 who died in Lower Norfolk Co. Virginia about 1651. By family tradition he was a Cavalier who came to Virginia after Charles II returned from exile in 1660 - however proof has not been located. The Biographical Dictionary of Early Virginia 1607-1660 shows the Richard Kenner that was in Lower Norfolk Co. Virginia as a chirurgeon or surgeon.

Richard Kenner 1635-1692, married Elizabeth Rodham who was b. about 1649 on Kent Island, Maryland and died in Northumberland County, Virginia on 20 April 1709. She was the daughter of Matthew Rodham and Elizabeth Hewitt. At their marriage her father executed a deed of gift of seven hundred and fifty acres in consideration of the union. With this, plus property he already owned or acquired later, his plantation soon included more than 2000 acres making him a “middle planter”.

The seat of the Kenners was a large estate on the Coan River near the mouth of the Potomac and was known as “Kennersley”. At the close of the 18th century, tobacco had depleted the soil in the Tidewater area and the last Kenner owners moved to Ohio.

“Kennersley” was divided in 1818 and by 1844 left the family ownership after 150 years. At the final sale the property was described as “on the Coan River” and was bounded by Catesby Jones, James Haynie, Thomas Oldham and John Grindstead.

There is no record of the house except the large inventory and appraisal of 1786 when the eldest son, who had inherited the property, died. The inventory and his generous will suggest a large well furnished home attended by 22 house slaves plus 47 others, totaling 69 slaves. The family also owned a thirty-ton Brigantine named for Richard’s daughters – “The Elizabeth and Hannah”. She was used in the tobacco trade.

There was an inventory of the son Rodham and in addition to the home there was a storehouse, kitchen, laundry, dairy, seed house, stable and chariot house and a granary, barn, cellar and twenty-two horses. The house contained red and white china, blue and white china, Queen’s china and a gallon, half gallon and quart punchbowls. Also listed were syllabub glasses, wine glasses, tureens, silver for twelve, sugar tongs, serving pieces, chocolate sets, tea and coffee cups, ivory handled knives, forks and mugs. A large library table, mahogany clock, looking glass, desks, fourteen mahogany chairs, two square mahogany tables, tea tables, carpets and a brass scale and measure rounded out the list. This all suggests a lot of entertaining. The cellar held wine, rum, apple brandy, vinegar, stone jugs and bottles etc.

Richard represented Northumberland in the House of Burgesses in 1688 and 1691. He served as a Justice and son Rodham served as Burgess in 1773. Richard and Elizabeth had five sons and two daughters.

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Richard Kenner's Timeline

1635
1635
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
1663
March 3, 1663
Age 28
Northumberland, Virginia
1670
March 22, 1670
Age 35
St Stephens,Northumberland,Virginia,USA
1677
December 26, 1677
Age 42
St. Stephens, Northumberland, Virginia
1680
December 18, 1680
Age 45
St Stephens, Northumberland, Virginia, USA
1687
1687
Age 52
Northumberland, Virginia
1692
January 20, 1692
Age 57
Northumberland, Virginia
1692
Age 57
Northumberland, VA, USA
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April 4
St. Stephens, Northumberland, Virginia
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St. Stephens, Northumberland, Virginia