Richard Kennon, Sr. (c.1650 - 1696) MP

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Birthplace: Conjurers Neck, Henrico County, Virginia Colony, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Henrico County, Province of Virginia, (Present USA)
Occupation: Dr., Doctor
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About Richard Kennon, Sr.

In 1639 Richard Kennon patented land on a peninsula created by the bend of the Appomattox River and Swift Creek. Kennon was a representative for a large London firm and traded the goods he imported. Among the less admirable imports by Kennon was slaves.

He built a residence called "Brick House" which is currently believed to be the oldest surviving house in the County. The dwelling was begun in 1685, and it is believed that the brick may have been manufactured on the peninsula, for in reality, few American buildings were actually built of English brick.

Richard Kennon married Elizabeth Bolling, daughter of Colonel Robert Bolling and his second wife, Anne Stith. Their first son was named Richard Kennon, Jr., and died at four years of age. He was buried just beyond the bay window of the house so that the bereaved young mother could watch over the grave.

Some mentions of him here:,_Virginia


   From: Genealogies of Virginia Families, Volume V, Henrico Country, Virginia: Beginnings of its Families, Richard Kennon, Page 754
   The Kennon family from the earliest appearance of its founder, Richard Kennon, in Henrico about 1677, occupied a position of political and social importance. Richard Kennon (who died about 1696) engaged extensively in merchandizing and was the Virginia representative of London merchants. He was also a magistrate of the county and, in 1685, a member of the House of Burgesses. Richard Kennon married Elizabeth, daughter of William Worsham, of Henrico County, and his wife Elizabeth.

he below is for research purposes and to be used as a guide is a working paper found online at


•ID: I52094

•Name: Col. Richard Kennon

•Sex: M

•Death: BEF 20 AUG 1696 in Henrico Co, Virginia

•Note: Will dated 6 Aug. 1694 Recorded 20 Aug. 1696

•Burial: Brick House Graveyard Conjuror's Neck, Virginia


The following is from the KENNON Rootsweb archives and relates

to Richard Kennon, whom we assume is the same man who

transported Ralph Blankinship to America in 1686/7. You will see

that Kennon married into the Worsham family line. We also know

much later in 1781 and 1782 Molly and Fanny Worsham (daughters

of Drury) married two cousins Jesse and Abel Blankenship and

together they later migrated from Chesterfield County, VA into

Cumberland, KY around 1806. It is not yet know if the

Worsham-Blankenship connection fits into the Kennon family tree.



Incidentally, the BERMUDA 100 location referenced below is

exactly 6 miles northeast of where the old Ralph Blankinship

homestead is located in Henrico County, VA. It is on the upper

reach of the James River at 37-20-41.6 North latitude and

77-16-26.4 West Longitude. It appears that Richard Cannon and

his wife Elizabeth Worsham, before coming to America first

resided on the Island of Bermuda in the Atlantic Ocean of North

Carolina. Eventually they migrated into Virginia where Richard

set up a country store or warehouse in a place which he called

the Bermuda 100. This location is about 3 miles north of present

day Hopewell, VA



Richard Kennon, or Cannon as the name was pronounced and

sometimes spelled, was a merchant resident at Bermuda Hundred as

early as 1680. In 1685, he was factor and attorney for Mr.

William Paggen, a merchant of London, who had


extensive trade with Virginia. To provide his storehouse at

Bermuda, Kennon visited England repeatedly. He married Elizabeth

Worsham, daughter of William Worsham and Elizabeth, his wife.

(Henrico Co. Records.) His mother-in-law married 2dly Lt. Col.

Francis Eppes (son of Lt. Col. Francis Eppes, the immigrant). In

a grant of land to Mr. Francis Eppes in 1680 the latter was

allowed to count Richard Kennon 8 times. It was the policy of

Virginia at that time to encourage immigration by allowing 50

acres for every time a person passed to Virginia, and it would

seem from this grant that Kennon crossed the ocean as many as

eight times prior to 1680. He was justice for Henrico in 1680

and 1683. In 1686 Capt. William Randolph and Mr. Richard Kennon

were paid as burgesses for 32 days. In 1686 (June 1), he made a

power of attorney to his brither-in-law, Mr. John Worsham. The

preamble of the deed states that he was then about to sail again

to Europe. In 1691 he made a deed of gift to his children Mary,

Elizabeth, Martha, William and Sarah. His will was proved in

Henrico Co., August 20, 1696.



Hotten's "Original Lists of Emigrants" shows that the ship

Truelove of London, sailed from Gravesend on June 10, 1635,

bound for Bermuda; the passenger list includes the names of

"Richard Canon, 24 years" and uxor: "Elizabeth Canon 23 years",

and it is very probable that they were the emigrant ancestors of

the Kennon family.



No known record shows the presence of Richard and Elizabeth

Canon in Bermuda after the 1635 voyage; but as early as 1637 a

surgeon of the name, Richard Kennon was living in Lower Norfolk

County, Virginia. The county records contain the proceedings,

"At a court holden, the Lower County of Norfolk the 10th January

1637 - Whereas it doth appear that William Julian doth stand

indebted unto Richard Kennon, chircurgeon, in the quantity of

700 weight of tobacco in leaf. It is therefore ordered that the

afore said William Julian shall, within ten days after the date

hereof, pay the afore said sum of tobacco or else execution to

be awarded.





Marriage 1 Elizabeth Worsham


1. Mary Kennon b: 29 JUN 1679

2. Richard Kennon b: 5 DEC 1684

3. Colonel William Kennon b: 1685 in Henrico Co, Virginia

4. Richard Kennon b: AFT 1684 in Conjuror's Neck, Henrico Co, Virginia

5. Sarah Kennon b: 1689 in Conjurors Neck, Chesterfield Co, Virginia

6. Judith Kennon b: 1692 in Conjuror's Neck, Henrico Co, Virginia

7. Elizabeth Kennon

8. Martha Kennon --------------------

Member of the House of Burgess.

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Richard Kennon, Sr.'s Timeline

Conjurers Neck, Henrico County, Virginia Colony, (Present USA)
Age 13
England, United Kingdom
Age 25
Henrico, Virginia
January 29, 1676
Age 26
Age 26
Henrico County, Virginia Colony, (Present USA)
Age 29
Conjurer's Neck, Henrico County, Virginia Colony, (Present USA)
Age 29
Stafford County, Virginia,
Age 31
Conjurors Neck, Henrico, Virginia, United States
December 5, 1684
Age 34
Conjuror's Neck, Henrico, VA
Age 35
Conjurors Neck, Henrico, Virginia, United States