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Anna Kenyon (unknown)

Also Known As: "Not Anna Mumford"
Birthplace: Oldham, Lancashire, England
Death: before 1712
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Anna Kenyon's father and Anna Kenyon's mother
Wife of John Kenyon
Mother of Sarah Elizabeth Webster; James Kenyon; Enoch Kenyon; Lt. David Kenyon, Sr.; Samuel Kenyon and 3 others

Managed by: Ralph Curtis Gold
Last Updated:

About Anna Kenyon


John Kenyon did not marry Anna Mumford

"One of the most persistent genealogical myths is that John Kenyon, immigrant ancestor of most Kenyons in the United States, married Anna Mumford. The source of this myth is the 1935 Kenyon genealogy, American Kenyons, by Captain Howard N. Kenyon. Shortly after Capt. Kenyon published his book, Meredith Colket, refuted Capt. Kenyon's assertion regarding this marriage in an article published in The American Genealogist."


"What we have then is confusion over the names of old John Kenyon's wife/wives. Although absolute proof is lacking, we might reasonably conclude that John Kenyon married first in England, Anna ___ (surname unknown). He and Anna had two children, a son named John and a daughter named Sarah, baptized in Oldham, co. Lancaster, England.

"Subsequent to these baptisms, possibly in 1685 old John Kenyon and his son, John Kenyon, Jr., came to America and settled in (North) Kingstown, Rhode Island. We don't know if daughter Sarah came to America and we don't know if his wife Anna came with him.

"Some time later, after Anna had died, old John Kenyon married a Miss Mumford (given name unknown), sister of Thomas Mumford, Jun. and Peleg Mumford. This second wife may have died and John Kenyon possibly married a widow Webster with a son, John Webster. Alternatively, old John Kenyon may have had a daughter (name uncertain) who did marry John Webster.

THE BAD NEWS: We don't have a clue as to who is the mother of John Kenyon's known six younger children. Descendants of these six younger sons: James, Enoch, Joseph, Samuel, David, and Jonathan don't know if they are descended from Anna (__) or (Miss) Mumford or even from widow Webster.


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Anna Kenyon's Timeline

Oldham, Lancashire, England
December 26, 1682
Age 21
Oldham, Lancashire, England, (Present UK)
February 22, 1683
Age 22
St. Mary's, Oldham, Lancashire, England
Age 23
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
February 23, 1686
Age 25
South Kingstown, Washington Co., RI
February 23, 1687
Age 26
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
Age 29
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
Age 34
Westerly, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Age 38
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, USA