Capt. James Kenney

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Capt. James C. Kenney

Also Known As: "James Kinney"
Birthplace: Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia, United States
Death: March 13, 1814 (61)
Bourbon County, Kentucky, United States
Place of Burial: North Middletown, Bourbon County, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Sgt. James Barnett Kenney and ... Kenney
Husband of Mary "Polly" Kenney and Margaret "Peggy" Kenney
Father of David Kenney; Elizabeth Trotter; John C. Kenney; Mary "Polly' Hildreth; James Kenney, Jr. and 13 others
Brother of Matthew Kenney; Joseph Kenney; John C. Kenney; Sarah Kenney and Elizabeth Kenney
Half brother of Barnett Kenney; Matthew Kenney; Robert Kenney; Agnes (Nancy) Frazer; Keziah Kenney and 7 others

Occupation: School Teacher and Land Surveyor
Managed by: Dr. R. Owen Wyant, (PhD)
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About Capt. James Kenney

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA with the rank of PRIVATE.  DAR Ancestor # A065285

James Kenney enlisted as a Private in 7th Virginia Regiment under Capt. Joseph Crockett during the American Revolution. He re-enlisted in 1778 and was taken prisoner at the Battle of Germantown on 4 October 1778.

As brother of Joseph Kenney, who died in Continental Service, James obtained a warrant to obtain land:

July 15, 1782 James Kenny, oldest brother of Joseph Kenney, who died in continental Service, has it certified in order to obtain land. July 15, 1782 Admn of estate of Joseph Kenny granted heir - a law, James Kenney (Chalkey).

The warrant when issued was dated 16 December 1783. This warrant was on Cooper's Run, a branch of Licking Creek. James had agreed to sell the land but then after he died there was a dispute about it and it landed in court. The heirs did not want to sell it but they had to. (Lovitt.)

James' military rank of Captain derived from his service in the state militia, not from his American Revolution service. In 1786 he was involved in an incident in Fayette County, Virginia:

On 29 November 1786 Lt. Philip Eastin deposed that "on Teusday [sic], 26th Sept., 1786 . . . the s'd Deponent was taken out of his own house, and the Door forced open by a certain James Kenney, Lieutentant, commanding a party of men. The s'd Kenny let this Deponent Ride one of the horses for about half a mile, then they made the s'd Deponent walk and run until he lost his shoes, then they tied this deponent around the middle with a rope and tied the rope to a horse's tail, and then they rode on briskly and made the s'd Deponent, on the group tied to a horse for a considerable distance, which much very hurt the s'd deponent, so that he was not able to march, and borrowed a horse to return home on, which was ten miles distant from the camp; and this deponent made application to Colo. Rob't Patterson, who commanded the militia from Fayette, and he would give him no redress, only gave him, the s'd deponent, a pass to return to Lexington to recruit himself and then to follow the army."

Col. Patterson was "charged with illegally impressing Comissary Stores for the use of the Troops, intended to act against the Shawnee Indians in September 1796."

James Kenney was one of the early settlers at Ft. Boonesborough, Kentucky. James' wife Polly died in 1796 and James remarried in 1798.

James Kenny appears on the 1810 census of Bourbon County, Kentucky, with 2 males 0-10, 1 male 45+, 3 females 0-10, 2 females 10-16, and 1 female 26-45.

Like many Americans, James Kenney and his wife seem to have supported the French Revolution. Between 1806 and 1812 they named their children after leading figures of that revolution: Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon, Charlotte Corday, and Victor Moreau. It was widely believed in America that the French Revolution would bring the principles of the American Revolution to Europe.

James Kenney's will named his wife, James Hughes and [his son-in-law] John Barnett as executors. The witnesses were Thomas Rogers, Josiah McDowell, and Alexander Barnett [father of his son-in-law, John Barnett]. These Barnetts might have been his relatives, as his father's middle name was Barnett.

Stonerside Farm

James Kenney's farm, Stonerside Farm, is now part of 1,500-acre farm for breeding thoroughbred race horses. The house, Creek House, was built between 1790 and 1814, is still standing (2018). In 1994 there were major renovations and expansion. The house and the family cemetery are about 3 to 5 miles outside Paris, Kentucky. They may be visited by descendants with an appointment. The house faces Stoner Creek, but has never been flooded. The property was purchased in 2008 by Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai.

"The heart of the Stonerside property is a fifty-acre plot on the banks of Stoner Creek which was acquired by James Kenney in 1785 as a trade for services to Michael Stoner, for whom the creek is named. A soldier in the American Revolutionary War, Kenney built a two-story home on the property around 1800. Members of the Kenney family resided in the house for the next century; it was standing empty at the time of the McNairs’ purchase of the property in 1994, at which time the Creek House, as it was called, underwent major restoration. James Kenney and many of his descendants are buried in the Kenney family cemetery on the Stonerside property." (Darley)


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Capt. James Kenney's Timeline

November 29, 1752
Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia, United States
January 26, 1772
Augusta, VA, United States
October 10, 1773
VA, United States
July 8, 1775
Augusta, VA, United States
July 4, 1779
Augusta Co, Virginia
July 24, 1782
Bourbon County, Kentucky, United States
April 4, 1784
Bourbon County, Kentucky, United States
July 24, 1786
Bourbon County, Kentucky, United States
August 4, 1788
Bourbon, KY, United States