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John Kenney

Also Known As: "Kinney"
Birthplace: Botetourt, VA, United States
Death: circa 1813 (54-71)
Botetourt, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Elizabeth Kenney
Father of Sarah Petticrew; James Kenney; David Kenney; William Kenney; Joseph Kenney and 3 others

Will: will dated August 27, 1813
Managed by: Hatte Anne Blejer
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About John Kenney

Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia Vol. 1 by Lyman Chalkley lists a number of Kenney/Kinney/Kenny settlers. John Kenney household in Botetourt County had 2 white males over 16 and 11 horses, no slaves apparently. This is the 1794 Botetourt County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List.

John Kenney of Rockbridge County, Virginia, will dated 8-27-1813 mentions children-William, James, Joseph, David. Sampson, John, Sally, Betsy, Susanna, and wife Elizabeth...

Comment: I believe that "Sally" is Sarah Kenney Petticrew, wife of James Petticrew. She had a brother David who married in Botetourt after her.

Genealogical Notes and Queries in The William and Mary Quarterly Second Series, Vol. 16, No. 4 (Oct., 1936), pp. 669-673

Related to this Kenney family? I think not, but it's worth noting the presence of a second Kenney family in this area.


Descendants of James Barnett Kenney

  1. JAMES BARNETT1 KENNEY was born 1726 in Ireland, and died 1782. He married (1) MARY Abt. 1768. He married (2) KRAMER 1751 in Rockingham County. Barnett Kenney served in the American Revolution as Sergent of the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment, Continental Line. Three of his sons also served. Joseph was killed in the Revolution according to Challey's records. John served as a private, Captain William Harrod's Company in 1780 at the station near the Falls, in what is now Jefferson and Shelby Counties. (Collins History of Kentucky p. 12) (James Kenney and His Descendants, Corday Leer Buckley, 1944, The Kentuckian-Citizen, Paris, KY.)

Children of JAMES KENNEY and MARY are:

  1. BARNETT2 KENNEY, JR., b. 1770, Rockbridge County, VA.
  2. MATHEW KENNEY, b. 1772.
  3. ROBERT KENNEY, b. 1773.
  4. AGNES NANCY KENNEY, b. July 04, 1774; m. THOMAS FRAZER, Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
  5. KEZIAH KENNEY, b. 1776, Virginia.
  6. SUSAN KENNEY, b. 1778, Virginia.
  7. MARGARET KENNEY, b. 1780, Virginia.
  8. JOSIAH KENNEY, b. 1782.
  9. WILLIAM KENNEY, b. 1782, Virginia.
  10. BENJAMIN KENNEY, b. 1784, Virginia.

Children of JAMES KENNEY and KRAMER are:

  1. JAMES2 KENNEY, SR, b. November 29, 1752, Rockbridge, Augusta County, Virginia; d. March 13, 1814, Augusta County, Virginia.
  2. JOSEPH KENNEY, b. Abt. 1754, Rockbridge, Virginia; d. Kentucky.
  3. JOHN KENNEY, b. Abt. 1756. Could be this John Kenney??
  4. SARAH KENNEY, b. Abt. 1758, Rockbridge County, VA.
  5. ELIZABETH KENNEY, b. 1760, Rockbridge County, VA.

JAMES2 KENNEY, SR (JAMES BARNETT1) was born November 29, 1752 in Rockbridge, Augusta County, Virginia, and died March 13, 1814 in Augusta County, Virginia. He married (1) MARY FRAME in Bourbon County, Kentucky, daughter of JOHN FRAME and MARGARET HOGSHEAD. He married (2) MARGARET (PEGGY) JOHNSTON June 17, 1799 in Burbon County, Kentucky, daughter of ANDREW JOHNSTON and MARY GREG.


James Kenney Sr. was born in Augusta County Virginia, near Staunton. He married there in 1771 to Mary Frame or Froome, daughter of David Frame and for whom she named her first child, a son. James Kinney (1752-1814) enlisted in Virginia in Capt. Joseph Crockett's Company, 7th Virginia regiment, commanded by Lieut. Col. Holt Richeson, Also No. 110361. And also, "Captain James C. Kenney served in the Revolutionary war in Captain Joseph Crockett's Company, 7th Virginia commanded by Lt Col Holt Richeson, as a mere boy. Reinlisted in 1778, taken prisoner Oct 4, 1778 at Germantown." from DAR membership application dated 6/15/1914.

Children of JAMES KENNEY and MARY FRAME are:

  1. DAVID3 KENNEY, b. January 26, 1772, Augusta, VA; d. Abt. 1804.
  2. ELIZABETH KENNEY, b. October 10, 1773, Bourbon County, KY.
  3. JOHN C. KENNEY, b. July 08, 1775, Virginia; d. 1847, Hannibal, Missouri.
  4. MARY POLLY KENNEY, b. July 04, 1779, Virginia.
  5. JAMES KENNEY, JR, b. July 24, 1782, Bourbon County, Kentucky; d. January 30, 1813, Fort Defiance, Ohio.
  6. MOSES KENNEY, b. April 04, 1784, Bourbon County, Kentucky.
  7. SALLIE BARNETT KENNEY, b. July 24, 1786, Bourbon County, KY
  8. NANCY KENNEY, b. August 04, 1788.


  1. # MARIA LOUISE3 KENNEY, b. March 13, 1800; d. April 26, 1850.
    1. ABIGAL B. KENNEY, b. October 03, 1801; d. July 15, 1856, Bourbon County, Kentucky; m. (1) LEVY HOUSTON, January 08, 1824; m. (2) JAMES H. HOUSTON, January 08, 1824, Bourbon County, Kentucky.
    2. HELENA L. KENNEY, b. January 07, 1804, Paris, Kentucky (Bourbon County); d. August 01, 1849, Bourbon County, Kentucky.
    3. JOSEPH BONAPARTE KENNEY, b. January 19, 1806, Paris, Kentucky (Bourbon County); d. January 01, 1887.
    4. NAPOLEON BONAPARTE KENNEY, b. February 12, 1808; d. October 14, 1836.
    5. CHARLOTTE CORDAY KENNEY, b. Dec. 12, 1809, Bourbon County, KY; d. January 14, 1897.
    6. VICTOR MAREAU KENNEY, b. December 14, 1812; d. September 30,1877, Bourbon County, Kentucky.
    7. MARGARET KENNEY, b. December 14, 1813, Bourbon County, Kentucky; d. February 14, 1900.
    8. MARY ANN KENNEY, b. May 20, 1814; d. April 18, 1830; m. DIAMED BARNETT, April 18, 1830.
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John Kenney's Timeline

Botetourt, VA, United States
November 1785
Botetourt, VA, United States
Rockbridge, Virginia, United States
Age 63
Botetourt, Virginia, United States