María Petra Kenedy

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María Petra Kenedy (Vela Reséndez)

Also Known As: "Petra", "Petrita", "Vela de Vidal"
Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Mier, Tamaulipas, México
Death: March 16, 1885 (62)
Kenedy Mansion, Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas, United States (uterine cancer)
Place of Burial: Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of José Gregorio Vela Ramírez and María Josefa Reséndez de la Garza
Wife of Captain Mifflin Kenedy
Mother of Luis Vidal, Jr.; Vidal de Vidal; Juana Vidal; Louisa G. Vidal; Rosa Vidal and 9 others
Sister of José Antonio Vela Reséndez; José Lucas Vela Reséndez; José Pedro Vela Reséndez; José Cipriano Vela Reséndez; Francisco Vela Reséndez and 3 others
Half sister of María Nicolasa Vela Moreno; Pablo José Vela Moreno; María Juliana Vela Moreno; María Cecilia Vela Moreno; María Casilda Vela Moreno and 1 other

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About María Petra Kenedy

"México, bautismos, 1560-1950," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 07 Mar 2014), Maria Petra Vela, 03 Feb 1823. ... Name: Maria Petra Vela; Gender: Female; Christening Date: 03 Feb 1823; Christening Place: Inmaculada Concepción, Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico; Father's Name: Gregorio Vela; Mother's Name: Maria Josefa Resendez

Although her cemetery headstone bears a birth date of 29 June 1825, it appears more likely that Petra was born in 1823 per her baptismal record.

Petra never married Luis Vidal by whom she bore children prior marrying Mifflin Kenedy. Texas, Select County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 ...|0|1652393|0|2|3249|46|0|0|0|0|&cpxt=0&catBucket=rstp&uidh=691&_83004003-n_xcl=m&cp=0&mssng0=mifflin&mssns0=kenedy&pcat=ROOT_CATEGORY&h=128430&db=FS1TexasCoMarriageIndex&indiv=1&ml_rpos=28 ... Name: Dona Petra Vela De Vidal; Gender: Female; Marriage Date: 10 May 1854; Marriage Place: Cameron, Texas; Spouse: Mifflin Kenedy; FHL Film Number: 1016185

OBITUARY NOTES: [The Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas; Wednesday, 18 March 1885, page 5] …,1158,1396,1183;591,2129,656,2154;2063,1900,2142,1925;2667,917,2754,942;1015,2588,1091,2609;1106,2588,1167,2609;808,2675,874,2700;890,2675,1005,2700;1284,2675,1399,2700;1147,3421,1262,3446;1322,3475,1452,3500;1113,3504,1244,3529;1835,2867,1925,2892;1940,2867,2030,2892;1694,3771,1788,3796;1804,3771,1898,3796;1757,3800,1839,3825;1421,4162,1506,4187;1626,4425,1701,4450 … "Mrs. Petra Vela Kenedy … [Special to the news] … CORPUS CHRISTI, March 17.—Mrs. Petra Vela Kenedy, wife of Captain Kenedy, died last night and was buried this evening. Her funeral was even larger than that of her son, a month or two ago. Owing to her death, St. Patrick’s day was only celebrated by morning services at the church."

OBITUARY: See an unsourced Corpus Christi, Texas, 1885, obituary in her Media, Documents section.


Maria Petra VELA [2585] was born in 1823. Parents: Jose Gregorio VELA and Josefa RESENDEZ.

Spouse: Capt. Luis VIDAL. Children were:

  • 1. Luis VIDAL,
  • 2. Vidal de VIDAL,
  • 3. Juana VIDAL,
  • 4. Luisa VIDAL,
  • 5. Rosa VIDAL,
  • 6. Adrian VIDAL,
  • 7. Concepcion VIDAL,
  • 8. Maria Vicenta VIDAL.

Spouse: Mifflin KENEDY. Maria Petra VELA and Mifflin KENEDY were married on 10 May 1854 in Brownsville, Cameron County, TX, USA.2190 Children were:

  • 1. Tom KENEDY,
  • 2. James Wolworth KENEDY,
  • 3. John Gregorio KENEDY,
  • 4. Sarah Josephine KENEDY,
  • 5. William KENEDY,
  • 6. Phoebe Ann KENEDY.

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María Petra Kenedy's Timeline

February 3, 1823
Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, México
Mier, Tamaulipas, México
Age 14
Age 15
Age 16
April 15, 1840
Age 17
September 24, 1841
Age 18
Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Age 22
Age 24
Durango, DGO, Mexico
Age 26