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William Henry Kennington

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Louth, Lincolnshire, England
Death: April 7, 1914 (71)
Afton, Lincoln County, Wyoming, United States (Stroke)
Place of Burial: Afton, Lincoln County, Wyoming, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Kennington and Mary Ann Kennington
Husband of Elizabeth Ann Kennington and Annie Rebecca Kennington
Father of John Kennington; Joseph Hyrum Kennington; Elizabeth Ann Buckley; Ira Lee Kennington; Samuel Kennington and 12 others
Brother of Henry Kennington; Sarah Jane Adamson; Eliza England; Richard Kennington and Mary A Armatage

Managed by: Vernal Lee Bracken
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About William Henry Kennington

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Daniel D. McArthur Company (1856) Age 13


Departure: 11 June 1856 Arrival: 26 September 1856

Company Information: 2nd handcart company had about 220 individuals, 44 handcarts, and 2 wagons in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Iowa City, Iowa.

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Birth: Aug. 7, 1844 Boston, England Death: Apr. 7, 1914 Afton Lincoln County Wyoming, USA

Another name was strickened from the ever lessening roll of our old settlers last Tuesday morning at 4 o'clock when Wm H. Kennington succumbed to death during a paralytic stroke. Apparently he was in the best of health upon retiring, and altho he had suffered two previous attacks of paralysis, it was unexpected that the end came. Wm H. Kennington was born at Louth Lincolnshire England, on August 7th, 1842, and when a small boy his parents immigrated to this country, crossing the plains with the second had cart company who landed in Salt Lake City in 1856. Nine years later he was married to Anna Rebeecah Seward and to their union eight children were born, four girls and four boys. In 1870 they moved to Bear Lake Idaho, at which place they ranked among the first settlers. At that time plural marriages were permissible, Mr Kennington was again married in 1875 to Mrs Elizabeth Bracken, who preceded him to the Great Beyond less than a year ago. Their union was blessed with nine children, six of whom still survive him. During the year 1886 they moved, coming to Star Valley and located here in Afton, where he resided ever since. While the deceased experienced the trials and daring adventures of a pioneer life, he was ever active and alert to the end, during which time various positions of public worth were able fulfilled. Early in life he taught school, later he was appointed U.S. Water Commissioner, and at the time of death was serving in the capacity of U.S. land Commissioner. In the Church of Latter-day Saints he was ever a staunch believer and ardent worker; and for more than twenty years fulfilled the position of Stake Clerk. He was a devoted husband and a kind and indulgent father, to his sisters, a tender brother, and to his friends the soul of fellowship. But the Greatest of all-he was a man. And as a man it is that those who knew him best most love to contemplate him. He believed in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. He believed that the man who scatters flowers in the pathway of his fellowmen, who lets into the dark places of life the sunshine of human sympathy and human happiness is following in the footsteps of his Master. Such was his belief, though he is gone. There are left to mourn his loss a wife and twelve children, on sister and one brother, besides numerous grandchildren and friends. Funeral services will be held from the Stake Tabernacle conducted under the auspices of the Bishopric. May he rest in peace.

Kennington, William H (1) (10 Apr 1914)Star Valley Independent

Many were the friends and relatives who gathered at the Stake Tabernacle last Friday afternoon to pay their last tribute of respect to the late Wm H. Kennington. The interior was profusely decorated with flowers and green plants, the services being conducted by the ward bishopric. Those who spoke were Sake president Clarence Gardner, Second Counselor Albert Barrus, Bishop Osborne Low, Samuel Matthews and Herman Hyde. Music was furnished by the Ward Choir throughout the services after which the remains were followed by a large procession to the city cemetery where interment was made. The bereaved family have the heartfelt sympathy of this entire community.

Kennington, William H (2) (17 Apr 1914)Star Valley Independent

William Henry KENNINGTON is the son Richard KENNINGTON and Mary Ann DAVISON OR DAVIDSON

William Henry KENNINGTON married

  • Annie Rebecca SEWARD 1 Apr 1865 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
  • Elizabeth Ann LEE 12 Jul 1875 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Ut

Family links:

Parents:
  • Richard Kennington (1804 - 1879)
  • Mary Ann Kennington (1810 - 1900)
Spouses:
  • Annie Rebecca Seward Kennington (1841 - 1916)
  • Elizabeth Ann Lee Kennington (1848 - 1913)*
Children:
  • Annie Esther Kennington Matthews (1866 - 1897)*
  • Mary Caroline Kennington (1868 - 1868)*
  • William Henery Kennington (1869 - 1963)*
  • Mary Ann Kennington Low (1872 - 1944)*
  • Alonzo Richard Kennington (1874 - 1964)*
  • Ida Eliza Kennington Jensen (1877 - 1951)*
  • Joseph Hyrum Kennington (1878 - 1945)*
  • George Seward Kennington (1879 - 1939)*
  • Samuel Kennington (1880 - 1943)*
  • Albert Edwin Kennington (1883 - 1966)*
  • Elizabeth Ann Kennington Buckley (1885 - 1923)*

Burial: Afton Cemetery Afton Lincoln County Wyoming, USA


  • Residence: Tooele City, Tooele, Utah, United States - 1860
  • Residence: Utah, United States - 1870
  • Residence: ED 64 Election District 14-15 Star Valley, Uinta, Wyoming, United States - 1900
  • Residence: Afton, , Wyoming - 1910

The family sailed to America in 1856 on the ship Enoch Train.

His travel to Utah is mentioned in his sister's obituary.

Daniel D. McArthur Company (1856) Age at Departure: 13

Traveled with

   Richard Kennington (Age: 51)
   Mary Ann Davison Kennington (Age: 46)
   Sarah Jane Kennington (Age: 16)
   Eliza Kennington (Age: 11)
   Richard Davison Kennington (Age: 9)
   Mary Ann Kennington (Age: 2)

Rosel Hyde Company (1863) Age at Departure: 19

Out-and-Back Teamster

Another name was strickened from the ever lessening roll of our old settlers last Tuesday morning at 4 o'clock when Wm H. Kennington succumbed to death during a paralytic stroke. Apparently he was in the best of health upon retiring, and altho he had suffered two previous attacks of paralysis, it was unexpected that the end came. Wm H. Kennington was born at Louth Lincolnshire England, on August 7th, 1842, and when a small boy his parents immigrated to this country, crossing the plains with the second had cart company who landed in Salt Lake City in 1856. Nine years later he was married to Anna Rebeecah Seward and to their union eight children were born, four girls and four boys. In 1870 they moved to Bear Lake Idaho, at which place they ranked among the first settlers. At that time plural marriages were permissible, Mr Kennington was again married in 1875 to Mrs Elizabeth Bracken, who preceded him to the Great Beyond less than a year ago. Their union was blessed with nine children, six of whom still survive him. During the year 1886 they moved, coming to Star Valley and located here in Afton, where he resided ever since. While the deceased experienced the trials and daring adventures of a pioneer life, he was ever active and alert to the end, during which time various positions of public worth were able fulfilled. Early in life he taught school, later he was appointed U.S. Water Commissioner, and at the time of death was serving in the capacity of U.S. land Commissioner. In the Church of Latter-day Saints he was ever a staunch believer and ardent worker; and for more than twenty years fulfilled the position of Stake Clerk. He was a devoted husband and a kind and indulgent father, to his sisters, a tender brother, and to his friends the soul of fellowship. But the Greatest of all-he was a man. And as a man it is that those who knew him best most love to contemplate him. He believed in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. He believed that the man who scatters flowers in the pathway of his fellowmen, who lets into the dark places of life the sunshine of human sympathy and human happiness is following in the footsteps of his Master. Such was his belief, though he is gone. There are left to mourn his loss a wife and twelve children, on sister and one brother, besides numerous grandchildren and friends. Funeral services will be held from the Stake Tabernacle conducted under the auspices of the Bishopric. May he rest in peace.

Kennington, William H (1) (10 Apr 1914)Star Valley Independent

Many were the friends and relatives who gathered at the Stake Tabernacle last Friday afternoon to pay their last tribute of respect to the late Wm H. Kennington. The interior was profusely decorated with flowers and green plants, the services being conducted by the ward bishopric. Those who spoke were Stake president Clarence Gardner, Second Counselor Albert Barrus, Bishop Osborne Low, Samuel Matthews and Herman Hyde. Music was furnished by the Ward Choir throughout the services after which the remains were followed by a large procession to the city cemetery where interment was made. The bereaved family have the heartfelt sympathy of this entire community.

Kennington, William H (2) (17 Apr 1914)Star Valley Independent

William Henry KENNINGTON is the son Richard KENNINGTON and Mary Ann DAVISON OR DAVIDSON

William Henry KENNINGTON married Annie Rebecca SEWARD 1 Apr 1865 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Elizabeth Ann LEE 12 Jul 1875 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

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William Henry Kennington's Timeline

1842
August 7, 1842
Louth, Lincolnshire, England
1844
August 17, 1844
Age 2
Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
1866
February 3, 1866
Age 23
Tooele, Tooele County, Utah Territory, United States
1868
January 23, 1868
Age 25
Tooele, Tooele County, Utah Territory, United States
1869
July 30, 1869
Age 26
Tooele, Tooele County, UtahTerritory, United States
1872
April 29, 1872
Age 29
Liberty, Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States
1874
September 2, 1874
Age 32
Liberty, Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States
1876
1876
Age 33
Liberty, Bear Lake, Idaho
1877
January 6, 1877
Age 34
Liberty, Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States