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  • Asa C. Kenagy (1825 - 1867)
    Biography== Asa C Kenagy was born on January 21, 1825 in Mifflin, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, United States. His parents were John Y Kenagy and Sarah Byler . Asa married Salome Belle Yoder on January...
  • Absalom Kenagy (1815 - 1851)
    Reference: RootsWeb's WorldConnect - SmartCopy : Sep 9 2017, 19:11:36 UTC
  • Adolphus Marion Kenagy (1858 - 1918)
    1900 Census - Cass Co, MO 1910 Census - Beaver Co, OK 1920 Census - Whittier, Los Angeles, CA - Emma* Reference: RootsWeb's WorldConnect - SmartCopy : Aug 27 2017, 23:26:03 UTC
  • Agnes Viola Schrock (1919 - d.)
  • Alice Hostetler (1874 - 1948)
    Reference: RootsWeb's WorldConnect - SmartCopy : Aug 28 2017, 0:41:44 UTC

About the Kenagy surname

Families with surnames pronounced as "Kenagy", Kenaga, Gnagy (and many others) came from the name, "Gnägi". The family came to North America from the Canton of Bern, in the country of Switzerland. Church records for several ancestors are in a town called Schwadernau. While many descendants remain in Switzerland, most of the American relatives descend from Johannes Gnägi (arrived 1742) and some from George Kornegay (arrived 1707).

Johannes Gnägi left Switzerland due to persecution of members of his faith (Amish). He arrived with two sons, but lost their mother on the voyage. He later remarried and the family grew larger with the descendants of four additional sons. Descendants of two of these six sons are Amish or Mennonite to the present day. George Kornegay's reason for emigrating is less clear. All of the other members of his family died in a massacre by Native Americans in 1708, after which he was raised by neighbors.

Within Switzerland. the family extends back to 1515, but origins prior to that are unknown. It is interesting to note that records exist, of several men named, "Kenagie" in Cornwall, England between 1245 and 1450. No genealogical link is known.