b.12 DEC 1782 Pennsylvania, USA
m. 17 FEB 1774
m. 06 JAN 1804
Facts and Events
1850 census-PA-Delaware-Upper Darby-shows Robert Kennedy, age 64 living with Charles Kennedy and his family which includes his wife, Catherine and their children: Marion, age 12; E. Laura, age 7; A. A., age 1; there is another female age 24 listed but the name is totally unreadable; the age fits Aurelia Kennedy.
1860 census-PA-Philadelphia-Ward 1-shows Robert Kennedy, age 78, clerk and Samuel Kennedy, age 24, clerk living in the household of George L. Roberts. George is 31, a plate printer (painter?) with personal property valued at $250. Everyone in the household was born in Philadelphia. George's wife is Rebecca, age 29. The children are William, age 8; Mary, age 5 and Eliza, age 1.
1870 census-Robert Kenedy; 87
"The Thirteenth Earl of Cassillis" by John Seitz Beck; an 800+ page family history written in 1932 centers around Robert Kennedy. There are volumes and volumes of original documents with this manuscript. Both the manuscript and the documents are in possession of the author.
Robert was Naval Storekeeper at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for many years. The note dated 1 Mar 1827 is just one of many related to his duties.
"Phil March 1, 1827
I hereby certify that on or about the month of May 1817 at the Navy Agent's office Col Franklin Wharton, then commandant of the Marine Corps did then and there in my presence and in presence of Mr Robt Kennedy, Navy Store Keeper, authorize and appoint him the said R Kennedy to receive all Marine clothing and to ship the same to the different Marine Quarters as he may receive orders from the Quartermaster or Commandant of the Marine Corps
Signed John Willis"
During his lifetime Robert frequently lent funds to family, friends and acquaintenances. Most of the time, as far as I can tell, it was mostly not paid back. However, here, apparently is at least one exception:
ltr to Robert Kennedy from William Bainbridge:
"1st Jany 1829
I have received the 100 dollars in payment of your note, for the horse I sold to you, which is herewith returned. For your kind and affectionate wishes respecting my Health and of living to enjoy many returns of this day, I tender you my unfeigned thanks – and a sincere reciprocity and beg you will ever consider me a sincere friend
R. Kennedy Esq."
Phila Jany 2nd-1853-
In the month of June following the inauguration of Genl. Taylor, I was removed from my office of Navy Store Keeper at our Navy Yard, in order to provide for some of his friends – scince which, I have been in extreme distress – having been unable whilst in office, to do more with the small salary attached to it than to raise a large family, and meet the calls of relatives dependent upon me for a partial support – I am, therefore, in my old days really in want of the necessaries of life, and have no relative upon whom I can call for aid –
Under these circumstances it is my design to apply to the incoming administration to be reinstated in my office from which, for political reasons only, I was removed – and presuming upon your general kindness and politeness in the intercourse which I have had with you I dare to ask the favour of your aid and support in sustaining my application.
May I ask the favour of a line in reply –
With the highest respect & esteem, I am Sir respectfully yours &c R Kennedy
Hon. R. F. Stockton U. S. Senator Washn."