Person:Richard Kenner (1)

m. 1634
  1. Richard Kenner, Jr.1635 - 1692
m. 1670
  1. Capt. Rodham Kenner1671/72 - 1706
  2. Richard Kenner1673/74 - Bet 1718 & 1719
  3. John Kenner1677 - 1735
  4. Francis Kenner1681 - Bef 1728
  5. Elizabeth Kenner1682 - Bef 1715
  6. Hannah Kenner1683/84 -
  7. Capt. Matthew Kenner1688 - 1749
Facts and Events
Name Richard Kenner, Jr.
Gender Male
Birth? 1635 Oxford, Oxfordshire, , England
Marriage 1670 St Stephens,Northumberland,Virginia,USAto Elizabeth Rodham
Death? 20 Jan 1692 St Stephens,Northumberland,Virginia,USA

About Richard Kenner


Richard Kenner was born about 1635, probably in England, and died in 1692 in Northumberland County, VA. According to some sources, he was a Captain in the British Navy and the son of Richard Kenner (b.1600) who died in Lower Norfolk County, VA about 1651. Richard Kenner married Elizabeth Rodham (b. ca. 1649, Kent Island, MD, d. 20 Apr 1709, Northumberland, VA), the daughter of Matthew Rodham and Elizabeth Hewitt. At the time of the marriage, Elizabeth's father executed a deed of gift of 750 acres in consideration of their union. With this, plus property he owned and later acquired, his plantation included more than 2000 acres. Matthew Rodham was one of the early English settlers in Northumberland County, VA, being first located in Accomack County in 1634 at age 14. In a 1653 deposition, he stated he was about 33 years old.

"Kennersley" was the seat of the Kenners; it was a large estate on the Coan River near the mouth of the Potomac. "Kennersley" was divided in 1818, and by 1844 left family ownership after more than 150 years. At the final sale, the property was described as "on the waters of the Coan River bounded by Catesby Jones, James Haynie, Thomas Oldham and John Grindstead." There is no record of the house except the will, inventory and appraisal in 1786 which suggest a large, well-furnished home attended by 22 house slaves plus 47 others, totaling 69 slaves. The family also owned a 30-ton brigantine named for Richard's daughters, "The Elizabeth and Hannah," which was used in the tobacco trade.

Richard Kenner represented Northumberland in the House of Burgesses in 1688 and 1691. He also served as Justice. His son Rodham served as Burgess in 1696-97 and 1699. Richard and Elizabeth had five sons and two daughters: Rodham, Richard, Francis, John, Matthew, Elizabeth and Hannah. Richard Kenner's youngest son, Matthew, married Elizabeth Aldridge, daughter of Clement Aldridge. Matthew Kenner's will provided generously for the welfare and education of his younger children. His inventory included the usual furnishings of a large family, along with books and musical instruments (fiddle, bagpipe and drums), farm implements, cattle, beehives, slaves, and the contents of the Ordinary. Matthew Kenner was a shipwright, tavern owner and planter.

Nancy Kenner, daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth Kenner, was underage when her father died. She later married William Gallihue, son of Darby Gallihue and Charlotte Ewell of Lancaster County, VA. Charlotte Ewell was a granddaughter of Rev. John Bertrand and Charlotte de Jolie, Huguenots of "Belle Isle." Charlotte Ewell's mother, Mary Ann Bertrand, was married three times, to (1) Charles Ewell, (2) William Ballendine, and (3) James Ball. She is buried at Saint Mary's White Chapel, Lively, VA.

Sources include the following (for the biographical information above and the lineage information below): "Matthew Rodham," by C. D. Cohran, Northumberland County Historical Society Bulletin, Vol. XVII, Bicentennial Issue 1975; "Lone Gone Kenner Plantation - Kennersley," by Isabel Gough, Northumberland County Historical Society Bulletin, Vol. VIII, NO. 1, 1971; "A History of the Ernest Rodham Kenner Family 1634-1865," by Alexander G. Young and Harry F. Young, 1992; "White Pillars," by J. Frazer Smith; "Northumberland County Wills and Administrations, 1713-1749," p.145; "Virginia County Court Records, Northumberland, 1680-1683," p,88; William & Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. IV, No.3, Jan. 1896, p. 179; Vol. XIV, No. 3, Jan. 1906, pp.173, 174, 177.

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