When William John Kent was born on 21 November 1865, in Ross, Tasmania, Australia, his father, William Kent, was 60 and his mother, Mary Wall, was 40. He married Mary Ann Hall on 21 September 1904, in Ross, Tasmania, Australia. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 6 September 1939, in his hometown, at the age of 73, and was buried in Ross, Tasmania, Australia.
English and Irish: habitational name from the county of Kent. The surname is also established in Ireland, where English bearers of this name settled in Meath, in the 13th century. The name has been Gaelicized as Ceannt.