Mary Kennedy

17 March 1808–12 April 1885 (Age 77)
Blaris, County Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Mary

When Mary Kennedy was born on 17 March 1808, in Blaris, County Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, her father, John Kennedy, was 33 and her mother, Martha Clendinneg, was 24. She married William Collins Thornton on 8 March 1830. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in American Fork, Utah, Utah, United States in 1860 and Iowa, United States in 1870. She died on 12 April 1885, in Avoca, Cass, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Avoca Cemetery, Cass, Nebraska, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Collins Thornton
1806–1865
Mary Kennedy
1808–1885
Marriage: 8 March 1830
William Thornton
1829–
John Thornton
1831–1871
Agnes Thornton
1832–1833
Samuel Thornton
1834–1908
Hugh Kennedy Thornton
1836–1926
Arthur Thornton
1838–1914
Thomas Gilbert Thornton
1841–1915
Margaret Eccles Thornton
1844–1908
Alexander Kennedy Thornton
1847–1924
Mary THORNTON
1849–1852
Jane Thornton
1851–

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    8 March 1830
  • Children

    (11)

    +6 More Children

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (8)

    +3 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1811 · The Tron Riot
    Age 3
    The Tron riot was a riot which occurred in Edinburgh, Scotland on New Year's Eve. A group of young men attacked and robbed wealthier passers-by. One police officer was killed in the riot. Though the total count of participants is unknown, sixty-eight youths were arrested, with five sentenced to death for their actions during the riot.
    1812
    Age 4
    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
    1830
    Age 22
    Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).

    Name Meaning

    Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ceannéidigh ‘descendant of Ceannéidigh’ (from ceann ‘head’ + éidigh ‘ugly’); or from the Scottish Gaelic Mac Cinnèidigh, consisting of mac ‘son’ with an equivalent name. Compare Canaday , Cannady , Cannedy , Kannady , and Kenedy .History: Kennedy ancestral lands are found both in Ireland and in Scotland, where the family's medieval ancestral seat is sited on the Ayrshire coast, facing the Irish Sea. — The great-grandparents of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–63) came to North America as immigrants from Ireland in the 1840s. His paternal great-grandparents were Patrick Kennedy (1823–58), born in Dunganstown, County Wexford, Ireland, and Bridget Murphy, who was born probably in Owenduff, County Wexford, Ireland c. 1827; they came to Boston, MA, in 1849. His maternal great-grandparents were Thomas Fitzgerald (1823–85), who was born in Bruff, County Limerick, Ireland, and Rose Anna Cox, who was born probably in Tomregan or Kinawley, County Cavan, Ireland, c. 1835; they came to Boston, MA, in 1857. — An early Scottish Kennedy forebear of a quite different family was British colonial official Archibald Kennedy (1685–1763), the son of Alexander Kennedy of Craigoch, who emigrated to NY c. 1710.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

    Possible Related Names

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    Canaday
    Canida
    Canada
    Cannady
    Kenndy
    Kennady
    Canedy
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    Kenedy
    Canady
    Kanady
    Kannady
    Kenady

    Story Highlight

    William Thornton and Mary Kennedy

    Our history of the Thornton family must being with Henry Thornton, born 9 January 1755; who married Sarah Walker. To this union at least one son was born at Blaris, Down, Ireland, named Arthur Thornt …

    Sources (28)

    • Mary Kennedy in entry for Arthur Thomlin, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Mary Thornton in household of Wm Thornton, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Kennedy in entry for Margaret Thornton Wright, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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