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Pictured above is the entrance to Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin which probably has the largest number of Kennedy graves in the British/Irish Isles. I have photographed about 60 of them but its tricky to get to all the stones as in Ireland gravestones tend to be closely packed together. The biggest in Scotland is Ayr cemetery with about 70 photographed. If anyone is looking for a Kennedy burial in either of these places drop me a private message and I can do a lookup; some of the burials are 20th century so its not appropriate to post the full details. I have similar Kennedy gravestone photographs taken in Limerick, Nenagh, Donegal, Derry/Londonderry and Belfast as well as all over Scotland.

Iain Kennedy

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Comment by MARY FLEMING on May 22, 2017 at 9:57am

i  have been able to trace my Kennedy toots back to 860 and he was the King of Ireland.they include from my dad Charles Edward, Seth Albert, William George, Jesse Fremont, Edmund jr and sr, Alexander jr and sr, thomas, gilbert etc.  i am so excited to go hunting.

Comment by Fran McGowan on January 9, 2016 at 4:27pm

I wonder if anyone can help me with a query I have about my GG Grandfather Alexander Kennedy (1800, Ballechin, Logierait, Perthshire).  Alexander's son John (1843, Ballechin) is my G Grandfather. John's son Robert (1882, Bankfoot, Perthshire) is my grandfather, and his daughter Christina (1920, Bankfoot) is my mother.
That's about as much as I know.  I have no information about Alexander other than that he moved to Bankfoot around 1870.
I should be very grateful if anyone can widen my knowledge of this branch of the Kennedy family. 
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and thanks too in anticipation for any information you may be able to give me.
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Comment by Deborah Kennedy on December 16, 2013 at 6:22pm

I have been tracing my Kennedy roots in County Mayo Ireland and having only limited success.

Here is what I have learned so far:
My great great great grandfather was Patrick Kennedy.  He was born in 1785 in County Mayo.  Various surviving documents indicate that he leased land in Barnhill Upper and Lower in Lackan.  From family history, I know that his wife's name was Sarah Corrothers.

I have learned that Patrick and Sarah had at least two sons:  David (born in 1814)  and Martin.
David came to the United States c 1848.  He is my great great grandfather, and I know much about him.  His wife was Mary Kearney.

I have gleaned that the another son of Patrick and Sarah Kennedy was Martin, and he married the sister of Mary Kearney, Barbara.  Thus, two Kennedy brothers married two Kearney sisters.  Martin and Barbara stayed in Ireland and had at least three children:  Patrick (born c 1854), John (1858-1931) and Catherine (born c 18.

I have been able to find some information on Barbara and her children in the 1901 and 1911 census and from Roman Catholic church records.

In 1902, Martin Kennedy's son Patrick married Mary/Marie McLean (daughter of James and Mary McLean).  They had a son named Patrick Joseph Kennedy (born 1908).  I am very interested in finding out more about him and if he had issue.

Martin's daughter Catherine (Kate) married the brother of Mary McLean, whose name was Anthony McLean. They had at least one child, a daughter named Mary Kate (born 1904).  I would also love to learn more about her and if she had descendants.

Now, going back in time before my great great great grandparents Patrick and Sarah Kennedy, I have made a working assumption that Patrick's father might have been the David Kennedy listed as an Irish flax grower in the 1796 record that exists.  The location of Lackan certainly matches up, and David is a prevalent name in my family tree.

If anyone has information that could help me track the ancestors of Patrick Kennedy (born 1785) and his descendants in Ireland, I would be most appreciative.  They centered around Barnhill Upper and Lower in Lackan, County Mayo.

Comment by Kimberly Dawn Kennedy on May 29, 2012 at 10:37pm

Hello, I have been trying to trace my Kennedy's without much luck. I know they settled in PA near Conococheague Creek and for generations my family has been in Franklin County (currently Chambersburg). It gets confusing because John and David were common names through my direct line, then Lazarus. My direct line is William (?), David (1), John, David (3), Lazarus (1, 2, 3), Harold D., Harold P.

I have not been able to verify that William is David's father. Franklin County History that I have read mention the 3 Davids as if they are one in the same, but they are not (dates are different). I was hoping that someone might know where I might look from here.

I know that David (1) was believed to have been married to a Seneca Indian Maiden (felt to be a relative of Cornplanter). David had 5 children (to confuse things named his 2 sons John and David (2)). John had 3 children named Ellen, Mary, and David (3). David (3) had a son named Lazarus (1) that he left his land to when he passed.

The first David is believed to have been born about 1708 and died about 1768. I cannot verify when or how he came to the US, nor can I verify that William is his father's name. Apparently John and David are traditional names for the Kennedy's. 

Comment by Christopher Paul Kennedy on May 8, 2012 at 8:44pm

oops...the 1956's should be 1856!!

Comment by Christopher Paul Kennedy on May 8, 2012 at 8:40pm

Hello Iain,

Thanks for the message.  My family is quite well documented and I became interested in genealogy after my grandfather died and I received pictures and documents of my family.  One of them was a family history written about 50 years ago my 2 of my fathers older cousins. The history began with a letter written by my gg grandfather James Kennedy to his son James (my g grandfather).  "Cargill, March 15, 1854...Dear James, Lose no time in meeting with us, and your brothers and sisters to consult about going to America..." The letter as well as 3 thick folder of documentation on the Kennedy's is at the Osgoode Historical Society and Museum.  This in Carlton county, Osgoode County, Ontario which is just south of Ottawa (the capital of Canada).  The family settled there and became sucessful farmers and blacksmiths.  The majority of the Kennedy family is buried in Springhill cemetery in Osgoode County. I have visited the cemetery and museum and many of the gravestones of my ancestors are transcribed with " Native of Cargill, Perthshire, Scotland."  I  have also researched the 1861 census of Canada (in which they first appeared) as well as Ontario Birth, Marriage & Death (which lists birthplace) well as 1841 and 1851census of Scotland.  I have not yet found a Canadian record of their exact date of immigration to Canada...but based on the year of the letter and the last birth of one of David Kennedy's children in Scotland (1855) and the birth of his next child in Canada (31Dec1956) I am pretty certain that they immigrated in 1856.

There is also mention of other family members the immigrated earlier, and based on information at the Historical Society as well as proximity of their homesteads on maps of the 1800's as well as gravestones in the Springhill cemetery, I am making the assumption that they are brothers of James (1783-1961)Kennedy.  They are Alexander Kennedy (1789-1852) & David Daniel Kennedy (1797-1861).  There is a Kennedy Road and a Kennedy Corners in Osgoode County to this day, named for my ancestors.

It is interesting to note that of all of the decendants of James Kennedy, that my father, his brother and their 2 cousins are the only males that retained the name Kennedy. My father is the only remaining member still living of his generation (he is 91) but my generation is doing its part in keeping the family name alive in Canada!

If you have any further information on the Kennedys of Cargill I would sure appreciate it.  I am also curious as to what would cause a whole family of Kennedys to leave Perthshire in 1956 and head to Canada.

Well I guess I have rambled on long enough!

Best regards,

Chris Kennedy

Comment by Iain Kennedy on May 7, 2012 at 1:21am

Chris, thanks for posting. I'm always keen to here about more Perthshire Kennedy families as its my home county. How did you nail the proof that this is your immigrant family please? Then I can add an emigration note to my database for them.

regards, Iain Kennedy

Comment by Christopher Paul Kennedy on May 6, 2012 at 12:12pm


I am trying to find more information on my Kennedy ancestors from Cargill, Perthshire, Scotland.  My GG Grandparents immigrated to Canada (Ontario) in 1856 along with 6 of their 7 children and their spouses and their children.

James Kennedy b.1783 and his wife Grizel (Grace) Campsie b.1788

Children & Grandchildren

1. David D Kennedy b.1814 + Jane Wilke; Elizabeth b.1847, Christina b.1855

2. Isabella Kennedy b.1816 + Charles McPherson b.1817; David b.1839, Jessie (Janet) b.1846, Alexander Charles b.1852

3. Charles Kennedy b. unknown, remained in Scotland

4. John Kennedy b.1819 + Ann Burns b.1827

5. Elizabeth Kennedy b.1820 + Alexander McRae b.1818; Elizabeth b.1843, Ann b.1845, Alexander b.1849

6. James Kennedy (my GreatGrandfather) b.1823, married Maria McLaren in Canada

7. Alexander Kennedy b.1825, never married

If anyone has any information they would like to share, it would be much appreciated!


Chris Kennedy

Comment by Kathy Jones Woodruff on April 20, 2012 at 12:21am

HI...I am trying to find info on Edmond/Edmund Kennedy b c 1743 d 1805...some say his first wife, my line, was Hannah Lusk but the dates do not add up so some like myself, don't believe this to be true.  His 2nd wife was Jane Boggs. He had 12 kids by his 1st wife and 5 with Jane. He was in several records in Pitt NC from early 1760s and from there to Abbeville, SC.  If anyone has any info on Edmond, I would greatly appreciate your sharing it with me.




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