Saturday, June 8, 2013

Surname Saturday – Kennington


Three generations of Kenningtons:

1.    Edward Kennington, my 5th great grandfather, was born c 1715. He had at least three children: twins: Edward, bc 1740; William, bc 1740 & John, bc 1745. Land records show Edward owned land in Craven Co., South Carolina in 1756.[1]

2.    John Kennington, my 4th great grandfather, was the youngest son of Edward Kennington. John lived in South Carolina & served as a captain in the Revolutionary War[2]. “After the Revolutionary War, John Kennington received 630 acres from the state of South Carolina that was located on the waters of Flat Creek and Wild Cat Creek.”[3] John & Martha had seven children: William, Edward, John, Marian, Catherine, Sarah & Violette.
Moss, Bobby Gilmore. Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution, Genealogical Publishing Company, 2009. Chapter K, page 529.


3.    Violette (Kennington) Fortenberry, my 3rd great grandmother was the daughter of John & Martha Kennington. Violette was born in 1786 and died 18 May 1858 MS. She married William Jasper Fortenberry and was the mother of ten children. These children were born in SC: Gasua Chapman b 1805; Calvin K. b 1806; Euseba b 1809; Isabella b 1812; William J. b 1814 & Olevia b 1817. These younger children were born in MS: Burrell T. b 1820; Alfred b 1823; Hollis H. b 1825 & Willis J. b 1829.
"The first pair as we know it, was William Fortinberry, 1776-Feb.1, 1842 and Violette Kennington, 1786-May 18, 1858.  They had a beautiful romance which never gave out.  On their honeymoon, they traveled in as ox-cart from Lancaster, South Carolina about 1812 to southern climes and found contentment in hard work and rearing a large family.  From that union, our grand-sires emanated 10 in actual count."[4] 

Violette’s husband died c 1840.[5] In 1850 Violette was still in MS.[6]






[1] Criminger, Adrianne Fortenberry, The Fortenberry Families of Southern Mississippi; 1677-1984; South Carolina, Southern Historical Press, Inc.,1984.
[2] Moss, Bobby Gilmore. Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution, Genealogical Publishing Company, 2009. Chapter K, page 529.
[3] Criminger, Adrianne Fortenberry, The Fortenberry Families of Southern Mississippi; 1677-1984; South Carolina, Southern Historical Press, Inc.,1984.
[4] Fortinberry, G. K.  Abstract History of the Fortinerry Family; 1795-1940's; Family History Center Microfilm #1036152.
[5] Conerly, Luke Ward. Source Records from Pike County, Mississippi 1798 - 1910; South Carolina, Southern Historical Press, 1989.
[6] 1850 US Census, MS, Pike. page 10. Viletta Fortenberry family.

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