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KENNER/SHANKS: Fragments of Family History

 

1 Wiley Blount KENNER1

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Birth: 1797, Klondike, Hawkins Co., TN 1,2,3

Death: Nov 1862, Hawkins Co., TN, age: 65 1,4

Father: Howson KENNER (~1757-1828)

Mother: Lucy CALLAHAN (1760-<1828)

 

Spouse: Elizabeth SHANKS 4a

Birth: 1811 2,6

Death: 1887, age: 76 2,7

Marr: 1827, Hawkins Co., TN 1,8

 

"Willy Blount Kenner, born 1799, and died 1862. He was married in 1829 to Elizabeth Shanks, born 1811, and died 1887. They lived at Klondike in Hawkins, County. Their children were Doctor Jasper, Polly Ann, and others." 5

 

Children 10: Polly Ann

Lucinda

James (~1836->1860)

William (~1837->1860)

Markham H. (~1840-1893)

Howson (1841-1888)

Willie B. (~1845->1860)

Doctor Jasper "Dock" (1849-1908)

Newton (~1852->1860)

 

1.1 Polly Ann KENNER

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Spouse: David WEBB 9

Birth: 1822 9

Father: Theodorick WEBB (~1769-)

Mother: Catherine MADDOX

Marr: bef 13 Nov 1858 10

 

1.2 Lucinda KENNER

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Spouse: Isaac SNYDER 11

Marr: 5 Jun 1854, Hawkins Co., TN 11

 

1.3 James KENNER

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Birth: abt 1836 10

Death: aft 1860

 

Spouse: Adelaine 10

Birth: abt 1841 10

Death: aft 1860 10

 

Children: Susan (1859-)

 

1.4 William KENNER

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Birth: abt 1837 10

Death: aft 1860 10

 

1.5 Markham H. KENNER

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Birth: abt 1840 10

Death: 28 Dec 1893, age: 53 10,13

 

Spouse: Rebecca E. "Betty" LAWSON

Marr: 2 May 1881, Hawkins Co., TN 13

 

1.6 Howson KENNER

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Birth: 15 Feb 1841, Hawkins Co., TN 2

Death: 10 Oct 1888, age: 47 2

Spouse: Mary PRICE 2

Birth: Feb 1843 9

Father: Isaac PRICE (~1806-1867)

Mother: Martha WEBB (~1813-)

 

Children: Martha (~1867-)

William T. (~1869-)

Louisiana (~1871-)

Wiley F. (1874-)

George (1878-)

James (1882-)

Jane (1875-)

 

1.7 Willie B. KENNER

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Birth: abt 1845 10

Death: aft 1860 10

 

1.8 Doctor Jasper "Dock" KENNER

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Birth: 18 Sep 1849, Rogersville, Hawkins Co., TN 2

Death: 18 Nov 1908, Mooresburg, Hawkins Co., TN, age: 59 2

 

"(Dock and Amanda Kenner) lived on Clouds Creek, at what we now call the Jim Williams Place. In later years they moved to Mooresburg, where they are buried in the Wiley Kenner Cemetery." 5

 

Spouse: Sarahanne Narcissa PRICE 2

Birth: 4 Feb 1852, Rogersville, Hawkins Co., TN 2

Death: 25 Aug 1916, Mooresburg, Hawkins Co., TN, age: 64 2

Father: Isaac PRICE (~1806-1867)

Mother: Martha WEBB (~1813-)

Marr: 25 Jan 1867, Mooresburg, Hawkins Co., TN 2

 

Children: Jesse Edward (1890-1952)

Mark

Laura

Angeline

Jane

George

Wiley

Mollie

Harriett

Nora

Isaac

Margaret

Ida

William

Myrtle

 

1.9 Newton KENNER

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Birth: abt 1852 10

Death: aft 1860 10

 

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1. Cara Bales Sevier and Nancy S. Madden, Sevier Familiy History at 528-30 (1961).

 

2. Unverified LDS data.

 

3. Eula K. Winegar, "The Kenner Family" in Families of Hawkins County, Tennessee (1786-1994) at 270-71 (Rogersville, TN: Hawkins County Genealogical and Historical Society)(giving year of birth as 1799).

 

4. Eula K. Winegar, "The Kenner Family" in Families of Hawkins County, Tennessee (1786-1994) at 270-71 (Rogersville, TN: Hawkins County Genealogical and Historical Society)(giving year of death as 1862).

 

4a.Probably the Betsy Kenner in the following Will of Christian Shanks dated 13 Nov 1858, proved Jan. 1859, as transcribed by Jenny Terry <luvgwife@gte.net>, a descendant of Christian Shanks and Mary "Polly" Pearson:

 

WILL OF CHRISTIAN SHANKS

 

In the Name of God, Amen. I Christian Shanks of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail, transitory life do therefore make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last will and Testament. That is to say.

 

First. After all my lawful debts are paid and discharged the residue of my Estate real and personal I give, bequeath and dispose of as follows: to wit: To my beloved daughter Catharine and her husband William Williams the land and appurtenances situated thereon where I now live known and described as the Cole Tract containing about 136 acres, but in doing this it is expressly understood and I hereby make it incumbent upon them to provide for my beloved wife Polly a house and support her decently and comfortably for and during the term of her natural life and at the death of said Polly to bury her decently and furthermore, after the death of said Polly, the said William & Catharine likewise must pay to the other heirs the sum of $700.00 to be equally divided amongst them, and to be paid in annual installments of $200.00 a year without interestI furthermore give to my beloved wife Polly all my household & kitchen furniture of every kind and description for and during her natural life, and at her death to be sold by my Executors, hereinafter to be appointed and the proceeds thereof to be equally divided amongst my lawful heirs. It is further my will that the blacksmith shop that was erected by the joint labor of my sons and son-in-law shall be free to be used by them as they have heretofore used it until the death of my beloved wife Polly and then, I will that the tools of every kind and description in said shop be sold and the proceeds thereof equally divided among my heirs. To my son Henry I give & bequeath the Peggy Pearson tract of land containing about 14 or 15 acres.

 

To my son George I give and bequeath the lower end of the Mack Kennner tract of land on which is the house and orchard. The upper end of said tract of land I give and bequeath to the sole and separate use of my daughter Betsy Kenner and her heirs forever. The line between said upper and lower end of said farm shall commence on the south back of Poor Valley creek at the mouth of a ditch and run with the orchard fence to near the corner of the barn and then with the fence running from the barn to the foot of the Stone Mountain, and thence continuing the direction of the last named fence to George Rider痴 line at or near the top of Stone Mountain.

 

It is further my will that all of my lands not herein before disposed of together with my half of a town lot in Rogersville of every kind and description shall be sold at my death and divided equally among all my children. I have heretofore given all my children about $200.00 each and I have by this my will provided for my son Henry, my son George, and my two daughters Betsy Kenner & Katy and her husband William Williams by giving them lands as herein before set forth. Now it is my wish to provide for my sons, Michael, John, William and Christian, not herein given any land and therefore give to each of my last named sons the sum of $200.00 each to be paid by the first day of January, 1859. It is my will that the four last named sons shall have, in addition to the sum of $200.00an equal share with my other children of the proceeds of property to be sold after the death of my wife Polly.

 

It is my will further that all my property not herein before disposed of shall be sold at my death by my Executor & the proceeds equally divided among all my children. I hereby constitute and appoint my son-in-law William Williams my Executor.

 

In witness whereof the said Christian Shanks have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal This 13th day of November, 1853.

 

Christian Shanks (seal)

 

(his mark)

 

The above and foregoing instrument was subscribed by the s壇 Christian Shanks in our presence and acknowledged by him to each of us, and he at the same time declared the said instrument so subscribed, to be his last Will & Testament, and we at the Testator痴 request and in his presence have signed our names as witnesses hereto.

 

A. A. Kyle, S. R. Russell

 

5. Eula K. Winegar, "The Kenner Family" in Families of Hawkins County, Tennessee (1786-1994) at 270-71 (Rogersville, TN: Hawkins County Genealogical and Historical Society).

 

6. Eula K. Winegar, "The Kenner Family" in Families of Hawkins County, Tennessee (1786-1994) at 270-71 (Rogersville, TN: Hawkins County Genealogical and Historical Society)(giving year of birth as 1811).

 

7. Eula K. Winegar, "The Kenner Family" in Families of Hawkins County, Tennessee (1786-1994) at 270-71 (Rogersville, TN: Hawkins County Genealogical and Historical Society)(giving year of death as 1887).

 

8. Eula K. Winegar, "The Kenner Family" in Families of Hawkins County, Tennessee (1786-1994) at 270-71 (Rogersville, TN: Hawkins County Genealogical and Historical Society)(giving year of marriage as 1829).

 

9. Information provided by Bill Waller (CompuServe 74617,161); Msg #846537; 6/16/96.

 

10. 1860 Census of Hawkins County, Tn lists the following at 20-131:

Wiley - age 61

Elizabeth - age 48

William - age 23

Mark - age 20

Howson - age 17

Wiley R. - age 15

Newton - age 8

M.H. Manis - age 16, female

Doctor - age 11

 

Also at 20-131:

James - age 24

Adelaine - age 19

Susan - age 4 months

 

Will of Wiley B. Kenner dated 13 Nov 1858, as abstracted in Hawkins County records on LDS microfilm, names the following:

wife Elizabeth

daughter Polly Ann Webb

daughter Lucinda Snyder

son James

son William

son Mark

son Houston

son Willie B.

son Doctor Joseph

son _ _ _ton

 

11. Price, Prentiss, 2 Tennessee Marriage Records Hawkins County 1789-1865 (Knoxville, Tn: Clinchdale Press 1958).

 

13. Brenda Joan Smith Buchanan, "Markham H. Kenner" in Families of Hawkins County, Tennessee (1786-1994) at 271-73 (Rogersville, TN: Hawkins County Genealogical and Historical Society).

 

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