Kennerly Newsletter Aug 2008
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The KENNERLY - KENERLEY Family Newsletter

This document is written in Size 18 KennerlyH+Italics bold font.

August 2008


Greetings!  I can send this issue as a separate word document vs sending just an email for those who can handle a 3Mb file.  Hopefully you will be able to view the "Kennerly" font (embedded) on this first page, and view pictures attached much easier than an email.  This is KennerlyH, I couldn't afford to download the Goudy Kennerly type!  More on "type fonts" later.


This summer was very busy for me with a new job and business travel, my daughter's wedding in California, and all the normal summer chores and distractions.  However, I have collected new info and made new contacts.  I'll be focusing more on the DNA project in the near future, because we're starting to discover relationships and make connections that were not previously possible without the DNA results.


If you have any questions, just let me know.  I have a few questions for you scattered out throughout this document, so feel free to comment.  It would be great if you have documents that lead to proof but clues are ok, too!  If you make any new discoveries, I'd love to hear from you.   Enjoy!!!



Note for those who are receiving this for the first time:  This is simply a collection of some of the info I've recently discovered or older info that I thought might interest the widest range of people.  The Kennerly's range around the globe and some people are only interested in their area of the world and that's fine.  I have much more info to share so if you don't see something you're looking for, just email me and ask.  Also if you have info to add to the what you see, please do forward that to me as well.  Again, this is more for entertainment and enjoyment than it's meant to be a research email.  If you'd like to research an area or individual line, I'm always willing to help.  Last note:  If you were waiting for me to contact you and I haven't, please recontact me.  With over 300 people to stay in contact with, well, I get pretty swamped.  Recently I started a Facebook account to reach out even more.  Hopefully, more people will search at home and with their relatives and perhaps we can find some missing info in those wonderful family records such as Bibles, marriage certificates, etc.


The Kennerly - Kenerley DNA Project


Since my last update, we've had 5 new DNA project members and 15 separate new tests, with 6 results still pending.

We've had some big discoveries, too!


First, we've discovered the direct ancestor of all the "Virginia Kennerly's", Samuel Kennerly (who immigrated to VA in 1735 and who's will was dated 27 Sep 1749 in Culpepper County VA Will Book A 1749 - 1770) had a unique DNA value of zero (0) or null value at DYS 448.  We know this from recent tests results from descendants of two of his sons, James and Thomas.  Since both those descendants have the null value, therefore, Samuel must also have possessed the value himself.


The implications are that if you are a Virginia Kennerly, you must have the null value, too.  Now we have to consider the null value mutation could have occurred even prior to this Samuel, possibly with an ancestor prior to the 1700's in either America or England.  A value of "0" for any marker indicates that the lab reported a null value or no result for the marker.  All null cases are retested multiple times by the lab to confirm accuracy.  Mutations causing null values are rare, and are passed on to offspring just like other mutations, so male lineages pass null values thru generations.  We were hoping that one line would not have the mutation so we could distinguish between them.  I guess this serves to remind us not to speculate too much!


So, what else does this tell us?  Based on this info, at least one North Carolina Kennerly line is different from the Virginia Kennerly line, dating back to the 1600's.  We are still pondering the implications for the Maryland Kennerly line -- we need more Maryland Kennerly's to test to see if any of them have the unique marker.  So, again we'll speculate some and suggest that the one specific North Carolina line without the null value most likely came from either Maryland/Pennsylvania/Delaware or directly from abroad.


These test results serve as a baseline for comparison and future reference.  Now we can continue to pursue just where that "null" marker originated, as to time/place, which will be a challenge.  I'm in contact with several UK Kennerly's about testing.  So far, several are interested but none have tested, however based on their known lineage, their test results could reveal even more evidence or at least confirm that Samuel Kennerly of Virginia did immigrate from or had ancestors in Cheshire, England.


Sorry, no updates on the UK Kennerley's, again, we're looking for more test participants!!!




Based on DNA testing, we know the Texas Kennerly's (descendants of Everton Kennerly) are related to the Virginia Kennerly's due to the fact that they carry the unique null marker.  The question is: are they direct VA descendants or not?  Well, they don't match the Maryland Kennerly's in our project nor do they match the previously discussed North Carolina Kennerly's, who do not share the unique marker, either.  So, based on evidence to date, you could draw a conclusion but I recommend we wait on judgment, and just say they are definitely relatives. We need more Maryland Kennerly's to test before we draw conclusions; we need to figure out where the null marker began in the lineage.


Per DNA testing, we have learned that through the Kentucky Kennerly's, we can welcome African American Kennerly descendants to the Virginia family line.  In addition, we've discovered that the Kinley's of Alabama are also really Virginia Kennerly descendants, too, most probably from North Carolina in the early 1800's.  We suspect some Kennelly's & Kemmerly's in Tennessee are also Virginia relatives but that will have to be confirmed thru testing.  Hey, we're growing!  I'm sure we have Native American cousins, too, but none have tested.


You can continue to check the website for future DNA test results at:  click on "Y Results".


We have DNA results pending for extended values, Deep Clade, and for Brazilian descendants of John Conrad Kennerly, formerly of Louisiana and Mississippi prior to the Civil War.  We also have 5 members from the UK in the project.  We're actively seeking more UK Kennerly's to test.  The red dots below indicate most distant known ancestors of  DNA project members.



UK Kennerly DNA Ancestors        US Kennerly DNA Ancestors

More later on the UK origins of the Kennerly family name, but one thing is certain:  by the early 1800's in the US and 1700's in the UK, the family name had a wide variety of spellings and a growing surname population.


By the way, further down in the email are details of the latest Family Tree DNA test "sales" currently being offered.


Question:  Why did Richard Kenner name his estate "Kennersley" in Northumberland County, Virginia?


Richard Kenner was born about 1635, probably in England, and died in 1692 in

Northumberland County, VA. According to some sources, he was a Captain in the British

Navy and the son of Richard Kenner (b.1600) who died in Lower Norfolk County, VA

about 1651. Richard Kenner married Elizabeth Rodham (b. ca. 1649, Kent Island, MD, d.

20 Apr 1709, Northumberland, VA), the daughter of Matthew Rodham and Elizabeth

Hewitt. At the time of the marriage, Elizabeth's father executed a deed of gift of 750 acres

in consideration of their union. With this, plus property he owned and later acquired, his

plantation included more than 2000 acres. Matthew Rodham was one of the early English

settlers in Northumberland County, VA, being first located in Accomack County in 1634

at age 14. In a 1653 deposition, he stated he was about 33 years old.

"Kennersley" was the seat of the Kenners; it was a large estate on the Coan River near the

mouth of the Potomac. "Kennersley" was divided in 1818, and by 1844 left family

ownership after more than 150 years. At the final sale, the property was described as "on

the waters of the Coan River bounded by Catesby Jones, James Haynie, Thomas Oldham

and John Grindstead." There is no record of the house except the will, inventory and

appraisal in 1786 which suggest a large, well-furnished home attended by 22 house slaves

plus 47 others, totaling 69 slaves. The family also owned a 30-ton brigantine named for

Richard's daughters, "The Elizabeth and Hannah," which was used in the tobacco trade.

Richard Kenner represented Northumberland in the House of Burgesses in 1688 and 1691.

He also served as Justice. His son Rodham served as Burgess in 1696-97 and 1699.

Richard and Elizabeth had five sons and two daughters: Rodham, Richard, Francis, John,

Matthew, Elizabeth and Hannah. Richard Kenner's youngest son, Matthew, married

Elizabeth Aldridge, daughter of Clement Aldridge. Matthew Kenner's will provided

generously for the welfare and education of his younger children. His inventory included

the usual furnishings of a large family, along with books and musical instruments (fiddle,

bagpipe and drums), farm implements, cattle, beehives, slaves, and the contents of the

Ordinary. Matthew Kenner was a shipwright, tavern owner and planter.

Nancy Kenner, daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth Kenner, was underage when her father

died. She later married William Gallihue, son of Darby Gallihue and Charlotte Ewell of

Lancaster County, VA. Charlotte Ewell was a granddaughter of Rev. John Bertrand and

Charlotte de Jolie, Huguenots of "Belle Isle." Charlotte Ewell's mother, Mary Ann

Bertrand, was married three times, to (1) Charles Ewell, (2) William Ballendine, and (3)

James Ball. She is buried at Saint Mary's White Chapel, Lively, VA. (1 of 2)5/25/2008 5:17:54 PM

Ancestor Sketches of Members of the Chesapeake Bay Company of the Jamestowne Society

Sources include the following (for the biographical information above and the lineage

information below): "Matthew Rodham," by C. D. Cohran, Northumberland County

Historical Society Bulletin, Vol. XVII, Bicentennial Issue 1975; "Lone Gone Kenner

Plantation - Kennersley," by Isabel Gough, Northumberland County Historical Society

Bulletin, Vol. VIII, NO. 1, 1971; "A History of the Ernest Rodham Kenner Family 1634-

1865," by Alexander G. Young and Harry F. Young, 1992; "White Pillars," by J. Frazer

Smith; "Northumberland County Wills and Administrations, 1713-1749," p.145; "Virginia

County Court Records, Northumberland, 1680-1683," p,88; William & Mary College

Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. IV, No.3, Jan. 1896, p. 179; Vol. XIV, No. 3, Jan.

1906, pp.173, 174, 177.


The only clue I have is that John Taylor Thornton, brother of Philip Wade Thornton, inherited "Kennerley".  In 1829, John Taylor Thornton was living in Orange County, Virginia.  And Samuel Kennerly owned land in Orange County next to the Thorntons.  Coincidence or are these Kenner's related to the Kennerley's?  The Kennerly's of Virginia were noted to be somehow interrelated with the Thornton's but does anyone know how?  Are the Northumberland  Kennerly's related to Plule and/or Phillip Kennersley who immigrated to the Jamestown Virginia area in 1634?


Samuel Kennerly of Virginia is "supposed" to have immigrated to Virginia from England in 1735 but some have suggested he immigrated in 1715 thru Yorktown.  Others suggest he simply took advantage of the Fairfax land grants and crossed the Potomac from the Pennsylvania/Delaware/Maryland area.  Does anyone have clues?


Dr Caleb Burwell Kennerly meets Custer --

But NOT THE General Custer:

Following excerpts from Range of Glaciers by Fred Beckey (2003)

Chapter 8, Along the 49th Parallel: The Northwest Boundary Survey, 1859-1863

In a section titled: Difficult, Untracked Valleys: Custer's Nooksack 

Reconnaissance    P181 and 182
"On June 19 (1859)....the men made camp below the lake's outlet under a group of firs.  That evening, the hunter-guide killed a small grizzly bear amid 'steep and almost perpendicular cliffs opposite' the camp.  The bear tumbled over brush and rock, Custer reported: 'The Indians brought it to camp in Triumph, 4 men carried it on 2 poles.  This was of course the signal of another enormous feast.... it continued vigorously through the whole night, until the last vestige of the carcass had disappeared.'  Custer found the bear's meat coarse and not very palatable, 'except the tongue, which is really an excellent morsel.'"

P 182 (also in June 1859)
"With little or no apprehension, the party saw as many as four grizzlies 'prowling about in the bushes of the steep cliffs opposite our camp.  They seemed to watch us closely,' wrote Custer....The next day, Custer sent two Indians to the Tamihi Creek depot with animal skins."

P 184
"In July (1859), Custer gave Kennerly a goat skin, and he noted in his journal that the explorer had seen a grizzly bear southeast of Chillawack Lake."  (Dr. Caleb Burwell Kennerly was studying the natural history of the region.)


Dr Caleb Burwell Kennerly

 (1829-1861) Born: White Post, Clarke Co, VA. 

·        1849-1852 BA, Dickinson College;  MD, Medical Depar of the U PA.

·        1853-1854 Pacific Railroad Survey along thh 35th parallel. Kept a diary of the overland journey from San Antonio, TX to California.

·        1854-1855 On the U.S. Mexican Boundary Survey.

·        1857-1861 Appointed surgeon on the Northwestern Boundary Survey.

·        1861 Letter to Robert Kennicott, 17 March 1861, from SF Baird: "You will be sorry to hear of Dr. Kennerly's death at sea while coming home early in February. He is a great loss; his disease was associated with the brain. He has made large and valuable collections."

·        Kennerly's journal is in the Division of Manuscripts at the Library of Congress. The Baird/Kennerly correspondence of 12 years is at the Smithsonian Archives. His report on zoology is found in Vol 4 of "Reports of explorations and surveys.


Check out the books in my Google Genealogical Library:


Kennerly Politicians 


 Kennerly's First Early peas   C. H. Kennerly Facts and Figures or The A B C of Florida Trucking (St. Augustine: The Record Company, 1911) 


The Story of Sam Tag





Kennerly's from Old Bailey, London

1. JAMES KENNERLEY, mentioned in passing in trial of

 in HENRY WOODWARD, HENRY KEYS, JAMES KELSEY, theft : pick pocketing, theft : pick pocketing, 10th September, 1829.   

2. JAMES KENNERLEY, mentioned in passing in trial of

 in WILLIAM WARD, THOMAS CLAYTON, theft : simple grand larceny, 18th February, 1830.

3. JAMES KENNERLEY, mentioned in passing in trial of

 in DAVID BASFORD, theft : simple grand larceny, 15th April, 1830.

4. JAMES KENNERLEY, mentioned in passing in trial of

 in WILLIAM YEOWELL, JOSEPH CANT, theft : simple grand larceny, 17th February, 1831.

5. JAMES KENNERLEY, mentioned in passing in trial of

 in WILLIAM SMITH, theft : simple grand larceny, 8th September, 1831.

6. JAMES KENNERLEY, mentioned in passing in trial of

 in JEREMIAH DONOVAN, theft : pick pocketing, 5th July, 1832.

7. JAMES KENNERLEY, mentioned in passing in trial of

 in ROBERT WATTS, WILLIAM WYATT, theft : simple grand larceny, 20th February, 1834.

1. Henry Kennelly, defendant in trial of

 in Henry Kennelly, Elizabeth Baldwin, Elizabeth Fox, theft : pick pocketing, 9th July, 1729.

2. WILLIAM KENNELLY, defendant in trial of

 in WILLIAM KENNELLY, theft : burglary, 17th February, 1820.

3. JOHN KENNELLY, defendant in trial of

in JAMES CONNOLLY, RICHARD BRYAN, JOHN KENNELLY, theft : simple grand larceny, 29th May, 1828.

4. JOHN KENNELLY, mentioned in passing in trial of

 in ANN WALTON, theft : pick pocketing, 29th November, 1832. 
Ref above:  Strange how James Kennerley "witnessed" so many thefts!?!


 If you would like to learn more about the Kennerley type font -- email me!

There are few modern book type faces worthy of being called original.  Kennerley by contrast is the epitome of original in every sense of the word.  This type face is an American classic, a strong participant in everything that is good in American culture.


Kennerly Oldstyle's reputation is one of resilient success.  It exudes character, charm and warmth reminiscent of nothing except for itself.  It finds itself standing timelessly comfortable amongst the engines of advertising promotions or quiet dignities in book publishing. 


Mitchell Kennerley is shown above signing a contract for cutting type face by Landston Monotype Machine Works.  Kennerley was a distinguished New York art dealer in addition to being an illuminating figure in American book publishing circles.  Fredrick Goudy, a close friend, designed his " Kennerley type" for HG Wells' " Door in the Wall " which Mitchell Kennerley printed in 1911. 


Kennerley origins in England


I have found no less than half a dozen "origins" which include place names in Devon, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Isle of Wight, and other places in the UK with small parishes that spell the name from Kynnersley to Kinnersley to Kennerley etc.  I believe there are a variety of locations where the ancestors of the "Kennerley - Kennerly"'s of today originated, but I also believe that the largest majority share the same common ancestor, who dates back to the 1200's.  Speculation, of course, and some family legends!


Interesting web link:


This unusual name is an example of an English locational surname having its origins in the placename Kennerleigh in Devonshire. The placename is first recorded in 1219 as "Kenewarlegh" and means "Cyneweard's wood", or "glade in a wood". The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th century personal name "Cyneweard", composed of the elements "cyne", royal and "heard", brave or strong, or "weard", guard, with the suffix "leah", a clearing in a wood, hence a glade or meadow. Locational names were used especially of those people who left their original homes and went to live or work in another village or town. One Ann Kennerley married Thomas Strong on the June 13th 1784, at St. Mary's Church, Putney, in London. A Coat of Arms granted to the Kennerley family depicts a fesse between two silver crosses patteee, the Crest being a lion's gamb holding a laurel branch proper. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugh de Kenardel, which was dated 1243, witness in the "Assize Court Rolls of Somerset", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman" 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Sneyd-Kynnersley of Loxley



Covering dates

c.13th - 20th century

Held by

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service, Staffordshire Record Office


6 series



Kynnersley family of Staffordshire; Sneyd-Kynnersley family of Loxley, Staffordshire; Kynnersley, Sneyd-, family of Loxley, Staffordshire; Clarke family of Loxley, Staffordshire


Administrative history:

The two families had been connected from at least the 17th century. Under the 1774 will of G. B. Clarke, by then of Sutton Scarsdale, near Chesterfield, after several contingent uses, Clement Kynnersley of Loxley, for his lifetime, became receiver of the rents and profits of the Clarke estates (Eaton Dovedale, Chilcote, Sutton-cum-Duckmanton, Brampton, Codnor, Caundon (Warwicks), Berry Hill (Stoke-on-Trent), Ulcomb (Kent)). The last Clarke male heir (G.R.P. Clarke) died in 1802 and from then until his own death in 1815, Clement Kynnersley enjoyed both the Clarke and Kynnersley estates. After his death the Clarke estate passed to the Marquis of Ormonde in the right of his wife Anna Maria, sister of G.R.P. Clarke.

Clement Kynnersley was succeeded by his nephew [son of his sister Sarah Sneyd], Thomas Sneyd, who took the name Kynnersley.


The original form of the family name Kynnersley appears to have been Kynardeseye. Eye means an island; Eyot (as in Chiswick Eyot), a small one. The territorial name seems to have been corrupted into Kynardesley, and then Kynnersley. There can be no doubt of the one form with the order, for in one of the charters mention is made of Lokkeslegh, which is evidently Loxley, near Uttoxeter, the ancient and present seat of the Kynnersley family. There was a branch of this family, bearing the same arms, at Brailsford, Derbyshire, at the visitation of 1611.  REF:


Scope and content

Petitioners: John de Kynardeseye

Addressees: King and council

Places mentioned: Needwood Forest, [Staffordshire]

Other people mentioned: [Thomas of Lancaster], Earl of Lancaster

Nature of request: The petitioner requests that his right to receive six bucks and six does each year from Needwood Forest be restored to him. He has taken these animals from the forest for more than eighteen years by a charter from Thomas of Lancaster, but now has been stopped as the forest is in the king's hands.

Endorsement: Hereafter he is to show title etc., which is appended to the petition. And the petitioner is to appear before the great council.Coram magno consilio.

Covering dates

[? 1324]

Grant by John Gresley kt. and others as A/1/2 to Margaret late wife of John Kynnersley of the manor of Loxley, 49s 1d chief rent arising from diverse free tenants in Loxley, also a tenement in the tenure of William Smyth and late in the tenure of William Gamull, a tenement in Loxley along with a croft called Harcroft in the tenure of Elie Whelpdale, a tenement in the tenure of William Smyth late William Walton, a pasture called Derndale Magna, a pasture called Derndale Parva, a pasture called Kenteswood, a pasture called Newerydynge and a pasture called le Gromes.  4 June 14 Ed IV  DATE:  1474


Demise by John Gresley, kt, Thomas Bludde, John Strethay, Henry Kynnardesley, Robert Lowe rector of Bramshall and Thomas Blysse. vicar of Uttoxeter to Margaret late wife of John Kynnersley, of their manor of Lea with all appurtenances and two pastures called Blaklee and Wynstowe in Loxley along with a messuage in the tenure of Henry Mathowe and a pasture called Tapmore, a pasture called Longheth and four shillings rent arising from a pasture called Hayteley: for life.  4 June 14 Ed. IV.  DATE:  1537

Marriage settlement of Thomas Kynnersley and Dorothy Draycott: land in Loxley.  28 July 29 Henry VIII.  [no title]  D(W)1733/A/1/4  1594/5

Gift by Richard de Gratwich to John de Kynardeseye of all that croft and meadow with their appurtenances which he held in the fee of Loxley of the gift of Henry son of John de Bramshall.  Witnesses: Robert le Venor, Robert de Caverswall, John le Grom, John le Seriant, Thomas Stemulf and others.
Sunday next after the feast of St Boniface the Bishop [9 June]. 18 Edward II.

DATE:  1331/2

Quitclaim by John son of Richard de Calwich to John de Kynardeseye lord of Loxley of the manors of Loxley and Lee, Derbyshire.
Witnesses: Thomas de Barynton, Robert de Beck, John de Migners, James de Stafford, John de Twyford, John de Bakepuis, Adam de Rerusby, and John Fitzherbert kts. and others.  Monday next aft. the feast of pur. BVM [4 February] 5 Edward III.  DATE:  1344/5; 1344

Quitclaim by Richard son of Richard de Leyes to John de Kynardesheye lord of Loxley of all the lands and tenements in Loxley that came to him by right of heredity.  Witnesses: John de V[er]eney, Henry Bealmonnd, William le Huntte, Robert de Caverswall, William Atte Wode and others.  Thursday next after the feast of St Chad the Bishop [4 March].  DATE:  1349

Quitclaim by William son of Thomas Bibby of Lenns to Thomas son of William atte Wode of Loxley of all lands, tenements and meadows which he recovered against Walter de Stafford and Margaret his wife in the kings court by default.
Witnesses: John de Kenardeseye, William le Verney, William le Hunte, Philip le Verney, Robert de Caverswall and John atte Wode chaplain Tuesday eve of St John the Bapt. [23 June] 23 "king Edward".  DATE:    1354

Gift by William de Kynardesey lord of Loxley to lord John de Somersale rector of the free chapel of Ingestre and lord John ? Pungan vicar of ? Dondon of all that messuage with garden and curtilage adjacent and all that land and meadow adjacent in a close adjacent to the said messuage and four acres of land lying intermixed on Hannehulle between the land of William de Milewyche of Loxley on the one part and a ? marlpit [morlera] on the one part and extends itself from above the said messuage which had been of Thomas Steynulf.
Witnesses: John de Aston de Salt, Henry Bachiler of Loxley, Richard de Caverswall of the same place, Ralph atte Wode, John Marion and others.
Thursday next bef. the feast of St Gregory the Pope [12 March] 18 Richard II.

DATE:  1404


Lease by William Normon of Loxley and Elizabeth his wife to Robert Kynnersley lord of Loxley of a pasture with appurtenances called le More which the said Robert holds for £3 per annum for six years. Witnesses: Mag. Alan Porter vicar of Uttoxeter, Roger Banastry rector of the church of Gratwich, Henry Hoggeson of Loxley, Thomas Walton, Henry Maystergent: Easter [12 April] 22 Henry VI.  DATE:    1454/5

Quitclaim by John Gesselyng of Badenale to Robert Kynnersley of a croft called Watercrofte lying in Little Loxley with appurtenances.  St. Valentine's Day [14 February]  33 Henry VI.  DATE:    1493

Gift by Ralph Agard and William Monnyng to Thomas Kynnersley lord of Loxley and Mary his wife one of the daughters of John Agard of Forton, of four tenements with appurtenances in the territory of Loxley in the tenure of William Smyth, John Barton, John Dudley and Eliza Whelpdale along with pastures called Ihovys felde, Great Depedale Tynkar Feilde, Clottfelde, Lokynorchard, Lokynwell, Longcroftes, Hall Riddyngges, Gromes P[ar]kcourtes and one meadow within the meadows of Uttoxeter in the tenure of Thomas Hoggeson along with a certain tenement called Halflat and also certain rents issuing from lands and tenements of Richard Norman of Caverswall and another rent of 11s 4d arising from lands and tenements of Richard Norman of Leyshill.
28 September 9 Henry VII.  DATE:    1536

Gift by Thomas Kynnersley to William Briggewoode and John Martin his servants of a messuage in Little Loxley now in the tenure of John Farwall, a pasture in Marchington Woodlands called Hov[er]hethe now in the tenure of Humphrey Turn[er] and another messuage with appurtenances in Bramshall in the tenure or occupation of Thomas Carter and a burgage in Uttoxeter in the occupation of Thomas Stercey and also one other messuage with appurtenances in Kingstone in the tenure or occupation of John Shenton and a messuage with appurtenances in Little Loxley in the tenure or occupation of John Alsopp, and another pasture called Cappemore in Uttoxeter and a croft called Le Long Crofte in Uttoxeter in the tenure or occupation of John Alsopp and another burgage in Uttoxeter in the tenure or occupation of Robert Alsopp and another pasture with appurtenances in Uttoxeter called the Little Derndale: to uses 10 August 28 Henry VIII.  DATE:  1562


Gift by John Kynnersley of Brailsford, Derbys to Thomas Kynnersley of Loxley of nine butts of arable land lying in the Wighton Field and 5 butts of arable land lying in the field called Kyrkynche in the territory of Loxley containing four acres of land and now in the tenure of Thomas Kynnersley and Thomas Smyth
1 April 4 Elizabeth.  DATE:  1575

Deed of exchange between Anthony Kynnersley and John Gamble: Kynnersley to Gamble - close or parcel of land in Little Loxley [p. Kingstone] called Lees Hyll Croft; in exchange for three selions of land in a field called Oldefield in Little Loxley: 9 March.  DATE:    1291/2

Gift by John de Kynardeseye of Loxley to Thomas son of William Atte Wode of three acres and six selions of land with appurtenances in Great Loxley in exchange for a moor and pasture called Tapmore and an acre and a half of land which lies within his park of Loxley, of which 3 acres and six selions, three acreslie in Le Longeheth between the land of John de Calewyche on one part and the land of William de Calewyche on one part and the land of William le Carter on the other part, and six selions lie in Bradeleye between the land of John de Calewyche on each part. Witnesses: Robert de Caverswall, John de Calewyche, John le Grom, Richard le Grom, John Abothehalle and others.
Sunday next bef. the feast of St Gregory the Pope [8 March]. 12 Ed. III

DATE:  1337/8

Gift by Thomas son of William Atte Wode to John de Kynardesey lord of Loxley of a moiety of a parcel of moor and pasture with appurtenances in Uttoxeter called Tapmor and an acre and a half of land with appurtenances in Great Loxley lying in the park of the said John in exchange for three acres and six selions of land with appurtenances in Great Loxley.
Witnesses: Robert de Caverswall, John de Calewyche, John le Grom, Richard le Gr[hole], John Abothehalle and others. Sunday next bef. ft. of St Gregory the Pope [8 March] 12 Ed III.  DATE:    1402

Gift by John Knypersleye of Uttoxeter to William Locc of the same place of a parcel of pasture called Tapmore lying between the field called Fenfylde of Geoffrey de Hampton and the field of Blowitte called Fenfylde in width and in length abutting on Tapforde.  Witnesses: William Kynnersley, Lord of Loxley, Robert Smyth of Loxley, John Bayly of Blowittes, William Hunte of Uttoxeter, John Pacsemer of the same and others.  Tuesday next after Easter [28 March] 3 Henry IV.  DATE:    1430

Licence by Richard II to William Hunt, William Kynardesay and Henry Heth to alienate lands in mortmain for the use of the Kynnersley Chantry in Uttoxeter Church viz. 4 messuages, 7 shops, 5 acres of land, 3s 4d rent and a moiety of a messuage with appurtenances in Uttoxeter and Stramshall. September 16 Richard II.  DATE:  1439

Gift by Joan Pip[er] late wife of John Pip[er] of Uttoxeter to John Kynnerdesey of Loxley of a half burgage with appurtenances in Uttoxeter lying in a street called Balondes between half a burgage of John Myners on one part and half a burgage late of Thomas Vymme on the other part abutting on the kings way, which half burgage her husband held by gift and feoffment of John Clerk of Bromley.  Witnesses: Thomas Burdon, Thomas Bridde, Robert Walker, Richard Eyxshall, Henry Hogeson and others.  Ft. of St Dionysius [9 October]. 6 Ed IV.

DATE:  1522

Award of John Aston in a dispute between Thomas Kynnersley of Loxley and John Blount regarding land called Barkers Thyng in Uttoxeter. 20 December 14 Henry VIII.  DATE:  1578

Gift by William son of Simon de Stafford to Richard son of Hugh de Dokesbury of all his lands and tenements with appurtenances in Bramshall in Staffordshire.
Witnesses: -- de Kynardseye lord of Loxley, William de V[er]ney of Bramshall Robert le Clerk de --, -- le Parker of the same, John atte Wode of Uttoxeter, clerk, and others, -- before the feast of St. Margaret the Virgin, [20 July]. 31 Ed. III.  DATE:   1375

Gift by John Walker of Draycott and Elene his wife to John Blount kt., Robert de Kynnersley, John Duyne chaplain, William Walker and Thomas Walker their heirs and assignsof all the lands and tenements which they hold in the vill of Bramshall within the parish of Uttoxeter.  Witnesses: Thomas de Botheby, William Chaumbur, Thomas Dedyk, William de Hateley, John Clerk and others.
Michaelmas [29 September], 8 Henry IV.  DATE:   1408

Gift by Robert Kynn[er]sley of Loxley to John Walker of Draycott under Nedewode of a messuage in Bramshall with a toft adjacent which late was the messuage of Richard Norman.  Witnesses: Humphrey Stafford, kt., John Myners of Uttoxeter, William Hateley of Stramshall, Thomas Kempe of Bramshall, Richard Denston of the same and others. Monday next before the feast of St. Katharine the Virgin [22 November] 2 Henry VI.  DATE:   1438

Gift by Robert Walker of Bagots Bromley to Thomas Walker his son and Elene daughter of John Alsop of a certain croft within his demesne of Bramshall in the parish of Uttoxeter called Le Wood Stokynges and Moore. Witnesses: Richard Bagot, of Blithfield, John Kynnersley of Loxley, Richard Grefyn of Blyffeld, William Wood of Bramshall, John Lysot of the same and others.
Friday next after the feast of St.Petronilla the Virgin [5 June]. 7 Ed. IV.

DATE:  1467


Quitclaim by John Kynnersley of Loxley son and heir of Robert Kynnersley to Thomas Walker of Bagots Bromley of all those lands and tenements which were of John Walker of Draycott and Elane his wife in the vill and fields of Bramshall within the parish of Uttoxeter.  Witnesses: William Wood of Bramshall, Robert Smyth of the same, John Lysot of the same, William Kempe of the same and others.  Thursday next after the feast of St.Petronilla [5 June] the Virgin. 7 Ed. IV.  DATE  1467

Gift by Stephen Auxstyn of Hanley to Lord John de Kynardeseie clerk of his capital messuage in Hanley, garden, curtilage and all his land and meadow adjacent to the said messuage enclosed by a ditch with its appurtenances.
Witnesses: Lord William de Meere Vinario of Standon, Roger de Tissington then constable of the manor of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Ralph lord of the Wytemor, Ranulph de Bromleie, William de Bromleie, clerk, Ralph de Burgyon, and others.  Wednesday feast of St. Mary Magdalen [22 July]. 15 Ed. II.

DATE:  1321

Quitclaim by John son of Robert Austin of Hanley to John de Kynardesheie clerk of a messuage with houses and buildings adjacent in Hanley.
Witnesses: Lord William de Mer[ ], Robert de Dotton, kts. Viviano de Stanton, Roger de Tissinton, Ralph de Wythemor [Whitmore], Ralph Burgoynon and others.  Wednesday the feast of St. Martin [11 November] 15 Ed. II.
Gift - particulars and property as A/3/29, but dated Sunday next after the feast of All Saints [8 November]. 15 Ed. III.  DATE:  1324

Gift by Thomas de Kynardeseye to John de Kynardeseye his brother of all the lands, tenements, rents and possessions with appurtenances which he holds in the vill of Coldeyton.  Witnesses: Ranulph de Alsop, Robert de Benteleye, Richard Dykeson of Alsop, Ralph Sherecroft of Coldeyton, William Hendemon of the same and others.  Sunday next after the feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist [26 June]. 19 Edward III DATE:  1345/6

Quitclaim by Dorothy Nowel of Pelsall to Thomas Kynnersley her son of messuages, lands etc. in Coldeyton.  4 July. 2 Elizabeth.  Lea (p. Ashover)  [no ref. or date]  DATE:    1299

Coat of Arms


I've found at least three Coat of Arms that have been awarded to the Kennerley family.  Of course, Coat of Arms are awarded to individuals and not families, with the oldest son having the right of inheritance but he has to apply for it.  Here's an example I've found, but NOTE: the picture doesn't go with the Kennerly name, the picture goes with the "Dolber" name  There was no picture for the Chester Kennerly Coat of Arms!!!


Thought you'd get a kick out of this ... $410 would buy a flight to England where I could research the coat of arms myself!!!  But it would take weeks, lodging, food and several pints of ale!!
However, this guy is the real deal ...
----- Original Message -----
From: Bluemantle Pursuivant
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008 9:41 AM
Subject: College of Arms

22 August 2008
Dear Colonel Kenerley,
Thank you for your e-mail of regarding the Arms of Kennerley. As you may know, there is no such thing as a coat of Arms for a surname. Arms and Crests are granted to particular individuals, and only those who can show a descent in the direct male line from someone who is on record here as being entitled to Arms, can themselves have a right to Arms. It should be borne in mind that many families have used Arms without the sanction or approval of the heralds, or have unlawfully assumed the Arms of unrelated families of the same surname. Published sources such as those you mention are often a useful guide to usage, but can mislead with regard to the right to Arms.
I suggest therefore that a search be conducted in the official records, as well as in other relevant manuscript and published sources, in order to determine what is on record for this surname. This search would be carried out in association with whatever facts you can supply about the Kenerley family, going as far back as possible. It is best to set this information out in the form of a simple family tree, giving full names and dates/years and places of birth, marriage and death, with occupations and place of residence where known.
The College of Arms is not supported by the state and fees are charged for our work. In this case I should ask for a sum of £220 to cover my search and report. If you would like to pursue the matter, please let me have a cheque or draft in sterling made payable to the College of Arms. I also accept payment by PayPal if that should be more convenient.

Yours sincerely,
Peter O'Donoghue
Bluemantle Pursuivant
College of Arms
Queen Victoria Street
020 7332 0776

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Last thoughts
Rev Sherod Kennerly, who lived in the early to mid 1800's, traveled from VA to NC to SC to GA as a methodist preacher.  He eventually wound up in Texas in the late 1800's.  Shelton Kennerly also lived a "roving" life as a traveling tobacco farmer, from VA to TN to MO to MS to LA to NC to TX.  Shelton may have traveled with Kit Carson, he did serve in the Mexican American War and as a confederate in the Civil War.  Their travels take them thru places where other Kennerly's in their family already lived and it's a pattern noted in other Kennerly families, too, that they seem to travel thru areas where family members already reside.  It appears that these families knew each other at least into the mid 1800's.  At that point, they lose the association and connections from VA / NC / SC though.
It's great to connect so many people to their "cousins".  Our Kennerly family probably numbers over 1000 easily.  The thing to also consider is that there are non paternal events as well that connect our Kennerly family with others.  Guardianship, adoption, etc all come into play and explain why some Kennerly's don't share the same DNA.  And it probably has something to do with the place or village surnames of England, too.  So whether your DNA matches or not, you still have the connection and association with other Kennerly's.
It's great to hear from everyone, keep the info coming!  One thing I could use help with is suggestions as to what to do with all this info I've collected with regard to access for others in the future.  Website posting, books, placement in a library ... all that will take some time and effort but I'd like to ensure this effort doesn't just stop at some point in the future.  If you have any ideas, let me know!
Finally, we still need DNA test participants across the range of locations and lines to help figure out how we all tie together and when, too.  Pass on this email to your relatives and if anyone has any questions on the DNA project, let me know.  It's painless, quick and will tell you and us immediately upon results as to which line your ancestors were from. 
My links:
Both links have additional website links with Kennerly info.
In addition, take a look here: and type in "your" Kennerly spelling.  If info isn't there, please consider adding what info you know as certain.