This is a copy of a letter to Richard Barry(1821-1895) of
Greensburg, PA the son of Charles Jenkins Kenly, the son of
William Kenly(1741-1806) made from a copy of Alice K Buono
of Cheyney PA by William Roger Kenly.
Feb. 8th, 1863
As there is no manner of doubt on my mind that we are related, I will commence this address by calling you Dear Cousin.
Your favor of the 26th inst. reached me on yesterday, hence you will perceive how ready I am to comply with your
request to open a correspondence that should never been
suspended, for I hold that one of the principle uses or
benefits of knowing how to write is to confer with those
at a distance, and here let me say that I have no doubt
that had a more intimate and friendly intercourse been
established between the North and the South that we would
not now be cursed with present distracted condition of our
once happy country. But enough of this at this time.
I am the only remaining child of a once large family.
Our father's name was like my own; he died leaving 3 sons,
Daniel, Edward and myself. Daniel left three sons whose
names are Daniel, Charles B. and Richard; all of whom are
living in this county.
My brother Edward left 3 sons and 2 daughters, the boys'
names are George T., John R. and William L., all of whom
are living. George is doing businesss on Bowley's wharf
in Baltimore; John R. is Brigadeer-General in Lincoln's
Army; William is Quarter-master in John's command. Here
let me say that there is not much chance of our race
becoming extinct in this region as George has a family of
7 sons. John is not married, William has one son.
My own family consists of 4 children, three sons and one
daughter. The boys' names are Benjamin, Oliver and Henry.
Benj. is married and lives on the adjoining farm to me.
Oliver is in the Confederate Army. Henry, who is quite
young, lives with me.
My father had two brothers, William and Samuel, William
I presume was your grandfather and lived in Philadelphia,
of which fact please let me know in your next letter which
I shall anxiously look for. Samuel, his brother, removed
to Westmorland County, Pa. long before I was born, and
therewas a large family of children, two of whom I remember
to have seen at my Father's. John and Samuel of that
family. I wish you would be explicit in your next letter.
Mr. Charles McCausland who you mentioned in your letter,
told me there was a widow living in your place whose name I
think was Harvey, who he said was a cousin of mine, and if
so she must be the daughter of Samuel Kenly. By the way,
let me know if your father was not married twice, and if so
what became of the first children. I will close wishing
you all the health and happiness this world can afford. My
love to your aged Mother who I remember to have seen at my
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