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Re: Seeking Kenners in Kentucky
Posted by: Ron Kinner (ID *****1567) Date: April 05, 2004 at 11:07:00
In Reply to: Seeking Kenners in Kentucky by Marcia Kenner of 617

I think you are talking about the Todd/Christian county Kenners. The SS death index shows a Dan Kenner in Todd co. My file on Todd Co shows an Ephraim and a Dan in the same family. JoEllen Barnes is from that same line. (think she is at: She wrote:

"I am researching my families history from Christian county. The family names were Kenner,
Hoosier, Beason, Petrie and Bratton

Dan Kenner
Ephraim Kenner
Allie George Hoosier Kenner
Harry Petrie
Hannah Beason Petrie
Josie Nola Beason
Harry Petrie's brother was called Uncle Jim

Portion of the family did move to Bowling Green (Warren County)

These generations would run from the 1800's to the early 1900's.

I am also told that Sam's father was Ephraim and he was married to a
woman named Africa or Africus. I am told that Ephraim was Irish. I have
not been able to validate that information.

JoEllen Barnes wrote:
> Any information you have on Kenner's I would also be interested.
> (Grandfather) Ephraim Kenner 6-2-1905 d. ?? married to Allie George Hoosier
> (Great Grandmother) Lenore Kenner b. 2-10-1873 and d. 12-6-1960 married to Sam Kenner"

My research on the Kenners of Todd/Christian Co shows two different Kenner families. I found this:

"County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by William Henry
Perrin. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1884, pp. 467.

MRS. BETTIE E. KENNER, daughter of Richard and Martha (Britt) Crouch, of Todd
County, Ky., was born January 13, 1824, and was married October 30,1856, to Abraham F.
Kenner, who was born at the present family seat in 1811, and where he died November 15,

His father, Abram Kenner, Sr., was born in North Carolina in 1770, and died here in
1834. Abram, Sr.'s wife was Mary Bollinger. "

This line is probably actually a Keener since I know of no Kenners in NC but lots of Keeners and it is common to confuse the two spellings.

There is another German Kenner line.

Following is an excerpt from a book on Christian Co. that I found in
Lexington KY Library. (lost the cover page but it was something like the
History of Christian County.) This is from page 265 in the chapter on
Casky, Pembroke and Longview Precincts:

"Early in the century several German families moved into the same
neighborhood, but from what point of the compass, unless directly from
Germany, cannot now be ascertained. Among then were the Kenners,
Bollingers, Massies, etc., who are all supposed to have been related.
Joseph Kenner, the founder of the Kenner family, was a raw Dutchman, and
he, or one of his sons, is the man that ran away from the supposed
Indians. About 1830 he got into a dispute with a neighbor, one Ballard,
over a calf...."

My text file on the Todd/Christian Co Kenners is too large to post here so I will try and send it to you via email. If you don't get it today then email me at


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Ron Kinner

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