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Monday, January 5, 2009

John & Florinda Kennedy from USA in Leeds Grenville County Ontario

Tish asked
Q: Florinda was married to John Kennedy who died about 1846 in Leeds-Grenville County. She had a son James (he married Rosetta) and two daughters. I have never been able to find out the daughters' names. Florinda was born approximately 1798, but I am not sure where.

James was married to Rosetta in 1854, in Leeds Co. I have never been able to find any information regarding his death, probably in Muskoka County. He had been a school teacher and then I believe a book-keeper. His death would be approx 1899. I cannot find a cemetery for his internment either. James is said to have been born in
Mass., USA. this may have been where is father first landed from Scotland. Did Florinda come with him, or did he meet her there?

A: James and his mother are found in the 1851 census for Crosby Tp Leeds County Ontario. It shows that Florinda and her son James were both born in USA. So it appears her husband met her after he arrived from Scotland.

James Kennedy, 33, b USA, farming, Free Church
Florinda Kennedy, 54 b USA

There are others living with them, but not with the surname Kennedy

Eliza Russell b USA, 23 (could she be one of the missing daughters of Florinda?)
Jane Gelpin? 13 b Canada
Guy Clements 14 b Canada

Rosetta, wife of James Kennedy died in Gravenhust Muskoka District 4 Feb 1879. Her death certificate states she was the wife of James Kennedy. She was 44 years old and born "Escott" Leeds

You might want to try land records to see if you can find James Kennedy before 1851. With any luck there could be a petition for land which has genealogy information. Petitions must be obtained from the Ontario Archives or your local Family History Center but it will be well worth it.

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