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William James Kenna

William James Kenna

Male 1867 - 1941  (74 years)

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  • Name William James Kenna 
    Nickname Willis 
    Born 16 Apr 1867  Little Falls, Herkimer Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 15 Sep 1867  St. Marys Church, Little Falls, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Father F. Francis and Paster A. P. Ludden. Sponsored by ? Kenna and Margaret Kenna.
    Gender Male 
    Census 7 Jun 1870  Little Falls, Herkimer Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Age: 3 
    Census 04 Jun 1880  Little Falls, Herkimer Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Age: 13 
    Residence 1890  263 W. 25th, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Home 
    Census 16 Feb 1892  Jamaica, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Age: 25 
    Employment Bef. 1894  New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Private secretary to John Brisben Walker, editor and owner of the Cosmopolitan Magazine 
    Employment Bef. 1894  New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Stenographer for New York Herald and Sun 
    Employment Bef. 1894  New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Stenographer with the banking house of Spencer Trask & Co 
    Move 1894  Chicago, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Employed by Griffin Car Wheel Co. 
    Census Jun 11 1900  Chicago, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1900 US Census record 
    Census 17 Feb 1920  Monmouth, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Automobile Dealer 
    Age: 51 
    Living Apr 1930  Santa Cruz, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 18 Apr 1930  Santa Cruz, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence at time of census 
    Census 1940  Tacoma, WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Age: 72 
    Residence 26 Jul 1940  Tacoma, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    719 North Third St 
    Died 17 Aug 1941  Tacoma, WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Notes 
    • Letters by his son Roswell and the Washington State Death Index database backup his date and place of death.
    Person ID I42  Default
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2014 

    Father James Kenna, Jr.,   b. 1840, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1880, Little Falls, Herkimer Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Mother Anna C. Fralick,   b. 1846, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1899, Chicago, Cook, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 30 Aug 1866  Little Falls, Herkimer Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • The person signing the marriage certificate (S. B. Gregory) signed it the day after they were married. Does this mean they were married in a church or by a paster on 30 AUG 1866 (Thursday) and the certificate was completed with the local authorities the next day (Friday)?
    Family ID F12  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Emily Geiger,   b. Feb 1869, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 19 Jul 1889  New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13, 14
    Notes 
    • From Susan B.: Emily accused William of "associating with lewd women." Emily filed for divorce on 26 September 1907 for adultery discovered in 1906. But the big mystery is that the divorce case was dismissed before the day of the final decree. Cook County archives cannot find any continuation but they say it may be misfiled.
    Children 
     1. Robert J. Kenna,   b. 31 May 1890, Brooklyn, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1960  (Age 70 years)
    +2. Roswell Edward Kenna, Sr.,   b. 6 Jul 1891, Brooklyn, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1974, Tampa, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +3. Winifred Kenna,   b. 29 Jul 1894, Sunbury, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1964, Tacoma, WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 18 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F10  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Dorothea C. E. Kirschke,   b. 26 Mar 1882, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1978, Olympia, Thurston, WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Married Abt 1913  [8
    • The marriage date of 1913 is a guess based on 1930 US Census data. That they were married is confirmed by the 1930 US Census and according to William J. Kenna's son from a previous marriage. The 1930 census indicates that Dorothea's first marriage was around 1913 when she was 31 years old. At the time of the 1930 census she is 48 years old.
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2007 
    Family ID F106  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    William J. Kenna
    William J. Kenna
    Unknown date
    William J. Kenna
    William J. Kenna
    William J. Kenna receiving a check from Cora Mead Thornwill, the original breeder of the chicken stock that won 1st prize at the 1923-1924 California Farm Bureau Egg Laying Contest, Santa Cruz, CA.
    William J. Kenna (close up)
    William J. Kenna (close up)
    William J. Kenna receiving a check from Cora Mead Thornwill, the original breeder of the chicken stock that won 1st prize at the 1923-1924 California Farm Bureau Egg Laying Contest, Santa Cruz, CA.
    William J. Kenna (unknown date)
    William J. Kenna (unknown date)
    Bowling Encyclopedia Editorial Photo taken on or before 1904
    Bowling Encyclopedia Editorial Photo taken on or before 1904
    See the related history entry.
    William James Kenna House
    William James Kenna House

    Documents
    New York Times Article - 24 APR 1893
    New York Times Article - 24 APR 1893
    This article mentions W. J. Kenna, living on 103rd Street NY, as the secretary to John Brisben Walker, editor of the Cosmopolitan.
    (The link opens a PDF document)
    R E Kenna Birth Statement
    R E Kenna Birth Statement
    Notarized statement by William J. Kenna (b. 16 Apr 1867, Little Falls, NY), father of Roswell E. Kenna, that Roswell was born at Brooklyn, NY 6 Jul 1891.
    1875 NY State Census Herkimer Little Falls
    1875 NY State Census Herkimer Little Falls
    Includes the families of James Kenna Sr (1809-1886) and James Kenna Jr (1840-1880) living next to each other. There are few names that could not be confirmed: Ida A Kenna (F, age 5).

    The family of John Cantlin seems to live next door and is from Ireland and the name shows up on other documents.
    1940 US Census Tacoma WA - William and Dorthea Kenna
    1940 US Census Tacoma WA - William and Dorthea Kenna
    Location: N. 3rd Street
    Mother-in-law is living there too: Sarah Kirscdke (sp?) age 84 from Indiana.
    1930 US Census Santa Cruz, CA - William and Dorthea Kenna
    1930 US Census Santa Cruz, CA - William and Dorthea Kenna
    Mother-in-law is living with them: Sarah Kirschke, age 74
    1892 NY State Census Queens County, Jamaica NY - William Kenna
    1892 NY State Census Queens County, Jamaica NY - William Kenna
    See page 9, second column, upper right. William Kenna, Emily Kenna, A. C. Kenna, Robert Kenna, Roswell Kenna.

    Headstones
    William J. Kenna Headstone
    William J. Kenna Headstone
    Plot: Section S

    Histories
    Biographical information on William J. Kenna in a book he co-edited.
    Biographical information on William J. Kenna in a book he co-edited.
    One reference in the text refers to a nickname for William J. Kenna: Will.
    Timeline for William J. Kenna, b. 1867
    Timeline for William J. Kenna, b. 1867

  • Sources 
    1. [S91] Baptisms and Marriages 1852-1908 St. Mary's Church Little Falls NY.

    2. [S66] Baptismal Record for William J. Kenna, (NARA).

    3. [S60] 1870 US Census - Little Falls NY (James and Ann Kanna), (www.ancestry.com).

    4. [S42] 1880 US Census - Little Falls NY (James & Anna Kenna), (www.ancestry.com).

    5. [S59] 1890 New York City Directory, (www.ancestry.com).
      Kenna William J. clerk, h 263 W. 25th

    6. [S148] 1892 NY State Census.

    7. [S82] 1920 US Census Monmouth, IL William and Ella Kenna.

    8. [S51] 1930 US Census - Santa Cruz, CA (William J. Kenna), www.ancestry.com, 18 Apr 1930.

    9. [S134] 1940 US Census Tacoma Washington.

    10. [S133] Washington, Deaths, 1883-1960.
      Name: William J Kenna
      Gender: Male
      Birth Date: abt 1867
      Death Date: 17 Aug 1941
      Age at Death: 74
      Death Location: Tacoma, Pierce, Washington
      Father: James Kenna
      Mother: Anne C Fralick
      Record Source: Washington State Death Records

    11. [S65] Marriage License - James Kenna and Anna Fralick (Reliability: 1).

    12. [S38] 1900 US Census - Chicago, IL (Kenna), (www.ancestry.com), 1 (Reliability: 2), Jun 11 1900.
      Census record shows married for 11 years on June 11, 1900.

    13. [S58] Marriage Record - William J. Kenna and Emily Geiger, (www.ancestry.com) (Reliability: 1).

    14. [S61] Marriage License - William J Kenna and Emily Geiger, New York City.