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James Bernard Kennedy
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Birth: Oct. 8, 1881
Hopewell
Marshall County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 30, 1948
Rochester
Oakland County
Michigan, USA

James Kennedy was born in the farm lands of Marshall County, IL. He was the youngest of 9 children. His parents were John Kennedy (a civil war veteran) and Mary E. Forbes. Sadly his mother died one week after James was born leaving him to be raised by aunts & other family.

As a child a doctor gave him another patient's medicine and James nearly died. As a result of the Doctor's error James then needed to wear a leg brace the rest of his life.

When James grew up, he left the farm lands in search of a better paying job. By 1907 James was in Detroit, Michigan where he became a leather worker at Cadillac Motor Company.

On Jan 1, 1908 James married Frieda Mae Landgraf. The happy couple lived on Rohns ave just West of Gratiot, (about a mile south of where he is buried). James and Frieda had 5 children, Ruth, John, Bernice, James & Helen. Then tragedy hit the family. The Great Flu Epidemic suddenly took Frieda on Dec 12, 1918. Another important woman was taken from James before her time.

James was left with 5 children. He did his best, hiring housekeepers to care & feed the children while he was at work but it was hard. James would come home to repeatedly find the housekeepers had just left, taking money, food and other things from the home.

His sister, Maud who was in California, had no children. She wanted to help. So after awhile Maude adopted Bernice & Helen. Even though it was his own sister it was hard for James to let go.

James then tried his hand a hotel operator in Fowlerville (1922) and as a grocer in Ann Arbor (1927) before coming back to Detroit by 1930. He lived in the greater Detroit area the rest of his life.

In 1946 James moved in with his son Jim where he lived until his death in 1948.

James greatly loved his children, enjoyed good food and telling stories. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  John Kennedy (1835 - 1909)
  Mary Elizabeth Forbes Kennedy (1842 - 1881)
 
 Spouse:
  Frieda Mae Landgraf Kennedy (1883 - 1918)*
 
 Children:
  Ruth Genevieve Kennedy Hanneman (1909 - 2005)*
  John Edward Kennedy (1911 - 1996)*
  Bernice Marion Kennedy Brenn (1913 - 1932)*
  James Bernard Kennedy (1915 - 1986)*
 
 Siblings:
  Infant Daughter Kennedy*
  Infant Son Kennedy*
  Peter Forbes Kennedy (1867 - 1949)*
  Maud Genevieve Kennedy Brenn (1871 - 1953)*
  Margaret Sarah Kennedy Riley (1874 - 1920)*
  Mary Ellen Kennedy (1876 - 1899)*
  Thomas Morgan Kennedy (1877 - 1954)*
  Ruth Jollette Kennedy (1879 - 1973)*
  James Bernard Kennedy (1881 - 1948)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Gethsemane Cemetery and Crematory
Detroit
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Section E1, 13-13 - 0, lot 89
 
Created by: The Ancestor Hunter
Record added: Jul 20, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14990072
James Bernard Kennedy
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James Bernard Kennedy
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James Bernard Kennedy
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- Deborah Wall
 Added: Sep. 8, 2009

- Kathleen Fleury Bilbrey
 Added: Feb. 4, 2007
Your Love & Strength meant a lot
- The Ancestor Hunter
 Added: Jul. 21, 2006
 
 
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