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Dr Caleb Burwell Kennerly
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Birth: 1829
Death: Feb. 6, 1861

Caleb Burwell Rowan Kennerly's parents were Rev Thomas Kennerly and Ann Susan Carnegy, who lived at Greenway Court estate in White Post, Virginia. He graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1849. Interested in ornithology, he studied under Prof Spencer Baird. He also earned a doctorate in medicine from the Univ of PA in 1852.

Caleb worked as the assistant secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and served in the early 1850's as a doctor and naturalist on the Pacific Railroad Survey, which ran from the 35th parallel starting at Fort Smith, Ark to the Mojave Desert, CA. He then served along the Mexican-US Border and the Canadian-US. Kennerly's writings can be found in the Smithsonian archives, including his personal diary.

Caleb Kennerly died on 6 Feb 1861, four days after departing from San Francisco, off the coast of Acapulco, Mexico from sudden brain disorder and was buried at sea. A cenotaph in his honor was built by his family in White Post, Virginia. 
Body buried at sea
Specifically: Pacific Ocean off coast of Mexico
Created by: D. R. Kenerley
Record added: Mar 14, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25254171
Dr Caleb Burwell Kennerly
Added by: George Seitz
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