|Birth: ||Oct. 16, 1742|
|Death: ||Jun. 26, 1781|
New York, USA
John Kennedy, My Great Grandfather (five times) fought in the Revolutionary War. He was taken prisoner by the British at the Battle of Guilford Court House on March 15, 1781 and put on the British Prison Ship Jersey located in Wallabout Bay (now the Brooklyn Navy Yard). The Jersey was the worst of the British Prison ships and John died June 26, 1781 of starvation. He left his wife Esther Stilly and seven children who lived in Southern Virginia. After the war, Esther moved her family to Bourbon County Kentucky where she died on October 21, 1820.
John, as were all others who died on the Jersey, was taken the next day to shore and buried in an unmarked mass grave in the sand. It is possible John Kennedy was one of those whose bodies were found along the shore after the war ended and was buried in Fort Greene Park at the Prison Ships Martyrs Crypt. I hope this is what happened. However, since I can not confirm this I have listed his burial location as unknown.
John's wife, Esther (Stilly) Kennedy (FAG memorial #46367326) is listed in both the DAR and SAR data bases as a Patriot for providing provisions to the Continental Army.
After John and Esther our family line has served in every American war except the Spanish American War.
Esther Stilly Kennedy (1745 - 1820)
Esther Stilly Kennedy (1745 - 1820)*
Julia Kennedy Hatcher (1770 - 1835)*
Rebeckah Kennedy Ashurst (1773 - 1855)*
Elizabeth Ann Kennedy Wheat (1774 - 1852)*
Eli Kennedy (1776 - 1835)*
Mary Sophia Kennedy Rollins (1777 - 1868)*
Washington Kennedy (1779 - 1832)*
Aria Kennedy Talbot (1781 - 1861)*
Created by: Toby Chamberlain
Record added: Dec 31, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 46198972