Samuel Kenyon

Samuel Kenyon

Montgomery County, New York, USA
Death 22 Mar 1878 (aged 88)
Oswego, Oswego County, New York, USA
Burial Oswego, Oswego County, New York, USA
Plot Section L Lot 50
Memorial ID 132128083 · View Source
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Samuel was the son of Barnabas Kenyon and Susannah (Clarke) Kenyon. He was married to three wives 1) Susan Cross 2) Hannah and 3) Freedom Gilman.

Samuel Kenyon is believed to have had at least nine sons and one daughter. He had seven sons with his first wife, one son with his second wife, and one son with his third wife.

Samuel was born in Caughnawaga, Montgomery County, New York in 1790. (His headstone reads 1789, other records have the year listed as 1790 or 1791). The town of Broadalbin in Fulton County was created from a portion of Caughnawaga. He married his first wife, Susan Cross, about 1813. Her maiden name was given in the Biographical Sketches of state officers and members of legislature, published 1861, pages 213 & 214, for their son, Marquis L. Kenyon.

He was living in Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York on the 1820 federal census, with three males under the age of ten, born between 1811 and 1820.

On the 1825 state census he was living in Ellisburg, showing 7 males, one eligible to vote and one married female under 45. He had 10 acres of improved land, owning 6 meat cattle, 4 horses, 15 sheep, and 6 hogs. Neighbors included Ebenzer Wells (2 males, 3 females) and James A. Hill (4 males, 5 females). Samuel had three additional sons between 1820 and 1825, for a total of 6 male children by 1825.

On the 1830 census, he is still in Ellisburg, one son born between 1811-1815, and two sons born between 1816-1820, three sons born between 1821-1825. This confirms what was seen on the 1825 state census.

His first wife, Susan Cross died 16 July 1832 at the age of 40. She died one week following the birth of their son Marvin M. Kenyon. Susan had been married about 19 years. She was buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Mannsville, Jefferson County, New York in 1832.

Samuel married his second wife, Hannah about 1833. Hannah, also died in Jefferson County, New York in 1837. She was buried in the same cemetery as his first wife. They had a daughter, Hellen M. Kenyon, born about 1834, in Oswego County, New York. They also had one unidentified son born about 1835, per the 1835 state census.

The 1835 state census shows he was living in Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York. There are 8 males and two females. One male was born during the preceding year. His daughter was born about 1834. At this point, he has a total of seven sons and one daughter living in 1835.

Samuel married his third wife, Freedom Gilman about 1838. From a Gilman book, Samuel was listed of Oswego, Oswego, New York. Their son, William Rose Kenyon was born December 1839 in Jefferson County, New York.

Samuel Kenyon is listed on the 1840 census living in Volney, Oswego, New York. He is 40-49, his wife (Freedom) 30-39. One male under 5 (William), one male 10-15 (1825-1830), one male 15-20 (1820-1825), one female 5-10 (1830-1835), Hellen M. He is living 7 houses down from Benson Sherman 30-39 (1801-1810), to whom he sold his land in Indiana, which was recorded 17 August 1840, in Lagrange County, Indiana showing both parties of Oswego County, New York.

Samuel and Freedom are listed on the 1850 New York census living in Williamstown, Oswego County, New York with their son William. Samuel is a farmer. His son and daughter with his second wife, Hannah is not living with them.

Samuel and Freedom are listed on the 1855 New York census record living in Oswego E.D.2, Oswego County, New York, where he is a farmer. Their son William, born 1840, Jefferson County, New York. Also their granddaughter Hellen Kenyon, born 1847.

Samuel and Freedom are listed on the 1865 New York census living in Oswego, Oswego County, New York. He indicates that he was born in Montgomery County, New York. Freedom is listed as born in Connecticut. Living with them is son William, born in Jefferson County, New York, granddaughter Helen Kenyon, born about 1847, Monroe County, and grandson Samuel Kenyon, age 2, born about 1863, in Oneida County, New York. Samuel indicates he was married three times, Freedom only once.

On the 1870 census, Samuel, age 77, and Freedom, age 70, are living in Oswego, Oswego, New York, where he is listed as a farmer owning land.

The Oswego Daily Times, 16 May 1878 lists his obituary, the service held at the home of his son L.L. Kenyon, Esq. His remains were buried in Riverside Cemetery.

Cemetery records show he was buried in Lot 50 Section L. Owners of Lot 50 were Wood and Kenyon (Book A, page 394).

1850 Williamstown, Oswego, NY
Samuel Kenyon M 57 New York
Freedom Kenyon F 45 New York
William Kenyon M 10 New York

1855 E.D. 2, Oswego, Oswego, NY
Samuel Kenyon Head M 65 Montgomery
Fredom Kenyon Wife F 55 Conn
Hellen Kenyon Grandchild U 8 unknown
Hariet Way Servant U 14 Oneida
William Kenyon Child U 15 Jefferson
Ferdinand Weaver Servant U 30 Switzerland 

1860 Town of Oswego, Oswego, NY
Samuel Kenyon M 68 New York
Freedom Kenyon F 59 Connecticut
William R Kenyon M 20 New York
Ellen Kenyon F 13 New York
Celia Morrison F 19 New York

1865 District 02, Oswego, Oswego, NY
Samuel Kenyon M 75 Montgomery Co
Freedom Kenyon Wife F 66 Conn
William Kenyon Son M 24 Jefferson Co
Helen Kenyon Granddaughter F 18 Monroe Co.
Bridget L*Lis Boarder F 21 Ireland
Saml Kenyon Grandson M 2 Oneida Co.

1870 Oswego, Oswego, NY
Samuel Kinyon M 77 farmer New York
Freedom Kinyon F 70 keeping house Connecticut
Adell Garm F 16 domestic svt Canada

H/T Gar Watson for providing census record information


Samuel Kenyon, his wives and children:

Children with 1st wife, Susan Cross:
1. unknown male born about 1815, born New York
2. Lauren Lorenzo Kenyon, born 1817, Jefferson County, NY, died 1912 Amsterdam, New York.
3. Marquis L. Kenyon, born 1818, Jefferson County, NY, died 1862.
4. unknown male, born between 1820-1825
5. unknown male, born between 1820-1825
6. Harlow Clayton Kenyon, born about 1825, Ellisburg, Jefferson, New York, last seen 1866, San Jose, California.
7. Marvin M. Kenyon, born 1832, Oswego Co., New York, moved to Knox County, Illinois, where he died in 1909.

Six of seven sons are shown living on the 1830 census. Their seventh son, Marvin, was born after the census.

Children with 2nd wife, Hannah (maiden name unknown):
1. Hellen M. Kenyon, born about 1834, Oswego County, New York, married George W. Woods.
2. (unknown male), born about 1835 Jefferson County, NY

Children with 3rd wife, Freedom Gilman:
1. William Rose Kenyon, born 1840, Jefferson County, NY

It appears that Samuel Kenyon had a total of 9 sons and one daughter (7 sons with Susan, 1 with Hannah, and 1 with Freedom).

Samuel's granddaughter, Hellen, born about 1847, Monroe County, New York, seen on the 1855 census, 1860 census, and 1865 census records was daughter of one of his sons, who died after 1847, but before 1855 when she came to live with them. His grandson, Samuel Kenyon, born about 1863, Oneida County, New York, seen on the 1865 state census, was likely the son of one of Samuel's sons, who died after 1863, but before 1865, perhaps a Civil War casualty.

Three of Samuel's sons from his first wife, Susan, have not been identified to date.

Birth year from cemetery records 1791.

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  • Created by: Marilyn Kenyon, Psy.D.
  • Added: 30 Jun 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 132128083
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Kenyon (22 Mar 1790–22 Mar 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 132128083, citing Riverside Cemetery, Oswego, Oswego County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Marilyn Kenyon, Psy.D. (contributor 47005688) .