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Dr Caleb Burwell Kennerly

Dr Caleb Burwell Kennerly

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Death 6 Feb 1861 (aged 31–32)
Burial Body buried at sea, Specifically: Pacific Ocean off coast of Mexico
Memorial ID 25254171 · View Source
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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.
http://chronicles.dickinson.edu/encyclo/k/ed_%20kennerlyCBR.htm


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  • Created by: D. R. Kenerley
  • Added: 14 Mar 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 25254171
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Caleb Burwell Kennerly (1829–6 Feb 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25254171, ; Maintained by D. R. Kenerley (contributor 46982179) Body buried at sea, who reports a Pacific Ocean off coast of Mexico.