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William Henry Kennington

  • Birth 7 Aug 1844 Boston, Boston Borough, Lincolnshire, England
  • Death 7 Apr 1914 Afton, Lincoln County, Wyoming, USA
  • Burial Afton, Lincoln County, Wyoming, USA
  • Memorial ID 32266371

Another name was strickened from the ever lessening roll of our old settlers last Tuesday morning at 4 o'clock when Wm H. Kennington succumbed to death during a paralytic stroke. Apparently he was in the best of health upon retiring, and altho he had suffered two previous attacks of paralysis, it was unexpected that the end came.
Wm H. Kennington was born at Louth Lincolnshire England, on August 7th, 1842, and when a small boy his parents immigrated to this country, crossing the plains with the second had cart company who landed in Salt Lake City in 1856. Nine years later he was married to Anna Rebeecah Seward and to their union eight children were born, four girls and four boys. In 1870 they moved to Bear Lake Idaho, at which place they ranked among the first settlers. At that time plural marriages were permissible, Mr Kennington was again married in 1875 to Mrs Elizabeth Bracken, who preceded him to the Great Beyond less than a year ago. Their union was blessed with nine children, six of whom still survive him. During the year 1886 they moved, coming to Star Valley and located here in Afton, where he resided ever since.
While the deceased experienced the trials and daring adventures of a pioneer life, he was ever active and alert to the end, during which time various positions of public worth were able fulfilled. Early in life he taught school, later he was appointed U.S. Water Commissioner, and at the time of death was serving in the capacity of U.S. land Commissioner. In the Church of Latter-day Saints he was ever a staunch believer and ardent worker; and for more than twenty years fulfilled the position of Stake Clerk. He was a devoted husband and a kind and indulgent father, to his sisters, a tender brother, and to his friends the soul of fellowship. But the Greatest of all-he was a man.
And as a man it is that those who knew him best most love to contemplate him. He believed in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. He believed that the man who scatters flowers in the pathway of his fellowmen, who lets into the dark places of life the sunshine of human sympathy and human happiness is following in the footsteps of his Master. Such was his belief, though he is gone.
There are left to mourn his loss a wife and twelve children, on sister and one brother, besides numerous grandchildren and friends. Funeral services will be held from the Stake Tabernacle conducted under the auspices of the Bishopric. May he rest in peace.

Kennington, William H (1) (10 Apr 1914)Star Valley Independent

Many were the friends and relatives who gathered at the Stake Tabernacle last Friday afternoon to pay their last tribute of respect to the late Wm H. Kennington. The interior was profusely decorated with flowers and green plants, the services being conducted by the ward bishopric. Those who spoke were Sake president Clarence Gardner, Second Counselor Albert Barrus, Bishop Osborne Low, Samuel Matthews and Herman Hyde. Music was furnished by the Ward Choir throughout the services after which the remains were followed by a large procession to the city cemetery where interment was made.
The bereaved family have the heartfelt sympathy of this entire community.

Kennington, William H (2) (17 Apr 1914)Star Valley Independent

William Henry KENNINGTON is the son Richard KENNINGTON and Mary Ann DAVISON OR DAVIDSON
William Henry KENNINGTON married Annie Rebecca SEWARD 1 Apr 1865 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Elizabeth Ann LEE 12 Jul 1875 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Ut



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  • Created by: Carol STEVENS
  • Added: 18 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32266371
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry Kennington (7 Aug 1844–7 Apr 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32266371, citing Afton Cemetery, Afton, Lincoln County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Carol STEVENS (contributor 46861595) .