Britannia Wellington <I>Peter</I> Kennon

Britannia Wellington Peter Kennon

Birth
Georgetown, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Death 27 Jan 1911 (aged 95)
Georgetown, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Plot Chapel Hill, Lot 544.
Memorial ID 41921630 · View Source
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The Washington Post
Wednesday, February 1, 1911
Funeral of Mrs. Kennon
Services in Home Where She Was Born, Married and Died
Members of Old Maryland, Virginia and District Families Pay Respects to Descendant of Martha Washington
At the historic old mansion in which she was born, married and died at Thirty-first and Q Streets Northwest, funeral services for Mrs. Britannia Wellington Kennon, widow of Commandant Beverly Kennon of the Washington Navy Yard and great-granddaughter of Martha Washington were held yesterday morning at 11 o'clock. She died last Friday and would have celebrated her ninety-sixth birthday had she lived one day more.

Many members of old District, Maryland and Virginia families attended the services which were conducted by the Rev. J.H.W. Blake, rector of Christ Church, West Washington and the Rev. Randolph H. McKim of the Church of the Epiphany. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery and was private.

The active pallbearers were three grandsons and one great-grandson. Eight friends of the family escorted the body to its last resting place. They were William L. Dunlop, Judge Alexander B. Hagner, James B. Nourse, Thomas Hyde, Dr. Francis B. Loring, William A. Gordon, Dr. Louis Mackall Jr. and Robert E. Lee Jr.

Mrs. Kennon was for 25 years President of the Louise Home; was once President of the Aged Woman's Home, President of the Society of Colonial Dames of the District, honorary Vice President of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, honorary President of the Alumnae of Georgetown Covenant and honorary President of the Needlework Guild.

A Portrait of Old George Town
by Grace Dunlop Peter
Britannia Wellington Peter was born on January 27, 1815. She died the day before her ninety-sixth birthday, and this editorial, from The Baltimore Sun, gives a fine picture of the changes in the world in the years covered by the span of her life:

A Long And Interesting Life
Mrs. Britannia Wellington Kennon, who died at Tudor Place, her historic home in Georgetown, on the 26th instant and who will be buried today, was for many years a most interesting figure in the social life of Washington. She was the last in her generation of the descendants of Mrs. Martha Washington. John Parke Custis, Mrs. Washington's son, left four children. One of his daughters, Martha, married Thomas Peter and Mrs. Kennon was their daughter. She married Commodore Beverley Kennon, of the United States Navy, whose father was General Richard Kennon, of Washington's staff, a charter member of the Society of the Cincinnati and a grandson of Sir William Skipwith. Commodore Kennon was killed in 1844 by the explosion on the U.S.S. Princeton, so Mrs. Kennon was a widow for more than sixty-six years



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  • Created by: SLGMSD
  • Added: 13 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41921630
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Britannia Wellington Peter Kennon (28 Jan 1815–27 Jan 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41921630, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .