He was the son of Beverley Kennon and Elizabeth Claiborne Kennon.
On June 7, 1881, he married Genevieve Griswold, daughter of Judge Elias Griswold at St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal Church at Franklin Square, District of Columbia. The ceremony was performed by the bride's uncle, Rev. B.B. Griswold.
The Evening Star Tuesday, November 25, 1890
Washington, D.C., Page 2.
Col. Kennon's Pallbearers
At the funeral services of Colonel Beverly Kennon, who was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery yesterday afternoon, the pallbearers were Rear Admirals Worden, Bryson, Carter, Roe and Franklin, United States Navy, all retired and Captain Harrison, United States Army. This is the first instance in which so many prominent United States naval officers have taken such a prominent part in the funeral of an ex-Confederate.
From the November 24, 1890 Evening Star
His wife was the daughter of Major Griswold. He was an officer in the United States Navy until the Civil War when he resigned to to join the Confederate forces. After the War he went to Egypt where in the military service of the khedive he became bey or Colonel and received several decorations for meritorious service. In Egypt he invented a counterpoiso battery. Congress recently made an appropriation for him to build a similar battery in New York.
The Washington Post November 24, 1890
Kennon. The funeral of Colonel Beverley Kennon will take place at the chapel at Oak Hill Cemetery at 3 o'clock Monday, November 24. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment private.
He resigned in December 1861 but served six months without rank or pay commanding the Louisiana State steamer Governor Moore in 1862 and was in engagements with Federal vessels at the passes of Fort Jackson and St. Philip. He was taken prisoner at Fort Warren, April 24 to July 31, 1862. He was captured at Appomattox Court House, April 9, 1865 and was paroled May 18, 1865.
Source (date of birth from same source): Claiborne of Virginia, Descendants of Colonel William Claiborne, The First Eight Generations by John Frederick Dorman in collaboration with Clairborne T. Smith Jr., MD, Printed by Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD 1995, page 68.
Genevieve Maida Griswold Kennon
1855–1929 (m. 1881)