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 Richard Kennington

Richard Kennington

Birth
Death 12 Oct 1879 (aged 74)
Burial Tooele, Tooele County, Utah, USA
Plot 4-5-7
Memorial ID 99305 · View Source
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Richard Kennington was born October 18th 1804 in North Thoresby, Lincolnshire, England. In the North Thoresby baptismal record we read conclusive proof of Richard Kennington's birth to Sarah Kenninton. It reads: Richd. Son of Sarah Kennington illegitimate Oct. 30th [1804]. The October 30th date is Richard's baptism date recorded in the North Thoresby, Lincolnshire Parish register. Richard's father was Thomas Bull Onn, born about 1777 in Louth, Lincolnshire, England. Sarah Kennington never married Thomas Bull Onn. Richard's half brothers, William and John Onn are found in the 1851 Louth England census. William (1818) was a brick and tile maker and a farmer on the side. John (1810) was a joiner and carpenter. Both had large families and lived long lives. Richard's mother Sarah Kennington was born to Thomas Davison and Jane Glossop. Thomas and Jane were married in Caistor, Lincolnshire, England in 1809. Richard Kennington married Mary Ann Davison in 1835. Richard and Mary's son Henry Kennington died in July of 1853 at age seventeen before they made their journey to America. In about 1851 the Kennington family was converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through the missionaries who came to England. Richard and Mary Ann decided they would like to come to the Utah, Territory. In time they saved enough money for expenses and with their five children they sailed to America on the ship "Enoch Train". They sailed from Liverpool and were on the ocean for six weeks. There were 534 members of the church on the ship which left port March 23rd 1856 with Captain James Ferguson in charge of the ship. They were steerage passengers, spending most of the trip in the dark hold of the ship and they were sick much of the time. Most ships of this day were set up to carry cargo so when they took passengers temporary beds and dividers were set up for the passengers. They got by the cheapest that they could because when they arrived the furniture was usually discarded and the ship was filled with cargo. The "steerage" passengers were in between the top deck of the ship and the bottom of the ship. Some passengers died on many voyages. The Kennington family became discouraged when the wind blew them backwards, but they arrived in Boston, Massachusetts the first day of May 1856. During their three days stay in Boston, they were busy making some necessary purchases and getting ready for the long journey west. They then traveled to Iowa City where they stayed about a month waiting for more passengers to come so they could form a company. Richard and his sons worked for a farmer at this time earning enough money to buy and equip their outfit. The Kennington family traveled with the Daniel McArthur Company leaving Iowa City outfitting post as the second handcart company with 220 individuals, 44 handcarts and two wagons in the company on June 11th 1856. The following names and ages are found in the records of the Daniel D. McArthur handcart company:
Richard Kennington age 51
Mary Ann Davison (Kennington) age 46
Sarah Jane Kennington age 16
William Henry Kennington age 13
Eliza Kennington (England) age 11
Richard Davison Kennington age 9
Mary Ann Kennington age 2
Family records report that one handcart was pulled by Richard and Mary and their other handcart by their children, Sarah and William. William was thirteen and Sarah was 16. Sarah recorded that every once in a while she had to cuff William to get him to pull his share of the load. It took them about 100 days to cross the plains to Utah. Richard and Mary Ann traveled on and settled in Tooele, Utah. By the time they reached Tooele Richard was nearly fifty two years old. It is recorded in family tradition that he worked as a butcher for five years after arriving in Utah. He would take orders for work that needed to be done and then travel from farm to farm butchering the animals that were needed for food at those farms. Due to his age he found this work to be too physically demanding and went to growing vegetables for a living. In 1860 the Kenningtons had a home and lot in the old fort part of Tooele. They were with folks they knew in England such as the Atkins who had a part in the Kennington conversion. The Lee family's children were raised with the Kennington kids in Tooele. When the probate papers were completed after Richard's death Mary signed them with her mark. This could indicate that she was either ill and unable to write or that she hadn't learned how to write. They address her in this document as Mary, not Mary Ann. From the probate we also learn that Richard and Mary still had their daughters and extended family in the area to help them. Sarah Jane was married to David Adamson, Eliza was married to John England and stayed in Tooele while Mary Ann was married to Samuel Armatage. We also learn that Richard and Mary's son William Henry and his wife Annie Rebecca were in the Bear Lake area with their family when Richard died. William Henry's family eventually moved to Afton, Wyoming as did Dick Kennington. The following story was told by Bert Kennington in 1953:
"Richard continued in the trade of butchering for about 5 years [after coming to Utah], then being too old to continue longer, went back to raising vegetables for a livelihood. In his profession of butchering, he would take orders for work to be done, then travel from house to house filling his assignments. One Saturday night he lacked two orders of getting his week's work completed. Sunday morning, rather than break his promise and inconvenience a customer, he butchered the two remaining pigs. Upon his arrival home, the Ward teachers came and bluntly informed him he would have to make a public confession and ask forgiveness for breaking the Sabbath. His answer was that all he had to do was pay taxes and die. This led to his being disfranchized [sic] from the church." As sad as this is it does explain why Richard was never sealed to his wife and children while in this life. Many of his children and grandchildren did go on to be strong active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints however. Richard and Mary Ann were responsible for bringing the Kennington family into the church and bring them to America. We pray that God will bless them for their stengths and unite their family eternally.Richard Kennington died the October 12th 1879 in Toole, Utah just short of seventy five years old. Mary Ann died August 23rd 1900 in Georgetown, Idaho at the age of ninety. Like so many others Mary was a widow for many years. Georgetown is 14 miles norht of Montpellier, Idaho.



Richard and Mary Kennington's children were:

1. Henry Kennington was born November 18th 1836 in Louth, Lincolnshire, England. He died July of 1853 at the age of 17.
2. Sarah Jane Kennington (Adamson) was born September 29th 1839 in Louth, Lincolnshire, England. Married John William January 19th 1858. Married David Gillespie Adamson September 9th 1862. Died February 4th 1898 in Tooele, Utah.
3. William Henry Kennington was born August 7th 1842 in Louth, Lincolnshire, England. Married Annie Rebecca Seward April 1st 1865 in the Endowment House. Polygamous marriage to Elizabeth Ann Lee married July 12th 1875. William Kennington died April 7th 1914 in Afton, Wyoming.
4. Eliza Kennington (England) was born August 24th 1844 in Louth, Lincolnshire, England. Married John England. Died March 24th 1924 in Tooele, Utah.
5. Richard "Dick" Kennington was born August 7th 1846 in Louth, Lincolnshire, England. Died October 4th 1919. He never married or had children. He lived some years in Afton and died their after living with his brother William in his final years.
6. Mary Ann Kennington (Armatage) was born May 20th 1854 in Louth, Lincolnshire, England. Married to Samuel Armatage November 18th 1873 in the Endowment House. He was born February 6th 1848. Died November 9th 1908. Georgetown, Bear Lake, Idaho.


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  • Maintained by: Kerry Denney
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99305
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Kennington (18 Oct 1804–12 Oct 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99305, citing Tooele City Cemetery, Tooele, Tooele County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Kerry Denney (contributor 47480353) .