At the Cemetery – Marie Kennedy Joy

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The 52 Ancestors’ blogging prompt this week is “At the Cemetery.” Appropriate for Memorial Day, of course, but a bit of serendipity for me. I’d pulled out a box of family memorabilia to sort and scan. The first thing out of the box was a yellowed envelope labeled “Deed to my lot in Blakely Cemetry – Marie Joy.” She is my great-grandmother on my father’s side of the family.

Inside was the deed form, nicely filled out and embossed with two seals. Very official looking. The lot was purchased in 1937, so probably at the time of her husband, Henry Alfred Joy’s death. It would have been a double lot.

The cemetery location in Greenwood County is known to me as many of the Martins, McGhees, and Joys are buried there. Their daughter Cora is buried there with her husband Charles Lorenzo Martin. Some of Cora and Ren’s children are there as well (Zella and Dorothy). Of the McGhees, there my grandparents, Clarence and Ruth McGhee and their daughter, Melba McGhee Harlan.

Also in the envelope was a list of expenses for a funeral. It’s unclear if it was from Alfred’s funeral or from Marie’s. The handwriting looks like that on the outside of the envelope so my guess is that Marie wrote this in 1937 after her husband’s funeral.

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I’ll transcribe it here to make it searchable online.

  • Dr Fairbrother $5
  • Dr Manning $25
  • Lot in cemetry $10
  • Digging grave  $8
  • Minister  $5
  • Singer  $2
  • monument  $90
  • burial clothes $8
  • flowers  $5
  • Dr Lose  $38.50
  • Mr Cook $295
  • prescription, Dr Manning  $1
  • total  $492.50

So, it would appear that this includes the medical expenses for Alfred Joy’s last illness. A newspaper clipping tells that he was bedfast for 3 months before dying. One wonders if it was a stroke or cancer or another illness.

The newspaper also gave us the name of the minister (Rev. G. Russell Fosmire of the Madison Methodist Church) and the singer (Mrs. Lois Hamilton sang “Saved By Grace” and “Sweet By and By”).

The last bit of paper in the old envelope was labeled “Family of Mrs Marie Kennedy Joy.” Here’s the list (with my own notes in parenthesis):

  • Father – May 14, 1821 – 1906 (David Greacen Kennedy)
  • Mother – Nov 14, 1826 – 1918 (Elizabeth Jane Rosebaugh)
  • Ed – Feb 13, 1851 (Edward Newton Kennedy)
  • Jim – Apr 1, 1853 (James Kerr Kennedy)
  • Ella – Feb 20, 1855 (Ellen Kennedy)
  • B.T. – Aug 13, 1857 (Bayard Taylor Kennedy)
  • Walter – Mar 1, 1860 (Walter C. Kennedy)
  • Marie – Dec 1, 1864 (Marie C. Kennedy)
  • John – Oct 8, 1868 (John B. Kennedy)
  • D.G. Jr. – Jan 23, 1870 (David Greacen Kennedy Jr.)

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I started comparing the names and dates to the family tree that I maintain on Ancestry. Everyone matches up. I wish I had the rest of the middle names.

K Is For Kennedy and Greacen Roots

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In 1915, The Kennedy family held a reunion in Pennsylvania. Here’s the newspaper article on that gathering. It was quite informative on the history of the family.

The annual reunion of the descendants of David and Jane Greacen Kennedy pioneers of Muddycreek township, Butler County, was held Saturday at Alameda Park. One hundred and fifty people were in attendance, A splendid dinner was served, after which a business session was held and officers elected.

The afternoon was spent in visiting and renewing acquaintances. The following are the officers: President C. H. Kennedy of Butler, vice president W. C. Kennedy of New Castle. Secretary and Treasurer Russell Kennedy of Pittsburgh.

Russell Kennedy, the historian of the family, presented a prospectus of the coming family history, giving a sketch of the family genealogy, and numerous portraits of the pioneers and scenes in Prospect, Portersville, Muddycreek Township and other places where the pioneers located. David and Jane Greacen Kennedy played an important part in the early history of the western section of Butler county.

They were natives of North Ireland and came to America shortly after the war of the revolution, first locating in Philadelphia. Four of five sons were born in America, Jesse the youngest in Butler county. The 5 sons were blacksmiths by trade and when the family lived in Philadelphia were engaged in freighting with the old Conestoga wagons between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Later, the family removed to Pittsburgh. John, one of the sons made the first iron nails, in his shop in Pittsburgh that were made west or the Allegheny mountains.

The Kennedy brothers hauled the first load of freight in 1804. The freight was consigned to John Potts, who opened the first general store here (Butler, Pennsylvania) on Main street on the site of the Odd Fellows’ Temple.

 

David Kennedy Jr. another son of the reunion pioneer, erected the first sawmill, grist mill and a fulling mill in Muddy Creek, where he had taken up a large tract of land.

Another brother erected the mill on Slippery Rock creek now known as McConnell’s Mills. The other brothers located in the western part of the county and were prominent factors in the early development of the community. The descendants of the pioneers are numbered by the scores and occupy important positions in business, industrial and professional circles in all parts of the United States.

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Daniel Kennedy’s mill, later called McConnell’s Mill at Slippery Rock, PA.

Among those present Saturday were: Robert Kennedy of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. P. L. Miller of St. Petersburg, Florida; Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Kennedy of Clearfield, Pa., and Russell Kennedy and George Kennedy of Pittsburgh, and Robert Aiken Esq., of New Castle.

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Kennedy family reunion in 1915. From the Butler Citizen (Butler, Pennsylvania) 06 Sep 1915, Mon  •  Page 5.

I found a site that features some vintage postcards of the Kennedy Mill of Grant City, Pennsylvania, and there’s a covered bridge too. The mill was torn down in 1933.

Here’s more about the mill from Wikipedia: Daniel Kennedy opened a gristmill on Slippery Rock Creek in 1852. The mill was destroyed by fire in 1868 and was quickly rebuilt. Ownership of the mill was transferred to the park’s namesake, Thomas McConnell in 1875. He replaced the waterwheel with water turbines and the grindstones with rolling mills. This made McConnell’s Mill one of the first rolling mills in the country. The mill processed oats, corn, buckwheat, and wheat until it was closed in 1928. Ownership of the land transferred from Thomas H. Hartman to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in 1942. The conservancy then transferred the land to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1957. Now a state park.

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David Greacen Kennedy, a grandson of David and Jane Kennedy. DGK and wife, Elizabeth Rosebaugh Kennedy moved their family to Kansas in the 1800s. He died in 1906.

Line of Descent/How I’m Related to These Kennedys:

DAVID KENNEDY (1752 – 1840)
4th great-grandfather
Edward KENNEDY (1789 – 1864)
Son of DAVID KENNEDY
David Greacen Kennedy (1821 – 1906)
Son of Edward KENNEDY
Marie C. KENNEDY (1864 – 1945)
Daughter of David Greacen Kennedy
Cora Myrle Joy (1896 – 1969)
Daughter of Marie C. KENNEDY
Clyde Owen Martin (1924 – 2012)
Son of Cora Myrle Joy
Me

Alfred and Marie Joy in the News

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(From the Lawrence Gazette, Aug. 9, 1888) — “Teachers Institute. – The Institute now has an enrollment of 114, and the exercises are becoming very interesting…. [Discussion of sessions on grammar, physiology, history, school management, etc.] Marie Kennedy included in the list of those enrolled.

(Lawrence Gazette, July 16, 1891) “The County Superintendent yesterday issued certificates as follows, based on the examination held at the close of the Institute.” [Marie Kennedy, Baldwin, listed under “Second Grade.” Teaching certificates were issued as First, Second, and Third; these were based on your test scores and also on what subjects you were certified to teach, and they also determined how long you could teach before you had to take the test again. I believe a Second Grade certificate was good for six months.]

(From the Lawrence Gazette in August 1891) “No. 58: Director, Barnhart Kramer. Clerk, John Sturm, Clearfield, Treasurer, Wm. Brecheisen. Six months school, beginning October 5. Teacher, Miss Marie Kennedy.” (Marie Kennedy is also listed in the Lawrence Daily Journal on Aug. 24, 1892, as the teacher for No. 58, so she taught there for two terms at least.)

Alfred Joy had nine lives like a cat! These articles tell of some drastic injuries he sustained while doing farm work.

(Lawrence Gazette, Aug. 10, 1893) “Alfred Joy was badly, though it is not supposed fatally injured, one day last week. While helping to thrash at C. A. James’, he attempted to climb up on the wagon from the front, when one horse kicked him on the arm which made him fall to the ground and the wagon passed over him. Dr. Bishoff was immediately sent for and made him as comfortable as possible.” [This would be three years before marrying Marie Kennedy.]

A similar item from the Lawrence Daily World, Aug. 6, 1893, under the heading “A Boy Hurt.” “Alfred Joy was seriously injured Friday on the farm of J. H. Cox, near Hesper, by a wagon running over him. He attempted to climb on a wagon loaded with wheat but the team started throwing him under the wagon.”

Update from Aug. 31, 1893 Lawrence Gazette: “Alfred Joy is much better – is able to work a little; but it will be quite a while before he is as strong as before he was hurt.”

THEIR WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT! Lawrence Daily World, Jan. 18, 1896: “Alfred Joy and Marie Kennedy of Baldwin, were married by the probate judge this morning. The contracting parties are well known in that part of the county and are highly respected.”

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Then they bought a house, I guess! In the real estate transfers for March 9, 1898: “David G. Kennedy and wife to Alfred Joy and wife nw ¼ sec 31, t 14, r 21; con $2,500.” [The sellers are Marie’s parents.]

Then they sold it in 1902: In the real estate transfers for March 31, 1902: “Alfred Joy and wife to J. P. Bell, w ½ of n w ¼, 31, 14, 21; consideration $3,000.” [Looks like they made a $500 profit in 3 years on it.]

(Lawrence Daily World, in the “Belleview-Keystone” local notes, Dec. 27, 1905) “Mr. and Mrs. Tom Oskel, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Douglass, Mrs. Alfred Joy and children took their Christmas dinner with Mr. and Mrs. George Joy.” [I wonder why Alfred Joy was unable to attend. I hope he wasn’t ill. George and Dacy Elizabeth Joy are Alfred’s parents. I’m wondering if Oskel and Douglass are also family. Maybe the Oskel should be Oshel. I have a Thomas Oshel married to Sarah Amelia Joy, a sister of Alfred Joy.]

Marie’s brother passed away in 1906, per this notice from the Lawrence Daily World, May 18, 1906: “James Kennedy died at the home of his brother, last Friday. He had been sick for some time but was only confined to the house for one week before his death. He leaves an aged mother, one sister, Mrs. Alfred Joy at Burlingame, Kan. And several brothers and many friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Gray at the Presbyterian church Sunday at 2 o’clock. Burial at Baldwin cemetery.”

The Madison News of July 3, 1937 included the obituary for Henry Alfred Joy. He was born and raised in Eudora, Kansas (Jan. 21, 1874). They lived in Baldwin City until 1908, then moved to Hamilton and later moved southeast of Madison.

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His wife, Marie (Kennedy) Joy lived until July 6, 1945. She was born near Baldwin City, Kansas on December 1, 1864. “She attended Baker University for four years and taught for several years in rural schools in Douglas County.” She spent the last four years of her life at the Methodist Home in Topeka.

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(Many thanks to Sarah St. John for searching the newspaper database. The scanned clippings are from Gail Lee Martin’s family history notebooks.)

Travels of the Kennedy Family Desk by Karen Kolavalli

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“Awhile back, I did a piece on Squidoo, a writers’ website, telling about a special piece of family history that I am lucky enough to have in my home: it’s a lovely antique cherry wood slant-top desk from the mid-1800’s or earlier. The known history of the desk is that it traveled with my great-great grandfather David Greacen Kennedy, along with his wife and family, from Pennsylvania to Vinland in “Bleeding Kansas” in 1861 by covered wagon. In the piece, I follow the desk as it is handed down through the generations until it was passed on to me in 2002.

I also take the reader along as I explore resources to try to date the desk and discover its origins prior to 1861.

I wrote the piece as part of a “RocketSquid” challenge on the site (The RocketSquid program is a mentoring program for new Squidoo members). It was featured as one of the top lenses (webpages) in the challenge and subsequently earned a Purple Star.”

Purple Stars are fairy dust. They’re magic. They’re surprises. They’re trophies celebrating authentic, original, fantastic content on Squidoo. They’re given out by our editors and community organizers, whenever they find a lens that makes them smile. You’ll never know when or where a purple star will arrive–but you’ll get a special email if you’re bestowed with one. Squidoo

You can read the entire piece at Hubpages, since the Squidoo site closed down: From Pennsylvania to Kansas: Travels of Our Family Heirloom Desk.

Karen wrote this post a few years ago for a blog she had at the time.