Kenefick family histories
Church and civil records
Keneficks in early Irish records:
American immigrants and their descendants:
Kenefick descendant charts:
Michael Kenefick and Anorah O'Neil and their
We are indebted to Wilfrid Anthony McGreevy of Encino, California, for his extensive research of the Kenefick family. Most of the information presented in this biography was obtained from him. He gathered his information through correspondence with older relatives and a search of public records.
We are also indebted to Frank Thompson of New York City for transcribing the parish registers of Tracton parish and four adjacent parishes of Cork County, Ireland. He has created a large database from these records and has shared the Kenefick entries with us. It was he who pointed out that the baptisms of six of the seven children of Michael Kenefick and his wife Anorah O'Neil were recorded in the Tracton parish records, thus pin-pointing the Irish ancestral home of our Kenefick family.
Liz Kennefick of Rouse Hill, NSW, Australia has supplied most of the information presented in the section about the origin of the name.
We also thank Anthony McCan for sharing his article "The Rise and Fall of the Kenifecks of Ballindeasig House" published in The Irish Genealogist in early 2004, as well as providing other Kenefick research.
Elizabeth Churchett has provided the chart showing the descendants of John Kenefick and Bridget Dohoney.
Kenefick gravestones at Saint Francis Cemetery at Belmond, Wright County, Iowa, USA have been listed with photos by Philip Weiss at Findagrave.com. We are grateful for his work on this project.
by Bill Diederich:
I have been working on and off for more than 35 years on this history of the Kenefick family.
Over the years, we've gathered information from uncles, aunts and cousins. My mother was very proud of her Kenefick heritage and wrote many letters to her cousins on my behalf. In addition, she named her first daughter, Mary Alice in honor of her grandmother, Mary Alice Kenefick Russell.
We've researched the probate, vital records and land deeds at courthouses in Wisconsin and Iowa. We've examined the old parish registers of the Roman Catholic churches that the Keneficks attended. We've transcribed gravestone inscriptions in cemeteries in Wisconsin and Iowa. We've searched census records, newspaper files, microfilm and other sources at historical societies. We've spent many days at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
This family history is the result of all that effort.
In Memory of Bill Diederich (1929 - 2006)
Origin of the Name
Since the sixteenth century the Irish surname Kennefick has been associated almost exclusively with County Cork and the adjacent regions of the province of Munster, appearing, for instance, in the Kinsale presentments relating to "Popish inhabitants" of 1712 as "Kenefeake". Prior to this date several references to the name also occur in medieval documents relating to Dublin, Louth, Kildare and Kilkenny. The surname, however, has never been numerous, as is indicated by its absence from the index of birth entries in the 1890 census.
The first family of the name to come to Ireland, shortly
after the twelfth century Anglo-Norman invasion, were of Welsh extraction,
and the name itself is ultimately of local derivation; that is, it belongs
to that large category of surnames derived from the name of the place
where an original bearer dwelt or where he once held land. In this
instance the place referred to is "afon ger Mynndd Margam; pentref
Mynndd Cynffig", in other words, the river of the name near Margam or
the village of the name near Kenfig Hill. The place-name itself is a
corruption of "Cefn-y-Fige" : and literally
Finally, it is interesting to note that whilst the Kennefick variant of the surname is rarely found in Ireland today, it has entered modern birth registrations as Kenefaque. In its native Wales, it continues to flourish as Kynvrig, and in that form has a long and honourable history, being the family name of the Lord of Bromfield, Kynvrig ap Rhiwallon, whose distinguished ancestory is outlined in Burke's General Armory.
Among the legends uncovered is the story that the Keneficks are of Portuguese origin - from a sailor named Kenefacto who arrived in County Cork in the 1500's, perhaps as the result of a shipwreck. This supposedly explains why Kenefick is a rare surname in Ireland, generally confined to County Cork.
However, it seems that there are now two spellings of the same name: Kenefick and Kennefick. Those who live north of the Lee river tend to spell it one way and those who live south of the Lee tend to spell it the other way.
A couple of years ago, an Australian lady wrote: "I always wondered why my husband had jet black hair, green eyes and olive skin. I was then told that the ships of the Spanish Armada has sunk off the west coast of Ireland, (up around Galway and Sligo), and that the sailors who survived, swam ashore and stayed in Ireland.
"King Philip II of Spain marshaled 130 ships of all classes, totaling 59,000 tons - from his Mediterranean and Atlantic fleets, from the Portuguese navy, which he had controlled since 1580, and from his allies. More than 19,000 soldiers and 8,000 sailors were recruited to man the ships.
"The Armada set sail from Lisbon on 9th May 1588, but gales forced it back to La Coruna for refitting, and the voyage was then resumed on 22nd July 1588.
"The Armada met the English and a battle ensued. The Armada set a course around the Shetland Islands, north of Scotland, then southwest to Ireland, where they hoped to find succor, and finally to Spain. The rigors of this homeward voyage had been underestimated. Supplies were short and spoiled; famine and disease were rampant. Ravaged by storm and shipwreck, the Armada returned to the safety of the Spanish port of Santander, on the Bay of Biscay, with only 86 ships and less than half the men who had left five months before.
"So there maybe some truth in the above paragraph from your family history.
"I have also been told that the name Kenefick comes from the Vikings. There is no K in the Gaelic language so the K's were C's. I guess the C was changed to K when the name became Anglo-sized. The name was pronounced C-youn-fee."
Historical Background of Cork County
The Cistercian General Chapter approved Odo de Barry's petition to found an abbey in County Cork in 1222 and again in 1223. Tracton Abbey was founded in 1225 and was colonised with monks from Whitland, in Wales. Although the tabula lists Maurice MacCarthy as founder, it is generally accepted that Odo de Barry was responsible. The abbey was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The abbey was situated on the coast of County Cork beside a small river, which flows into Ringabella Bay. The Latin name of the abbey was 'Albus Tractus' or 'De Alba Tractu" - meaning of the white tract or the white coast, which was a variant of the name for Whitland, 'Alba Landa'. The monks of Tracton were known as the Monks of the White Tract Vale.
During his visitation of 1228, Stephen of Lexington criticised the monks at Tracton for speaking Welsh and ordered that the Rule was to be expounded in French so that 'the disorderly cannot hide themselves when visitors come ... but all will understand and will be understood by all ... otherwise visitors will waste their time building a tower of Babel in the confusion of languages'.
In 1301 the abbot was indicted and fined £40 for receiving and protecting his nephew, Maurice Russell who had raped an English woman.
Edward III took the abbey under his protection in 1375, and in 1380 Parliament decreed that 'no mere Irishman' should be professed within its walls. The parishes of Clontead, Kriver (Kinure) and Ballyfoyle were its chief endowments.
From 1483 onwards, the abbacy was exclusively held by members of the Barry family, who were descendents of the original founder. The abbey was for years the parish church of Tracton, and its abbots were Lords of Parliament up to the dissolution of the monasteries in 1569.
In 1463 the income of the abbey was said to have been much diminished and by the time of Dissolution most of Tracton's lands had been laid to waste by war and rebellion.
In 1540-1 the abbey could only collect a mere fraction of its potential income; just £5 per annum, as opposed to a peace time revenue of £71. In 1541 the royal commissioners reported that the abbey church had been used as the parish church of Tracton for some time prior to the Dissolution and all other buildings were necessary for the farmer. The monks seem to disappear from the records c. 1542.
In 1568 the property was granted to Henry Gylford and by the early seventeenth century it had been acquired by Thomas Daunt of Gloucestershire, who was thought to have lived in the abbey. The Daunts later built a new house and from approximately 1639 the abbey fell into decay.
In 1781, James Dennis, Chief Baron of the Exchequer, was created Baron Tracton, of Tracton Abbey; which title became extinct on his demise the following year. Lord Tracton was buried in the cathedral of Cork; and, what is curious, a noble monument to his memory, possibly the largest and best piece of statuary in the south of Ireland, is placed in the parish church of St. Nicholas, the smallest in that city.
A Protestant church was built on the site of the abbey, c. 1817, by which time the buildings had probably been destroyed. There are no surviving remains, although the old graveyard near the Protestant church marks the site of the abbey.
At nearby Minane, the finest specimens hitherto discovered of a rare mineral, called hydrargillite or wavellite, have been dug up
Descendants of Michael Kenefick
Generation No. 1
1. MICHAEL1 KENEFICK was born about 1778 in County Cork, Ireland, and died 04 July 1865 in Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin and is buried in St. Patrick's cemetery there. He married ANORAH O'NEIL before 1813 in County Cork, Ireland.
According to family tradition, Michael and Anorah (O'Neil) Kenefick, and their children, migrated to Canada about 1827 and settled on a farm near Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec. Saint-Sylvestre is a small farming village about 25 miles south of Quebec city.
In 1826 Canada was mostly unsettled, and the "Province of Quebec" had not yet been established. The territory was a part of the French Province of Canada.
The following "historical note" was copied from the family tree of Roderick O'Sullivan Clancy, of San Rafael, California.
"James Clancy was born in 1826 in the province of Quebec, Canada. Shortly before his birth, his parents had migrated from Sligho, Ireland. Coming from County Cork, Ireland with James Clancy's parents had been Michael Kenefick, his wife Hanora O'Neil Kenefick, and a number of their young children, one of whom was three-year-old Ellen Kenefick, later to become the wife of James Clancy.
The Clancys and the Keneficks became lifelong friends. They lived near each other, attended school together, and later moved to Wisconsin and other parts of the United States. James Clancy and Ellen Kenefick were married in the Province of Quebec, Canada. Later they moved to Wisconsin, where all of their children, except for James, the oldest, were born.
In their later years, Ellen and James Clancy moved to Walla Walla, Washington, as did most of their children. There they passed away and were buried. Ellen Clancy passed away on January 5, 1910 at the age of eighty-six."
About 1855, they and a group of relatives and friends migrated to Wisconsin, settling in and around Ripon. Their son John, however, settled at Buffalo, Erie County, New York.
Among the legends uncovered is the unlikely story that the Keneficks are of Portuguese origin - from a sailor named Kenefacto who arrived in County Cork in the 1500's, perhaps as the result of a shipwreck. This supposedly explains why Kenefick is a rare surname in Ireland, generally confined to County Cork. However, it seems that there are now two spellings of the same name: Kenefick and Kennefick. Those who live north of the See river tend to spell it one way and those who live south of the See tend to spell it the other way.
About 1868, their children migrated from Wisconsin to Iowa, settling near Ackley in Butler and Franklin Counties.
Michael Kenefick's gravestone is inscribed:
Good people all,
pray lend an ear,
I am first to be buried here.
As I am now so you must be;
Prepare to die and follow me.
Anorah Kenefick's gravestone is inscribed:
Sept. 8, 1872
St. Mary's cemetery at Franklin County, Iowa where Anorah is buried is on the north side of highway 20, about two miles east of Ackley.
Michael and Anorah (O'Neil) Kenefick had at least seven children.
Children of MICHAEL KENEFICK and ANORAH O'NEIL are:
2. i. MARY2 KENEFICK, b. 22 August 1813, County Cork, Ireland; d. 22 February 1897, Ackley, Hardin County, Iowa and is buried in St. Mary's cemetery at Franklin County, Iowa..
3. ii. WILLIAM KENEFICK, b. 19 April 1815, County Cork, Ireland; d. 27 June 1901, probably, Osceola Township, Franklin County, Iowa and is buried in St. Mary's cemetery at Franklin County, east of Ackley..
4. iii. PATRICK S. KENEFICK, b. 19 March 1817, County Cork, Ireland; d. 06 December 1895, Belmond, Wright County, Iowa and is buried in St. Mary's cemetery at Franklin County, east of Ackley..
5. iv. HANORA KENEFICK, b. Abt. 1820, County Cork, Ireland.
6. v. ELLEN KENEFICK, b. Abt. 1823, County Cork, Ireland; d. 05 January 1910, Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Washington and is buried in the Catholic cemetery there..
7. vi. RICHARD KENEFICK, b. 21 January 1827, County Cork, Ireland; d. 07 November 1904, perhaps, Ackley, Hardin County, Iowa and is buried in St. Mary's cemetery at Franklin County, Iowa, east of Ackley..
vii. JOHN KENEFICK, d. probably, Buffalo, Erie County, New York.
Notes for JOHN KENEFICK:
John Kenefick settled in Buffalo, New York. Judge Kenefick and his son, Daniel J., are his descendants. (Per Betty Patterson of Madison, Wisconsin).
Generation No. 2
2. MARY2 KENEFICK (MICHAEL1) was born 22 August 1813 in County Cork, Ireland, and died 22 February 1897 in Ackley, Hardin County, Iowa and is buried in St. Mary's cemetery at Franklin County, Iowa.. She married MICHAEL DONOVAN 21 April 1834 in St. Nicolas Parish, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada, son of JOHN DONOVAN and CATHERINE WALLACE.
Notes for MICHAEL DONOVAN:
Marriage Register of St. Nicolas, St. Sylvestre, Quebec, Canada.
Michael Donovan's tombstone at St. Mary's Cemetery, Ackley, Iowa states age at death "72 yrs, 3 mo, 11 days".
Mary Kenefick Donovan's tombstone at St. Mary's Cemetery, Ackley, Iowa states age at death "83 yrs, 6 mo".
1870 census of Iowa, Butler County, Washington Township included:
Mary J. Donovan
Roger Perrin of Provo, Utah provided information regarding the spouses of the children of Michael and Mary (Kenefick) Donovan.
Children of MARY KENEFICK and MICHAEL DONOVAN are:
8. i. JOHN3 DONOVAN, b. 13 January 1835, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada; d. 22 January 1900, Ackley, Butler County, Iowa.
9. ii. MICHAEL K. DONOVAN, b. 1838.
iii. ELLEN DONOVAN.
iv. MARGARET DONOVAN.
v. NORA DONOVAN.
vi. FRANCIS H. DONOVAN, b. 01 August 1843.
vii. CATHERINE DONOVAN.
viii. MARY J. DONOVAN, b. 1848.
ix. JAMES DONOVAN, b. 1851.
x. BRIDGET DONOVAN, b. 1851.
xi. MARTIN DONOVAN, b. 1854.
xii. WILLIAM DONOVAN, b. 1857.
3. WILLIAM2 KENEFICK (MICHAEL1) was born 19 April 1815 in County Cork, Ireland, and died 27 June 1901 in probably, Osceola Township, Franklin County, Iowa and is buried in St. Mary's cemetery at Franklin County, east of Ackley.. He married MARGARET CRONIN 07 January 1842 in St. Nicolas Parish, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada, daughter of JOHN CRONIN and MARY LOWRY.
Notes for WILLIAM KENEFICK:
The marriage of William Kenefick and Margaret Cronin is recorded in the register of marriages of Saint-Sylvestre which has been deposited in the Judicial Archives of the Superior Court of the Province of Quebec, for the District of Quebec, as follows:
"The seventh of January one thousand eight hundred and forty two after the bans of marriage had been thrice published at the brone (sic) of our parish masses between William Kenefick farmer of this parish, son of age of Michael Kenefick and of Honora Oneal of this parish on the one part and Margaret Cronin of Leeds, daughter of age of John Cronin deceased and Mary Lousy of the County Cork in Ireland on the other part. No impediment being discovered we the undersigned curate of this parish have receive the mutual consent to mariage and have given the nuptial benediction in presence of John Dunn friend of the bridegroom and Agnis Layfield friend of the bride who as well as the bridegroom have signed with us, the bride as well as the other withness James Dunn declaring themselves not able to write.
After their marriage, William and Margaret resided in the vicinity of Saint-Sylvestre and Leeds and their eight children were born there.
About 1855, they and a group of relatives and friends migrated to Wisconsin, settling in and around Ripon, Fond du Lac County.
"William Kenefick entered Canada (Quebec) with his parents, Michael and Anorah Kenefick, at the age of twelve. The year was 1827. The family settled on farm land approximately twenty miles south of the city of Quebec, in or near St. Sylvestre. William married Margaret Cronin, and in 1855, with his wife, family, and parents, moved into Wisconsin. His daughter, Elizabeth, was three years old at the time, and his son, Richard, William's father, Michael, died in Ripon in 1865 and is buried there. In 1868 William left Ripon with his family and mother and moved to Iowa, settling near the town of Ackley, where they spent the remainder of their lives farming and raising a large family."
.....details taken from a letter of Elizabeth Kenefick Scallon to her daughter, Teresa McGreevy, dated Dec. 16, 1936, and also from public records in Canada and Wisconsin.
In 1868, William and his family moved again, together with other relatives and friends, and settled near Ackley.
According to family tradition, William Kenefick bought a farm two miles northeast of Ackley, in Osceola Township, Franklin County. However, we have searched the 1870 census of Franklin County and William Kenefick is not among those enumerated. But John Kenefick, who was their son, was enumberated, as follows:
Age Occupation Born
Kenefick, John 27 Farmer Canada
Mary 21 Keeping house Canada
Mary 1 Iowa
Cronin, John 65 Farmer Ireland
According to this census record, John Kenefick's farm was worth $3,500 and his personal property was worth $150. John Cronin was a brother of William Kenefick's wife, Margaret, and therefore an uncle of John Kenefick. According to the census record, John Cronin could read but not write. See National Archives microcopy M593, roll 392, p 394R.
One side of John Kenefick's farm adjoined the farm of John Keenan. John Keenan's wife Mary was a daughter of William Kenefick. The census record is as follows:
Age Occupation Born
Keenan, John 25 Farmer N. Y.
Mary 24 Keeping house Canada
Margaret 2 Iowa
Frazier, Ben 26 Laborer N. Y.
According to the census record, John Keenan's farm was worth $3,000 and his personal property was worth $200. Ben Frazier was evidently a "hired hand" but we do not know if he was related in any way to John Keenan. See National Archives microcopy M593, roll 392, p 394R.
On the other side, John Kenefick's farm adjoined the farm of James Keenan. James Keenan was John Keenan's father. The census record is as follows:
Age Occupation Born
Keenan, James 52 Farmer Ireland
Mary 45 Keeping house Ireland
George 27 R.R. Contractor New York
Peter 16 At Home New York
Mary 17 At Home New York
William 14 At Hom Wisconsin
Thomas 11 At Home Wisconsin
Mike 9 Wisconsin
Stephan 5 Wisconsin
Patrick 3 Wisconsin
According to this census record, James Keenan's farm was worth $2,000 and his personal property was worth $920. James Keenan could read but not write. See National Archives microcopy M593, roll 392, p 394R.
In 1880, William Kenefick and his wife Margaret were enumerated in the census of Osceola Township of Franklin County, as follows:
Age Person Father Mother
William Kenefick 66 Ireland Ireland Ireland
Margaret 68 Ireland Ireland Ireland
According to this census record, William was a farmer and Margaret Kenefick was keeping house. See National Archives microcopy T9, roll 340, ED 84, sheet 17.
John Kenefick was a nearby neighbor since there was only one farm between his farm and the farm of William Kenefick. The census is as follows:
Age Person Father Mother
John Kenefick 37 Can. Ireland Ireland
Mary Kenefick 11 Iowa Can. Can.
Hariet 8 Iowa Can. Can.
Helen 6 Iowa Can. Can.
Peter 4 Iowa Can. Can.
Alec McDonald 36 N. Y. N. Y. N. Y.
Maryette McDonald 29 Wis. N. Y. N. Y.
Cora 8 Wis. N. Y. Wis.
Grace 6 Wis. N. Y. Wis.
According to this enumeration, taken 17 June 1880, John Kenefick was a farmer. His three oldest children had attended school within the year. Alec McDonald was "N.R." (no relation). See National Archives microcopy T9, roll 340, ED 84, sheet 17. John Kenefick's wife Mary was not enumerated with the family but is listed on a supplemental schedule as age 31, insane, and a pauper. See National Archives microcopy T9, roll 340, ED 84, sheet 19. She died, incidentally, two months later on 20 August 1880.
In 1885, William Kenefick's household were enumerated in the state census of Osceola Township of Franklin County, as follows:
William Kenefick 69 Ireland
Margaret Kenefick 72 Ireland
Richard Kenefick 30 Canada
Levesa Kenefick 26 Germany
Willimina Kenefick 1 Franklin
According to this census record, William's occupation was farming and Richard was a carpenter. Richard was William and Margaret's youngest son. See Iowa State census returns, v 187, p 328, line 23.
In St. Mary's cemetery, the gravestones of William and Margaret Kenefick are inscribed:
June 27, 1901
Aged 86 Yrs
Feb. 20 1889
Buried next to them is John Cronin, Margaret's brother, whose gravestone is inscribed:
Nov. 1, 1873
Notes for MARGARET CRONIN:
At age 20, Margaret Cronin and her older brother John migrated to Canada about 1831 and settled at Leeds, a small village in Megantic County, about 10 miles southwest of Saint-Sylvestre.
Children of WILLIAM KENEFICK and MARGARET CRONIN are:
10. i. JOHN T.3 KENEFICK, b. Abt. 1843, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada; d. Montana (?).
11. ii. HANORA KENEFICK, b. Abt. 1845, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada.
12. iii. MARY ALICE KENEFICK, b. 17 April 1846, Leeds Village, Megantic County, Province of Quebec, Canada; d. 01 October 1928, Stuart, Guthrie County, Iowa and is buried in Calvary cemetery south of Stuart in Adair County, Iowa..
13. iv. MICHAEL C. KENEFICK, b. July 1846, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada; d. probably, Belmond, Wright County, Iowa.
v. ELLEN KENEFICK, b. May 1848, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada; m. FRANK PARKER, 02 February 1875.
Notes for ELLEN KENEFICK:
Ellen was a teacher.
vi. WILLIAM KENEFICK, b. Abt. 1850, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada; m. MARY WEAVER.
vii. ELIZABETH LOUISE KENEFICK, b. 22 May 1852, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada; d. 04 April 1940, Ackley, Hardin County, Iowa and is buried in St. Mary's cemetery at Franklin County, Iowa.; m. HUGH GEORGE SCALLON, 15 February 1876, Ackley, Franklin County, Iowa.
Notes for ELIZABETH LOUISE KENEFICK:
Elizabeth was a teacher.
viii. RICHARD D. KENEFICK, b. January 1854, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada; d. January 1931, Garner, Hancock County, Iowa and is buried in the Catholic cemetery at Belmond, Wright County, Iowa; m. LOUISE HOUPT, 16 October 1883, Wright County, Iowa.
Notes for RICHARD D. KENEFICK:
Richard was a carpenter; he built the house on the Hugh Scallon farm. (His sister Elizabeth was married to Hugh George Scallon).
4. PATRICK S.2 KENEFICK (MICHAEL1) was born 19 March 1817 in County Cork, Ireland, and died 06 December 1895 in Belmond, Wright County, Iowa and is buried in St. Mary's cemetery at Franklin County, east of Ackley.. He married SARAH COYLE 29 January 1848 in St. Nicolas Parish, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada, daughter of WILLIAM COYLE and MARGARET DOUGLASS.
Notes for PATRICK S. KENEFICK:
Tombstones in Ackley of Patrick, Sarah, Richard, Mary, and Rose; others buried in Belmond, Iowa.
Naomi Kenefick in letter to W. McGreevy, dated 6 Sep 1971.
1860 census Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. (Shows Thomas Henry).
1870 census Butler County, Washington Township, Iowa. (Does not show Thomas Henry---only Thomas, age 3 mo.)
In 1826 or 1827 Patrick Kenefick entered Canada with his parents, Michael and Anorah, and his brothers and sisters. In 1848 Patrick married Sarah Coyle, and on 14 October 1854 he bought land in the Township of Leeds, District of Quebec.
In or about 1857 Patrick followed his parents and his brother, William, into Wisconsin, where he bought 80 acres of land in Fond du Lac County near Ripon on 3 July 1857, paying $2400 cash for it.
On 8 May 1858 Michael transferred to his son, Patrick the power of attorney. Patrick declared intention of citizenship on 5 November 1860.
On 4 July 1865 Patrick's father, Michael, passed away in Ripon, Wisconsin. He was buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Ripon.
Sometime between 1861 and 1868 Patrick moved into Iowa, as did his brother, William, and his mother, Anorah. Patrick settled in Butler County, Washington Township. His near neighbors were the Clouston brothers, William and George, and also Hugh and Mary Jane Scallon, whose parents, Hugh and Jane were living with them at the time of the 1870 census.
Patrick received his final citizenship papers on 2 July 1872 while living in Butler County. The last days of Patrick and Sarah were spent in Belmond, Iowas, and their remains were buried in St. Mary's cemetery in Ackley, Iowa.
More About PATRICK S. KENEFICK:
Notes for SARAH COYLE:
Sarah Coyle was known as "Sally".
Children of PATRICK KENEFICK and SARAH COYLE are:
i. JOHN PATRICK3 KENEFICK, b. April 1851, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada; d. 12 October 1911.
Notes for JOHN PATRICK KENEFICK:
ii. RICHARD KENEFICK, b. 1853, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada; d. 06 October 1871, age 18.
iii. THOMAS KENEFICK, b. 1856, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada; d. 16 May 1862, Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin and is buried in St. Patrick's cemetery there..
Notes for THOMAS KENEFICK:
Died "Aged 7 Yr 4 mo".
iv. MARGARET KENEFICK, b. August 1858, Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin; d. 18 August 1920; m. ED DUNN, 03 July 1883.
v. WILLIAM S. KENEFICK, b. October 1859, Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin; d. 01 September 1901.
Notes for WILLIAM S. KENEFICK:
vi. MICHAEL JOSEPH KENEFICK, b. May 1861, Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin; d. 06 August 1932; m. EDITH LUSK, 14 November 1900.
More About MICHAEL JOSEPH KENEFICK:
Occupation: Medical Doctor
vii. JAMES KENEFICK, b. May 1865, Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin; d. 20 May 1926; m. MARY COGGINS, 18 June 1887, Ackley, Franklin County, Iowa.
Notes for JAMES KENEFICK:
Witnesses at the marriage of James and Mary (Coggins) Kenefick were Richard Kenefick and Kate Driscoll.
viii. MARY KENEFICK, b. March 1866, Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin; d. 12 June 1874, 8 yrs, 3 mo. old.
ix. ROSE ANN KENEFICK, b. December 1867, Ackley, Butler County, Iowa; d. 21 May 1868, 5 months old..
x. THOMAS HENRY KENEFICK, b. 07 February 1870, Ackley, Butler County, Iowa; d. 24 April 1938; m. ANNA C. JOHNSON, 02 May 1893.
5. HANORA2 KENEFICK (MICHAEL1) was born Abt. 1820 in County Cork, Ireland. She married CHARLES CLANCY 14 February 1843 in St. Nicolas Parish, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada, son of JAMES CLANCY and MARY CUNNINGHAM.
Notes for CHARLES CLANCY:
Letter from Mary Kaufman to Teresa McGreevy, 8 August 1953.
Letter form Teresa McGreevy to son, W. A. McGreevy, 21 August 1953.
Letter and genealogy of Clancy family from Roderick O'Sulivan Clancy on 21 March 1969---(he is grandson of James Clancy and Ellen [Kenefick] Clancy).
1960 census of Ripon, Wisconsin, Fond du Lac County.
More About CHARLES CLANCY:
Children of HANORA KENEFICK and CHARLES CLANCY are:
i. JAMES3 CLANCY, b. 1844, Canada.
ii. MICHAEL CLANCY, b. 1847, Canada.
iii. HANORA CLANCY, b. 1848, Canada.
iv. ELLEN CLANCY, b. 1851, New York; m. IRA MIX.
v. MARY ANN CLANCY, b. 1852, New York.
vi. LIZZIE CLANCY, b. 1853, New York.
vii. CHARLES CLANCY, b. 1858, New York.
viii. WILLIAM CLANCY, b. August 1859; d. 16 October 1873, age 14 yrs, 2 mo, 15 days; he is buried beside his grandmother, Anorah Kenefick, in St. Mary's cemetery, Ackley, Iowa..
6. ELLEN2 KENEFICK (MICHAEL1) was born Abt. 1823 in County Cork, Ireland, and died 05 January 1910 in Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Washington and is buried in the Catholic cemetery there.. She married JAMES CLANCY in Province of Quebec, Canada, son of JAMES CLANCY and MARY CUNNINGHAM.
Notes for JAMES CLANCY:
Letter from Roderick O'Sullivan Clancy to W. A. McGreevy, 21 March 1969.
Letter form Eileen Clancy to W. McGreevy, 18 May 1971.
Children of ELLEN KENEFICK and JAMES CLANCY are:
i. JAMES3 CLANCY, b. Quebec, Canada; m. DELIAH KEATING.
ii. ANNA CLANCY, b. probably, Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin; d. buried at Walla Walla, Washington; m. JAMES GORMAN.
iii. SARAH CLANCY, b. probably, Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin; m. HUGH SCOTT.
iv. CHARLES CLANCY, b. probably Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin; m. _______ HART.
Notes for CHARLES CLANCY:
v. MICHAEL CLANCY, b. probably Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin; d. buried at Walla Walla, Washington; m. CLARA ROCHE.
vi. MARY CLANCY, b. probably Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin; d. age 10 years old..
vii. JOHN CLANCY, b. 05 September 1861, Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin; d. April 1939; m. ELLEN SULLIVAN.
viii. EMMA CLANCY, b. probably Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin; d. Abt. 1927, Taft, California and is buried at Walla Walla, Washington..
Notes for EMMA CLANCY:
Emma was unmarried.
ix. WILLIAM CLANCY, d. Buried at Walla Walla, Washington.
Notes for WILLIAM CLANCY:
William was married but had no children.
7. RICHARD2 KENEFICK (MICHAEL1) was born 21 January 1827 in County Cork, Ireland, and died 07 November 1904 in perhaps, Ackley, Hardin County, Iowa and is buried in St. Mary's cemetery at Franklin County, Iowa, east of Ackley.. He married (1) ROSE ANN COYLE 22 January 1850 in St. Nicolas Parish, Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada, daughter of WILLIAM COYLE and MARGARET DOUGLASS. He married (2) CATHERINE SCALLON 25 November 1875 in St. Mary's Catholic church, Ackley, Franklin County, Iowa, daughter of HUGH SCALLON and JANE GARDNER.
Notes for RICHARD KENEFICK:
Tombstones, Ackley, Iowa, St. Mary's Cemetery.
Census of Ripon, Wisconsin, Fond du Lac County, July, 1860. (Source for Richard's children Hannora E., Michael R. (?), Margaret, and Patrick Henry who were born prior to the census in Canada or Wisconsin. John was probably born after July of 1860 as he was not counted).
1870 census of Washington Township, Butler County, Iowa. (Source for Richard's children John, Joseph, Edward, and Ellen, all of whom were born in Wisconsin).
Notes for CATHERINE SCALLON:
Catherine Scallon's spouse in records only as "R. Kenefick". Probably this Richard Kenefick. Witnesses to the marriage were John Scallon and wife.
Catherine was not buried with her husband.
Source for date of death from Catherine's tombstone in St. Mary's Cemetery at Ackley, Iowa.
Children of RICHARD KENEFICK and ROSE COYLE are:
i. HANNORA E.3 KENEFICK, b. 21 January 1851, Canada; d. 08 March 1900; m. HENRY JORDAN, 08 January 1878, Ackley, Franklin County, Iowa.
Notes for HENRY JORDAN:
Henry and Hannora E. (Kenefick) Jordan married in Ackley, with Anthony Jordan and Mary Donovan, probably as witnesses.
ii. MICHAEL R. KENEFICK, b. 1853, Canada; m. CAROLYN.
iii. WILLIAM KENEFICK, b. 1855, Wisconsin.
iv. MARGARET KENEFICK, b. 1856, Wisconsin.
v. PATRICK HENRY KENEFICK, b. 1857, Wisconsin.
vi. JOHN KENEFICK, b. 1860, Wisconsin; m. ELLEN, Abt. 1890.
Notes for JOHN KENEFICK:
John Kenefick married 1890 or 1891. He moved to California.
vii. JOSEPH KENEFICK, b. 1863, Wisconsin.
viii. EDWARD KENEFICK, b. 1865, Wisconsin; m. GERTRUDE BURKE.
ix. ELLEN KENEFICK, b. 1867, Wisconsin; m. ______ ENNIS.
Generation No. 3
8. JOHN3 DONOVAN (MARY2 KENEFICK, MICHAEL1) was born 13 January 1835 in Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada, and died 22 January 1900 in Ackley, Butler County, Iowa. He married MARGARET COYLE 15 January 1860 in Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, daughter of WILLIAM COYLE and MARGARET DOUGLASS.
Notes for JOHN DONOVAN:
Mrs. Gertrude Perrin, Hermosa Beach, California, May 1971.
1880 census of Ackley, Hardin County, Etna Township, Iowa
Roger Perrin, Provo, Utah, June 1979.
Record of baptism of Margaret Coyle
1900 census of Ackley, Hardin County, Iowa.
The federal census of June 1900 shows the youngest four children (Adeline, Francis, Joseph and Gertrude) living together in Ackley, Hardin County, Iowa, with Adeline listed as "Head" of family.
Obituary of Margaret (Coyle) Donovan, Ackley World Journal, Wednesday, December 6, 1899, No. 43-354
"Death of Mrs. Donovan.
The Spirit Takes Flight After Months of Suffering.
Died--At her home in this city, Friday morning, December 1, of a complication of ailments, Mrs. John Donovan, aged 62 years. Deceased had been a patient sufferer for a year or more and for the past three months had been constantly confined to her bed, yet she bore her sufferings bravely, characteristic of a true christian woman, fortified as she was by the rights of the church of which she was a member, she was ready and willing to meet her Maker. She was a lady who loved her home and was never happier than when she was surrounded by those dear to her, that she could minister to their wants, always an example for them to emulate. A kind and loving mother, a helpful and dutiful wife, the home bereft of her presence, is indeed a sad one. She was born at St. Sylvester, Canada, August 15, 1837, and with her relatives moved to Ripon, wisconsin (sic) where she was married to her now bereaved husband, June 14, 1860, and with her family moved to this city in 1868, and had resided here constantly since. Nine children came to bless the union, seven of whom are living. They are Mrs. Owen Hardy, of Hornick, Iowa; Mike, of Minneapolis; will (sic), of webster (sic) City; and Misses Addie and Gertrude, Frank and Joe, of this city, all of whom whom (sic) were present to pay the last sad rites to their loved one. The funeral was held Monday morning from St. Mary's Catholic church, Requim mass being celebrated by Rev. Father Meagher, and interment was held in the Catholic cemetery. Mr. Donovan and family have the heartfelt sympathy of all in their sad bereavement."
Children of JOHN DONOVAN and MARGARET COYLE are:
i. MICHAEL4 DONOVAN, b. Wisconsin; m. FLO JENKINS.
Notes for MICHAEL DONOVAN:
ii. MARY DONOVAN, b. 30 June 1864, Wisconsin; d. 28 March 1922; m. OWEN HARLY.
iii. WILLIAM DONOVAN, b. 01 September 1867, Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.
iv. AGNES DONOVAN, b. Ackley, Hardin County, Iowa; d. age 5 years, died of diptheria.
v. ADELINE DONOVAN, b. January 1872, Ackley, Hardin County, Iowa; d. 1933; m. LEONARD BAILEY.
Notes for ADELINE DONOVAN:
Adeline was a teacher.
vi. FRANCIS DONOVAN, b. May 1874, Ackley, Hardin County, Iowa.
Notes for FRANCIS DONOVAN:
Francis was a carpenter.
vii. JOSEPH DONOVAN, b. November 1876, Ackley, Hardin County, Iowa; d. 1907.
Notes for JOSEPH DONOVAN:
Joseph was a painter. He did not marry.
viii. GERTRUDE DONOVAN, b. 23 June 1878, Ackley, Hardin County, Iowa; d. 14 September 1973; m. SAMUEL BLAINE PERRIN, 11 October 1909.
Notes for GERTRUDE DONOVAN:
Gertrude was a teacher.
Notes for SAMUEL BLAINE PERRIN:
Sam was a cowboy. He and Gertrude lived in Montana, spent their old age in the Los Angeles, California area.
9. MICHAEL K.3 DONOVAN (MARY2 KENEFICK, MICHAEL1) was born 1838. He married MARGARET MCGINLEY.
Notes for MICHAEL K. DONOVAN:
Naomi Kenefick in letter to W. A. McGreevy, 6 Sep 1971.
Note: The 1870 census of Franklin County, Iowa, Osceola Township, pg 7 shows an M. K. Donovan with wife Margaret and 3 children, but names of children don't match. Could be the same couple.
M.K. Donovan 32 yrs
Margaret Donovan 30
Maggie 5/12 (5 months)
Children of MICHAEL DONOVAN and MARGARET MCGINLEY are:
i. MARY4 DONOVAN.
ii. DOMINIC DONOVAN.
iii. HELEN DONOVAN.
iv. STEPHEN DONOVAN.
v. ALICE DONOVAN, m. ______ MILES.
vi. LOUIS DONOVAN.
10. JOHN T.3 KENEFICK (WILLIAM2, MICHAELICHAEL1) was born Abt. 1843 in Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada, and died in Montana (?). He married (1) MARY MCGRAW. He married (2) _______ COGGINS.
Notes for JOHN T. KENEFICK:
Letter from Mary Kaufman to Teresa McGreevy, 8 August 1953.
Letter from Teresa McGreevy to son, W. A. McGreevy, 21 Aug 1953.
Parish records, Ackley, Iowa, St. Mary's Church.
Census of Iowa (1880), Franklin County, Osceola Township
Census of Iowa (1870), Franklin County, Osceola Township ---shows John Cronin, 65, with this family.
1. The children (Mary, Hariet, Helen, Peter Wm.) of John T. and Mary (McGraw) Kenefick were all listed in the 1880 census of Franklin County, Iowa.
2. The parish record of Peter's baptism gives his mother's maiden name as "Mary McGrath".
3. Mary (McGraw) Kenefick's tombstone states date of death as 20 March 1880.
4. Spelling of daughter "Hariet" may be in error; census microfilm barely legible.
5. Mary (wife of John T. Kenefick) died two months after the 1880 census. The oldest daughter, Mary, was raised by her grandmother, Margaret Kenefick. John then remarried, to _____ Coggins, and moved away; no further information. His daughter Mary Kaufman thought he may have gone west to Montana.
John farmed land in Franklin County, Osceola Township, Iowa.
Children of JOHN KENEFICK and MARY MCGRAW are:
i. MARY4 KENEFICK, b. March 1869, Iowa; d. 04 February 1958; m. JOHN KAUFMAN, 04 February 1958.
Notes for MARY KENEFICK:
Mary married at age 17.
ii. HARIET KENEFICK, b. Abt. 1872, Franklin County, Iowa.
iii. HELEN KENEFICK, b. Abt. 1874, Franklin County, Iowa; m. ______ COSGROVE.
iv. PETER WILLIAM KENEFICK, b. 09 April 1876, Ackley, Franklin County, Iowa.
11. HANORA3 KENEFICK (WILLIAM2, MICHAELICHAEL1) was born Abt. 1845 in Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada. She married JOHN BROWN 18 April 1871 in Ackley, Franklin County, Iowa.
Notes for JOHN BROWN:
Obituary of John Brown.
1880 census of Dakota, Bon Homme County, Township 93, near Springfield.
John and Hanora (Kenefick) Brown had nine children, although only four are known.
John Brown entered Wisconsin in 1861; farmed near Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. Moved to Ackley, Iowa in 1869; farmed and went into debt; moved to South Dakota and prospered; returned to Ackley and paid his debts and returned to his "Brown Ranch" in South Dakota.
"Mr. John Brown was born in St. Sylvester, Province of Quebec, Canada, November 115th, 1844, and died in Chicago, December 23d, 1905. The deceased spent the early part of his live as a lumbreman (sic) on the St. Lawrence river and in the New England states. He located in Wisconsin in 1861 and engaged in farming during the summer months near Ripon, and during the winters was engaged in rafting on the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. He removed to Ackley, Iowa, in 1869 and was married to Miss Hanna Kenefick, April 18th, 1871. This union was blessed with nine children, four of whom are now living. They are, Mrs. J. L. Quinn, of Parkston, S. D., W.J. Brown, D. R. Brown and Mrs. G. W. McLaughlin, of this city. Mr. Brown came to Dakota in 1878 and engaged in freighting from Yankton to Ft. Randall and Pierre. He was always known as a man of unflinching courage and in the early border days was a member of the vigilance committees and was a deputy United States marshall for a number of years. In early days, when coolness and courage were the prerequisites of an officer he was marshall of Springfield and later served the city as mayor for two terms. By industry and thrift he acquired a comfortable fortune. From youth he was a hard worker and being a giant in strength he could accomplish tasks that would appall two ordinary men. He was a man of strong personality, and his persistence and courage made of him a fearless enemy or an enduring friend. He was possessed of that rugged honesty and integrity which is intensified by the hardships and privations of the pioneer and his word has always been considered as good as his note. Always enjoying the fullest confidence of his business associates it was one of his most cherished principles to never betray that trust and his word once out he considered it as a sacred obligation.
His health began to fail about five years ago but not to an alarming degree (sic) until a few weeks previous to his death, uremia following diabetes being the cause.
The funeral services were conducted from the Catholic church by Rev. Father Keane, Monday, December 26th, and the remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery north of town.
The bereaved wife and children enjoy the highest respect of the entire community, and their sad blow has been softened by the kind ministrations of loving friends and their sincerest sympathy.
Children of HANORA KENEFICK and JOHN BROWN are:
i. WILLIAM4 BROWN, b. 1872, Iowa.
ii. NORA BROWN, b. 1875, Iowa.
iii. DAVID BROWN, b. 1878, Iowa.
iv. MARY BROWN, b. 1879, South Dakota.
12. MARY ALICE3 KENEFICK (WILLIAM2, MICHAELICHAEL1) was born 17 April 1846 in Leeds Village, Megantic County, Province of Quebec, Canada, and died 01 October 1928 in Stuart, Guthrie County, Iowa and is buried in Calvary cemetery south of Stuart in Adair County, Iowa.. She met (1) JOHN KEENAN Abt. 1867, son of JAMES KEENAN and MARY. She married (2) ABRAHAM RUSSELL 1874 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, son of ALEXANDER RUSSELL and ESTHER HUTCHINSON.
Notes for MARY ALICE KENEFICK:
Letter from Mary Kaufman to Teresa McGreevy, 8 August 1953.
Census of 1870 for Franklin County, Osceola Township, Iowa.
J. W. Diederich.
After John Keenan's death Mary -- with two children (Margaret and Julia)-- remarried to Abraham Russell, a widower with several children. Then Mary and Abraham had more children. Both Keenan and Russell reportedly came from Stuart, Iowa.
Notes for JOHN KEENAN:
John Keenan was a farmer. He died (after the 1870 census) of Yellow fever while working with a construction crew "in the south". His wife and two children were living in Ackley, Iowa at the time.
Notes for ABRAHAM RUSSELL:
Mrs. Laura Scallon.
Census of 1880, Stuart, Iowa---Guthrie County.
Abraham ran a boarding house in Stuart, Iowa.
Children of MARY KENEFICK and JOHN KEENAN are:
i. MARGARET4 KEENAN, b. 15 July 1868, Osceola Township, Franklin County, Iowa; d. July 1938; m. PETER FABER, 09 January 1889.
ii. JULIA ANN KEENAN, b. 04 September 1870, Osceola Township, Franklin County, Iowa; d. 05 April 1954; m. JOHN HOWARD HILL, November 1895.
Children of MARY KENEFICK and ABRAHAM RUSSELL are:
iii. HELENA AGNES4 RUSSELL, b. 15 March 1875, Menlo, Guthrie County, Iowa; d. 04 October 1935.Helena Agnes was known as "Nellie". She did not marry.
iv. ELIZABETH HANNAH RUSSELL, b. 12 September 1876, Stuart, Guthrie County, Iowa; d. 22 March 1940; m. WILLIAM CLIFFORD YOST, 23 September 1895.
v. MARTHA MELANIA RUSSELL, b. 02 June 1879, Stuart, Guthrie County, Iowa; d. 19 March 1943; m. MERCER FINNEY KENNEDY, 29 October 1907.Martha Melania was known as "Mattie".
vi. THOMAS ABRAHAM RUSSELL, b. 18 February 1881, Stuart, Guthrie County, Iowa; d. 20 January 1940; m. MARTHA R. HORNBY PORTER, 16 January 1913.
vii. LAURETTA CECELIA RUSSELL, b. 08 February 1883, Stuart, Guthrie County, Iowa; d. 08 October 1967; m. GEORGE WILLIAM DIPPEL, 20 January 1907.
viii. WILLIAM JAMES RUSSELL, b. 15 January 1885, Stuart, Guthrie County, Iowa; d. 27 September 1956; m. ADA MORGAN, 21 October 1908.
ix. FRANCIS JAMES RUSSELL, b. 25 March 1887, Stuart, Guthrie County, Iowa; d. 24 October 1888, Age 1 yr 7 mo..
x. ESTELLA JOSEPHINE RUSSELL, b. 08 March 1890, Stuart, Guthrie County, Iowa; d. 12 January 1966; m. JOHN ROLLAND MINARD, __ ________ ____.
13. MICHAEL C.3 KENEFICK (WILLIAM2, MICHAELICHAEL1) was born July 1846 in Saint-Sylvestre, Lotbiniere County, Province of Quebec, Canada, and died in probably, Belmond, Wright County, Iowa. He married JULIA PARKER.
Notes for MICHAEL C. KENEFICK:
Parish records, St. Mary's Catholic church, Ackley, Iowa.
Federal census of 1900.
Obituary of daughter, Viola (Kenefick) Bennett.
Children of MICHAEL KENEFICK and JULIA PARKER are:
i. VIOLA ELIZABETH4 KENEFICK, b. 22 May 1872, Ackley, Iowa; d. 1962; m. RICHARD E. BENNETT.
ii. FRANCIS LIMEL PARKER KENEFICK, b. 05 May 1874, Ackley, Iowa.
iii. CLARENCE P. KENEFICK, b. January 1879, Iowa.
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