ANDREW KENNEDY is known to be the father of EDWARD KENNEDY from the Family Bible. ANDREW and his wife, LYDIA, were in the 1820 and 1840 censuses for Edmeston, Otsego, NY. ANDREW was living with his son, Nelson, at the time of the 1860 census.
ANDREW and LYDIA are buried in Jennings Cemetery, just north of Robinson's Corners (on Highway 80 near the Edmeston-Burlington town line). Five other family members are buried along side them.
This biography includes some facts about Kennedys who lived in Edmeston as early as 1794. There is evidence that they are all from the same family, but at the same time there is no absolute proof. A further discussion of the parentage of ANDREW can be found in the biography for JAMES KENNEDY.
Andrew T. Kennedy
The 1880 U.S. Census enumerates the family of Andrew P.[sic] Kennedy. He and his wife, Mary, are said to be 71 years of age. A third family member, Leroy, is 66 years old and is listed as Andrew's brother. The birthplaces of the parents of Andrew and Leroy are given as Connecticut and Rhode Island. This suggests the posibility that LYDIA is LYDIA CARPENTER of Providence, RI.
Andrew and Mary Sheldon married Sep. 13, 1830, in Edmeston. They had one child, Theodore, in Edmeston before moving to Lorain County, OH. They had seven more children and eventually moved to Knox County, IL.
Theodore D. born c1831 wife Marcy Jane Arnold born c1832 marr 04-29-1852 Andrew J. born 10-04-1832 died 12-21-1908 wife Catherine Ramey born 12-05-1838 marr 02-12-1857 died 11-30-1924 Lucinda L. A. born c1840 Lucetta Lynda Marie born 02-24-1841 died 02-09-1908 William Edwin born c1840 wife Gertrude Vandyke Deal born 03-24-1842 marr 03-24-1905 John Thompson born 07-07-1847 died 06-21-1922 wife Harriet Painter born 12-23-1856 marr 09-04-1872 died 09-13-1901 Samuel born 06-08-1850 died infancy Mary Jane born 09-27-1856 died infancy
Chauncey lived in Edmeston and is buried at Jennings Cemetery. Chauncey had two children. His grandson, Chauncey Eugene, settled in Philipsburg, Granite, MT, and had four children there.
Diane born c1845 George born c1848 wife Clara A. born 04- -1845
David died at age 17, and is buried at Jennings Cemetery.
Nelson Kennedy lived his entire life in Edmeston. His wife, Mehitable, was from Connecticut. They had two children, Lucy (b. c1836) and Emily (b. c1841). In the 1850 Edmeston census, Berna Stevens was living with the family. Berna was related to Freelove (Stevens) Kennedy, wife of William Kennedy.
In 1860, ANDREW was living with Nelson and his family. LYDIA had died in 1856.
Leroy married Polly Carey, from New York. They moved to Knox County, IL. In the 1880 census for Knox township, Knox, IL, Leroy was living with Andrew Kennedy (Jr.) and his wife Mary. Leroy was identified as the brother of Andrew.
Jennings Cemetery, Edmeston, NY
Seven Kennedys are buried in this small, well kept cemetery on Robinson Road, north of Robinson's Corner (Highway 80, just west of the Edmeston-Burlington line). The gravesites are all contiguous to one another.
Andrew and Lydia Kennedy David and Chauncey Kennedy (sons of Andrew and Lydia) William and Freelove Kennedy Jared Kennedy (son of William and Freelove)
|1820 Edmeston, NY Census||-||ANDREW, and 14 others.|
|1830 Edmeston, NY Census||-||ANDREW, and 11 others.|
|1840 Edmeston, NY Census||-||ANDREW, LYDIA, Chauncey, and Nelson.|
|1850 Knox County, IL Census||-||Andrew, Mary, and children.|
|1850 Edmeston, NY Census||-||Nelson, Mehitable, and two children.|
|1850 Edmeston, NY Census||-||Freelove and Jared.|
|1860 Edmeston, NY Census||-||ANDREW|
|1860 Knox County, IL Census||-||Andrew, Mary, and LeRoy.|
wife RUTH BRADLEY PACKER
wife Mary Sheldon
wife Polly Carey