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The authenticity of the English background of the three generations that preceded Henry Kinne of Salem, MA is accepted as traditional and creditable. We find support of it in the writings of Henry and the writings of his contemporaries.
Page 370, "The Pioneers of Massachusetts" by Charles Henry Pope published at Boston in 1900 states, "Vincent (Potter), gentleman age 21 came in the Elizabeth & Ann in May 1635, had apprentices../ Henry Kenninge and ..., whome he placed with new masters in 1639." This statement Pope made from the Note Book (legal memoranda) of Thomas Lechford, "a practiser at law, arrived at Boston 1638, kept careful record of papers drawn by or executed by him...", op. cit. p. 262. "Henry Kenninge, placed as an apprentice with William Park of Roxbury 21 Apr. 1639 by Vincent Potter." is from the notebook of Thomas Lechford.
In making a deposition in 1684 at Salem, MA, Henry Keney stated that he was sixty years of age, "my father was ye John Keney out of Norfolk in ye olde England, and my mother was ye Cheever and my grandfather was ye Sir Thomas Keney in Lynne ye marchant and trader there who was soe Knighted by ye Goode Queen Elizabeth for ye gifte of ships to ye Captaine Daves ye Navigator, etc." Yet Henry erred here. His grandfather, Thomas, was knighted 4 October 1618 fifteen years into the reign of the Stuart King James I. These last lines thus apply to the great grandfather of Henry reported to be Sir Robert Kinne of Kings Lynne, County of Norfolk, England.
The deposition of Henry Keney of Salem, MA continues, "I ye Henry was borne ye 8th of the 7th month 1623 and came by ye colonies in ye yeare 1635," and is the prime source for the establishment of his English heritage. He arrived at Boston on the ship, "The Elizabeth & Ann", which sailed from London 29 April 1635, having left Holland in May of 1634. He traveled with Vincent Potter, presumably a relative or at least a close friend of the family, as Henry was only in his eleventh year when he left Holland and was barely twelve years of age when he arrived in New England. For a time he served as an apprentice to William Park, who settled in Roxbury, MA.
Henry came to Salem about 1648. He was a "planter" and in 1651 settled in Salem Village, a part of Salem at that time, but now known as Danvers. The site of his house, which burned in 1699 "included within the location of the Boston & Newberryport Turnpike, midway between Preston and Nicholas Streets." Henry was among the men who petitioned the General Court in 1667 for relief from serving the Military Watch in Salem Town, as they claimed it left their families at home unprotected. The Court decreed that all farmers, who lived four miles from Salem Meeting House should be exempt from the Military watch.
Henry was a soldier under Major Sedgwick in 1654 and went on the expedition sent by Oliver Cromwell to take the French Fort at St. John's. He also served under Captain George Corwin and was a member of the Essex Troopers, a body of horsemen, who served in the Narragansett War. Both he and his son, Thomas were at Mt. Hope during King Philip's War. Henry received land grant number 3 for his services.
He was admitted to the Salem Church 24 August 1654. He was a prosperous planter, or farmer, and was employed to some extent in ecclesiastical work. On 24 March 1692, he was among those who testified against Rebecca Nurse, when she was being tried as a witch. Salem Village, where the Keney and Nurse families lived, then a part of Salem, but now Danvers, was the center of the witchcraft delusion of that period in New England.
Sources: Text: By The Name Of Kinne, Ancestors and Descendents of Nathan Kinnie of Preston, CT & Horton, N.S. by Basil E. Kinney & Dawn L. (Hicks) Kinnie 1992 Text: Some Ancestral Lines, Being a Record of Some of the Ancestors of Guilford Solon Tingley and his wife Martha Pamelia Meyers collected by Raymon Meyers Tingley, 1935 The Tuttle Publishing Co.
- Date: 1634 Sailed to America on the ship Elizabeth and Ann from Holland
- Date: BET 1634 AND 1696 Place: Lived in Salem,Mass. area
- Date: 1692 Place: Accused Mary Corey of witch-craft
While thare are many genealogies and websited that claim a specific birthplace and date for Henry Kinney (Kinnie, Kenney or Kenny) none of these claims seem to be backed up with credible sources. An estimate of his birthyear being around 1624 is derived from a 1679 court record identifying him as "Henery Kenny, aged about fifty-five years . . . .”
Again, there is no evidence of there ever being a "Sir Thomas" with any variation of the surname Kinne.
For further information on the origins of Henry Kinne please refer to The Four Basic Claims of the Family Origin of Henry “Kinne” ca. 1624 - ca. 1710 of Salem, Massachusetts by Georgia Kinney Bopp, Revised 12 July 2007 http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gkbopp/HENRY/FamilyOrigin.htm
- Date: 19 Jun 1696
- Place: Newbury, Essex, Province of Massachusetts, British America
- Source: #S-2142621380
- Note: http://search.ancestry.ca/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=genepoold&h=1501518&ti=5543&indiv=try&gss=pt
- Text: Death date: 19 June 1696Death place: Newbury, Essex, MA, USA
- APID: 5771::1501518
- Source: #S-2142621380
- Note: http://search.ancestry.ca/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=genepoold&h=1501517&ti=5543&indiv=try&gss=pt
- Text: Death date: 19 June 1696Death place: Danvers, Essex, MA, USA
- APID: 5771::1501517
- Date: 12 Oct 1649
- Place: Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
- Date: 1696
- Place: Old Cem.Danvers, Essex, Ma
Ancestral File Number
- Ancestral File Number: 9NJS-4B
- Ancestral File Number: 1SZD-R7Q
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