Looking for my great grandfather b.1889 Kansas

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Please i do not know how to find my greatgrandfather,I was told by my grandmother that he was born William Albert (or Abert) Kenyon in 1889 Downs Kansas,at some point in his life he had changed his name to Robert Lester Jones no one knows why, My grandfather was born Jack Lester Kenyon 1929 in Gilroy Ca.He was raised as Jack L Jones i did find him in the 1940 census  liveing in Washington with  his father Robert L Jones and birth mother Iva Winifred Wilkinson and 3 of his brothers.When my grandfather jack had went in the military he was told that his name was not Jones but he was a Kenyon and his birth certifacte states that fact.All of thw boys were raised as Jones and  had to go to court to have there names changed back to Kenyon.I was told by my grandmother that no one knows at that all of the records was destroed in a fire.Please help me find my true faimly.




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Hi Alison,  Have you been to the Kenyon or Jones Family Genealogy Forum.  They are surname specific.  You might find a cousin who knows all about your question.   There is a chance someone here in Wikitee may know the family history.  You will most likely have better luck in the forums.
by A B G2G6 Mach 4 (41.1k points)
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I found 2 of the Kenyon birth records.  From the census data Robert L was born abt 1899?  Could be a typo or transcription error?   I also included the link for the 1900 - 1910 census data that is online.  Don't know if any of the names will look familiar - great uncles and such? 

California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 

Citing this Record  "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2R7-CY2

 Jack Lester Kenyon  Male

 Birth  11 Nov 1929  Santa Clara, California

gender: Male

mother: Williamson


Citing this Record  "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2R3-4MG

William David Kenyon Male

Birth  28 Nov 1928  Santa Clara, California

mother: Wilkinson


United States Census, 1920  Kelesy Township, El Dorado, CA

Citing this Record   "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MH3X-K71

self  Halbert E Wilkinson M 41y Michigan

wife  Florence Wilkinson F 41y Eng

son  Raymond C Wilkinson M 13y CA

dau  Iva Wilkinson  F 11y CA


U S Census, 1940 

Citing this Record   "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K99F-31V

head  Robert Lester Jones M 41 KS  abt 1899

wife  Ida Jones F 31 CA abt 1909

son  Robert Jones M 13 CA  abt 1927

son  William Jones M 11 CA abt 1919

son  Jack L Jones  M 10 CA abt 1930

son  Kenneth A Jones M 6 WA abt 1934



World War I Draft Registration Cards  No place of birth, middle name Alfred

William Alfred Kenyon

Residence Hawthorne, Los Angeles,  CA

Employer Grant Smith Porter, Portland, OR

Draft Registration

Date  Sept 12, 1918   Los Angeles County no 4, CA

birth 25 Sep 1897  United States

Nearest Relative William  241 State St,. Portland, OR


Census data online for Kenyon in  Osborne, KA


by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (687k points)
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I think we are related as the story in my family is the same, Jack's brother was my grandfather. Feel free to email me at cla1077@gmail.com


Not a good idea to post your email on a public forum!

The Digital Archives of the Osborne County Public Library is a searchable collection of OCR full texts newspapers from throughout Osborne county for years 1870 to the present.  A quick search returned results for Kenyons, some from Corinth.


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