William Kennard
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William H. Kennard (abt. 1843)

Private William H. Kennard aka Kannard, Kenard
Born about in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] in United Statesmap
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Pvt William Kennard served in the United States Civil War.
Enlisted: 21 March 1863
Mustered out: 29 May 1865
Side: Union
Regiment(s): Company D 54th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry (Colored)

William H. Kennard was born about 1842[1]-1843[2] in Lancaster County[2], Pennsylvania[1]. He was the child[1] of Martha and Peter Kenard.


In 1850, he is attending school, probably in or near Little Britain Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.[1]


William engaged in farming in Pennsylvania.
  • 1863[2]: Farmer


  • 1863: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (military enlistment)[2]
  • 1850: Little Britain, Pennsylvania with his parents and siblings[1]

Military Service

During the Civil War, he served as a Private in Company D of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry of the Union Army, the second[3] regiment in the United States made up entirely of enlisted men of color. He was about 20 years old, single and working as a farmer when he enlisted on 21 March 1863 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Discharged for disability on 29 May 1865 from St. Andrews Parish, South Carolina.[2]Emilio, Roster p. 356</ref>

Company Remarks

See also Images.

8 September 1863
Privates Jordan Kennard Berry Parker[4]
30 August 1863
Corp Jones in Hospital Privates J Butler Kennard Davis J. W. Young Vroman Jeffrey H Parker R Johnson Hopkins Johnson
22 August 1863
Corp Jones sick in Hospital. Corp. Wilkins. Private Davis. West. Nelson. Jeffrey. Hopkins. Butler. Kennard. sick in Quarters
19 August 1863
Privates O.neil, A. Prater, J. Butler, F. Green Wm Passerby, L West, Kennard, Burrel, Drummer R. Jones, Knox, Vroman, Hallowell, Davis, Griffin, Hopkins all sick in quarters Conf prisoner in Hospital[5]


  • 1850[1]: Black

Research Notes

Raymoure-1 00:31, 3 May 2020 (UTC): Not 100% sure this is him in 1850 (William Kenard); there's another possible match in 1860 in East Marlborough PA for a William H Kennard whose parents are Sarah and John.

Raymoure-1 00:09, 3 May 2020 (UTC): No obvious vital records on Ancestry.com Library Edition.

Raymoure-1 09:18, 16 March 2020 (UTC): Possible census match?

Year: 1880; Census Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1169; Page: 373C; Enumeration District: 103
Wm Kennerd / b. abt. 1852 Pennsylvania / Black / Waiter / same household as George Hazzard



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1850 federal census
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4
  3. and the first with federal recognition; the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry regiment was against the wishes of the Secretary of War and filled only six companies, but did see action a full year before the 54th
  4. September 1863 Company D Remarks
  5. August 1863 Company D Remarks
  • 1850 United States Federal Census Year: 1850; Census Place: Little Britain, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_787; Page: 3A; Image: 12 (as William Kenard)
  • Emilio, Luis Fenollosa. History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863-1865, Boston, Massachusetts: Boston Book Co., 1891 (1st ed.) and 1894 (2nd ed.)
  • Fold3.com. “Compiled Military Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With the United States Colored Troops, XXX.” Catalog #300398. “Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War, compiled 1890 - 1912, documenting the period 1861 - 1866.”
  • Fold3.com. "Records of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry Regiment (Colored), 1863-1865." National Archives Catalog #577134. "Regimental and Company Books of Civil War Volunteer Union Organizations, compiled 1861 - 1865." Free Access Civil War Records 1-15 April 2018.

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Rejected matches › William H Kennard (1843-bef.1928)