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Henry Kinne Sr. (abt. 1624 - abt. 1710)

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Henry Kinne [uncertain] Sr.
Born about in King's Lynn, Norfolk, Englandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Salem, Essex, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Categories: Salem Witch Trials | Witchcraft Accusers of New England | Puritan Great Migration.

The Puritan Great Migration.
Henry Kinne Sr. migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Is there really proof of birth or parentage? See [Kinney Bopp].


Biography (new)

Disputed Origins
Henry Kenney was born abt. 1624 based on a deposition he made in 1684 when he said he was sixty years old. His ancestry is unknown but he is presumed to be English in origin. There is a long held myth that he was the son of John and Sarah Cheever and the grandson of Sir Thomas Kinne. This myth is not based on any existing sources. There is no birth record or baptism record which can substantiate such claims. It has been shown that there was no such man as Sir Thomas Kinne and his creation as a baronet is pure fiction. Also fiction is the 'Kinne bible' and the '1684 deposition' in which Henry lays out his ancestry. [1]

What is know about Henry can be found in the records of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It is believed, but not proven that he was the Henry Kenninnge that was apprenticed to Vincent Potter in 1639 whose apprenticeship was transferred to another man when Potter left the Colony and returned to England. There is no reason to believe that Henry was related to Vincent Potter who hailed from Warwickshire or that he arrived in Massachusetts on the Ann and Elizabeth with Potter in 1635.

Henry's surname appears in the records in a multitude of spellings including: Keany- Keeny - Keine - Kene - Keney - Kenne - Kening - Kennee - Kenney - Kenninge - Kenny - Kennye - Keny - Keyney - Kine - Kiney - Kinne – Kinney [2] A wikitree G2G was unable to resolve the question of Henry's LNAB and the name for his profile.

Following his apprenticeship Henry removed to Salem Village where he lived for the remainder of his life. He was arrested and jailed along with two others for 'throwing down a great gun.' [3]He was in court multiple other times for various charges including fighting, verbal abuse and slander. Henry served as a soldier and performed other required civic duties. Henry's wife Ann was a full member of the church. He was made a Freeman of the Colony in 1678.

A Henry Kenney testified in the Salem witch trial of Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey. Which Henry, whether Senior or Junior is not known for certain.
Henry was last recorded in 1710 in the Salem records for his minister rate for the year 1709.

Henry married a woman named Ann____. Her identity has never been established despite efforts to call her Ann Putnam or Ann Howard; there are no sources which would support these claims. Torrey says Henry married by 1651 but cannot give a definite source for the name Howard for his wife. Sidney Perley's History of Salem says she was Anne Unknown. [4] He may have been the Henry that published his intentions to marry the Widow Wiggins of Newbury, but again it might have been his son.



Biography (old)

The authenticity of the English background of the three generations that preceded Henry Kinne of Salem, Massachusetts, 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, Massachusetts, 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." this deposition does not exist and is believed to be fiction

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. this man did not exist

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, Massachusetts. there is no proof Henry was on the Elizabeth and Ann and it is unlikely that he was related to Vincent Potter who was from Warwickshire, England

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 & Newbery port 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. [5]


While there are many genealogies and web sites 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 birth year being around 1624 is derived from a 1679 court record identifying him as "Henery Kenny, aged about fifty-five years . . . .”

Births of Children

KENE: Thomas, 1855 and Hanna, 1857[6]

KENY: John, 1651; Thomas 1655; Hanna, 1657; Mary, 1659; Sara, 1661; Lidea, 1666; Henry, 1669[7]

Knighted Ancestor

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


Death: 19 Jun 1696, Newbury, Essex, Province of Massachusetts, British America [8]


KINNE, Henry (1624-) & Ann Howard (1632? - 1680+), b. 1651(2?), 3 May 1650, Salem?[9]

Marriage: 12 Oct 1649, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[10]


Burial: 1696, Old Cemetery, Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts


  5. Warrant for the Arrest of Martha Corey; Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project; University of Virginia
  6. Salem Births, Massachusetts Vital Records Project; page 484
  7. Salem Births, Massachusetts Vital Records Project; page 487
  9. New England Marriages Prior to 1700; Clarence Almon Torrey; page 441
  10.; Birth date: 1629 Marriage date: 1650
  • Lamont-Eldredge family record, database online, Hathi Trust, page 136, record for Henry Kinne
  • History and Genealogy; A Branch of the Family of Kinne; Emerson Kinne; Masters & Stone; 1881; page 29
  • 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.
  • Family Search Person #LD9K-BCP

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On 2 Jan 2017 at 12:08 GMT Rhonda Scoullar wrote:

Kenney-700 and Kinne-30 are not ready to be merged because: See comments regarding a final Henry (Kinne 30)

On 31 Dec 2016 at 13:57 GMT Jeanie (Thornton) Roberts wrote:

Kinney-878 and Kinne-30 appear to represent the same person because: trying to merge all the henry kinne/kenney/kinney's into one profile, please help by agreeing to this merge.

On 30 Dec 2016 at 21:27 GMT Jeanie (Thornton) Roberts wrote:

Hoping to merge all the Henrys into one profile, please help by reviewing and merging, thanks

On 30 Dec 2016 at 21:24 GMT Jeanie (Thornton) Roberts wrote:

Keney-8 and Kinne-30 appear to represent the same person because: these are the same person.

On 20 Jan 2016 at 16:26 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

How does one profile end up with so many managers? Does it happen through merging? Just trying advance my Wiki knowledge. Thanks.

Cheryl (Aldrich-908)

On 27 Jul 2015 at 12:58 GMT Lydia Vierson wrote:

Kinne-30 and Kenney-700 are not ready to be merged because: I think this should be reversed so that Kinne-30 is the final profile. I have seen the name as Kinne in records and rarely as Kenney

On 25 Jul 2015 at 23:42 GMT Amber (Brown) Tovar wrote:

Kinne-30 and Kenney-700 appear to represent the same person because: Parents and children match.

On 18 Apr 2015 at 01:38 GMT Chase Ashley wrote:

Re LNAB - A consensus would be nice, but best that all profiles iist all alternative last name spellings that might have been used for the person.

BTW - Do ANY of the records for his children use "Kinne"?

On 25 Jan 2015 at 23:30 GMT Eugene Quigley wrote:

Further to Cheyenne's note

1: Would it be possible to get some consensus on the Last Name at birth (LNAB) for Henry and his children. Maybe we could have a protocol to include specific spellings in "other Last Names" or in the biography. 2: Henry's wife Ann - currently there are three listed but the last name is speculative in all cases. Can we all agree that his children were all full sisters and brothers and that their mother's name was Ann ?

On 25 Jan 2015 at 22:50 GMT Cheyenne Boggioni wrote:

All of Henry's children are listed in duplicate, as having wife Ann Putnam (with children's last names Kinne) or his wife Ann Howard (children's last names Kinney). All of the duplicate children's birth dates are exact or within the same year/time frame where they could not have been born by both spouses. I just wanted to let you profile managers know, so you can determine and correct the right mothers with their correct children. Thanks

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