Edwin Wallace Bell, in his Isreal Kenney - His children and their families (1944) had suggested that Israel was born in Belfast, Ireland. More recent research strongly suggests he was born in Massachusetts. In 1998, Ruth M. Frickle, concludes that Israel is the son of Rebecca Perkins and Israel Kenney Sr. who were not married. This Israel Kenney Sr. married a cousin, Eunice White, five days after the birth of his illegitimate son and nine months later Eunice gave birth to a son, also named Israel. Both boys were baptised together on May 7, 1748 at the Evangelical Congregational Church in Middleton Massachusetts.
Eight years later, in 2006, Jeff Green writes the article "The Four Israels of Massachusetts [Israel Kenney"] with strong evidince to suggest Israel is the son of Daniel, Jr. and Elizabeth (Stockwell) Kenney. Daniel Jr. would be a brother to Israel Sr. above. Their parents were Daniel, Sr. and Mary (Richards) Kenney.
The Kinneys were blacksmiths and metal workers for several generations. Israel Kinney was a blacksmith as was his son Stephen, and his grandson Israel Kinney. Edwin W. Bell, in Israel Kenny, His Children and their Families, 1944, suggests Israel was from Ireland but this has since been disproven. Israel Kinney married Susannah Hood on Jun. 9, 1763, at Topsfield, Massachusetts. She was born at Topsfield, Oct. 27, 1745, the daughter of Nathaniel Hood and Abigail Potter. Her sister, Sarah Hood, had married, Dec. 9, 1762, Alexander Tapley; and her sister, Abigail Hood, had married, Jul. 18, 1761, Stephen Hovey. The three sisters, with their husbands, emigrated from Topsfield to the Township of Maugerville, New Brunswick in 1767. Israel’s widowed sister-in-law, Abigail Phillips, married Richard Barlow had settled in Maugerville a couple of years earlier. Richard Barlow was in charge of the store established in Maugerville by the Saint John River Society, also known as the Canada Company.
About 1768 when Israel Kinney moved from Maugerville, across the river, to Oromocto. Kinney built his log house just above the blockhouse, called Fort Hughes, at the mouth of the Oromocto on its southerly bank near where the town of Oromocto is now located.
On Christmas Eve 1791 while returning home from Maugerville Israel fell through the ise and drowned. He was buried in the old "Morrison Grave Yard," located near where the Baptist Church was later built in Oromocto. His wife, pregnant with their youngest child, was in Topsfield visiting relatives when the tragedy occurred. Israel’s youngest son, Andrew, was born in Topsfield shortly after his father’s death.
Edwin W. Bell and Lillan M. B Maxwell. ISRAEL KENNY, HIS CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES. (1944) 120p.
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