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Kennedy, Daniel, lll, Biography by Thomas

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Location: Greene Co, NC and 1796 TN Statehoodmap
Surnames/tags: Kennedy 1776 RWS
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Patricia (Sparkman) Thomas, Daniel KENNEDY lll Biography (Wikitree, 2019 Nov. 19).

During the American Revolutionary War, Daniel was promoted to Captain for gallantry in the battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. He married MARGARET HUGHES per his DAR record.

On his return he was honored with a seat on the bench of Washington county court, in 1781.

"He represented Washington county in the North Carolina General Assembly of 1783, and was influential in the passage of an act to establish Greene county. On the organization of that county he was elected clerk of its court, an office he held for the remainder of his life under the several changes in the forms of government.

"In the State of Franklin he served as a member of the council of state and as brigadier-general. With John Sevier and Alexander Outlaw he served as commissioner of that State in negotiating the Dumplin Creek treaty with the Cherokee Indians.

"Elected by the friends of Franklin, he at a late day of the session took a seat in the Carolina senate of 1787. Both the Tipton and the Sevier forces were solicitous for the support of General Kennedy, because of his great popularity in Greene county. His heart was with Sevier as his speech in the Franklin convention of 1787 evidences. That speech also demonstrates the ability of Kennedy, and that he could have risen high in the affairs of State and Nation had he not preferred to retain in comfort the clerkship of his county.

"When the Franklin government was virtually doomed by the action of the Federal constitution convention, General Kennedy acted under a colonel's commission from North Carolina on General Martin's campaign against the Cherokees, on the failure of which Kennedy joined Sevier under whom he had often campaigned.

"General Kennedy was a friend of education. As early as 1783, he was named as an incorporator of Martin's Academy (Washington College) and he was also a trustee of Greeneville College.

"General Daniel Kennedy died of blood poisoning after an accidental blow to his hand from a forge hammer. He was buried at Mount Zion church, six miles from Greeneville. Above his grave there was recently erected a monument—a large native rock embedded in which is a bronze tablet bearing this inscription:

Children of Daniel III KENNEDY & Margaret Hughes

  1. John KENNEDY, b. October 29, 1775. m. PATIENCE DAVIS.
  2. Thomas KENNEDY, b. May 13, 1778, Greene Co., TN. m: Esther Lenny
  3. Mary KENNEDY, b. Dec. 22, 1779, Greene Co., TN. m.DANIEL RAWLINGS
  4. William KENNEDY, b. April 01, 1781, Greene Co., TN. m. ELIZABETH PURCELL
  5. Daniel KENNEDY IV, b. August 02, 1784, Greene Co., TN. m: Ann (Allen) Miller
  6. Sarah KENNEDY, b. July 07, 1788, Greene Co., TN. m. STEPHEN KING ALEXANDER
  7. Elizabeth KENNEDY, b. August 21, 1790, Greene Co., TN. m: James Bailey
  8. Margaret KENNEDY, b. May 10, 1793, Greene Co., TN. m. JOHN EWING MCCLURE
  9. Polly Ann KENNEDY, b. May 10, 1795, Greene Co., TN. m. REZEN RAWLING
  10. Allan KENNEDY, b. May 22, 1798, Greene Co., TN. m. MARGARET PEEBLES HACKETT
  11. George KENNEDY, b. February 14, 1801, Greene Co., TN. Never married.


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