Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Robert Kenning[1]

Male 1810 - 1890  (79 years)


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  • Name Robert Kenning 
    Born 19 Aug 1810  , Down Co., Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Accomplishments 2 Cross St., Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Donated land for the Gale Presbyterian Church 
    • Rev. Alexander Gale was a Presbyterian professor at the University of Toronto and some of his students had ministered to Elmira's Free Church followers in the 1850s. The first Presbyterian church, costing $450 in 1868, honoured Gale. It was built at 2 Cross St., on land donated by Robert Kenning from County Down, Ireland. Kenning and wife Margaret Walker helped Elmira grow in another way '97 raising 17 children. Gale Presbyterian was a landmark until April 2012, when the new Barnswallow Drive church opened. In 2018, Gale will host its own 150th celebrations. Technique Dance Studio now occupies 2 Cross Str.

      mills, r. (2017). Elmira's lively congregations move forward from 1912. TheSpec.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017, from https://www.thespec.com/living-story/7982303-elmira-s-lively-congregations-move-forward-from-1912/
    Occupation 1851  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer 
    Religion 1851  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Free Church 
    Occupation 1861  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Farmer 
    Religion 1861  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Free Church 
    Occupation 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Farmer 
    Religion 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    R. Presb. 
    Religion 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Presbyterian 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-136873 
    Died 7 Feb 1890  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 8, 9
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 8
    Person ID I136873  Generations
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2019 

    Family Margaret Agnes Walker,   b. 26 Nov 1817, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1894, Norwich Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Children 
     1. Mary Agnes "Agnes" Kenning,   b. 7 Feb 1835, , County Down, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1912, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. James W. Kenning,   b. 1837, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Robert Kenning,   b. 1838, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Margaret Kenning,   b. 1841, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Jane Kenning,   b. 4 Jul 1841, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1879, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     6. Hannah Kenning,   b. 11 Apr 1846, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1918, Franklin, Williamson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     7. Richard Walker Kenning,   b. 28 Nov 1848, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1922, Pembroke, Pembroke Twp., Renfrew Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     8. Erving Kenning,   b. 1850, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Hewin Kenning,   b. 1851, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Matilda Kenning,   b. 1852, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1923, Manchester, Reach Township, Ontario Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     11. Dr. Thomas Kenning,   b. 4 Feb 1853, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1927, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     12. Maria Kenning,   b. 1855, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     13. Dr. Ewing Kenning,   b. 1855, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     14. David Kenning,   b. 1855, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1917, Windsor, Essex Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     15. Alfred Kenning,   b. 1859, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1922, , Wayne Co. Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     16. Dr. Herbert Kenning,   b. 1861, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1925, Cheboygan, Cheboygan, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     17. Martha Kenning,   b. 1862, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F34102  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Mr. R. Kenning, one of Elmira's first settlers died suddenly at his home in Berlin on Friday. He arose early in the morning and ate a hearty breakfast, after which he cut a little wood, did a few other chores and went into the house. He was about to light his pipe when he fell over dead. The northeastern part of Elmira was surveyed by him. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and we believe the lot on which the Elmira Presbyterian Church is erected was presented to that body by him. He leaves a widow, four sons and four daughters, and was 80 years old.

      THE ELMIRA ADVERTISER, Feb. 13, 1890

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      Rev. Alexander Gale was a Presbyterian professor at the University of Toronto and some of his students had ministered to Elmira's Free Church followers in the 1850s. The first Presbyterian church, costing $450 in 1868, honoured Gale. It was built at 2 Cross St., on land donated by Robert Kenning from County Down, Ireland. Kenning and wife Margaret Walker helped Elmira grow in another way \emdash raising 17 children. Gale Presbyterian was a landmark until April 2012, when the new Barnswallow Drive church opened. In 2018, Gale will host its own 150th celebrations. Technique Dance Studio now occupies 2 Cross Str.

      mills, r. (2017). Elmira's lively congregations move forward from 1912. TheSpec.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017, from https://www.thespec.com/living-story/7982303-elmira-s-lively-congregations-move-forward-from-1912/

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Amasa Carpenter b. Ancaster Township res: Winterbourne Age: 24 born abt 1838 father: Alijah mother: Lydia Weaver married Jane Kenning Age:: 22 born abt 1840 b. Woolwich Township Spouse res: Elmira father: Robert mother: Ag Walker married 31 Mar 1862 county: Waterloo

    2. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div. 2 Pg. 7.

    3. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      In memory of / Robert Kenning / born Aug. 19, 1810 / died Feb. 7, 1890 / also his wife / Maragret [sic] Walker / born Nov. 26, 1817 / died Oct. 15, 1894 / "at rest" / Kenning

    4. [S141] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1851, Div. 4, Pg. 91.

    5. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 13 Feb 1890.
      Feb 7, 1890 Robert Kenning died in Berlin at age of 79 years, 5 months & 26 days.

    6. [S144] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 15.

    7. [S915] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1861, Township of Woolwich 1861 Div. 4 Page 43.

    8. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      In memory of/ Robert Kenning/ born Aug. 19, 1810/ died Feb. 7, 1890./ also his wife/ Maragret[sic] Walker/ born Nov. 26, 1817/ died Oct. 15, 1894./ "At rest"/ Kenning/
      (A) Mother (B) Father

    9. [S956] News - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Advertiser, "Obituary of R. Kenning," Feb. 13, 1890.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1851 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Free Church - 1851 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Free Church - 1861 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - R. Presb. - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Feb 1890 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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