Eleanor Townshend (5B16)

Date of Birth: 26 Feb 1866
Date of Death: 1949
Generation: 7th
Residence: Massachusetts, USA
Father: William Uniacke Townsend [5B01]
Mother: Coote, Mary Anne Harriet
  1. Kenning. Henry
  1. Samuel Henry
  2. Grace Kathleen
  3. Martyn Brainerd
  4. Phillip Judson
  5. Millicent (Millie)
  6. William Carey
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Notes for Eleanor Townsend

Married on 23 September 1897 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1). Henry Kenning was a Salvation Army Minister who emigrated to the USA via Ellis Island and Eleanor followed later. Records of their crossings can be seen at the Ellis Island site.

It is not known where they settled except that at sometime they lived in Springfield, Massachusetts. However a 'Genforum Genealogy' website message posted on 22 July 2005 possibly refers to Eleanor's husband, though the dates don't match very well. It reads - "I have been working on a history project that caused me to do some work on Henry Kenning. He was a minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) in the late 1890's and early 1900's. He pastored a church in Hopeville Ontario some time prior to 1903. He then went to New York where he worked directly for A.B. Simpson the founder of the CMA and a famous evangelist. Simpson was also from Canada. Henry Kenning took a church called "Peace Chapel" in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1909 and it appears he was there for 3-4 years. The city directory shows him living at Crestwood Street during that time."

Eleanor died of cancer and Henry died in a car accident.

Of the children:

Samuel Henry Kenning was born on 14 September 1898 in Toronto, Canada. He joined the US Navy, lived in San Diego, California and died in La Mesa, San Diego on 6 March 1980.

Grace Kathleen Kenning was born on 11 September 1900 in Toronto. She was a missionary nurse in China and Indonesia and married Mr Chang. She died on 10 April 1980 in Jayapura, Irian Jaya, Indonesia.

Martin Brainerd Kenning was born on 2 August 1902 in Toronto. He was a sales manager, married Ruth Cohen in 1940 and died on 31 March 1971 in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts.

Phillip Judson Kenning was born on 23 July 1904 at Nyack Village, Orangetown, Rockland, New York. He married Eunice Alberta (Healey) McClory in 1929 and died on 11 December 1974 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.

Millicent (Millie) Kenning was born on 19 June 1908 in Nyack Village, Orangetown, Rockland, New York. She married Chester MacDonald and died on 14 June 1987 at Revere, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

William Carey Kenning was born on 21 March 1910 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. He never married and was drowned on 16 June 1955 at Yolo, California.

Eleanor's grandson, Matthew Becker and John Prideaux, Eleanor's great grandson, provided most of the details in these notes.

(1) Citation of Toronto marriage detail disputes reported marriage of 1898 in England and dates of emigration. Online publication - Ancestry.com and Genealogical Research Library (Brampton, Ontario, Canada). Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1924 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data - Ontario, Canada. Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1922. MS932, 695 reels. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Ontario, Canada. Division Registrar Vital Statistics Records, 1858-1930. MS940, 28 reels. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Ontario, Canada. Marriage License Books, 1907-1910. MS945, 12 reels. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Ontario, Canada. Delayed Registrations of Marriages, 1892-1916. MS948, 4 reels. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Ontario, Canada. County Marriage Registers, 1858-June 1869. Microfilm rolls 1030055-1030068. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah (Archives of Ontario, MS 248, reels 5-18).