This is a copy of a letter to Richard Barry(1821-1895) of Greensburg, PA the son of Charles Jenkins Kenly, the son of William Kenly(1741-1806) made from a copy of Alice K Buono of Cheyney PA by William Roger Kenly. Feb. 8th, 1863
As there is no manner of doubt on my mind that we are related, I will commence this address by calling you Dear Cousin.
Your favor of the 26th inst. reached me on yesterday, hence you will perceive how ready I am to comply with your request to open a correspondence that should never been suspended, for I hold that one of the principle uses or benefits of knowing how to write is to confer with those at a distance, and here let me say that I have no doubt that had a more intimate and friendly intercourse been established between the North and the South that we would not now be cursed with present distracted condition of our once happy country.But enough of this at this time.
I am the only remaining child of a once large family. Our father's name was like my own; he died leaving 3 sons, Daniel, Edward and myself.Daniel left three sons whose names are Daniel, Charles B. and Richard; all of whom are living in this county.
My brother Edward left 3 sons and 2 daughters, the boys' names are George T., John R. and William L., all of whom are living.George is doing businesss on Bowley's wharf in Baltimore; John R. is Brigadeer-General in Lincoln's Army; William is Quarter-master in John's command.Here let me say that there is not much chance of our race becoming extinct in this region as George has a family of 7 sons.John is not married, William has one son.
My own family consists of 4 children, three sons and one daughter.The boys' names are Benjamin, Oliver and Henry. Benj. is married and lives on the adjoining farm to me. Oliver is in the Confederate Army. Henry, who is quite young, lives with me.
My father had two brothers, William and Samuel, William I presume was your grandfather and lived in Philadelphia, of which fact please let me know in your next letter which I shall anxiously look for.Samuel, his brother, removed to Westmorland County, Pa. long before I was born, and therewas a large family of children, two of whom I remember to have seen at my Father's.John and Samuel of that family.I wish you would be explicit in your next letter.
Mr. Charles McCausland who you mentioned in your letter, told me there was a widow living in your place whose name I think was Harvey, who he said was a cousin of mine, and if so she must be the daughter of Samuel Kenly.By the way, let me know if your father was not married twice, and if so what became of the first children.I will close wishing you all the health and happiness this world can afford.My love to your aged Mother who I remember to have seen at my Father's. Yours Truly, R. Kenly