It is indeed difficult to wade through the 75th most common name in Ireland....sorta like the SMITH's. GG grandfather William lived in Laughane, near Nenagh/Modreeny in a town called Cloughjordan, County Tipperary. He according to records was brother to John and Patrick Kenny. John, I understand left for North America, Patrick unknown. William married a Mary Costello or Costolo had 12 some who settled in the Toledo, Ohio area then dispersed to California/ New York. 1. Margaret 6/7/1840 m. Edward O'Dwyer 1865 2. John 2/19/1843 North America 3. Mary 6/7/1845 Stayed on farm with Michael d. 1932 same year as Michael. 4. Patrick 6/13/1847 walked from New Orleans, after his ship sank, to London Ontario and died 2 mos shy of his 100 years. 5. Elizabeth 2/11/1848, Toledo with Margaret but went to California, died of lung CA and was buried in Toledo. 6. 1/14/1851 Ann 16 yrs, died buried in Ballygibbon Abby in the Kenny Plot. 7. Michael 9/28/1852 Stayed on farm died 1932 8. William 2/19/1855 Died 1857 9. Sally (Sara) Toledo with Margaret buried in Toledo, Ohio 10 William J. 2/12/1860 My Grandfather m. Jane McMonagle and is buried in Kenny Plot in Port Jervis, N.Y. 11. Honora 5/12/1862 married Donald Manning died in Olean, N.Y. buried in Kenny Plot in Port Jervis, NY 12. Cathrine 2/19/1865 Came to Maerica with Margaret and sisters. Returned home, Married Michael Brennan is buried in Brennan Plot in Borrisokane not far from Modreeny and the homested.
According to my grand father the Kenny coat of arms was indeed a crest upper panel with a dog chasing a stag, below was three stacks of wheat or hay with a fleur de li between. On top was a hand grasping a parchment and Vincit Veritas on a flying banner below the shield or crest.
Getting below 1780 has been a challenge. Early 1800's in Ireland were difficult with the potato famine, starvation and Catholic's not having the ability to own land. They could lease from someone like Lord Donnelly. But until 1900 were the townlands available for direct ownership The Parish of Modreeny shows Patrick Kenny( Father of William Kenny ggf, John and Patrick) as a Tenent Farmer under Maj. Gen. Head and occupying 3 acres.
In 1880 ggf purchased neighboring properity from the sisters of Mary Costello Kenny(gggm)Understand this was the better portion of land.