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from History of Nicholas County by Joan Weissinger Conley, 1976
page 390 and 391
James Kennedy (b. Apr 17, 1794) was the eldest son of David and Hannah Kennedy.On Jan. 6, 1825, he married Elizabeth Ashbrook in Nicholas County.They were the members of the Mount Carmel Methodist Church and were buried in the Church graveyard.Their children were two sons and two daughters; William, a teacher; Thomas, a lawyer; Dulcina; and Elmira.
William Kennedy married Caroline Stokes, and they lived in Headquarters where he had a store.He was an elder in the church and occasionally preached locally.They moved to Carlisle about 1862 and lived in the brick house at the corner of Mulberry and Sycamore Sts.Their only son, Hanson Kennedy, was a lawyer, educated at Kentucky Wesleyan College and Vanderbilt University.Hanson married Kate Lander of Fleming County. Their daughter Marguerite Kennedy Norton, now lives in Orange City, Fla. About 1890 Hanson built the large white frame house on Sycamore St. presently owned by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Knapke. Thomas, the younger son, was a lawyer and a farmer.He married Amelia Frances Pickrell, daughter of Henry Pickrell, a Carlisle merchant.In 1865 he bought a 150-acre farm at the edge of Carlisle on the Moorefield RD and built a large brick home.John McMurtry, well known Lexington architect and builder, drew up the plans for this house.Mrs. Kennedy died in 1897, and the home was sold to George Secrest.It has been sold many times over the years and is now owned by Mrs. William Layson.
Thomas Kennedy had four sons: Harry, James, Thomas, and Frank.Harry, the eldest, was a lawyer, farmer, cashier of the Farmer's Bank of Carlisle, and County Judge of Nicholas County.He married Lizzie Fishback, and they had two sons who died in infancy and two daughters, Ruth Kennedy (Mrs. Oliver H. Lambert) who lives in Carlisle and Louise Kennedy (Mrs. Hobart Walker), a resident of Charlotte, NC.
James and Thomas Kennedy moved to Mt. Sterling and opened a pharmacy. James married Mayme Thompson, and they had no children.Thomas married Annie Prewitt.Their daughter, Frances, now lives in Mt. Sterling; and their son, Thomas Nelson, owns a farm in Montgomery County.Frank married Nancy Waller of Carlisle, and they went to California to live. Their daughter, Dorothy K. Pierce now lives in Palm Springs, Calif.
Dulcina Kennedy, daughter of James and Elizabeth, married Lewis G. Earlywine on Sept. 25, 1845.
The other daughter, Elmira married Preston W. Talbert.These marriages are recorded in Nicholas County.Dulcina had several children, among them Sarah, who married John Tarr of Bourbon County.
This story was written by Ruth Kennedy Lambert