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"The Irish KENNA'S of New Castle, Pennsylvania"

Updated June 11, 2001

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The research for my KENNA roots has been difficult. My biological father JOSEPH HAROLD KENNA, died when I was but seven years old, and my mother did not know much about his family. Now that I am in my 70's I wish to find all that I can about my roots so that my children will have that information.

Thus far most of the information has been found on microfilmed copies of the New Castle News papers that my wife Gloria located in the New Castle public library. With death notices and obituary stories, and marriage notices we have been able to put together most of the family. Thanks to those of you that particpate on the Genealogy Forum and to Walt Jones for his find of a Henry Kenna 68 yr.old born in Ireland and his family in the 1880 census of PA. The ages of each member and especially the father and grand son, both Joseph's fit the dates that we have on a marriage certificate. One peice at a time my wife says and soon the puzzel will be put together. Would like to find more on Henry Kenna. Whom his wife was would be a nice start. Like every thing else a news paper story is only as correct as what the informant knew. Even from the horses mouth as it were, facts are not always correct. Two news papers with the same story do not always write the same facts the same, nor the dates of events.

1.-Henry KENNA b.Ireland abt 1812
2.-Joseph KENNA (son) b. abt. 1854 PA
Mary E. Griffith (Wife) b. abt. 1857 Ireland
Anna Kenna March (grand dau.) b. abt. 1874
* Joseph A. Kenna Jr. (Grandson). b.abt. 1876 New Castle,PA
Elizabeth Kenna Peifer (grand dau.) abt. 1879
3.-Joseph A. KENNA Jr. married Oct 6, 1898
Minnie Pearl Gormley b.Oct. 20, 1876 New castle, PA
4.- Joseph Harold KENNA B. May 21, 1899 New Castle, PA
married Mary Elizabeth Kennedy in 1917 Cumberland, MD
Betty J. Kenna died day of birth
Vivian Jean Kenna b.Oct.22, 1919 Lawrence co., PA
5.- Robert Harold KENNA b. July 23, 1924 Lawrence co., PA

If any one who reads this knows of any Kenna families that can relate to this family we would sure appreciate a letter to our email address of

Submitted this day June 11, 2001 Robert H. Kenna

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