From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 426-427, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Charles Kennedy, the subject of the following sketch, was born
in Hardin county, Kentucky, May 31, 1810. His father, Peter Kennedy,
was an old settler of Kentucky, and like many others of that date went
through some very thrilling experiences. He was made a prisoner by the
Indians when but thirteen years of age, and for nine years was kept
captive among them. Finally, making his escape, he managed to reach
Louisville, that beautiful city being then but a trading fort. In those
days acquaintanceship grew fast, and ere long, Mr. Kennedy married
Rachel Colvin, a Kentuckian, and settled on a farm in Hardin county,
where they both remained during life. A younger son still occupies the
old home which he owned.
Charles Kennedy was married to Sarah Phillips, September 19,
1833, and he and his wife removed to Schuyler county, Illinois. In 1835
he purchased a farm and erected neat buildings; here they lived until
May 21, 1853, when Mrs. Kennedy died. To them were born four children:
Jesse, Francis, John Q., and Charles C., two of whom are still living,
Jesse and John Q. The latter served in the One Hundred and Nineteenth
Illinois Infantry, under Captain R. L. Greer. Mr. Kennedy's second
marriage occurred March 8, 1854, to Miss Nancy La Master, a daughter of
Abraham and Orpha La Master. Mr. La Master was born in Maryland, and
his wife in Virginia, of French extraction. They were married in
Mrs. Kennedy was bur three years old when her parents removed to
Illinois. She being an early settler has witnessed the entire
development and growth of the country; Mrs. Kennedy is still living.
Mr. Kennedy died May 16, 1883; to them were born two children: Leander
and Mary, Leander married Ellen Malcomson and has three children:
Bessie, Ruby and James; Mary married S. R. Carey.
Mrs. Kennedy has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church
for more than fifty years, Mr. Kennedy was a Baptist in belief, and was
a life member of that denomination.