This page of the web site will give an introduction to some of the work being carried out on traditional documentary research of the Kenyon family (see below).
Other pages on this site include:
The AAA Kenyon project - a 'core Kenyon family tree' a monumental work produced by Joyce Parsons and Jeanne Jensen. They have very kindly allowed publication of their work on ancestry.com with permission for project administrators - led by Marilyn Kenyon - to try and 'graft on' other peoples family trees in a controlled way. This is an excellent resource for all Kenyon researchers. many thanks Joyce and Jeanne and Marilyn.
Kenyon wills and other shared resources - I am intending to set up a shared resource of Kenyon research material such as wills. I will probably develop this on a cloud site such as Google drive. if anyone has expertise in this area and would like to help or co-ordinate the resource I would love to hear from you! (add contact form)
Kenyon DNA - Richard Kenyon started the Kenyon DNA project several years ago. It has gone from strength to strength and he is now supported by Marilyn Kenyon in administering the project. I have learned so much from involvement in that project and related DNA projects such as the L21 project (we Kenyons all have the Y-DNA L21 mutation in our genetic makeup).
Genetic genealogy - this page gives information about the wider work going on in genetic genealogy - and how we can learn from other to improve our Kenyon genealogical research.
The work of the citizen scientists - this page gives tribute to the many 'citizen scientists' who are at the cutting edge of research in genetic genealogy and archaeogenetics.
The Guild of One Name Studies - Kenyon project
Rod Clayburn set up the Guild of One Name Studies Kenyon project. His website contains some interesting information such as the 1881 census map showing the distribution of Kenyons in Britain. The extract below give an introduction to the project, contact information and links to Rod's website:
This study of the surname KENYON came about because of family connections and my being unable to narrow down a source or origin for the name. They also had a Lord KENYON while my other studies had little in the way of famous people.
There is more information on my website http://www.clayburn.co.uk/
For further information, contact:
Mr R B Clayburn
4 Winnham Drive,
Origins and movement of the "Lord Kenyon" line
The Lauton Family probably lived in Winwick Parish from 1120 or earlier. In 1235 Jorden de Kenyon was born, son of William De Lauton. He was given the Kenyon part of the Lauton Estate and became the 'first Kenyon'. It is possible that the Laughton's arrived from Brittany - a Norman knight who was rewarded with land in the Lauton Area. This could explain why we have the L21+ and DF13+ (probably originated in Brittany in the Bronze age) but, as of today, we are not positive for any of the major sub-clades (that probably mutated in Britain between the Bronze age and the Norman conquest).
The map includes a very speculative route for the movement of the John Kenyon line out to the USA.
There are now more Kenyons living in the USA than currently live in Britain. Many trace their origins back to John Kenyon who arrived in America in about 1685. It has long been thought that john Kenyon was born in Glodwick, Oldham and moved out to America with his brother James. However, records in the Parish church show that John of Glodwick continued to live there with his wife and children and was indeed buried there. The reasons the Oldham link are discredited are outlined in the (linked) papers by Richard Kenyon and Randy Seavor (extracted from his online blog).
One possible alternative I have found is John and James Kenyon from Huyton. The Parish baptism records for Huyton St Michael include:
John's father, Thomas, dies when John is just one year old and both John and James disappear from the Parish records. I have found no evidence that they married or died in the local area. Could they have been brought up together both moved to the USA in about 1685 (my wild speculation)? It may be worth somebody researching this possibility more fully?
....have you tried... Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks
I have found this site very useful for researching Kenyon families in Lancashire. For example, you can take a single parish and search all Kenyon records. That can be very useful for seeing how a particular family branch developed. Together with the Lancashire Parish record society volumes most Lancashire parish records are transcribed. Unfortunately many of the LPRS volumes are only available in paper volumes (can be viewed in the Lancashire records office (but not so useful for those of us who are a bit, or very remote from it). Some are available to purchase as on CD.
Keep checking the Lancashire Parish Clerk site because more records are added every few months. For example, many of the Manchester Cathedral / collegiate church records have recently been added.
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