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Early Kennedys Story

Early Kennedys Story

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Patrick Kennedy (1823
 – 
1858)1
Patrick Kennedy (1823
 –
1858)
Patrick Kennedy
Born
c. 1823Dunganstown, County Wexford, Ireland
Died
November 22, 1858 (aged 34
 – 
35)East Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Cause of death
cholera
Resting place
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nationality
Irish
Religion
Roman Catholic
Spouse
Bridget Murphy Kennedy (1849)
Children
Mary L. (1851
 – 
1926)Joanna L. (1852
 – 
1926)John (1854
 – 
1855)Margaret M. (1855
 – 
1929)Patrick Joseph (1858
 – 
1929)
Parents
James Kennedy and Maria Kennedy
Relatives
Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., grandsonJohn F. Kennedy, great-grandson
Patrick Kennedy
(c. 1823
 – 
November 22, 1858) was the father of P. J. Kennedy and great-grandfather to John F.Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. He was born in Dunganstown, County Wexford, Ireland, andemigrated to the United States, settling in East Boston, Massachusetts.
Early life
Patrick Kennedy was a son of a farmer James Kennedy (c. 1770
 – 
c. 1835) and his wife Maria (c. 1779
 – 
February16, 1835). James Kennedy was born in Dunganstown (Whitechurch, New Ross, County Wexford) in southernIreland to John Kennedy (1738
 – 
1803) and Bridget Shallow (1744
 – 
1774).
[1]
He inherited a small farm from hisfather, John Kennedy, during the Penal Law times in Ireland. Patrick had three siblings:Mary Kennedy, who married James Molloy
[1]
;John Kennedy (1804
 – 
1864), who married Mary K. Gunnip (1816
 – 
1881) and was a local farmer
[1]
;James Kennedy (1816
 – 
1881), who married Catherine Colfer and was also a local farmer
[1]
.
Adulthood
By the time Patrick reached adulthood, both his parents were apparently dead and the family homestead wascontrolled by his older brother John Kennedy, more than a dozen years Patrick's senior, who was already marriedand the father of four children. The eldest son normally inherited whatever claims existed to the family's farm.Because of the life-threatening scarcity of food and resources, the rest of the children, such as third son Patrick Kennedy, usually were expected to leave for the New World.Patrick's life as a farmer in Dunganstown consisted mainly of cutting and tying bundles of grain by hand, andplanting and tilling potatoes for his family's consumption. This routine varied only when he ventured into the nearesttown, New Ross, with supplies of barley, and when the family attended mass about a mile away.
 
Patrick Kennedy (1823
 – 
1858)2At the age of 26, Kennedy decided to leave Ireland. It is assumed this was for reasons of starvation related to theIrish Famine, illness, or because he knew that a third-born son had virtually no hope of running his family's farm. Hisgood friend at Cherry Bros. Brewery in New Ross, Patrick Barron, who taught Kennedy the skills of coopering, hadcome to that conclusion months earlier and left for America. In October 1848, in love with Barron's cousin BridgetMurphy and with a plan to wed, Patrick Kennedy decided to follow.
[2]
Patrick Kennedy arrived in Boston on April 22, 1849, having sailed from Liverpool, England on the
Washington Irving
, a substantial packet ship from the East Boston yard of Donald McKay.
[3]
Patrick Barron helped settle himinto Boston life and organised his coopering job on Noddle's Island in east Boston. Not long after, his fiancéeBridget made her way to Boston and six months later they were married, on September 26, 1849 in the HolyRedeemer Church by Father John Williams, who later became Boston's Roman Catholic Archbishop.
[4]
Children
The Kennedys had five children as follows:
NameBirthDeathNotes
Mary L. KennedyAugust 6, 1851March 7, 1926Married on January 1, 1883 to Lawrence M. Kane; had issue.Joanna L. KennedyNovember 27, 1852February 23, 1926Married on September 22, 1872 to Humphrey Charles Mahoney; had issue.John KennedyJanuary 4, 1854September 24, 1855Margaret M. KennedyJuly 18, 1855April 2, 1929Married on February 21, 1882 to John Caulfield; had issue.Patrick J. KennedyJanuary 14, 1858May 18, 1929Married on November 23, 1887 to Mary Augusta Hickey; had issue.
The arrival of their fifth child was a particularly happy occasion after the death of John. However that same yearthirty five year old Kennedy succumbed to the highly infectious cholera that infested East Boston, and died onNovember 22, 1858
 – 
105 years to the day before his great-grandson John F. Kennedy would be assassinated.Bridget Kennedy later went on to buy a stationery and notions store in east Boston where she had worked. Thebusiness took off and expanded into a grocery and liquor store, which helped pave the way for the success of her sonP. J. Kennedy.The story of Patrick Kennedy has become probably the most famous of any of Ireland's millions of emigrants, due tothe quick success of his children and grandchildren in American society and ultimately his great-grandson John F.Kennedy's election as the first Irish-American Catholic President (the only Roman Catholic to date). In June 1963,John F. Kennedy made a state visit to Ireland, in which he visited Dunganstown and New Ross in County Wexfordin what was seen as a personal tribute to his ancestry.
References
Notes
[1](http:
 
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www.
 
touringireland.
 
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kennedy_homestead.
 
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The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings
(http:/ 
 
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google.
 
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books?id=yCmmPID9HLQC&
 
pg=PA32&lpg=PA32&
 
dq=Patrick+
 
Kennedy+
 
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Bridget+
 
Ireland&
 
source=web&
 
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sig=jSe7kBE73wOJBhJcARfg46s8310&hl=en&
 
sa=X&
 
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resnum=6&
 
ct=result#PPA31,M1). Basic Books. pp. 31
 – 
32. ISBN 9780465043170. . Retrieved December21, 2008.[3]Laxton, Edward
The Famine Ships The Irish Exodus to America 1846-51
London Bloomsbury 1997 p144 ISBN 0747535000[4]Collier, P. and D. Horowitz (1984).
The Kennedys - An American Drama
.
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. Retrieved December 21,2008.

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