John Alexander Kennedy

Male 1853 - 1929


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  • Name  John Alexander Kennedy 
    Born  13 Sep 1853  Mara Twp., Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Buried  1929  St. Mary's Roman Catholic, Winnipeg, Manitoba Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  14 Jun 1929  , Winnipeg, Manitoba Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I7900  Kennedy Tree
    Last Modified  26 Jul 2012 

    Father  Donald (Daniel) Kennedy,   b. 16 Oct 1822, Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1911, Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Brown,   b. 1 May 1832, Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1917, Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1851 
    • 1851 Census

      Source Citation: Year: 1851; Census Place: Mara and Rama, Ontario County, Canada West (Ontario). Schedule: A. Roll: C_11743, Page: 21, Line: 47.

      Possible date
      29 JAN 1851 «tab»to Donald Kennedy
    Family ID  F17046  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary McDonald,   b. 19 Aug 1849, Mara Twp, Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1938, , Winnipeg, Manitoba Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  16 Jul 1877  St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Brechin, Simcoe County Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Reference Number:69698
      Source Parish Records Held at the Toronto Archdiocese
      Marriage Record Extract
      007963-77 John KENNEDY, 24, farmer, Mara, same, s/o Donald KENNEDY & Mary BROWNE, married Mary McDONALD, 27, Mara, same, d/o William McDONALD & Mary McKENZIE. Witn: Edward DUCETTE & Annie McDONALD no residences given. July 16, 1877 Brechin
      Source
      Source Citation: Archives of Ontario; Series: MS932; Reel: 24.
    Children 
    >1. Catherine Emily Kennedy,   b. 17 Jun 1878, Point Mara, Mara Twp Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1956, Duncan, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John Alexander Kennedy,   b. 22 Apr 1881, Mara Twp, Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before 1901
    >3. William Donald Kennedy,   b. 18 Feb 1882, Thorah Twp., Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1960, Victoria, B.C. Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. James Kennedy,   b. 30 Oct 1884, Thorah Twp, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1884, Thorah Twp., Ontario County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Isabella Kennedy,   b. 25 Jan 1886, Point Mara, Mara Twp Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Edward Kennedy,   b. 16 Dec 1887, Thorah Twp., Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Frederick Kennedy,   b. 12 Mar 1890, Markham, York , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1915, France, K.I.A. Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Jane Kennedy,   b. Abt 1880, Mara Township, Ontario County Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1972, Winnipeg, Manitoba Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  20 Jun 2012 
    Family ID  F1054  Group Sheet

  • Genealogical Notes 
    • compliments of grmcpeak@yahoo.com

      From Local History
      "They Came to Mara"
      "History of Swan River District"
      'History of United Grain Growers "

      Cemetery Inscriptions St. Mary's RC, Winnipeg Man.


      http://collections.ic.gc.ca/cree/pioneer/railroad/41b.htm

      It is interesting to speculate why a new frontier, such as Swan River Valley in 1898, attracted such a variety of talented, inventive and industrious people. John Kennedy was one such pioneer of many talents with a certain ambition that served him well in the new settlement.

      The order of his many undertakings is uncertain but we first hear of him when he took a contract to build the railroad from Thunderhill junction, two miles south of Swan River, to Benito, a distance of about twent-three miles. He had a farm directly west of the present Swan River Golf Course (NE 13-28-36 and S1/2 18-27-36) where his horses were pastured when not in use on construction. He also owned a hotel or boarding house directly across from the CN station on 4th Street South.

      Work began on the Thunderhill Branch of the Canadian Northern Railroad in 1904. The right of way, mainly heavy bush, had to be scrubbed before grading could begin. The grade was completed, the rails laid and the first train cautiously made its way into Benito on Christmas of 1905. Much of this work was sub-contracted, furnishing employment for many local farmers, especially during the scrubbing and grading.

      Three village sites were designated by the CNR, namely Kenville, Durban and Benito. Benito was the end of the railway for a few years while the next section of the line was constructed. It is believed the name Kenville came from taking "Ken" from Kennedy and adding "ville".

      Probably Kennedy's greatest achievements, though the least known, were accomplished during association with the United Grain Growers Company which lasted from March 1906 until his death in June of 1929. Mr. Don H. Fraser, who was employed by United Grain Growers for many years, has written a summary of Kennedy and his achievements with this company.

      "United Grain Growers of today owes its beginnings to a small group of dedicated men who had the dream of a farmer-owned grain company and the courage and dedication to follow that dream against great odds.

      Realizing that a united effort was necessary to improve the grain marketing conditions of the day, a small group came together at a meeting in Indian Head on December 18, 1901 to form the Territorial Grain Growers Association.

      This was four years before the formation of the Provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta and the whole area west of Manitoba was known as "The Northwest Territory."

      Manitoba farmers had long known that the solutions lay in collective action and heard news of the Territorial Group with great interest.

      Another small group at Virden decided to follow their lead and formed the first Local of the Manitoba Grain Growers Association at a meeting in that area January 9, 1903. The first Provincial Convention was held in Brandon, March 1903. John Kennedy was there. It is well to consider the travel conditions of the day - he would probably travel from Swan River to Winnipeg to Brandon by train. Rail had just reached Swan River in 1899. It would not be an expense-paid trip; all costs would be from his own pocket.

      He was at the third Annual Convention of the Manitoba Grain Growers Association in Brandon again in January, 1905. There the decision was made to form a farmers' grain handling company. A small committee was appointed to carry the idea forward and to arrange the details.

      John Kennedy was one of those appointed to the planning committee. The year 1905 was one of feverish activity - committee meetings, farmers' meetings, farm visits, meetings with Provincial and Federal Governments and planning.

      A joint committee of the Territorial and the Manitoba Associations reported back to the two conventions in January and February of 1906. Their proposal was for the sale of $25 shares. The existing private grain trade mounted a strong propaganda compaign to convince farmers that to invest would be to lose.

      Despite all the obstacles and because of the work of men like John Kennedy, the Grain Growers' Grain Company opened its doors for business in a one-room top floor office of the old Tribune Building in Winnipeg on September 5,1906.

      John Kennedy was Vice-President of the provisional Board of Directors and was confirmed in that position at the first Annual Meeting July 16, 1907. At that meeting, the financial statement showed a paid up capital of $2102.50 and a net profit of $790.54. The company had handled 2 1/2 million bushels of grain, all loaded by farmers over loading platforms in the country.

      But for the emergence of a particularly strong man in the person of Tom Crerar in 1907, John Kennedy might well have become the second President of the Grain Growers' Grain Company. As the fates decreed, he was to serve as Vice-President from 1906 until his death in June 1929.

      He left a host of friends throughout the country and died knowing the dream of a farmers' grain company was a reality."

      At Kenville, The United Grain Growers leased an elevator from the Manitoba Government, which owned 179 in the province at this time. The lease began in July 1912, but the building was finally purchased in 1924. This elevator was sold to the Pool in August, 1949.

      The Manitoba Government elevator at Durban was leased to United Grain Growers in 1913, later purchased in 1925. It was torn down in 1929, the material salvaged to be used in another area.

      Bentio United Grain Growers elevator opened for business July 28, 1931. The elevator had previously been leased by the Swan River Valley Elevator Company. At this time, Benito still had a United Grain Growers elevator in operation.

      The first elevator to be built by the company was at Bowsman in 1917.

      Birch River got its first elevator in 1933. A United Grain Growers elevator was built at Norva in 1952, but closed April 3, 1980. The Pool originally built at Bellsite in 1952 but sold to United Grain Growers in March 1960. It was closed in November, 1975. The Renwer plant built in 1934 lasted until April, 1977.

      It is interesting to note that John Kennedy was Vice-President of UGG for close to twenty-five years, but the company never had an elevator in Swan River, his own home town
    • (Research):Sources:

      Page: Record at St. Gregory the Great ch., Oshawa, Ont.; LDS film # 1305881, item # 2, p. 52
      Text: QUAY 3 "November 1853" at top of page: "the 23rd was baptized John Alexander, born the 13th Sept. last, of Daniel Kennedy and Mary Brown; sponsors: John McRea and Marie Doucette; by me J.B. Proulx."
      Marriage
      Page: Record at St. Columbkilles Ch., Uptergrove, Ontario; LDS film 1305889, Marriages, p. 9
      Text: QUAY 3 "On the 16th day of July, 1877 were married, at St. Andrew's Church, Brechin, John Kennedy, aged 24, a farmer; son of Donald Kennedy and Mary Brenen?, and Mary McDonald, of Mara, aged 27, dau. of Will iam McDonald and Mary McKenzie; witt: Edward Ducett and Anie McDonald; by P. Rey"

      Page: MS932, Ontario Co., Ontario marriages, 1877
      Text: QUAY 3 007963-77 John KENNEDY, 24, farmer, Mara, same, s/o Donald KENNEDY & Mary BROWNE, married Mary McDONALD, 37, Mara, same, d/o William McDONALD & Mary McKENZIE. Witn: Edward DUCETTE & Annie McDONALD no residences given. July 16, 1877 Brechin

      Manitoba Vital Stats
      REGISTRATION NUMBER: 1929-030232

      DECEASED DETAILSLast Name: KENNEDY
      Given Names: JOHN ALEXANDER«tab»Sex: MALE
      Date of Death: 14/06/1929«tab»Time of Death:
      PLACE OF DEATH DETAILS Name of Hospital:
      Place of Death: ST Josephs




      1881 Census
      Place Mara, Ontario North, Ontario
      Family History Library Film 1375881
      NA Film Number C-13245
      District 133
      Sub-district G
      Division 1
      Page Number 3
      Household Number 12

      John KENNEDY M Male Scottish 27 O Farmer Catholic
      Mary KENNEDY M Female Scottish 31 O Catholic
      Catherine KENNEDY Female Scottish 3 O Catholic
      Jane KENNEDY Female Scottish 1 O Catholic
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      1901
      Census
      Page Information
      District: MB MARQUETTE (#9)
      Subdistrict: Swan River a(1) Page 3

      Details: Schedule 1 Microfilm T-6434

      40 39 Kennedy John M Head M Sep 13 1853 47 listed as Hotel Keeper
      41 39 Kennedy Mary F Wife M Oct 12 1854 46
      42 39 Kennedy Emily F Head S Jun 27 1878 22
      43 39 Kennedy Wm M Son S Feb 18 1882 18
      44 39 Kennedy Isabelle F Daughter S Jan 25 1886 15
      45 39 Kennedy Edward M Son S Dec 16 1887 13
      46 39 McDonald Jas M Lodger S Mar 12 1889 12
      46 39 Kennedy Fredrick M Son S Mar 12 1889 12

      All these folks are living in the hotel with the Kennedy's from the looks of it.
      47 39 McDonald Jas. M Lodger S Jan 1857 44 Presbyterian Bar Keeper
      48 39 Day Jimy M Lodger S May 31 1875 25
      49 39 Scott J.A. M Lodger S Oct 9 1868 32
      50 39 Delainy Peter M Lodger S Jun 6 1874 26
      --------------------

      1906 census
      Source Citation: Archives of Ontario; Series: MS932; Reel: 24.

      1911 / Manitoba / Winnipeg / 66 Winnipeg / page 4
      16 34 Kennedy John A. 931 William Avenue M Head M Sep 59
      1901
      17 34 Kennedy Mary F Wife M Aug 60 1901
      18 34 Kennedy Fred M Son S Mar 21 1901

      xxxx
      Manitoba Vital Stats
      LAST NAME: KENNEDY
      GIVEN NAMES: JOHN ALEXANDER
      DATE OF DEATH: 06/14/1929
      AGE: 75
      UNITS OF AGE: YEARS«tab»SEX: M
      PLACE OF DEATH: ST J
      REGISTRATION NUMBER: 1929,030232
      REGISTRATION DATE:

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Church baptism record, Record at St. Gregory the Great ch., Oshawa, Ont.; LDS film # 1305881, item # 2, p. 52 (Reliability: 3).
      "November 1853" at top of page: "the 23rd was baptized John Alexander, born the 13th Sept. last, of Daniel Kennedy and Mary Brown; sponsors: John McRea and Marie Doucette; by me J.B. Proulx."

    2. [S2] Church marriage record, Record at St. Columbkilles Ch., Uptergrove, Ontario; LDS film 1305889, Marriages, p. 9 (Reliability: 3).
      "On the 16th day of July, 1877 were married, at St. Andrew's Church, Brechin, John Kennedy, aged 24, a farmer; son of Donald Kennedy and Mary Brenen?, and Mary McDonald, of Mara, aged 27, dau. of William McDonald and Mary McKenzie; witt: Edward Ducett and Anie McDonald; by P. Rey"


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