Daniel Kennedy was in Frederick Co, VA (now Berkeley Co. WV) by at least 1750. He was married more than once. Likely he and his first wife were married in Ireland, possibly Co. Down, and his older children may have been born there. His last wife was named Mary, but her surname is unknown. She was the mother of Col. Daniel Kennedy b. c. 1750, later of Greene Co. TN, and Col. Daniel's older brother Thomas Kennedy. My ancestor, John Kennedy, was from a previous marriage and his mother's name is unknown. I believe he was an adult by 1750, but his birthdate is unknown.
I suspect that my Kennedys may have come from Ayrshire, Scotland to the area of County Down, Ireland with Hamilton and Montgomery.in the early 1600s, but have no evidence of this. A lot of our Kennedy DNA is on file with Family Tree DNA. I would very much like to compare our DNA to a male Kennedy with connections in County Down, Ireland. Write me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Thanks, Elaine Andersen.