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The Kenyon Surname Project

The Kenyon Project is dedicated to helping everyone with known or suspected Kenyon paternal lineage identify and confirm lineage, breakthrough brick walls, and make the jump over the pond through the use of Y-DNA testing. 

Y-DNA is considered the gold standard of genetic genealogical testing today.

Results from Y-DNA testing has taken genealogical research to a new level. You hold the history of Kenyon lineage within your genes. When you test, you are opening up your book to reveal the Kenyon males who came before you. Results can connect you with other Kenyon males of the same lineage to further your research, if you choose. We make every attempt to remain at the forefront of this exciting era and hope you will join us by participating and  experiencing this leap firsthand.

When the Kenyon Surname Project was initiated in late September 2005, founding project administrator, Dr. Richard Reid Kenyon, was the only project member. As of July 2006, there were Y-DNA results for four participants. 

If you have any questions, you can contact either Richard, Marilyn, or Bob Kenyon whose emails are listed below.

Administrator Bios:

Richard Reid Kenyon, PhD is the founding administrator of the Kenyon Project. He is a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) and a well-known preeminent researcher of Kenyons in America and more recently England. His accomplishments include the compilation and transcribing of early Kenyons listed in the United States Federal Census Records throughout the United States, compilation of descendant lists for numerous Kenyon lines, and the compilation of The Author’s Supplement, a copy of the rough draft left by General Howard N. Kenyon at the time of his death. Dr. Kenyon has been an attendee of the WDYTYA (Who Do You Think You Are) Convention in England and regularly networks with people involved in Kenyon research in the United States and England. His lineage descends from Thomas Barber Kenyon, born 1780, going back to John Kenyon of Rhode Island.

His email is:

Marilyn A. Kenyon, Psy.D. is an administrator of the Kenyon Project. She is a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), National Genealogical Society (NGS), Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), National number #874047, and a RootsTech attendee. She has been actively involved in genealogical research since 2007. She self-published, My Search for Lyman Kenyon's Ancestors: Early New York Kenyon Males, 2014, a compilation of Kenyon males living in New York State between 1790 and 1850. Her Kenyon lineage descends from Barnabas Kenyon, a patriot of the American Revolution who served in Captain Amos Green's Division in Colonel Noyes' Regiment, Rhode Island Militia. He descends from the Rhode Island branch, back to John Kenyon who immigrated to America in the early to mid 1600's.

Her email is:

Robert Kenyon is a co-administrator of the Kenyon Project. He's been actively involved in researching Kenyons living in England for decades. He's also interested in early English history and archeology, doing local presentations on the topic.  

His email is:

American Kenyon lines identified to date:

The major ones are listed below, starting with an ID, then name, birth date and place, and number of known descendants.

1 John Kenyon, b. circa 1647 probably Rhode Island  17,478
2 James Kenyon, b. 1657,  probably Rhode Island 955
A John Kenyon, abt. 1782, Holmsfirth, Yorks, Eng 148
B Paul Kenyon, abt. 1776 MA/RI, 143
C Jonathan Kenyon, 1779, VT, 141
D David Kenyon, abt. 1730, Liverpool, Eng, 61
E Thomas Kenyon, f/a Rev. Henry B. Kenyon, 1800, Schoharie, NY, 435
F Roger Kenyon, 1659/60, Peel Hall, Lancs, Eng, 27
G John Kinion, bef. 1794, NC, 66
H Lawrence Kinion, abt. 1765, Orange Co., NC, 182
J Joseph Kenyon (m2. Mary S. Hibbard), abt. 1794, NY, 15
K Benjamin Kinion, abt. 1780, NC?, 2,506
M Madison S. Kenyon, 1815, Providence, RI, 267
N Nelson S. Kenyon, abt. 1829, NY, 15
P Perry G. Kenyon, abt. 1792, Charlestown, RI, 79 (he d. 1861, Malloryville, Ont. Canada)
Q James Kinyon (m1 Fannie Bell), 1789, RI, 184
T Joseph Kinion, abt. 1775, NC?, 207 (In Wash. Co., IL by 1820)
X Daniel Kenyon (m. Mary Tanner), 1744, poss. Benson, VT, 56

These lines were compiled by Richard Reid Kenyon, PhD, from his research of American lines.

English Lines:

The identification of English lines, as well as other Kenyon lineages throughout the world (Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Wales, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and others) is a work in progress. Two established English lines have been established through Big Y testing. 1) English lineage I R-FGC 33971  2)  English lineage II R-A1308.  The Rhode Island line and North Carolina line are both branches off English lineage II.

The Kenyon Project is working with Rod Clayburn, member of Guild of One-Name Studies, who heads the Kenyon One-Name Study to assist in the identification of these lines. We are also working closely with Philip Norris who has been doing extensive research of Kenyon records. The project encourages Kenyons from England and other parts of the world to submit their Y-DNA to the FTDNA Kenyon Project.

Last updated: 21 Jun 2021