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.
We welcome you to look through our pages. 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, Y-DNA results for four participants. A man Y-37 tested from the C-line only differed from the two men in the 1-line by one or two at DYS 449.
If you have any questions, you can contact either Richard or Marilyn, whose emails are listed below.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marilyn A. Kenyon, Psy.D. is co-administrator of the Kenyon Project. She is a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), and the Gold Trail Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She has been 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. She is in the process of writing a proof documenting on how she broke through a long-standing brick wall of her paternal Kenyon line, through the use of Y-DNA, circumstantial evidence, and supporting autosomal DNA evidence. Her Kenyon lineage descends from Barnabas Kenyon, a patriot of the American Revolution. His lineage goes back to John Kenyon of Rhode Island.
Her email is: email@example.com
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. 1655, Oldham, Lancs, Eng, 17,478
2 James Kenyon, b. 1657, Glodwich, Lancs, Eng, 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.
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) Old English R-FGC 33971 2) Another Old English R-A1308. The American Kenyons branched off from this second English line.
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: 04 November 2019