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Marilyn Kenyon, Psy.D. (#47005688)
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Bio Photo I've been researching my family history since 2007. FindAGrave has been a valuable genealogical resource to me.

I am a co-administrator for the Kenyon Project at Family Tree DNA. It is primarily a project, which involves Y-DNA testing of Kenyon males.

The testing helps to confirm known lineage. It also helps those who have hit a brick wall to possibly match another person in the project to narrow down their search.

The project has made progress over the years, helping to identify and confirm lineage-based Kenyons. There have also been a couple of success stories of breaking through long-standing brick walls.

Overall, testing has shown Kenyon lineage is more complex than first believed. While it has answered some questions, it poses more questions than it has answered.

Now we want to expand our scope. We would like to encourage greater participation from Kenyons who live in the United Kingdom. We believe that with Y-DNA we are at a point of being able to map people through genetic mutations over time. Mutations are like little sign posts that say, "Turn here."

Through these mutations and mapping, we feel optimistic we can track down our early ancestors.

There is currently a small group of people who are interested in locating and testing Kenyons living in England/ United Kingdom, in an effort to connect the US Kenyons to the UK Kenyons. We do have a distant Y-DNA match to a Kenyon living in England, but we want to fill-in the gaps between them.

The English connection in the book, "American Kenyons," published in 1935, by Howard N. Kenyon has been proven to be wrong. The John and James Kenyon, whose baptismal records he located, never left England. Later records showed they were living in England at the time John and James were paying taxes in America. They were a different John and James. It was a coincidence that so often happens in genealogy. Ask any genealogist... It is a trap that many have fallen into at one time or other.

So, the search continues to locate the parents of John and James.

Anyone who is interested in this search, who would like to help in this search can contact me through my email address.


A special "thank you" to all of the volunteers who have taken headstone photos for me.

I still remember my sense of awe when photos of Kenyons who died in the 1800's were first posted. It is still amazing to me that these wonderful headstones still survive and tell a story about the person buried beneath.

I am very happy to make transfers unless they are my direct line ancestor.

Thank you,

Marilyn Kenyon, Psy.D.
DAR Member #874047
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RE: Benjamin Crane
Glad to fulfill your photo request. I noticed there was a question about the year of his death--you can find his Michigan death certificate on

Best wishes
Added by Anne on Feb 22, 2017 2:06 PM
Nellie Sullivan photo request, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, CA
Hi Marilyn -

I saw the note you posted about the possible wrong death date for Nellie Sullivan. This lady that is buried at Holy Cross in Colma was born 6/5/1874 in CA and died 2/15/1955 in San Benito County, CA and was buried 2/17/1955. Her mother's maiden name is O'Keefe.

The one that died 12/15/1955 in Los Angeles County, CA is listed on CADI as Ella Marie Sullivan, born in Utah (no date listed) and her mother's maiden name is McCarthy.

Not sure if this helps you, but thought I'd throw it out there in case something got mixed up somewhere along the line.


Added by Squeak on Jan 25, 2017 1:39 PM
RE: Kenyon

Glad to find a "home" for them

Added by dhutson on Jan 24, 2017 2:15 PM
Thanks for the edits for Marvin & Adeline Kenyon. They are two of the very few in Maquon Cemetery that I couldn't link to my husband's tree so very happy to receive your info. I can transfer the memorials to you if you would like since you are related. And as I have on her memorial will try and get another pix on my next trip there.

Added by dhutson on Jan 24, 2017 1:20 PM
Roger Root
Tente(a) Ann Root
Marilyn, Would you have any information on Tente Ann Root 1795 - ?, who m. John Scott. She was the sister of Oliver Root 1793-1872.

Your Silvester S Kenyon 1818-1883 m. Tenta Ann Root, 1815 - 1902, about 1837. This Tenta Ann Root is the daughter of Oliver Root.

There are not very many Tente(a). I hope you can help. If interested, my tree is named Ancestors of Raymond Root
Roger Root
Added by Roger Root on Jan 14, 2017 11:46 AM
Marilyn I don't know how much you have on Musadae
or somewhere near that she married a Ira L Woods
November 11 1863 he is listed as L G Woods on marriage papers she is listed as Mrs. A E or M A C Kenyon they are on the 1870 census in Missouri her daughter listed as Sarah in 1860 is listed as Jennie Kenyon 1870 in the same household. Jennie Kenyon married a Charles Robinson Oct 23 1872 in Madison County, Missouri Ted
Added by Ted on Jan 12, 2017 3:41 PM
RE: Catherine Kinyon's maiden name
It probably is an American-German rendition of a place-name (like Munchen is Munich, but there are all sorts of umlauts in there, and it sounds like Moon-ch-yen, with a throat clearing sound for the ch, going really fast to the yen part). The other thing is that after WWI, there was a lot of tearing up of countries. Some of my relatives came from Prussia, always spoke German (my mother spoke only German prior to kindergarten, though she was born in Nebraska), and seriously considered themselves to be German. Yet their home towns are now in Poland.
Added by MrsB on Dec 28, 2016 5:49 AM
RE: Catherine Kinyon's maiden name
Thank you so much! Please take a look at the memorial.
Added by MrsB on Dec 27, 2016 8:12 PM
RE: The Kinyons in Missouri Valley, Iowa
no problem--ty for getting me to look again
Added by MrsB on Dec 27, 2016 7:34 PM
Catherine Kinyon's maiden name
Catherine was born in Iowa, but both her parent were born in Germany. I couldn't find any Zonars buried in Iowa--quite a few in Ohio--and Zonar doesn't "sound" German (that is my background). I look forward to hearing from you as to how her name was Zonar.
Added by MrsB on Dec 27, 2016 4:47 PM
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