Kennon Family Genealogy

Purchase of “The Neck”

A map of 1751 shows the Kennon House at the confluence of Swift Creek and the Appomattox River. Due to its prominent position on the waterway, the house became a
navigational marker for merchants and other river travelers. (John Smith’s 1612 Map of Virginia/Public Domain)

The early history of the Kennons in Virginia is sketchy at best. Some facts are well known and documented, such as the marriage of Richard Kennon to Elizabeth Worsham, and Richard’s purchase of the land known then as “the Neck.”

Portrait of Mary Kennon
Mary Kennon, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Kennon, married Major John Fairfax Bolling, great-grandson of John and Rebecca Rolfe (Pocahontas). Courtesy of the College of William and Mary, Muscarelle Museum of Art

Anecdotal references to Richard may be found in a variety of places, but to date no consolidated work has been completed that accurately describes Richard’s origins and early life.

Richard married Elizabeth Worsham in 1675, and later purchased “the Neck” in 1677, as noted in the work “Colonial Wills of Henrico County, Virginia 1677-1737,” by Benjamin B. Weisiger III, 1976, page 8.

“1677 October 19―Henrico County: Christopher Robinson, son and heir of Christopher Robinson of Bristol Parish, deceased, sold to Richard Kennon of Bermuda Hundred, a tract of land called the ‘Neck,’ bounded by the land formerly sold to said Kennon, the lands of Nicholas Dixon, Joseph Worsham and on Appomattox and Swift Creek. Attest: William Sloane, Nathaniel Tatum, Jr., Henry Robinson.”



Will of Richard Kennon

As recorded in the Henrico County Will Book, pg 651:

To son William, all that plantation and tract called Roxdale lying on the James River and all my mill and land thereto belonging at Pucketts in Bristol Parish and my ½ acre land and housing at Bermuda Hundred

To loving wife Elisabeth, all land I now live on called The Neck, and all that tract called The Quarter, lying on Swift Creek

To daughter Judith, one young female negro

All the rest to wife and she is to be executrix

Dated 6 Aug. 1694

Wit: Geo. Robinson, John Piggott, Nich. Dison

Recorded 20 Aug. 1696


(ref: “Colonial Wills of Henrico County, Virginia, Part One, 1654-1737, Abstracted & Compiled by Benjamin B. Weisiger III)