Kennedys of Harbour Main and Holyrood, Newfoundland  

It is unclear whether or which groups of Kennedy's in Newfoundland are related.  While Seary's  references to early instances of Newfoundland Kennedys shows a few  Irish county origins, his work is just a sampling.  My own branch of Carbonear Kennedys arrived from Wexford county in 1807 married into the Crocker's Cove Kennedys who were there before 1755, perhaps as early as 1680.   The Irish origins of  the Crocker's Cove Kennedys is uncertain  though it is likely that  the majority of  Newfoundland Kennedys, came from within a 30 mile radius of Waterford County from the ports which follow the Suir River where the counties of Tipperary, Waterford, Kilkenny, and Wexford meet.  When considering the Kennedy surname distribution in southern Ireland around the early 1700s the assumption follows that the 18th century Kennedy immigrants in the New World  likely had a common ancestor in the mid to late 1600s in southern Ireland.   This assumption and its relevance or nonrelevance is explored further in my General Theory of Relativity  From what I can tell it seems the Holyrood Kennedys spread out from Harbour Main and I cannot tell if any of the Carbonear Kennedys are also related.  However, given the fact that all Kennedys who settled between Harbour Main and Carbonear  along the 25 mile stretch of Conception Bay shoreline and both attended religious services in Harbor Grace up until St. Patrick's RC Church in Carbonear and St. Peter and St. Paul of Harbour Main were built around 1850 it is certain that they shared both geography and social circles.

A map of the general area around Conception Bay

Holyrood, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

 

 1776 Will and Descendants of James Kennedy

  1794 Will of Patrick Kennedy

  1817 Will of John Kennedy

  All KENNEDY WILLS

 Holyrood KENNEDYs in the 1921 CENSUS of Newfoundland

  Holyrood KENNEDY NEWS

  Harbor Main Kennedys NewsBits

 

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