First Generation


1. Thomas Kench was born about 1740 in England, UK. He served in the military in Revolutionary War. He died on 17 January 1831 at the age of 91 in Brooksville, Hancock County, Maine, USA. Served in the Revolutionary War. Enlisted in Roxbury, Massachusetts about the last of May,1776 in the company commanded by Capt. James Swan in the Regiment of Artillary commanded by Col. Thomas Crafts and served until about the last of December, 1782. He was in the battle of York at the capture of Cornwallis. Revolutionary war soldier with B. Arnold at Quebec. Said by Dr. Small to be the first settler on Swan's Island (Harbor Island) about 1777. Left Swan's Island for Brooksville (Bucks Harbor) in 1796. Lived on Harbor Island. He was awarded a pension of $8.00 a month in 1819
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THE COLORED PATRIOTS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION,
WITH SKETCHES OF SEVERAL DISTINGUISHED COLORED PERSONS:
TO WHICH IS ADDED A BRIEF SURVEY OF THE
Condition and Prospects of Colored Americans.
By
WM. C. NELL.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HARRIET BEECHER STOWE.

BOSTON: PUBLISHED BY ROBERT F. WALLCUT. 1855.
Page 49.

In 1778, Lieut. THOMAS KENCH presented a petition to the Legislature, asking for the appointment of a colored regiment. The Legislature responded thus:--
STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS BAY:
The Committee of both Houses upon the letter of THOMAS KENCH, with other papers accompanying it, have attended to that service, and report--
That there be one regiment of volunteers raised, as soon as possible, to serve during the war, to consist of the same number of officers and privates as those of a continental regiment;--That one sergeant in each company, and every higher officer in said regiment, shall be white men, and that all the other sergeants, inferior officers and privates shall be negroes, mulattoes, or Indians.
At a later date, Lieut. KENCH addressed the following letter to the Council:--
To the Honorable Council:
The letter I wrote before I heard of the disturbance with Col. Seaver, Mr. Spear, and a number of other gentlemen, concerning the freedom of negroes, in Congress, street. It is, a pity that riots should be committed on the occasion, as it is, justified that negroes should have their freedom, and none among, us be held as slaves, as freedom and liberty is the grand controversy that we are contending for, and I trust, under the smiles of Divine Providence, we shall obtain it, if all our minds can be united; and putting the negroes into the service will prevent much uneasiness, and give more satisfaction to those that are offended at the thoughts of their servants being free.
I will not enlarge, for fear I should give offence, but subscribe myself,
Your faithful servant, THOMAS KENCH.
CASTLE ISLAND, April 7, 1778
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Thomas Kench and Jane Maker were married in Brooksville, Hancock County, Maine, USA. Jane Maker was born in Cutler, Maine, USA. She died about 1794.

Thomas Kench-3172 and Jane Maker-3173 had the following children:

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Capt. Thomas Kench Jr.-60562.

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Mary Ann "Mercy" Kench-3171.

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Elizabeth "Betsey" Kench-6957.

Thomas Kench and Mary Perkins were married about 1797. Mary Perkins was born about 1763. She died on 10 May 1832 at the age of 69.

Thomas Kench-3172 and Mary Perkins-60605 had the following children:

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William Kench-6955.

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Joseph Kench was born on 2 August 1800 in Brooksville, Hancock County, Maine, USA. He died in April 1839 at the age of 38.

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Lucy Kench-6958.

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Stephen Kench was born on 24 November 1806 in Brooksville, Hancock County, Maine, USA. Moved to Dedham, Maine.