Name: Col. Richard Kennon
Death: BEF 20 AUG 1696 in Henrico Co, Virginia
Note: Will dated 6 Aug. 1694 Recorded 20 Aug. 1696
Burial: Brick House Graveyard Conjuror's Neck, Virginia
Note: The following is from the KENNON Rootsweb archives and relates to Richard Kennon, whom we assume is the same man who transported Ralph Blankinship to America in 1686/7. You will see that Kennon married into the Worsham family line. We also know much later in 1781 and 1782 Molly and Fanny Worsham (daughters of Drury) married two cousins Jesse and Abel Blankenship and together they later migrated from Chesterfield County, VA into Cumberland, KY around 1806. It is not yet know if the Worsham-Blankenship connection fits into the Kennon family tree.
Change Date: 25 NOV 2012
Incidentally, the BERMUDA 100 location referenced below is exactly 6 miles northeast of where the old Ralph Blankinship homestead is located in Henrico County, VA. It is on the upper reach of the James River at 37-20-41.6 North latitude and 77-16-26.4 West Longitude. It appears that Richard Cannon and his wife Elizabeth Worsham, before coming to America first resided on the Island of Bermuda in the Atlantic Ocean of North Carolina. Eventually they migrated into Virginia where Richard set up a country store or warehouse in a place which he called the Bermuda 100. This location is about 3 miles north of present day Hopewell, VA
Richard Kennon, or Cannon as the name was pronounced and sometimes spelled, was a merchant resident at Bermuda Hundred as early as 1680. In 1685, he was factor and attorney for Mr. William Paggen, a merchant of London, who had extensive trade with Virginia. To provide his storehouse at Bermuda, Kennon visited England repeatedly. He married Elizabeth Worsham, daughter of William Worsham and Elizabeth, his wife. (Henrico Co. Records.) His mother-in-law married 2dly Lt. Col. Francis Eppes (son of Lt. Col. Francis Eppes, the immigrant). In a grant of land to Mr. Francis Eppes in 1680 the latter was allowed to count Richard Kennon 8 times. It was the policy of Virginia at that time to encourage immigration by allowing 50 acres for every time a person passed to Virginia, and it would seem from this grant that Kennon crossed the ocean as many as eight times prior to 1680. He was justice for Henrico in 1680 and 1683. In 1686 Capt. William Randolph and Mr. Richard Kennon were paid as burgesses for 32 days. In 1686 (June 1), he made a power of attorney to his brither-in-law, Mr. John Worsham. The preamble of the deed states that he was then about to sail again to Europe. In 1691 he made a deed of gift to his children Mary, Elizabeth, Martha, William and Sarah. His will was proved in Henrico Co., August 20, 1696.
Hotten's "Original Lists of Emigrants" shows that the ship Truelove of London, sailed from Gravesend on June 10, 1635, bound for Bermuda; the passenger list includes the names of "Richard Canon, 24 years" and uxor: "Elizabeth Canon 23 years", and it is very probable that they were the emigrant ancestors of the Kennon family.
No known record shows the presence of Richard and Elizabeth Canon in Bermuda after the 1635 voyage; but as early as 1637 a surgeon of the name, Richard Kennon was living in Lower Norfolk County, Virginia. The county records contain the proceedings, "At a court holden, the Lower County of Norfolk the 10th January 1637 - Whereas it doth appear that William Julian doth stand indebted unto Richard Kennon, chircurgeon, in the quantity of 700 weight of tobacco in leaf. It is therefore ordered that the afore said William Julian shall, within ten days after the date hereof, pay the afore said sum of tobacco or else execution to be awarded.
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY --LYON GARDINER TYLER Kennon, Richard, founder of the family in Virginia, was a prominent merchant living at Bermuda Hundred, on James river. In 1685 he was a factor for Mr. William Paggen, a London merchant. He was a constant visitor to London; justice of the peace for Henrico county in 1680 and other years; burgess in 1686. He married Elizabeth Worsham, daughter of William Worsham and Elizabeth, his wife. he died in 1696 and in his will names his children Richard, William, Martha, married Robert Munford, Mary married Major John Bolling, of "Cobbs," Elizabeth married Joseph Royall, Sr., Sarah, and Judith, married Thomas Eldridge.
- Mary Kennon b: 29 JUN 1679
- Richard Kennon b: 5 DEC 1684
- Colonel William Kennon b: 1685 in Henrico Co, Virginia
- Richard Kennon b: AFT 1684 in Conjuror's Neck, Henrico Co, Virginia
- Sarah Kennon b: 1689 in Conjurors Neck, Chesterfield Co, Virginia
- Judith Kennon b: 1692 in Conjuror's Neck, Henrico Co, Virginia
- Elizabeth Kennon
- Martha Kennon