Biography of Charles L. Kenney
Charles L. Kenney, a prosperous farmer of Loudon and son of Bradley H. and Rebecca (Pease) Kenney, was born in this town, July 9, 1844. His grandfather, Joseph Kenney, was one of the early settlers of the town, where he was engaged in farming. Joseph went West in his later years, and died in Minnesota, at the home of his daughter. His son, Bradley, a cooper by trade, who was also engaged in farming, died in May, 1882. Bradley’s wife, Rebecca, who came from Barnstead, N.H., died in 1844. They had four children: Mary Ann, who is the wife of Joseph A. Foster, and lives in Manchester; Clarissa, who died in April, 1895; Caroline, who married Joseph Hutchinson, and lives in Concord, N.H.; and the subject of this sketch. All received a good common-school education, and the daughters went to select schools.
Charles L. Kenney lived at home with his parents until his marriage. His estate, known as the Dimond farm, which was willed to him by his father, now contains about one hundred and twenty-five acres of good land. An industrious and capable farmer, he has much improved the property since it came into his possession. In politics he is a Republican. In 1869, December 2, he married Myra Knowles, of Canterbury, where she was born October 6, 1844, daughter of Lester and Rebecca (Huntoon) Knowles. Mr. Knowles was a native of Gilmanton, where he died in February, 1875. His wife, born in Canterbury, and now in her eighty-eighth year, resides Penacook. Mr. and Mrs. Kenney have three children, namely: Maude, the wife of Chester Norris, living near her father in Loudon; and Ellen and Forest B., who reside with their parents. Both Mr. and Mrs. Kenney are members of the Free Will Baptist church. Mr. Kenney is also a Deacon of the society and the superintendent of the Sundayschool.