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Biography of Grant Maitland Kennedy

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(III) Grant Maitland, youngest child of Francis M. and Phoebe J. (Fisher) Kennedy, was born in Italy, Yates county, New York, January 3, 1866. His early education was received in the district school of Italy Hollow, New York, and at the age of sixteen years he entered the Naples Academy, at Naples, New York, spending three years in that institution, and finishing with one year at the State Normal School at Genesee, New York. His early years were spent upon the homestead farm, and in the fall of 1885, he made his first appearance as a teacher of district schools, commencing in the Segar district in the town of Italy. For six years he was thus engaged, being in turn in the schools of Lazalieers Hollow (now Guyunoga), the County House district, both in the town of Jerusalem, also Italy Hollow, Italy Hill and West Italy schools, all located in Yates county, New York. August 7, 1891, he went to Canandaigua and formed a partnership with Darwin Cheney in the undertaking business, this continuing until November 25, 1901, when Mr. Kennedy purchased the interests of Mr. Cheney. December 1, 1901, he took Amos Gillett, of Canandaigua, as a partner, and the business was conducted under the firm name of Gillett & Kennedy until the death of Mr. Gillett, February 26, 1903. The business was continued under the same name until July 19, 1904, when Mr. Kennedy purchased the interest of his late partner from his widow, and since that date has been the sole owner and manager of the business, which had combined furniture with the undertaking branch. It is located at Nos. 9, 11 and 13 Bristol street, Canandaigua. Mr. Kennedy is a member of the Republican party, and attends the Methodist Episcopal church. He is connected in various capacities with the following organizations: Canandaigua Lodge, No. 294, Free and Accepted Masons; Canandaigua Chapter, No. 164, Royal Arch Masons, in which he has filled the office of king; Zenobia Commandery, No. 41, Knights Templar; Canandaigua Lodge, No. 236, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has filled all the chairs, including the office of noble grand. March 16, 1910, at the most recent district meeting of past grands of Ontario district, Mr. Kennedy was elected district deputy grand master of Ontario district.

Mr. Kennedy married, at Italy Hollow, New York, September 28, 1892, Nettie L. Geer, born in that town, September 6, 1865, daughter of George L. and Jane B. Geer, the former a farmer, and they had children: Charles Leroy, Herbert, William, Mary, Emma and Nettie L.. mentioned above. Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy have had children: Bertha Jane. born September 15, 1899; Howard Geer, born March 19, 1901.

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