Martha Jane came to Midland with her parents (George and Melinda Jane (Caldwell) Kennedy) in November 1880, and in 1881 the forest fires burned all of their household goods but one load. So had to start all over again. Her father had bought a forty acre piece of land and built on it, but had bad luck and his horses died so he lost the place. He was a blacksmith and steel fitter. Worked in Ohio and Pennsylvania for the men in the stone quarries and on the railroads, he filed their steel tools. Worked for Wanzor Holcomb for 14 summers. Hr mother Malinda Jane was 84 years old and her father George Kennedy was 70 years old when they died. When Martha was five years old her grandmother Barbry (Simons) Caldwell came to visit them and had Olive Chadwick with her (Olive was Betsy Caldwell Chadwicks daughter) and Barbry's granddaughter. When she was 6 years old her grandmother Barbry died, and she remembers my [LLC] grandfather Nicholas Caldwell bringing his mothers body back to Ohio to Aunt Susan (Caldwell) Philes home, funeral held there. Barbry buried in the Palmyra Cemetery, Palmyra, Ohio. End of Quote. LLCS.
  • 6 Jan 1867 - Birth - ; Edinburg, Ohio
George Kennedy
16 Dec 1832 - 8 Sep 1903
Martha Jane Kennedy
6 Jan 1867 -
John Caldwell
16 Jan 1801 - 15 Mar 1870
Melinda Jane Caldwell
23 Sep 1841 - 2 Feb 1920
Barbry Simons
12 Jan 1801 - 3 Jan 1873
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) George Kennedy
Birth16 Dec 1832
Death8 Sep 1903 Homer Township, Midland County, Michigan
Marriage25 Jul 1858to Melinda Jane Caldwell
PARENT (F) Melinda Jane Caldwell
Birth23 Sep 1841
Death2 Feb 1920
Marriage25 Jul 1858to George Kennedy
FatherJohn Caldwell
MotherBarbry Simons
MJohn Franklin Kennedy
Birth13 May 1859Berrien Springs, Michigan
Death28 Jan 1934
Marriageto Mary MacIntosh
MGeorge William Kennedy
Birth7 Feb 1861Ohio
Marriage25 Dec 1882to Gertrude Theodesia Porter at Midland, Michigan
MCharles Elihu Kennedy
Birth12 Jul 1863Ohio
Death4 Mar 1864Ohio
FMartha Jane Kennedy
Birth6 Jan 1867Edinburg, Ohio
Marriage6 May 1886to John Vance at Midland, Michigan
FNellie Elizabeth Kennedy
Birth25 Dec 1869Pennsylvania
Marriage6 Jan 1886to Alonzo M. See
Marriage18 May 1911to Ellis Collins Hart
FNancy Kennedy
Birth21 May 1872Pennsylvania
Death4 Mar 1873Pennsylvania
MEdwin Philip Kennedy
Birth11 Sep 1873Pennsylvania
Marriage6 Apr 1895to Gertrude Friedenburg at Midland, Michigan
MWanzor Holcomb Kennedy
Birth13 Dec 1877Ohio
Marriageto Rossie Knowlton
FLilly Kennedy
Birth3 Mar 1882Midland, Michigan
Death1 Jun 1882
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) John Vance
Birth24 Sep 1859Midland, Michigan
Marriage6 May 1886to Martha Jane Kennedy at Midland, Michigan
FatherWilliam Vance
MotherLucy M. Wyman
PARENT (F) Martha Jane Kennedy
Birth6 Jan 1867Edinburg, Ohio
Marriage6 May 1886to John Vance at Midland, Michigan
FatherGeorge Kennedy
MotherMelinda Jane Caldwell
UPerley B. Vance
BirthMar 1888
Death15 Sep 1888
FClara Hazel Vance
Birth1891Midland, Michigan
Death3 Feb 1934
Marriageto Fay Kerfoot
MJohn Claud Vance
Birth1892Midland, Michigan
Marriage1914to Ella Donovan
FMarion Elizabeth Vance
Birth1902Midland, Michigan
Death20 Jun 1917
Marriageto LIVING
Marriageto LIVING
MGeorge William Vance
BirthMidland, Michigan
Marriageto LIVING
Descendancy Chart
Martha Jane Kennedy b: 6 Jan 1867
John Vance b: 24 Sep 1859
Perley B. Vance b: Mar 1888 d: 15 Sep 1888
Clara Hazel Vance b: 1891 d: 3 Feb 1934
John Claud Vance b: 1892
Marion Elizabeth Vance b: 1902 d: 20 Jun 1917