The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


KENYON, James P - Morris

James P. KENYON was born in Cooperstown, Feb. 26, 1822. 
His parents were of Welsh descent. He came to Butternuts (now 
Morris) when only five years old, and lived with Samuel SOMERS, 
a tailor, until the spring of 1837 working the last two years at the 
tailor's trade. He then apprenticed himself to Wing & Waite, working 
in wagon-making.
In the fall of 1841, when only nineteen years old, he commenced 
business for himself. In 1847 he married Miss Permelia S., only 
daughter of Sutton PEARSALL by whom he had three children. 
The eldest, Charles L., volunteered in the defense of his country in 
the United States navy where he contracted brain-fever, and died in 
1865, aged seventeen years. Mr. Kenyon by industry and economy 
acquired a competency, but his temperament would not permit him 
to be idle; and, in 1870, he purchased the drug- and grocery-store 
formerly occupied by R. B. WING, and at the present time is still 
engaged in that business. He was an indefatigable worker; whatever 
he undertook he generally accomplished. He has the reputation of 
being one of the best business men in the place. He is of a social 
nature and liberal in his ideas.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 218


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