Samual Peter Kennison


Samual Peter Kennison was born December 11th, 1863 in Scotch Grove, Iowa to David and Emily Kennison.

In 1898, Samual served in the Spanish-American war. He was in Company K, 2nd US Volunteer Calvary Division.

He married Rachel Sophia Roddy in 1899 when he was 36 years old. That same year, their first son William David was born.  They lived in Garden City, Kansas in 1900. Samual was listed as a farmer on the 1900 census.  In 1903, their son Harry Alvin was born in Cushion, Oklahoma.  In July of 1907 Samual become a widower when Rachel passed away in Larned, Kansas. They had been married only 8 short years.

In October of 1907, Samual married Lena Stambaugh. This marriage ended in divorce after only a short time.  On the 1910 census, Lena is living by herself and listed as the head of household.  She was a dressmaker.

In 1910 Samual and his two boys were living in a boarding house in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Samual was working as a street car conductor. Sometime during that year, 1910, Samual married again.  His new wife’s name was Florence.  My dad and aunt’s remember Grandma Florence coming to visit them in Wallowa when they were kids.


In 1922, Samual lost his son William David.  Will was only 22 years old, had already fought in France, but died working for the Pacific Railroad when the engine he was on got stuck in a tunnel near Unita, Wyoming.  Will died from gas poisoning.

Samual passed away on February 10th, 1930 at the age of 66.  He is buried in the Vancouver Barracks Cemetery in Vancouver, Washington.


(Samual was my 2nd great-grandfather.  He is the father of Harry Alvin Kennison.)





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