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This page contains information and links to genealogical materials on the Kennamer family. There are several common spelling variations of the family name, including Kennemer, Kennamer, Kennemur, Kennimer, Kenemore, Kennemore, Kenimer and others. We believe that all of these people in the United States can trace their ancestry to one man, Stephen Kennemar, who came to the U.S. with his son, Jacob, in 1732.
The annual Kennamer Reunion is held in Kennamer Cove at the Kennamer Family Pavilion on land near the original Hans Kennamer farm. The 2011 and subsequent reunions will again be held on the first Saturday in August (August 3, 2013). The reunion normally begins in late morning, around 10:30, with a business meeting followed by a picnic-style lunch and an afternoon of visiting.
Everyone is welcome. If you would like to attend, please bring food, water or soft drinks for the luncheon. Additionally, while seating is available, many families prefer to bring their own folding chairs to sit in. The Association will provide trash bags and portable restrooms.
Due to the increasing cost of mailing and the time required to update the mailing list, a written reminder is no longer mailed. Information on future reunions will be available on this web site. Additionally, if you will provide Cheryl Kennamer with your email address, she will send an electronic reminder about the reunion in mid-July. You may give Cheryl your address at the reunion, or you may send it to her email account.
The family now also has a Facebook group. Reunion news will be announced there as well as on this web site.
A collection of minutes, newspaper articles and other materials on the reunions was assembled in 1976 by Ralph Kennamer. I've scanned it in, along with additional minutes through 2009. The minutes make for fascinating reading and are valuable sources for tracking down your relatives. You can read them online or download them in Microsoft Word format. I'll add new minutes as they become available.
The Kennamer Family Association maintains the Kennamer Reunion pavilion and the adjoining Pisgah Cemetery. Its address is: Kennamer Family, 133 Kennamer Circle, Woodville, Alabama 35776.
Anyone interested in Kennamer family history should get a copy of The Early History and European Origin of Kennemer (and Similar Spellings), written by Harkness Kenimer. It is a 25-page monograph describing the basis for the author's conclusion that the Kennemer family originated in the Palatine area of Germany, in a small town named “Oppau.” He believes that the family descends from Stephen Kennemar who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1732. He also concludes that the original family name was probably Genheimer. By the kind permission of Mr. Kenimer, you can read it online or download it in Microsoft Word format. Wayne Kenimer has supplemented this material with a short genealogy and timeline. About 40 miles northwest of Oppau is a town named Genheim. As far as I know there isn't any documentation to back this up, but it is tempting to speculate that the family might have come from there to Oppau before the 15th century. An occupant of Genheim would have been called a Genheimer.
Another possibility for the original name―really a variant spelling of Genheimer―is Gönnheimer, pronounced something like “Kurnheimer.”
The three main genealogies of the Kennamer family in the United States are:
Other important references include:
An inventory of the burials at Pisgah Cemetery was compiled by the Pisgah Cemetery Committee in 1999.
In the last years of the 18th century, Hans Kennamer and his family lived for almost 40 years in Fairfield County, South Carolina.
Here is a passenger list from the ship Mary that brought the first two Kennamers to the US on September 26, 1732. See also Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania: 1725 - 1775, William Henry Egle, M.D., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1892. Stephen Kennamer, age 60, is listed as having taken the oath of allegiance. He was traveling with his young son, Jacob, age 15 or 16.
I have a table that displays which states the family ended up in.
My cousin George Parks pointed out that the Bureau of Land Management has made available some of their early land patent and deed records, including many for land purchases in Kennamer Cove.
A little farther afield, there is a GenWeb site devoted to the history of Jackson County, where Woodville is located. Kennamer Cove itself is just over the border in Marshall County, which also has a GenWeb site. There is another for Fairfield County, South Carolina, where Hans and his family lived from about 1771 until 1807. None of these focus on the Kennamer family specifically, of course.
Ever wonder what all that “third cousin twice removed” stuff was about? Here is an article that explains it.
Mike Kennamer runs an interesting site that is called The Kennamer Cove, with a lot of information about Kennamer Cove in North Alabama. There are directions, maps, pictures and information about local accommodations and attractions, including Steve and Cheryl Kennamer's Kennamer Cove Trading Post.
Bill A. Nichols's pages contain a great deal of information on Hans Kennamer and his descendants, including an extensive database of family members. If you are a Kennamer and want to trace your ancestry back to the 1400s, this is the best place to start. Mr. Nichols has a page devoted to the early history of the family in Oppau, Germany, just outside Mannheim.
Another interesting page is maintained by the Glad family. While they are mainly interested in other family names, they have a fairly extensive collection of genealogical records on members of the Kennamer family also. Tom Glad runs a mailing list for coordinating online research on the family. To subscribe, send email to KENNAMER-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the message type only the word: subscribe.
If you are aware of other sites that I should link to, please let me know. My email address is email@example.com.
This page was last updated on 05/11/13.