was born in Augusta County, Va., January
12, 1822, and is the son of Jacob and Amanda (Cravens) Kennerly;
his parents were natives of the same State. Jacob Kennerly was born
April 5, 1796; emigrated to Jefferson County, Ind., in 1830, and
two years later moved to Shelby County, where he resided until
his death, in 1867. He was for some years an Associate Judge of
Shelby County, and is remembered as one of the most prominent early settlers of this part of the State.
Mrs. Kennerly was born
on the 6th of October, 1804, and died at her home in this county
in the year 1884. Joseph Kennerly enjoyed the advantages of a
common school education, spent the years of his youth and early
manhood on the farm and at the age of twenty-three began life
for himself, choosing agriculture for his vocation. In this he met
with much more than ordinary success, having by diligence and industry succeeded in accumulating a handsome competence by means
of which he is enabled to spend his declining years in ease and
comfort. In his early life he was a hard working man as is attested by - the fact that he cleared and prepared for cultivation about 200
acres of land. In 1886, he disposed of his farm and removed to Shelbyville, where he is now
living a retired life. He was a soldier in the war with Mexico, serving twelve months in Company
H, Third Regiment, which he accompanied to and from Mexico.
He is a Democrat in politics and deserves mention as one of Shelby
County's representative citizens.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Brant & Fuller, 1887,
"Shelbyville Sketches," page 500-501.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming