. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Tapscott-Kennington Butterfly


Thomas Kennington was born in 1811 in Fiskerton, Lincolnshire, and died before the date of the 1870 census in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA. He married Elizabeth Baldwin on 30 December 1833 in Laceby, Lincolnshire. She was born in 1803 in Lincolnshire, and died after 1870 in Kings, New York, USA.

Thomas and Elizabeth's marriage was witnessed by brother and sister William and Jane Markham who were the cousins of Charles Markham.  Thomas's sister Fath Kennington married Charles Markham.

Laceby Parish Register Transcription
Marriage Thomas Kennington of this parish and Elizabeth Baldwin of this parish married by Banns on the 30th day of December 1833 in the presence of John Patrick, William Markham, Jane Markham and Wm Gunnill

Transcript of Thomas and Elizabeth’s arrival in New York:
Name: Thomas Kennington Cordwainer with Eliz Kennington 28
Arrival Date: May 12, 1834
Age: 22
Gender: M
Port of Arrival: New York
Port of Departure: Hull
Place of Origin: Great Britain
Destination: United States
Ship: Barque Chilton
Microfilm Serial Number: M237
Microfilm Roll Number: 22
List Number: 264

Thomas is on the 1840 census for New York and for the 1850 census he is in Brooklyn and shown as a shoemaker with wife Eliza, both born in England.

Child of Thomas Kennington and Elizabeth Baldwin is:

William H Kennington who was born in 1842 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Thomas is also listed three times in Hearne’s Brooklyn Directory between 1850 and 1860 as having a boot and shoe store at 55 Main.

In the 1860 census for Brooklyn Thomas has been transcribed as Thomas H Birmingham, age 47, born in England, shoe store, with wife Elizabeth and son William H Birmingham born New York. 

There is no further sighting of Thomas  and he had apparently died before 1870. There is a possible sighting of Elizabeth in the Kings County Alms House in 1870, age 68 and a pauper, born England.

Thomas and Elizabeth’s son William may have joined the army as there is a possible sighting of him in 1870:

William Kennington, 25, soldier, Fort Rice, Dakota
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Fort Rice Vicinity, Unorganized, Dakota Territory; Roll: M593_118; Page: 173; Image: 344.

He may previously have canvassed for election in the Brooklyn Ward where they lived:

Brooklyn Daily Eagle dated Dec 10, 1863 page 1. In a long list of "District Canvassers of Election" there is a William Kennington canvassing for the Second Ward, 1st Election District in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Success Postal Card Co., Pub., New York