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

Dunholme, the beck

James Kennington was born on 3 June 1838 in Dunholme, Lincolnshire, and died in 1893 in Grantham, Lincolnshire, age 54. He married Elizabeth Brackenbury in 1859 in Grantham, Lincolnshire. She was born in 1829 in Londonthorpe, Lincolnshire, and died in 1909 in Grantham, Lincolnshire, age 80. 

As a 20 year old in 1858, James accompanied his brother to Liverpool and saw him board the 'Red Jacket' en route to New Zealand.  By 1861 he had a butcher's shop in Spittlegate, Grantham where he ran a successful business for many years. James also built and opened butcher’s shops for his son Stephen and step-son William Garton.

Market Place, Grantham
Postcard, Valentine's Series c1902


Children of James Kennington and Elizabeth Brackenbury were:

Helen Kennington who was born in 1860 in Grantham, Lincolnshire. She died in January 1866, Grantham, Lincolnshire and was buried there on 22 January 1866.

Lucy Kennington who was born in 1862 in Grantham, Lincolnshire and died in the first quarter of 1883 in Grantham, Lincolnshire, age 23.

Stephen Kennington was born in 1864, Grantham in Lincolnshire. He married Annie Bridget Swallow in 1889 in Grantham, Lincolnshire. She was born 1870 in Barrowby, Lincolnshire. Stephen was a butcher and had shops at 18 London Road, Grantham and also in Colsterworth and Corby.

Children of Stephen Kennington and Annie Swallow are:
James Frederick Kennington who was born in 1893, Grantham, Lincolnshire.
Olive Kennington who was born in 1894, Grantham, Lincolnshire.
Gladys Grace Kennington who was born in 1896, Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Mary Ellen Kennington was born June 1868 in Grantham, Lincolnshire. She married Harry Thompson Welband in1891 in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Harry Welband was a clerk and they lived at Spittlegate, Grantham.

Child of Mary Kennington and Harry Welband is:
Harry Kennington Welband who was born in 1895 In Grantham, Lincolnshire

Rose Minnie Kennington who was born in February 1870 in Grantham, Lincolnshire and died there in 1870. Rose was buried on 8 August, 1870/

Rose Minnie Kennington who was born in 1871, Grantham, Lincolnshire. She married Enoch Taylor in 1891 in Grantham, Lincolnshire. He was a butcher and was born in 1856 in Walsall, Staffordshire.

Children of Rose Kennington and Enoch Taylor are:
Clarence Victor Taylor, born 1892, Walsall Staffordshire
Sarah Elizabeth Taylor born 1893, Walsall Staffordshire
Frank Kennington Taylor born 1898, Walsall Staffordshire
Joyce Taylor born 1899, Walsall Staffordshire
Alfred James Taylor born 1903, Walsall, Staffordshire and died 1987, Isle of Wight, Hampshire.
Norah Minnie Taylorborn 8 January 1914, Walsall, Staffordshire and died January 1990, Hastings, East Sussex.

John James Kennington who was born in 1872, Grantham, Lincolnshire and died there in 1875.

James Kennington’s wife Elizabeth Brackenbury had previously been married to Walter Watson Garton who died at Londonthorpe on 9 January 1859. They had two children who James treated as his own:

William Garton who was born in 1856, Londonthorpe, Lincolnshire. And died in 1903. William married Ellen Helena Thorpe and they lived in Walsall, Staffordshire where William was a butcher. They moved back to Grantham before 1901 and held the license for the Blue Horse Inn, London Road.

Children of William Garton and Ellen Thorpe are:
Florence Gertrude Garton born 1878, Grantham, Lincolnshire
Julia Winifred Garton born 1883, Walsall, Wawickshire.
Lucy Helena Garton born 1886, Walsall, Warks.
Constance Ellen Garton born 1900, Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Sarah Elizabeth Garton was born September 1858 in Londonthorpe, Lincolnshire, and died December 1879 in Grantham, Lincolnshire. She married Charles Ephraim Riley in 1876 in Grantham, Lincolnshire. He was born in 1855 in St. Pancras, London.

Sarah and Charles had a daughter, Alice Maud Riley who was two years old when her mother died. Her father has not been found in the records and Alice was raised by James and Elizabeth Kennington and the extended family.


Letter from James to brother William in New Zealand, September, 1874

I was delighted to receive a letter from you a few months ago with photos of your wife and little ones though you give a very poor description of your doings and customs so I wish you would make a practice of writing every six months and give us a list of particulars you don't know how it would please our old people. Mother was delighted with the letter and photos I sent her and has been anxously looking ever since for a letter. I must appeal to you Mrs Kennington to stir you up in these matters. Mother is very stout indeed, weighs near twenty stone. Father is but( worked and after?) and not very well. Ellen has got two children Fine boys, they bought the little place they live on. Lucy is still at (Welton?) near Grantham and would like to hear from you her and me was over the other week to the feast we had great doings (? ?) I don't know if you know that father bought all grandmother's property. James Doubikin has the Lord Nelson, Uncle Markham was at the feast, Aunt has been dead some time he has married again and Woofit is staying with us a few weeks. She is not very well off though one or other of us does a little for her at times. Aunt Moffatt lives down the Eshin Lane and Brews at Cob Hall. Now about ourselves we have seven youngsters and the youngest is a little over two years he his a fine strapping young fellow. Wm the oldest is about 18 I am about building a shop for him a little way from my own. I haven't got the whole of our Photos taken yet but will let you have them shortly. I haven't heard from Steve lately but I will enclose his address he is doing well and has got a lot of money. (S.K.) 62 Archer Avenue, Chicago, (Butcher) Illinois, U.S. America.


(1) John Doubikin was married to James's aunt Ann Kennington
(2) Charles Markham was married to James's aunt Faith Kennington
(3) Samuel Woolfitt was married to James's aunt Mary Kennington
(4) Thomas Moffatt was married to James's aunt Jane Harrison
(5) William was a stepson, William Garton, James's wife's son from a former marriage

James died at Grantham in 1893 at the age of 54, leaving a will in which he bequeathed several properties and butchers' shops to his family.

Bareilly House, Cambridge Road, Grantham, front and side view, James Kennington's home

Death report, Grantham Journal 12th August 1865

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