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Genealogy Help Needed

Who are Dr. Samuel Kennedy´s current descendants, and where do they live?
The Charlestown Township Historical Commission is working to obtain a bronze grave marker for Dr. Samuel Kennedy´s grave in the old Charlestown Cemetery opposite the Playschool. Air pollution is rapidly rendering illegible the lettering on the grave stone of the surgeon who in 1777 donated his own property in Yellow Springs on which to build the hospital for his patients in the Valley Forge encampment. Such a marker may be available from the Veterans Administration if we can fill out the application properly. The current stumbling block is the question, "Next of Kin?"
We appeal to you Internet genealogists to see whether you can locate a current descendant of Dr. Kennedy. His grandson, Joseph C. G. Kennedy, wrote to John Rees in 1880, thanking the Charlestown Presbyterian Church for their good care of his grandfather´s grave. His father, Dr. Thomas Ruston Kennedy, was Samuel Kennedy´s only surviving son, since two young sons lie beside him in Charlestown. Kennedy´s widow was Sarah Ruston, daughter of Job and Mary Ruston, founders of the Faggs Manor Presbyterian Church. Thomas R. Kennedy married a daughter of Andrew Ellicott, a distinguished surveyor and a son of Joseph Ellicott, founder of Ellicott Mills, MD. Joseph Kennedy was born in Meadville, PA. and lived in Washington, D.C. where he was responsible for organizing the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Census. He had a daughter, but these are the only pre-1880 clues. Good hunting!
If you are able to find any descendants of Dr. Kennedy, please email your findings to Jacob Merriwether will forward the findings on to the Historical Commission. If you prefer to use the US Postal Service, please mail your findings to Janet Baldwin at 2106 Bodine Road, Malvern, PA 19355.

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