Name: Christopher Kenn
Death: 21 JAN 1593 1
Burial: 23 JAN 1593 Kenn, Somerset
Residence: Kenn Court, Somerset
MEM: Kenn Church, Somerset: Monument over the tower arch
Note: 1 2 3 1|
Change Date: 16 FEB 2012
Confirmation of Arms 8 April 1561
Will dated 26 March 1592.
= 1. ELIZABETH STOWELL m.1545, dissolved 1554.
= 2. ELIZABETH CHOLMELEY widow of Leonard Beckwith.
(dau of Sir Roger Cholmley, and widow of Sir Leonard Beckwith of Selby (d 7 May 1557), Sheriff of Yorkshire.)
The Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem were dissolved in 1540, and in 1546 the 'lordship and manor of Hampstead' [Middlesex] was granted to Sir Roger Cholmeley. On Cholmeley's death in 1565 the estate, then called the farm at Shoot Up Hill, was divided into moieties, one held by his daughter Elizabeth, widow of Leonard Beckwith and wife of Christopher Kenn, the other by John Russell, the 14 year-old son of his other, dead, daughter Frances.
Christopher Kenn was the last of the Kenn family to occupy the manor of Kenn. He had no son and the estate passed to the Pouletts of Hinton St.George by the marriage of his posthumous daughter Elizabeth to John Poulett c.1614.
The Kenns derived their wealth and status from their land holdings. Their core holding was the manor of Kenn and one third of the adjoining manor of Kingston Seymour. They added to their lands as a result of marriages. Inyn's Court, Bishopsworth, and the manor of Ashton-Theynes came from the Inyn family. Blackmore Manor and other lands in Somerset came from the Malet family. Lands in Gloucs and Northants came from the family of the Park.
The Kenn family never produced an M.P.but Christopher Kenn was Sheriff of Somerset in 1575 and was a Justice of the Peace for the County of Somerset in 1591. John Kenn (1450-1504)was escheator in the Cos.Somerset and Dorset in 1483.
Father: John Kenn b: ABT 1482
Mother: Margaret Baynham
- Margaret Ken
- Elizabeth Kenn b: JUL 1593
- Text: Kenn and other families researcher: Nicholas Deas, Yatton
- Type: Web Site
Title: Stirnet Genealogy
Author: Patrick Barns-Graham
- Type: Book
Periodical: Victoria County History of Middlesex