Tennessee native Rev. John E. Kennedy was pastor of Saint John A.M.E. Zion Church from about 1925 to about 1930. (The family is not listed in the 1930 census of Wilson.) He had married Annie L. Moore, whose mother Serena Suggs Moore was a native of Wilson and a daughter of G. Washington and Esther Suggs.
This photograph was taken on the front steps of Saint John’s parsonage, next door to the church. The Kennedys’ youngest child, son James Reginald, was born in Wilson.
The Kennedy family in 1929 — Rev. John Kennedy, Annie Moore Kennedy, James R. Kennedy and Ruby E. Kennedy.
Rev. Dr. John E. Kennedy (1876-1944).
Annie Lucretia Moore Kennedy (1883-1942).
Rubye Eloise Kennedy (1917-1993).
James Reginald Kennedy (1925-1997).
The parsonage at 121 North Pender Street, Wilson. The shed-roof porch is unfortunate recent add-on.
Kennedy family photos courtesy of Ancestry.com user JamesKennedy621; photo of parsonage taken by Lisa Y. Henderson, August 2019.
James was a United States Marine. Therefore, he is and shall forever be my Brother. Rest easy Devil Dog.