The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 342
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went to Mexico and thence to Central America, where he engaged
in the shipping of mahogany timber. Moving on again, he went
to South America, where he traveled about for a couple of years,
chiefly in the Argentine Republic. In 1869 he returned to his
mother's home in Texas. Shortly afterwards he joined the force
of the Texas Rangers and served with them for some time.
In February, 1877, he married Miss Annie Matthews of Chappell
Hill, Texas. They removed to Bellville, where they lived for four-
teen years. Here Captain Kenney took up his old business of sur-
veyor, 'and practiced law. In 1892 he was elected to the Legisla-
ture from Austin County, and served for two terms.
In July, 1895, he was appointed Spanish translator in the Gen-
eral Land Office at Austin. His long acquaintance with the land
system of Texas and his proficiency in the Spanish language en-
abled him to perform his duties in a highly creditable manner,
while his energy, punctuality, and conscientious attention to all
details inspired the fullest confidence of the officials of the State.
Because of the intricacies and confusion of the Texas land system
and the consequent necessity of obtaining accurate translations of
the Spanish and Mexican documents, land grants, deeds, etc., Cap-
tain Kenney's work here was of the greatest importance to the
State. It proved to be his final labor, for with the exception of a
little more than a year, 1899-1900, he filled this position until
shortly before his death. In 1901 he was stricken with paralysis,
losing the use of his right hand. With indomitable will he re-
mained at his post, but his strength gradually failed and he died,
February 8, 1907.
Throughout his life Captain Kenney exhibited those stalwart
qualities of mind and character that enabled his fellow pioneers to
conquer the wilderness. He had seen the little band of colonists
under Austin grow into a nation and then into a mighty State of the
Union; he had attended the first log-cabin school in the wild fron-
tier, and had lived to see his own children attending a University
in the same land; and he was interested in all that pertained to
the development of the State. One of the earliest members of the
Texas State Historical Association, he maintained an active in-
terest in its affairs until his death.
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