Descendants of

William Canady\Kennedy, Sr.


Elizabeth Elliston

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William & Elizabeth's Children:

1) William Jr.

2) Hugh H.

3) Henry S.

4) Wash or Washington

5) John Jackson

6) Mary

7) Martha

8) Sion (Sean)


William was born abt. 1795 in Tennessee or Virginia. He married Elizabeth Elliston, December 21, 1820, in Davidson County, Tennessee. I found William on the 1820 Davidson County Census newly married with only his spouse. Their ages were 20-30 years which would be correct because they were married during the year. The 1830 Davidson County, Tennessee census has William Canady 30-40 years, wife 30-40 years, 3 boys under 5 years, 3 girls 5-10 years.

A descendant of William's son John (Uncle Jack) said that William and his wife Elizabeth both died in 1839. The children were split up and went different ways. Some of them were back together in Jersey County, Illinois by 1850\60. It was said that Elizabeth had a brother Joe and her father is Joseph T. Elliston, but Elliston researchers cannot place Elizabeth in his family.

A search of records in Davidson County, Tennessee for the parents of William and Elizabeth does not provide any positive proof. There is a John Kennedy that is believed to have came to Nashville shortly after the Donelson flotilla. His will shows him to have a son John and the 1820 census shows John Jr. with a load of children of all ages. There is not a will or any other record identified up to this point that positively connects William to John.

There are documents showing William attending local auctions and estate sales. Also attending the same sales was Andrew Jackson, who became President of the United States. Apparently there was some influence, because the names "Andrew" and "Jackson" have been used to name his children and grandchildren.


The purpose of the

Canida\Canada\ Canady\ and\or Kennedy

Home Page:


This page is intended to provide a location for family descendants and researchers to come together and reunite the distant branches. Please do not be offended if you find incorrect information, remember Genealogy is not an exact science. What is posted has been compiled from multiple sources and we welcome corrections to the database.

Also within these pages the surname is spelled many different ways. Because of illiteracy, and many other reasons, there are currently three documented spellings being used, they are CANIDA, CANADA, & KENNEDY. I still expect to find another variation once current day descendants are found for William, Hugh, Wash, & Sean.

If you are researching a spelling variation of this name, please give us a through look. Most persons with this surname have found it spelled multiple different ways, and normally it did not solidify to a single spelling until the early 1900s.


Descendants of

William Canady and\or Kennedy & Elizabeth Elliston

Book and Home



The idea of a book covering the Descendants of this family is my dream. I urge all descendants to compile and send their family lines to be included. A project of this magnitude requires a large amount of time and energy; compiling, verifying, and formatting, to publish this families history that is full of fascinating people and events.

If you have family lineage, history, stories, photographs, or any other information, please contact me at the link below. I can accept typed, hand written, Family Tree Maker and GEDCOM file formats.

To submit information to be included in this home page and eventual book, contact: email Audie Canida


Information Wanted



Looking for information, photographs, and stories for all family members. Especially looking for connections to the families of :

  • Hugh, (last info., 1880 Saline Co., Mo.)
  • William Jr., (last info., 1880 Wayne Co., Mo.)
  • Wash(ington), (last info. 1850 Jersey Co., Il.)
  • Mary, (married Jackson Anderson, last info. 1880 Wayne Co., Mo.)
  • Martha, (married John P. Watson, only info., 1880 Texas Co., Mo.)
  • Sion (Sean), (no info.)



Family Events



  • Family Reunion: The next family reunion will be May 27, 2002, it is held each Sunday before Memorial day at the Lake Clearfork campground in the Knob Noster State Park in Knob Noster, Missouri, for information contact: email Kimberly Edmunds, Evelyn Edmunds, Larry Canida, or Audie Canida.
  • Additional family reunion information: Map and directions to Lake Clearfork and the Hocker Cemetery; Reunion Activities
  • Cemetery Cleanup: The next Hocker Cemetery cleanup day is scheduled for April 27, 2002. All are welcome, if you plan on participating, bring a sack lunch, shovel, chainsaw, work gloves, wheel barrel, and any other tools that could be used.
  • Family Yard Sale: There will be a family yard-sale April 6, 2002 at Carol & Doug's. All proceeds will go to the Hocker Cemetery Fund. If you would like to donate items for the sale, contact Carol at 816-763-3539.
  • Hocker Cemetery Board Meeting: The next board meeting is scheduled for April 27, 2002 at the Cemetery. Everyone is invited.


What's New !



  • 2001 photograph CDs: CDs are available for $10 each. The 2001 version has over 300 photographs dating back to about 1885. Send me an email and I will tell you how to obtain a CD.
  • 2002 photograph CDs: CDs will be available at the reunion for $15 each. They will include all the photos from the 2001 CD plus anything new that has been acquired. 
  • Family Cook Book: A family cookbook is being developed, if you have recipes to submit, please contact or send them to: email Kimberly Edmunds.
  • web site, send an email to Jesse Canida or Audie Canida if you would like to join.



Cemetery Links



Click on the following Cemetery link to access the census of the Cemetery where our families are buried:

  • Hocker Cemetery , Johnson County, Missouri
  • Canada Cemetery , Texas County, Missouri
  • Stubbs Cemetery , Texas County, Missouri (coming soon)
  • Witcher Cemetery , Saline County, Missouri (coming soon)


This page was created September 2, 2001


Page last updated January 24, 2002


 Copyright © 2001, 2002, Audie Canida & Denise Weatherman Canida, All rights Reserved


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