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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Retired at the Age of 112 ~ Died Aged 118 Years Old

William Kenelsby
Died Nov. 7th 1775
Aged 118 Years

Willian Kenelsby was for many years a servant for Lord Henry Beauclerk's family. He retired from service in 1769 at the age of 112 years old.
His wooden headboard stands in the Churchyard of St. John the Baptist, Pinner, Middlesex.
I could find no further information on this gentleman, but only the following on Lord Henry Beauclerk whom he worked for.......

Lord Henry Beauclerk was born 11th August 1701 and was the fourth son of the first Duke of St. Albans, Hertfordshire. 
Henry's first commission at the age of 16 was that of an Ensign in the 31st Foot. 
Ten years later he became a Captain of the 3rd Foot and went on to become the Colonel of the 48th Regiment  at the age of 42. 
He returned to his first Regiment two years later when King George II appointed him Colonel of the 31st Foot. 
He retired from the Army after an argument with the Duke of Cumberland.

Lord Henry Beauclerk became a member of Parliament for Plymouth 1740 ~ 41 and for Thetford 1741 ~ 1761 on the interest of his kinsman the Duke of Grafton.
In 1759 Lady Beauclerk wrote to the Duke of Newcastle asking for financial assistance.
On the 5th January 1761 Henry Beauclerk died and his widow was granted a pension of £400 per year.

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