From the Feburary 10, 1895 issue of the Daily Journal & Journal Tribune of Knoxville, TN
Funeral of the late Alex Kennedy, Sr, of Blount County, Yesterday — The remains of Mr. Alex Kennedy, who was one of the oldest and most respected farmers in East Tennessee, were laid to rest in the family burying ground in Blount county, near Maryville, yesterday afternoon at one o’clock. He died last Wednesday.
Deceased was a remarkable man. He was the father of twenty-six children, fourteen of whom are living and eleven of whom attended his funeral. He had eighty grandchildren and two hundred great grand children. Three of his sons had thirty children. The father of the deceased lived to be 84 years old and his mother 85.
Services were held at 11 o’clock in the church which deceased out of his own means and at a cost of $3,000 had built. He was an earnest Christian, having been a member of the Methodist church for half a century. Rev. G.W. Jackson preached the sermon which was highly eulogistic. The funeral was largely attended. Several relatives from Knoxville were present, amont them being Constable James Kennedy. The remains were interred with Masonic honors.
Deceased died in the home he was born in and raised in. It was built 125 years ago by his father who immegrated from Ireland and settled in what is now Blount county and entered a large fertile tract of land. Kennedy was a vibrant captain in the war of 1812. Although frequently tendered it he never accepted public office. He was however, a river commissioner under Governor Brownlow, and under supervision Little River was made navigatable.