Mr. and Mrs. William H. H. Kennedy came to Independence township from Pennsylvania in January 1869. They rode on the first passenger train to pull into Maple Plain. They got off the train and the train backed up all the way to St. Anthony as there was only one track. Their son, Walter Monroe was only eight months old. They then had two daughters, Lilly May and Margaret Myrtle and a son, Harold Lester. Mr. Kennedy owned one of the first stores in Maple Plain. This property joined the E. A. Conovers on the east. Mr. Kennedy was taken prisoner during the Civil War, and at first was in Libby prison and later Andersonville. William's wife was Mary Elizabeth Painter, a daughter of George and Elizabeth Girt Painter. Paintertown, near Mound and Painter's Creek was named for this family.
Walter married Grace Vanderwerker, daughter of Arthur and Margaret Mealey Vanderwerker. Walter and Margaret had two children, Myrtle May and Oscar Raymond. Myrtle married Ray DeCamp, son of Harry and Nellie Pittman DeCamp. Myrtle and Ray had eleven children, Lily [Annette] Swaggert, Richard [Mike], Mazie Husby, Avis Riley Hankins, Olive [Duck] Sterzinger, Fern, Bernice [Honey] Silver. Ward [Buzz], Roxy [Wink] Jerde, Helen Dressel and Barbara Victoa.. Many decendents still live in the area. Myrtle later married Howard Budd, son of William Marshall and Zua Obert Budd. Oscar married Gladys DeCamp, daughter of Edwin and Mary J. Batdorf DeCamp. Oscar and Gladys had a daughter Elaine.
Lilly married Charles Budd, son of William White and Emmeline Cunningham Budd. They had Aimee Florence, Clinton Charles, Mary Loella and Ethel Irene. Ethel Irene married William Schultz and had Harry, Deloris Cole, Richard, and Robert. Many decendents still live in the area. She later married Frederick Hoehage.
Harold married Minnie Personett and had two daughters.