William Henry Kennington Sr. was born August 7, 1842, in England to
Richard and Mary Davison Kennington. He received his education in the
schools of England, and in 1856 he and his family
came to America as converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints and settled in Tooele, Utah. Later William drove an oxen team
back to Council Bluffs, Iowa, to meet the next emigrant train. There he
met Annie Rebecca Seward and her mother; he fell for Annie, and they
were married on April 1, 1865; together they had eight children. In 1870
William and Annie moved to Liberty, Idaho, where they both taught
school. William later married Elizabeth Ann Lee Bracken and
became a polygamist; they had seven children together. William had
to keep away from the United States Marshals, so he moved Elizabeth to
Star Valley. They lived on the south side of Swift Creek in a log cabin.
William later moved Annie’s family to Star Valley. The family ran a dairy
in Glenn, Idaho, for a year, milked cows, and made butter and cheese to
· Served on a three-man committee to incorporate the Town of
· Served two terms as Mayor of Afton in 1908 and 1909.
· Served as Clerk of the Star Valley Stake of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints for over twenty years.
· Served as Clerk for the Town of Afton.
· Served as United States Land Commissioner and Water
· Homesteaded a large piece of land in Afton, a portion of which
was the former fairgrounds. He sold part of his land for the Afton