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SCARBOROUGH on the southern coast of Maine

15 September 2003: While touring New England on a cruise ship, brother Rick & I visited the land of our McKenney ancestors. Dottie McKenney Chapman, a distant cousin, is a resident of the area. She & her family took us on a "grand tour".

Dottie's ancestor, HORACE SULLIVAN McKENNEY, was a brother of our ancestor ANDREW JACKSON McKENNEY. Horace & his descendants remained in Maine after Andrew left for Hawaii during the late 1850's.

Both Horace & Andrew were born & raised in the Stetson/Newport area of Penobscot County, Maine, which is a little over 100 miles north of Scarborough, however their father RICHARD McKENNEY was born and raised near Scarborough, settling in Stetson/Newport around 1812.

Andrew's GGGG-Grandfather, JOHN MACKENNY, a Scottish immigrant, settled along the southern Maine coast on the Nonesuch River, Black Point, Scarborough during the 1660's.
After a couple of generations, the name evolved into the modern spelling of McKENNEY, the spelling used by most descendants.

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Don McKinney at Portland Head Lighthouse




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Nonesuch River at Black Point near Scarborough
(Our immigrant ancestor, John Mackenny, settled there 1660's
(Part of the original land is close to where the condos are now located.)




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Closer view of the original McKenney land
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Another view of the original McKenney land


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Garrison Cove monument
Site of the first blockhouse fort which defended the Black Point settlers from the hostile Indians during the 1670's.
(Casuality lists indicate our ancestor, John Mackenny, was wounded thru the chest & back during an ambush of 90 settlers in 1677. He and about 50 survivors escaped to the Fort. Later, John Mackenny & other wounded men were transported to Salem along with the wives & children of the settlers. When Indian hostilities appeared to taper off in 1679, John moved his family back to Black Point. However, during the Indian wars of the next decade, the settlers were forced to defend themselves during periodic attacks.
In 1690, the settlers were forced to completely abandon Scarborough, retreating to New Hampshire & Massachusetts when the attacks again became overwhelming.
John's son, Robert McKenney, returned to Black Point in 1702 & re-claimed his father's land during the 2d settlement of Scarborough. During the next year, there was another ambush & occasional Indian attacks continued for the next few decades. Robert's wife Rebecca was killed after an attack in 1724.)
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View of McKenney Point from Crescent Beach
(Near Cape Elizabeth, Maine on a very foggy morning)
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Closer view of McKenney Point from Kettle Cove




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Brother Rick & I with cousin Dottie & her family