Kennel is a Mennonite family name of Swiss origin. In 1759 a von Kennel from Reichenbach is named among the Anabaptists of Montbéliard, France. In 1940 the name was still found among the South German Mennonites, in the Frankfurt congregation. In 1955 there were still numerous Kennel families among the French Mennonites, including a preacher in Montbéliard and seven out of eight preachers in the Haute Marne congregation.
The Kennel family was represented in the Hessian Mennonite congregation in Butler County, Ohio. Peter Kennel served as a minister in the Apostolic Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite Church), Butler County, 1847-96. He came to America with his parents in 1830. John Kennel settled in Woodford County, IL, in 1833. John J. Kennel, who was ordained a minister in the Central Conference Mennonite Church in Tazewell County, Illinois, in 1912, was a nephew of Peter Kennel of Butler County, Ohio. The Linn Amish Mennonite Church near Roanoke, Illinois was sometimes known as the Kennel church because Joseph J. Kennel served as its minister for a number of years and John Kennel was its bishop.
Among the early settlers in the Wellesley Amish Mennonite (now the Wellesley-Mornington Amish Mennonite) congregation of Ontario was Christian Kennel. Peter Kennel migrated from France to Ontario in 1881, and later moved to Milford, Nebraska. In 1905 he was ordained as a Mennonite Church (MC) minister of Salem Mennonite Church at Shickley, Nebraska. In 1913 he was ordained bishop and served in that office until his death in 1923. His son Peter Kennel, Jr., was bishop of this church as well, and a grandson, Leroy Kennel, was pastor of the Lombard Mennonite Church in a western suburb of Chicago. The Kennel family has also been prominent in the Amish Mennonite community of eastern Pennsylvania. In 1957 there were five ministers with the Kennel family name serving Mennonite (MC) churches in eastern Pennsylvania, and John A. Kennel serving as bishop in the Millwood congregation at Gap, Pennsylvania.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 166. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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