Biography of Elisha Kent Kane

Biography of Elisha Kent Kane

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Biography of Elisha Kent Kane

Biography of Elisha Kent Kane

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GENEALOGY--THE MATERNAL LINE THROUGH A CENTURY--BIRTH-- BAPTISM--CHILDHOOD--HARDIHOOD--PUGILISM AND POLAR PRAC- TICE--SCHOOL-CRAMPS--JUVENILE POLYTECHNICS--DRIFT OF NA- TURE UNDER DIRECTION OF PROVIDENCE.

ELISHA KENT KANE derived his blood from the common source, immediately through the Kanes and Van Rensselaers of New York, and the Grays and Leipers of Pennsylvania.

His family, in all branches, dates American for more than a century. The Kane blood is Irish, the Van Rensselaer Low Dutch, the Gray English, and the Leiper Scotch. A hundred years ago his male ancestors of these names were respectively Episcopalians, Dutch Reformed, Quakers, and Presbyterians.

His great-grandfather, John Kane, who came from Ireland about the year 1756, married Miss Kent, a daughter of the Reverend Elisha Kent, by unbroken descent and dissent a Puritan from the earliest settlement of Massachusetts. His other great-grandmother . . .

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