Private Thomas J. Kenady was born on March 3rd, 1837 at Early County, Georgia.
His family relocated to Florida after 1845.
His older sister, Ann, had married Seth Kirkland on October 4th, 1852. Seth and his younger brother William were Thomas’ brothers-in-law. All served in the same company; only Thomas would survive the war.
In 1860, Thomas was living at the residence of his father Alex, along with his mother and 9 brothers and sisters. His profession was given as laborer.
In 1861, he and his brothers-in-law enlisted in Captain Rabon Scarborough’s Florida State Militia Company, the “Dixie Blues”.
Thomas reenlisted in Captain Davidson’s Company on April 20th, 1862 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida. He was present with the company from the time of his enlistment until August 17th, 1863 when he was assigned guard duty at Knoxville, Tennessee. He returned to the company the following day.
Thomas suffered a pay stoppage for “ordnance stores lost” between November 1st and December 31st, 1863 in the amount of $73.00; this likely due to the Confederate defeat at Missionary Ridge on November 25th.
He was present with the company until February 17th, 1864 when he was ordered into a hospital under Surgeon’s Orders. He was terribly wounded at Dallas, Georgia on May 28th, 1864; gunshot wounds causing the loss of two fingers of his right hand, loss of one testicle, and two teeth, and shell fragment to his left foot.
Despite the severity of these wounds, Thomas remained with the company and was with it when it surrendered at Durham Station, North Carolina on April 26, 1865. He was paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina on May 1st, 1865.
After the war, he was a member of United Confederate Veteran Camp Finegan. Private Kenady applied for and was awarded a Florida Confederate Pension.
He died on October 23rd, 1923. He was interred by his youngest brother, Samuel W., at Pine Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery, Live Oak, Suwannee County, Florida.