The Kenyon Family
Eileen Charlotte Le Feuvre Kenyon
1908, in Ryde, Isle of Wight, England
11 July 1908, in All Saints, Ryde,
Isle of Wight, England
Eileen and her mother are found on
of the Cincinnati which
departed from Southampton, arriving in New York on 24 October 1910. She is
described as being of fair complexion with fair hair and brown eyes.
Eileen was commissioned as 2nd subaltern (equivalent to a second lieutenant)
in the Auxiliary
Territorial Service on 11 March 1942 (London Gazette 7 April 1942 p1601). 221597
1868/9, in England
Kilroy on 3 July 1907, in All Saints, Ryde, Isle of Wight, England
Leslie Kenyon is recorded as aged 42, the son of William Serigens Blissley.
Daisy Kilroy is recorded as aged 26, the daughter of Philip Lefevre Kilroy.
Medical Press 10 July 1907 p50:
KENYON—KILROY.—On July 3rd, at All Saints'
Church, Ryde, Leslie Kenyon, to Daisy, youngest daughter of the late
Philip Le Feuvre Kilroy, Lieut.-Colonel., R.A.M.C., and Mrs. Kilroy,
Leslie was a well-known actor on the London stages in the late 1800's,
before jumping to Broadway early in the new century, where he continued a
successful career until his sudden death in 1914.
Sketch: A Journal of Art and Actuality, 26 May 1897
Kenyon, who is now appearing with such success as Dr. Brooke in “The
Physician,” has only recently returned from a tour in South Africa.
Though he now appears to-day in a character-part, cleverly played, he is
also a very excellent comedian. He has played and succeeded equally in
such parts as Felix Roach in “The New Boy,” Wilding in “Captain Swift,”
the Laird in “Trilby,” Lord Bletchley in “A Woman's Reason,” and Dick
Phenyl in “Sweet Lavender.” Other parts in which he has been almost as
successful have been Hummingtop in “The Arabian Nights,” Sir John
Harding in “The Idler,” and old Todman in “Liberty Hall.” Mr Kenyon
spent six seasons with Mr. Edward Terry in London and the provinces, and
would have gone round the world with him had the arrangements been
completed, and he has also scored in two productions at the Royalty
Theatre. His first engagement was with Miss Louise Moodie.
Leslie then began a long career on Broadway, with credits in The
Degenerates (Jan-Feb 1900), Julius
Caesar (Dec 1902 to Jan 1903), Old
Heidelberg (Oct-Nov 1903), Ivan
the Terrible (Mar 1904), Beau
Brummell (Mar-Apr 1905), The
Misanthropes (Apr 1905), Beau
Brummell (Mar-Apr 1906), Nurse
Marjorie (Oct-Nov 1906), Girls
(Mar-Jun 1908), The Sins of Society
(Aug-Sep 1909), Daddy Dufard (Dec
1910 - Jan 1911), The Only Son
(Oct-Nov 1911), The Man from Cook's
(Mar-Apr 1912), The Woman Haters
(Oct-Nov 1912), The Man with Three Wives
(Jan-Mar 1913), Rosedale (Apr-May
1913) and The Passing of the Idle Rich
Leslie wrote a funny article The Health
of Actors published in The Green Book June 1910 pp1296-9
which includes this description of a night playing Julius Caesar:
of acting in trying circumstances, the most severe experience that I
ever went through on the stage took place one night when I was acting
the part of Cæsar, with Richard Mansfield.
It was a hot, humid night, and while I
was lying there supposedly dead, two flies lit on me. One hovered about
my nose, and the other about my ears, and the agony of feeling that they
were going to crawl into my head was perfectly harrowing.
I knew that I couldn’t move a muscle
without making the audience laugh and spoiling the scene; and the
business of lying motionless in those circumstances took more
self-control than I was ever forced to use on any other occasion in my
Fortunately some one came to my relief, slightly, for when one of
the Romans drew near I said: “Flies.”
It wasn’t much, but it was a good deal for a dead man to say, and
at that the other actor saw what was the matter and brushed his toga
against me in a way that frightened them for the moment.
But flies are the most persistent pests in the world, and they
kept coming back and crawling over me, and the only thing that relieved
me at last was the drop of the curtain.
A review of The Woman Haters in The
South Amboy Citizen 5 October 1912 p12
tremendous hit has been scored by Mr. Leslie Kenyon in the character of
an Englishman with decidedly opposite views from “The Woman Haters.” Mr.
Kenyon has the faculty of portraying the stage Englishman without
unnecessary burlesquing of the character, and his handling of this
particular one is simply artistic. “The Woman Haters” is one of the very
best comedies that has come from foreign sources, and that it will be a
lasting success at the rehabilitated Astor theatre there is not the
shadow of a doubt.
and from American Magazine February 1913 p65
The company is
well chosen, and at least one player, an English actor named Leslie
Kenyon, gives a performance of real distinction, his humor being subtle
and unforced, while in the final scene he introduces without any
straining for effect a note of real pathos, as surprising as it is
welcome, for it lifts the story into reality for the moment and
immensely heightens the romance. It is a far cry from such a scene as
this to the vaudeville “turns” which used to be strung together a few
years since and called a musical comedy.
3 January 1914, at Miss Alston's
sanatorium in West Sixty-first Street in Manhattan, New York City, New York,
United States, aged 45, after suffering a stroke at the Lambs
Club in New York on 1 January.
New York Times 6 January 1914 p5:
KILLS HERSELF FOR LOVE
Lillian Sinnott Ends Life on Day of Betrothed's Burial.
Sinnott, a young actress, who was better known in other cities than she
was in New York, killed herself early yesterday morning at the home of
her mother, Mrs. Louise Sinnott, at 512 West 123rd Street, a few hours
before the time set for the funeral of Leslie Kenyon, an English actor,
who was to have married her after obtaining a divorce from his wife.
Kenyon, who was stricken with apoplexy at the Lambs Club last Thursday
night, died at Miss Alston's Sanitarium on Saturday morning. He was
buried from The Little Church Around the Corner yesterday morning.
Miss Sinnott, who was 24 years of age, had been appearing in a
company playing “Baby Mine” on the road. When she heard of Mr. Kenyon's
illness she hurried to New York, but the actor died without recovering
consciousness. Early yesterday morning Mrs. Sinnott, who is a cripple as
a result of injuries received in an automobile accident a year ago, foud
her daughter sitting in the dining room of their apartment writing
letters. The young actress declared that she was not able to sleep, but
that she was all right, and was simply attending to some correspondence.
At breakfast time, when she looked for her daughter, Mrs. Sinnott found
the dead body of the young woman in the bath tub with her throat and
Miss Sinnott left two notes. One simply said that she left all of
her effects to her mother. The other read:
Dear Mother: Forgive me for doing this, for you know how I loved
Les. A fortnight before his death he was not well, and said he wuld be
glad to go if I went with him.
You have now won your case. They are now going to appeal it, but
there is not an honest Judge that won't notice that you are a cripple
for life and dependent on Florence (a married daughter of Mrs. Sinnott.)
But she, I know, will give you the best of care. Good-bye, dear. God
bless you. Your daughter,
Miss Sinnott's mother is in a serious condition as a result of
the shock following her daughter's death.
Times (Reading, Pennsylvania) 7 January 1914 p2:
YOUNG ACTRESS TAKES HER LIFE AFTER DEATH
OF OLD LOVER
Kenyon's Wife, Here, Ignorant of Actor's Plans to Divorce Her
York, Jan. 6. Strikingly unusual are the circumstances that appear in
the romance and tragedy of Leslie Kenyon, a middle-aged actor of repute,
and Miss Lillian Sinnott, more than twenty years his junior, a talented
comedienne who succeeded Marguerite Clark in the leading role of "Baby
Mr. Kenyon was stricken with apoplexy at the Lambs Club a week
ago and was taken to Miss Alston's sanatorium in West Sixty-first
Street, where he died Saturday. Miss Sinnott was at his bedside nearly
every hour of his illness and saw him die. Yesterday morning as Mr
Kenyon was being borne by fellow players into "The Little Church Around
the Corner", for the funeral services Miss Sinnott lay dead in her home
at No. 612 West One Hundred and Twenty-third street. She had loved
Kenyon so greatly that the thought of life with out him was intolerable.
So, slashing her wrists and throat with a razor that had belonged to
him, she had died. When Kenyon was dying his wife came to this city in
answer to a telegram, Miss Sinnott refused to leave his bedside and
steeled herself to face the wife's reproaches. But no such ordeal
presented itself. Instead Mrs. Kenyon was quickly touched by the girl's
obvious intensity of grief and acted and spoke in the kindest way to
her. She even said that she could understand readily how Kenyon had
fallen in love with so charming a young woman. She had realized in their
long separation that Kenyon might be lost to her. Dr. Oscar M. Leiser,
of 263 West Forty-fifth street, who attended Mr. Kenyon, was present
when the women met... "When they left, it was in sorrow, not in anger,"
he said last night to a reporter. "All the time they were together not
one harsh word was spoken." Kenyon had made his home with Mrs. Louise
Sinnott, the girl's mother, and it had been announced among their
friends that as soon as he could induce his wife to divorce him he would
marry the young, slender actress. When, she came from Kenyon's death-bed
Saturday to her home she was utterly distraught. Sunday night her mother
sat up with her, hoping finally to quiet the girl. But in the end the
mother dropped off to sleep in a chair in. the parlor. She last saw her
daughter writing letters at a small table. One letter left by the
actress ran: "Dear Mother Forgive me for doing this, for you know how I
loved Leslie. A fortnight before his death he was not well and said he
would be glad to go if I went with him. You have won your case. They are
now going to appeal it, but there is not an honest judge who won't
relieve you, a cripple for life and dependent on Florence. She, I know,
will give you the best of care. Goodby, dear, and God bless you.
"LILLIAN." The reference in the letter to "your case" applied to the
suit of Mrs. Sinnott against a bakery company. One of its automobiles
ran her down and she is permanently crippled. She won a heavy verdict,
but the company appealed. Since the accident Mrs. Sinnott has been
practically helpless and depended on her daughters Florence and Lillian
WIFE LIVING HERE.
The lover, who died on Saturday, was Leslie Kenyon, whose wife
has been living for some time at Mount Penn. Mrs. Margaret Kilroy Kenyon
is her name, and her home is London, England. She has been the guest for
some months of Mrs. H. M. Dowie and daughter Reta, of Kelmscott Studio,
Mount Penn. Mrs. Kenyon was informed on Saturday of her husband's sudden
death at the Lambs' Club, New York. She at once left for New York to
arrange for the funeral. Mr. Kenyon was a well-known portrayer of
Shakesperean roles. For several years he played with Richard Mansfield.
He also supported Ethel Barrymore. He was 52 years old. It appears that
Miss Sinnott was devoted to him and expected to marry him after he had
obtained a divorce from his wife. Mrs. Kenyon, however, seems to have
known nothing about this expected divorce, and she regarded her husband
with loyal affection.
5 January 1914, in Evergreen
cemetery, New York, New York, United States
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