The information about the transformation from Wilkens to Kenswil is fascinating. What slave literature are you referring to? Do you know when this liberation occurred. My great-grandfather was born in Holland with the name Kenswil in the mid-1800's. What is extra fascinating is that I am one of the very few white Kenswils that I know to exist. Of course, I do not have a picture of my great-grandfather, but my grandfather did not appear to be Black. Very mysterious!