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Elijah L. Kendall
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Birth: Jul. 8, 1828
Shelby County
Indiana, USA
Death: May 5, 1900
Lucas County
Iowa, USA

Husband of Miranda Black and Lucinda Stephens. Son of Abbott G. Kendall and Sarah Elizabeth Lucas


Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, May 10, 1900

Elijah L. Kendall was born in Shelby county, Indiana, July 8, 1828, and departed this life at Chariton, Iowa, May 5, 1900, in his 72nd year. In his young manhood he emigrated to Iowa and settled in Washington township, Lucas county, where he resided until December, 1883, when he removed to Chariton which has since been his home.

The deceased responded to the call of his country when the Civil War broke out, enlisting as a private in Company C 18th Iowa Infantry, and served faithfully until the regiment was mustered out of the service at the close of the rebellion.

Returning from the field he engaged in farming and pursued that calling until his health became too much impaired as a result of army disabilities to continue it.

After removing to Chariton in 1883, he was elected and re-elected as justice of the peace, the only public station that he ever held, and filled that office with universal satisfaction until defective hearing compelled him to relinquish his duties.

Mr. Kendall always had a keen taste for the law, and spent much of his time of late years pondering over the philosophy of its fundamental principles. He often expressed regret that his early ennvironments prohibited his adopting it as a profession, and he had great pride in the fact that his son, N. E. Kendall, of the Albia bar, is a successful practitioner.

The deceased was a man of strong personal convictions, yet charitably tolerant of the opinions of others. He never professed any form of religion, but was quick to recognize the great good that religious organizations are accomplishing.

In politics he was an intense Republican, but never dogmatic, often supporting men of opposite faith in local and municipal elections. He dispised corruption in every form, and he would not support a candidate known to be unclean or unscrupulous, even if that candidate's name appeared on his party ticket. He always stood for the just and upright administration of public affairs.

The deceased was twice married, his second companion having departed this life several years ago. Some six weeks ago he was stricken by a severe attack of the grippe, and his advanced age and enfeebled condition did not allow him to rally. There was no pain in his going; he simply folded his hands and fell asleep.

Everybody in Chariton knew him, and was his friend. It may be truthfully said of him that he had absolutely no enemies. Kind, generous and honest to the last degree, he died enjoying the respect, esteem and affection of all his acquaintances.

His funeral, which was conducted by the Grand Army of the Republic, of which he was a zealous member, occurred from his late residence in this city, Tuesday morning, and was attended by a large concourse of people, who thus testified their high appreciation of his integrity as a citizen, his kindness as a neighbor and his worth as a man.

Obituary courtesy of Darlene Arnold, Lucas County Genealogical Society
Family links: 
  Abbot G Kendall (1808 - 1877)
  Sarah Lucas Kendall (1804 - 1881)
  Lucinda Stephens Kendall (1828 - 1894)*
  Waitman E Kendall (1855 - 1855)*
  Florence S Kendall (1856 - 1857)*
  Martha E Kendall (1859 - 1861)*
  Nathan Edward Kendall (1868 - 1936)*
  Elijah L. Kendall (1828 - 1900)
  Jerome B Kendall (1838 - 1858)*
  Nathan W. Kendall (1842 - 1925)*
*Calculated relationship
Chariton Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section C Row 29 Grave 2
Maintained by: A. Mahan
Originally Created by: Skip
Record added: Jul 25, 2010
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Elijah L. Kendall
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