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Americus Vespucius "A. V." Kendrick
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Birth: Jun. 30, 1846
Mount Sterling
Brown County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 23, 1923
Long Beach
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Dr. (Rev.) Americus Vespucius (A. V.) Kendrick (son of Daniel Bourbon Kendrick and Olivia Curry) was born in Mt. Sterling, Illinois on June 30, 1846 and died in Long Beach, California on July 23, 1923. He was a soldier during the Civil War, enlisting when 17 years old. He was first in Company A, 33rd Iowa Infantry, and was later transferred to Company A of the Iowa 44th. He took part in the siege of Spanish Fort, the storming of Blakely, the battles of Jenkins' Ferry and of Prairie Du Anne, and the Camden expedition into Arkansas. The November 26, 1909 Burlington Evening Gazette published the first-hand account, by A. V., of the "Siege of Mobile."

After being mustered out of the service, A. V. married Martha Ann Rogers in Marion County, Iowa on Sept. 29, 1866, and subsequently he worked at farming and studying for the ministry. (Wife Martha Ann always said that she married a farmer and not a minister.) After winning his degree of doctor of divinity at a theological college, he was ordained a minister in the 1873 Iowa annual conference of the Methodist Episcopal church. Subsequently, Dr. Kendrick spent 38 years in active church work, much of it as a Methodist "circuit rider" in Iowa - 20 years were "station work" and six years were spent as presiding elder and district superintendent in Iowa. He was made a member of the national conference at Baltimore, MD. As a chaplain of the Grand Army of the Republic, he held many high offices, such as post chaplain at Keokuk, commander of West Liberty, department chaplain of Iowa, and chaplain of the 50th Iowa national guard. Dr. Kendrick was prominent in the Odd Fellows, being "noble grand" of Ft. Madison, grand chaplain of the grand lodge of Iowa, and, for 15 years, a commissioned lecturer in the Iowa department of the lodge. A. V. and Martha Ann produced six children - Rolla Martin, Mary Olivia, Lena Grace, May Belle, Alvah Allen, and William R. C.
Family links: 
  Daniel Bourbon Kendrick (1802 - 1856)
  Olivia Ann Curry Kendrick (1805 - 1881)
  Martha Ann Rogers Kendrick (1843 - 1919)*
  Edward Kendrick (1863 - 1900)*
  Rolla Martin Kendrick (1867 - 1947)*
  Lena Grace Kendrick Chase (1871 - 1950)*
  Maybelle Kendrick (1874 - 1876)*
  William Randolph Curry Kendrick (1878 - 1954)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Buried with Charles W. & Lena K. Chase
Sunnyside Cemetery
Long Beach
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Palm, lot 57
Maintained by: John McDermott
Originally Created by: Sid Penance
Record added: Sep 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97792556
Americus Vespucius A. V. Kendrick
Added by: John McDermott
Americus Vespucius A. V. Kendrick
Added by: John McDermott
Americus Vespucius A. V. Kendrick
Added by: John McDermott
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