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William Kendall

  • Birth 7 Apr 1793 Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 27 Feb 1882 Battle Ground, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Battle Ground, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
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  • Memorial ID 7148303

William Kendall was the son of William Kendall Sr. and Elizabeth Williams. His siblings were Joseph, Magrid, John, Enion and Isaac. John and Magrid died in childhood. Joseph, Enion and Isaac came with William to live in Tippecanoe County in 1827. His wife Elizabeth was the sister of Daniel McKillip first husband of Nancy Lawson. After Daniel died Nancy married John White. John White and Elizabeth both died and William and Nancy finally married each other. Their children were both cousin and step-siblings. William was an important member of the community as the bios below will explain.

Genweb Project for Tippecanoe County.
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana,

Author: Adina Dyer Date: 2 April 1999 12:00 PM GMT Surnames: Kendall, McKillep, White. Classification: Biography
Actual text: WM. KENDALL, Tippecanoe Township
Author: Adina Dyer Date: 2 Apr 1999 12:00 PM GMT
Classification: Biography

WM. KENDALL was born on the 7th day of April 1793, in the State of North Carolina, emigrating with his parents, at the age of 13 years, to Fayette County, Ohio. During his residence in this State, in July, 1813, he was called to the service of his State, and acted as Corporal in CAPT. ROBINSON's company, and COL. STEWART's regiment, which at the time was commanded by GOV. MEIGS. He remained in the service one month, at the end of which time he was honorably discharged, and resumed his former occupation of farming. At the age of 22 years, he married ELIZABETH McKILLEP, who bore him thirteen children, six of whom were born in Ohio, viz.: JOHN, NANCY, ISAAC, JAMES, MALINDA and HUGH.SARAH, ELIZABETH, MARTHA, DANIEL, WILLIAM, THOMAS and HENRY are natives of Tippecanoe County, Ind. Of the above named children, seven are still living, as follows: JOHN, ISAAC, JAMES, MALINDA, SARAH, WILLIAM and THOMAS.

In the year 1827, Mr. KENDALL removed to Tippecanoe County, Ind., and entered the land which he now occupies, planting three crops before the land was offered for sale. He pre-empted this land under the first act of Congress granting that right, and, in the year 1830, purchased the same at public sale, at Crawfordsville, Ind. He continued to improve his farm, and as the profits of his labor increased, he began to add to his landed possessions, accumulating in course of time an estate of more than 1,300 acres. Of this estate he has divided 600 acres among his children, and has otherwise disposed of his possessions, retaining 550 acres for his own use. The old homestead is situated upon this tract, and Mr. KENDALL still continues to operate the farm, which returns him a handsome income. In 1846, the hand of death was laid the devoted wife, who had been his constant solace and assistance in his early efforts to establish a home in the almost unbroken wilderness. One year later, he gave his hand and heart in marriage to Miss Nancy White, and for a period of 30 years, his life was rendered happy by her society. But, in the year 1877, she too, was removed from earth by the same resistless messenger Mr. Kendall was originally a "Jackson Democrat," acting with the Democratic party until the Kansas troubles occurred. Then, unable to endorse the actions of his party and the stand taken by them in that crisis, he embraced the principles of the Republican party, of which he is still a cordial supporter. He has been the recipient of political honors at the hands of his friends, having served several years as County Commissioner, and also as trustee of his township. Although other positions of honor and trust have been tendered him, he has invariably declined. During the late war, he was a cordial supporter of the Union cause; and although the infirmities of age precluded active service on his own part, he employed all honorable means in securing the necessary quota of volunteers, expending both time and money for that end. As a member of the United Brethren Church, he has lived a consistent life. As a member of society, as friend and neighbor, he has ever enjoyed the love and confidence of those by whom he has been surrounded. Although 85 years of age, he is still active and vigorous, with a fair prospect of living many years ere he shall bid adieu to the cares of the earth, to join his loved ones in a brighter and better world."


Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Repository: Tippecanoe County Genweb project.
pp. 462-463 Lewis Publishing Company, 113 Adams Street, Chicago, 1888. Volunteer: Adina Watkins Dyer

Actual text: WILLIAM KENDALL, the father of our subject, was a native of North Carolina, born April 7, 1793, and when a boy he accompanied his father's family to Fayette County, Ohio, his father living in that State until his death. The family belonged to the Society of Friends, but notwithstanding that he was of Quaker birth, WILLIAM served as a soldier in the war of 1812, though much opposed by his father. He was married in Ohio to Miss ELIZABETH McKILLIP, and in 1827, thinking to better his condition he came with his family, then consisting of wife and six children, to Tippecanoe County, where he entered and bought about 600 acres of land in Tippecanoe Township. About this time his mother, who was then a widow, came to this county, where she died a few years later. He settled on section 7, where he made a good home for his family, and here his children
grew to manhood and womanhood. His wife died September 24, 1846, and he was married a second time to NANCY WHITE, widow of JOHN WHITE. She died July 29, 1877. He had thirteen children by his first marriage, of whom only four are now living--JAMES, SARAH, WILLIAM F. and THOMAS J., the subject of this sketch. WILLIAM KENDALL died on the old homestead, February 27, 1882. Politically he was a Democrat in early life, but in 1856, on the organization of the
Republican party, he became identified with that party, with which he affiliated until his death. He was a strong opponent of the institution of slavery, and was a warm supporter of the Government in the war of the Union. He was for six years county commissioner of the county, and was in every way a worthy and respected citizen. He was a sincere Christian, a member of the church of the United Brethren in Christ, and was a liberal supporter of the gospel.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7148303
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Kendall (7 Apr 1793–27 Feb 1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7148303, citing Pretty Prairie Cemetery, Battle Ground, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Joy Pero (contributor 46594094) .