1748 On the move: Philip and Mary (Kendall) Goss head west!

My Goal, at this time, is to continue to write about Philip Goss IV b. 1724 and Mary (Kendall) Goss b. 1721 his wife, and their migrations and eventual settlement in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. I will be coming back to Lancaster and Brookfield when I finish Philip and Mary’s story. At that time I will delved into the history of Philip Goss III, his father, and Keziah Cooley and her lineage, his grandparents Capt. Philip Goss and Judith Hayward’s life in Brookfield. Capt. Philip Goss’s father Philip Goss I of Roxbury who married first Hannah Hopkins and then Mary Prescott.

Sometime about 1748 Philip and Mary (Kendall) Goss decided to head west. What reasons caused Philip Goss IV to leave Brookfield? This is not an easy answer.  Here are some motivations and some might just be of great interest.

West Brookfield to Simsbury by todays roads, Google maps.

  1. It might have been religious for there was a lot of change going on in the beliefs of many of the citizens of Massachusetts and Connecticut. It was called the “Great Awakening.” We will see evidence of that as we follow the migrations of Philip Goss.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Great_Awakening
  2. It was probably the lure of land. It was getting difficult to get good land in New England and dividing up the land at the death of a parent was not always a good idea because it would make the acreage too small, besides the children may have moved on by then and were no longer interested.
  3. It was also the possibility that members of his family like his brother Thomas and his sister Keziah were heading west or going to at a later date.
  4. It may have also been that his wife, Mary’s family migrated to Connecticut. A deed in the Worcester records recorded 1750 suggests this very strongly. I will present that deed in a future post.
  5. Philip no longer had ties to the area because his father, mother and grandparents had all passed on and even some of his siblings.

Please do not get Philip Goss IV, of Brookfield, confused with his 1st half cousin Philip Goss who married Hannah Ball and migrated in 1760 from Lancaster to Roxbury, Canada (Warwick) and then to Winchester, New Hampshire.

Below is a chart showing the descendants of Philip Goss of Roxbury and Lancaster who was b. about 1650 and died 1698 in Lancaster. It shows how his descendants go down through the generations. Philip Goss I was married twice. The chart shows on the left his descendants from Hannah Hopkins. On the right are his descendants from his 2nd wife Mary Prescott. On the left is the lineage down to Philip Goss IV b. 1724 in Brookfield to Philip Goss III and Keziah Cooley and on the right is the lineage of Philip Goss b. 1720 Lancaster to John Goss and Mary Woods.  Just click on the photo and it will open in another window and also be much clearer to see.

The Goss Lineages based on Paul H. Goss and Flora Osborns’ research and updated by B.J. MacDonald 2017 (1)  About 65 miles in distance.

Our Philip Goss IV and his wife Mary (Kendall) Goss left Brookfield about 1748 and headed to Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut and later he would migrate to Pennsylvania.

His half cousin, Philip, who lived in Lancaster, didn’t leave till about 1760 and he then headed to Roxbury, Canada now Warwick, Massachusetts. He then migrated up to Winchester, New Hampshire and settled their living his life out till his end in 1804. His wife Hannah is buried next to him in the Evergreen Cemetery in Winchester, NH. I will write about this family of Philip Goss of Lancaster and his wife Hannah in future posts. Meanwhile, check out the PAGES at the top of this blog that feature past researchers about the descendants of the 2nd marriage of Philip Goss I to Mary Prescott.

Let’s get back to discussing, Philip Goss IV and his wife Mary Kendall.  They started selling off the land of his father and grandfather in Brookfield and the land of Mary’s father in Lancaster, from 1744 to 1750. Check out the PAGE at the top of this blog that is a table of contents for the posts written about Philip Goss IV and his wife Mary so you can review.

Philip and Mary (Kendall) Goss sell 85 acres of land in Lancaster to Gardner Wilder of Leominster in March of 1746.  They had already sold him land in a deed along with members of Mary’s family. (2)

Deed 1: 27 March, 1746 Philip Goss Junr. and Mary Goss his wife of Brookfield for 35 pounds new tenor sell to Gardner Wilder of Leominster in the County of Worcester, MA.

To all people to whom these presents shall come, Greeting

Know ye that we Philip Goss Jun’r & Mary Goss his wife of Brookfield in the County of Worcester & Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England husbandman & housewife

For and In Consideration of the Sum of Thirty five Pounds new Tenor to us in hand before the ensealing, hereof, well and truly paid by Gardiner Wilder of

Goss to Wilder, Mary Goss signs with her husband Philip in March 1746

Leominister in County and Province aforesaid yeoman. Etc. etc. etc.

….the said Gardner Wilder his Heirs and Assigns forever, forty two acres and one half being one [moiety] or half part of Eighty five acres of Land lying on Lancaster additional grant being the north part thereof the whole being bounded and followeth ____on Chesnut Hill and bound easterly partly on land of Capt. Peter Joslin and partly on Land of Jno Buss southerly on Thomas Wilder westerly partly on land of Thomas Tuckor & partly on Land of Henry Williard and partly on or near to the meadow of John Kendall & others & northerly on Land of John Priest or as the same may be more fully set forth and described by length of lines and points on Compass on the Book of Records of said grant. Etc. etc. etc. Furthermore we the said Philip & Mary Goss to ourselves our Heirs…Gardner Wilder his heirs and assigns……

In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands & Seals this Twenty seventh day of March anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and forty six &/In the ninteeth year of his Majesty’s Reign. Signed Sealed & Delivered in the presence of Thomas Gilburt and Thos Gilburt 3rd

Signed by Philip Goss Jun’r (Seal) and Mary Goss (Seal)

Worcester Brookfield, April 1st 1746: then Philip Goss Junior with Mary his wife subscribers to the within written instrument personally appeared before me under named and acknowledge the same as their act & deed. Thomas Gilburt Just peace, August 16, 1748 Rec’& accordingly entered from the original _____ J. H. Chandler Reg’

Philip Goss in May of 1747 sells land in Brookfield to a Josiah Wheeler in the deed transcribed below. (3)

Deed 2: 28 April, 1747 Philip Goss of Brookfield to Josiah Wheeler, Worcester Co. Land Records, MA, Book 23, page 160-161.

To all people to whom these presents shall come GREETINGS and Know ye that I Philip Goss of Brookfield in the County of Worcester in the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England yeoman for and in consider of the sum of Sixty five pounds in bills of the old tenor to me paid before the ensealing thereof well and truly ____in hand By Josiah Wheeler of the town and county afores’ yeoman the receipt whereof I do acknowledge and my myself therewith fully satisfied and contented and ____and there of and of every part and parcel thereof to exonerate acquit and discharge the said Josiah Wheeler his heirs executors and administrators forever by these presents have given granted bargained sold conveyed and confirmed and by these presents do freely fully and absolutely give grant bargain sell convey and confirm unto him the said Josiah Wheeler his heirs and assigns forever certain tract or parcel of land and meadow lying & being in Western in the County aforesaid viz lying Southerly of the Mill Brook so called and is bounded Easterly on Quabaug River so called westerly on Comon Land and Southerly on Lands now repicted to be Edward _____________________try partly on Comon land and partly on land formerly George Hayward now Josiah Wheelers land the northerly corner being the mouth of the said Mill Brook from thence running by the S” River southwesterly ____corner to a heap of stones thence running westwardly to a heap of stones from thence running northerly to a heap of stones thence easterly to a ditch and thence as the ditch running to a white oak tree marked and _____ thence to the said Mill Brook containing thirty acres of the same more or less.

To Have and to Hold the said grantor and bargained premises with the appurtenances to the said Josiah Wheeler his heirs and assigns forever to his and their ____proper use benefit and behoof and the said Philip Goss to by these presents acknowledge myself to be the of the true of sale and till the ____________of these presents the only proper and lawful owner of the said land and premises and do by these presents firmly bind and oblige/obligate myself my heirs executors and administrators to warrant the _____and the said Josiah Wheeler his heirs and assigns and his and their ____ and peaceable ____________________

Page 161

To defend against the lawful claims and demands of all persons whatsoever forever. In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal this twenty eighth day if Apriel Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and forty seven and in the twentieth year of the Reign of King George the second.  Philip Goss Jun’r (Seal)

Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Thomas Gilburt 3rd Sarah Gilburt: Worcester ss Brookfield ___30 May then Philip Goss the subscriber to this instrument personally appearing before me under named and acknowledged the same to be his act and deed. Thomas Gilburt Just peace November 3, 1747  Received and accordingly entered & examined P. John Chandler Regr.

Deed 3: April of 1748 Philip Goss of Brookfield sells to Job Lane of Bedford in Middlesex 82 + 16 acres of land. You will note that a Thomas Goss was a witness to this deed. Thomas was Philip’s brother.

To all People to whom thefe Prefents shall come, Greeting. Know Ye, that, I Philip Gofs of Brookefield in the County of Worcester in the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England, Hufbandman.  For all in Confideration of the sum of one hundred and forty pounds to me in Hand before the Enfealing hereof, well and truly paid by Job Lane Jnr. of Bedford in the County of Middlesex and Province aforesaid ______Receipt of etc.

…do by thefe Prefents, Do freely, fully and abfolutely give, grant, bargain, fell, aliene, convey and confirm, unto him the _____Job Lane. Heirs and Affigns forever one _______or tract or tract of Land containing by Elimination Eighty two acres _______Brookfield aforsaid one piece containing sixteen acres abit more or lefs bonded as follows, Beginning at the stake or heap of stones then running westward to a heap of stones to Abner Brown Corner then running southwardly by a lone wall a stump in so wall then running still southwardly to a heap of stones in the end of abittle then running eastwardly to a black oak _____marked still running eastwardly to a green to where to the Helens Ceofs from thence running northwardly to the first mentioned corner more another containing by elimination forty acres beit more or lefs beginning at a stake and heap of stones then running weftwardly by the Cuntry road to a stake and heap of stones then running north then running southwardly to the first mentioned corner more another containg by elimination five acres being a part of the weft meadow so called beginning at a Black Oak tree near a Brook then running Eaft to ___Brook then running southwardly by said Brook to the dam running weftwardly from the dam to the next mentioned corner more one acre of orchard being at the north end of Capt Gofs deceased orchard bounded eastwardly northwardly and ____on a stone walk and southwardly on sd orchard more the east end of __said Capt Gofs _______born with con…..for yarding southward of sd old Barn and flooring for the ____in sd Barn __________another _____containing twenty acres, beginning a heap of stones, then running southwardly to a stake and heap of stones then running eastwardly to a stake and heap of stones by the clay ____then northwardly by the pond till it comes to Deacon Gilbert’s land then by said Gilberts land to the first mentioned corner…….furthermore the said Phillip Gofs with Mary Gofs my wife for ourselves….Sealed with our Seal Dated this Eleventh day of April annoque domini 1748Signed:  Phillip Gofs (Seal), Mary Gofs (Seal

Signed Sealed and Delivered in Prefence of Thomas Gofs, Thomas Gilbert, April 22, 1748. Worcefter ss: April 12, 1748, then Phillip Gofs the subscriber to this inftument pefsonally appearing before me acknowledged the same to be his acts and deed, Thomas Gilbert Juft of Peace. Received & accordingly enter’d & Examined P.J. Chandler Regr.

Many books and authors have stated that Mary Kendall died and Philip remarried to Hannah Ball. I have presented many deeds and sources in past posts on this blog showing the activities of Mary (Kendall) Goss and Philip Goss regarding land transactions in Brookfield and Lancaster from 1744 to 1748. The names on these deeds are Philip Goss of Brookfield and Mary, not Philip Goss of Lancaster and Hannah.

Philip Goss of Lancaster filed his intentions of marriage to Hannah Ball on 16 April, 1748 in Lancaster (5) and married Hannah on 12 May, 1748 in Bolton. (6) The date on the above deed to Job Lane has Mary signing it on the 11th day of April.

We now leave Brookfield and Lancaster and head west and we leave Massachusetts and head to Connecticut. We will pick up Philip Goss IV’s trail in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Colony of Connecticut.

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Sources for the above post. Seek out the parentheses with a # (number) above for the information below:

1.) Goss family Townships, Luzerne County, Penn. Mayflower ancestry. : Philip (4) Goss Sr., called “of Brookfield, Mass.”, and some of his descendants. Pioneer, proprietor, patriot of Plymouth & Huntington, by Paul Henry Goss, 1949, page 2 FHL Film #942004, Item 6. https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE94333

You can find these deeds online at FamilySearch’s website.

2.) Deed 1: 27 March, 1746 Philip Goss Junr. and Mary Goss his wife of Brookfield for L35 new tenor sell 85 acres to Gardner Wilder of Leominster in the County of Worcester, MA. Land Records: Book 27, page 47. This deed is signed by both Philip and Mary Goss. This is a form deed with space for handwritten information. So the transcription is not as complete.

3.) Deed 2: 28 April, 1747 Philip Goss of Brookfield to Josiah Wheeler L65 for 30 acres, Worcester Co. Land Records, MA, Book 23, page 160-161.

4.) Deed 3: April of 1748 Philip Goss of Brookfield sells to Job Lane of Bedford in Middlesex 82 + 16 acres of land. Worcester Co. Land Records Vol. 24, p. 427, Massachusetts Land Records, 1620 to 1986 – Family Search. Online, Image 531, Deeds 1746-1748 vol. 23 to 24.

5.) Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs or Lancaster, Massachusetts 1643-1850, edited by Henry S. Nourse, A.M., Lancaster, 1890.  Page 32 after No. 21 for the Intentions of Marriage.

6.) Marriage of Philip Goss to Hannah Ball, 12 May 1748 in Bolton, by Rev. Thos. Goss, Massachusetts Town and Vital Records 1620-1988, Ancestry.com.

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The Kendall Family – Mary (Kendall) Goss’s ancestry…PART II

In PART I, I shared theories of who John Kendall was. So far there are about three possible birth dates for this man and everyone seems to have their own ideas about whom he married, either Deborah Richardson or Mary ________ Kendall.

  • 1684
  • 1696/7
  • 1699.

Here is a summary of the theories I discussed in Part I:  I suggest you print out the Part I post which is the one before this post.  There is a place to do that at the bottom of the post, just click on PRINT. You will find sources under each theory to study.

Remember that these theories are a result of my summary of the sources and information presented by past and present researchers.  I wanted to show the confusion that exists about who John Kendall was.

  • Theory 1.) The John Kendall born 1684, the son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey and he married Deborah Richardson in 1718.

It is looking like this man may have been too old for Deborah Richardson if he had survived. This child named John born 1684 would need to be researched carefully. I have not found anything about him at this time.

  • THEORY 2.) The John Kendall born 1684, son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey, died young.

This is possible, children that died were not always recorded. I just wish there was some record other than a book by another person showing this child’s death. I mean a bible record, vital record of some type.

  • THEORY 3.) That John Kendall born 1696 and who died in 1759 in Dunstable, married Deborah Richardson in 1718 and he was the son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey.

This theory is possible but, there is no indication that John and Elizabeth Kendall had a child born in 1696/7 in the records.  John is 14 years older than Jacob, his younger brother, and he is getting up in years. By 1696 he is 50 years old. Elizabeth, his wife, is 36 years old so it is possible she had other children that were not recorded.  This birth date fits better with Jacob’s children. See Theory 4.

  • THEORY 4.) John Kendall born 1696/97 to Jacob and Abigail (Hassell) Temple did not die. Some believe that the clerk made a mistake and put the death of the brother Ebenezer next to John’s name and that this John lived.

This does not seem like a stretch to me, if you have seen the condition of the original journals of the ministers and priests you would see that it required a very diligent effort to keep these journals up and accurate. Some are just lists. If you consider that John was 14 years older and compare his children with Jacob’s and the ages of the children you see that it makes more sense for Jacob to be the father. Still we need evidence that supports this theory. Keep reading.

  • THEORY 5.) John Kendall, son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey, b. 1697 in Woburn married Susannah in 1722 and had six children with her: John 1723, Zebedee, 1725, Sarah 1727, Jacob 1729, Temple 1731 and Edward 1736.  Susanna was born 1700 and died June 17, 1766.

I am having a lot of trouble with this theory.  I feel that this was a book of the notes of the man who wrote them and so it was probably not complete.

Here are the remaining 2 theories and the decision is continued below:

  • THEORY 6.) John Kendall, born 8 July 1699 was the one that married Deborah Richardson in 1718 and was a son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey.
  • THEORY 7.) John Kendall born 8 July 1699, son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey and a twin of sister Hannah Kendall born 8 July 1699 who married T. Lippenwell.  This was the one who married Mary __________maiden name unknown and migrated to Lancaster and settled there dying in 1740. He and Mary had three children – John, Mary and Experience.

Francis & Mary’s son John Kendall: 

Let’s take a look at this John Kendall oldest son of Francis and Mary.  This John Kendall was born 2 May, 1646 to Francis Kendall and Mary Tidd and who stayed in Woburn and then died there about 1732. I don’t believe he went to Lancaster as some have stated. I believe that his brother Samuel did.  This John Kendall married three times.

His first marriage was 29 January, 1668 to Hannah, daughter of Thomas Bartlett. Their children were:

  1. Mary, born 1 Sept. 1671 died about 1721.
  2. Lydia, b. 23 April 1647, d. 25 Dec, 1711 in Woburn. Married a John Wright 21, Sep., 1698 in Woburn.
  3. Francis, b. 4 Dec. 1678; died young.

John Kendall then remarried to Elizabeth Comey/Comee b. 1661 in Woburn. They married 29 March , 1681. She died about Dec. 1701. They had the following children.

  1. Francis, b. 11 Apr. 1682 who married Abigail and 5 children: Francis, Amos, John, another Amos and David.
  2. John, b. 7 Oct. 1684; died young**See Theory #1 and #2 in PART I.
  3. David, b. 14 Nov. 1686.
  4. Samuel Kendall
  5. Elizabeth, b. 23 Feb. 1688-9 and she d. 1778, m. 9 Aug, 1720 to Amos Knight.
  6. Jonathan, b. 28 Nov. 1690, m. Sarah
  7. RebekahRebecca, b. 22 March, 1693 in Woburn, m. Ebenezer Beaman b. 1690 in Lancaster and died 11 May, 1764 in Lancaster. She did 14 September, 1754 in Lancaster.
  8. Nathaniel, b. 27 Feb. 1694-5, d. Abt 22 Apr 1776 in Woburn. He married Abigail Locke on 16 Mar, 1720 in Woburn. She died 16 May, 1730. They had Nathaniel, Abigal, Elizabeth, Peter and John. He remarried to Sarah Carter on 11 Feb 1731 and she died 3 October, 1775. They had John, Sarah and Anna.
  9. Hannah was born 8 July 1699. She married 10 May 1725 to Thomas LippinwellLeppinwell.  Many believe that she was a twin with the John listed below.
  10. John was born 8 July 1699 a twin of Hannah or he was the one that married Deborah.  See Theories 6 and 7 about this John Kendall. 

Here is the remaining two theories about who John Kendall was:

THEORY 6.) John Kendall, born 8 July 1699 was the one that married Deborah Richardson in 1718 and was a son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey.

This means John would be 19 years old in 1718 and Deborah would be about 25 years old. That is a six-year difference between them.  Some believe he was too young to marry but I am not convinced.

Sources to consider:

Richardson Memorial comprising a Full History and Genealogy of the posterity of the three brothers, Ezekiel, Samuel, and Thomas Richardson etc., by John Adams Vinton. Portland, ME, Brown Thurston & Co., 1876. p. 57 identifies him as the youngest son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey b. 8 July 1699. The birth recorded in Woburn for that family on that date and is for a daughter named Hannah not a son John. However, both a John and a Hannah are named in their father’s will of 1726 (proved 1735). See Theory 7 for a summary of the will. Online at Internet Archive for searching and downloading.

Memorial of Samuel Reed and Matilda (Thomas) Kendall and of Some of Their Ancestors and of Their Descendants, by Ralph R. Kendall, Worcester, MA, 1936. Francis Kendall on page 10. John Kendall page 10. Elizabeth Comey and John Kendall page 11 at the top: 11. John b. July 8, 1699; m. March 25, 1718 to Deborah Richardson. 12 Hannah b. July 8, 1699; m. Thomas Lippinwell, May 10, 1725. 

Page 17 is where you will see how Samuel Reed and Matilda fit into this book. They are under Thomas Kendall (5) 2nd son of William and Sarah Bradstreet Kendall (3) a son of Ebenezer and Hannah Kendall. This Ebenezer Kendall was the man who witnessed the deed of the Mary (Kendall) Goss family in Lancaster and he is a son of Samuel Kendall a brother to John.

Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memories of Worcester County, Massachusetts, Ellery Bicknell Crane, Lewis Publishing Co., 1907,  p. 4:44. There are 4 Volumes to this compilation.  Family Search has these volumes online at their website and they are really easy to search.  This seems to follow Samuel Kendall’s family.

  • Vol. #I, pages 541-542, 159 Everett Kendall, pg. 541 Kendall Family
  • Vol. #II, pages 423-425 Kendall Family (The Kendall Family of Athol, MA, Lebanon, NY, Oxford, MA.
  • Vol. #III, Chester, Crusoe, Jonathan and Wesley Kendall
  • Vol. #IV pages 44-45, 329-331, Samuel Kendall page 330 and  Jacob Kendall, page 330

“Their children were: John, Born May 2, 1646, died 1732, soldier in King Philip’s war, 1675; had eleven children, of whom John settled in Dunstable about 1730; married Deborah Richardson, March 25, 1718 and Francis’ son John settled in Leominister. page 44, Vol. IV.  This does not seem to give dates.

A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, showing Three Generations of Those who came before May, 1692 on the Basis of Farmer’s Register, by James Savage, in four volumes, Vol. III, K-R page 9 and 10 Kendall’s and other references throughout the book, Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1861. At Internet Archives for searching, viewing and downloading.  I recommend searching online before downloading. This is really hard to interpret so go slowly.  Only goes to Rebecca in John’s line with Elizabeth.

The History of Woburn, Middlesex County, Mass. from the grant of its territory to Charlestown, in 1640, to the year 1860, By Samuel Dewall, M.A. pg. 619-623 and pg. 621, for John Kendall, Samuel, Boston, Wiggin and Lunt, 1868.pg. 620 lists the 4 sons of Francis Kendall and their descendants – John, Thomas, Samuel and Jacob.  Lists John kids with Hannah   John born 7 Oct. 1684 died young.  John 2d, b. 8 July 1699. Online at Internet Archive.

The Goss Family History etc., Paul H. Goss pages 15 extra-2 for 5 pages. Paul discusses his views about Mary’s ancestors. I find his argument to be confused and he jumps around a lot. He continues to believe that Mary is the daughter of Deborah Richardson and it is not making sense with the other sources that I have found and written about in my post about Mary’s parents.  Go to my Post about the Goss History and follow the links to find a copy and download it for your own information:  https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=5338&action=edit

THEORY 7.) John Kendall born 8 July 1699, son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey and a twin sister Hannah Kendall born 8 July 1699 who married T. Lippenwell, was the one who married Mary __________maiden name unknown and migrated to Lancaster and settled there dying in 1740. He and Mary had three children – John, Mary and Experience.

I have searched a little on Hannah Kendall and T. Lippenwell but have not found much. I would like to return to study this couple to see if anything shows she was a twin to a John.

So far I have not found a vital record to support the birth of John on 8 July 1699. There is one for Hannah Kendall – Hannah, d. John and Elizabeth, July 8, 1699 Woburn Births Vol. I, pg. 138. Is this another mistake by the clerk or were their twins born. Twins are not unusual in the Kendall family.

John Kendall d. 1732 had a will recorded in the Middlesex Co. records and here is summary of that will:

Will dated March 9, 1726, proved March 28, 1735 (lodged April 10, 1732). Names wife [Unice]; sons Francis [ffrancis] (eldest, executor), JOHN, Jonathan, and Nathaniel; daughters Elizabeth Knight, Rebecca Boman [Bemon], and Hannah Leppinwell [Liponwell]; also five children of daughter Lydia Wright, deceased: John, Joseph, Nathan, David and Abigail [Abigill] Wright. [Note: bracketed additions from FHL film 416783,File 13081: John Kendall 1732]

In this will we see there is a John mentioned.  So which is it the one that was b. 1684 or 1699.

Sources to consider and ponder.

Early Records of Lancaster, MA 1643-1725, H. Nourse, pg. 276 and 277 for births of John Kendall d. 1740’s children, pg 286 John Kendall’s grant of land, 1884, Clinton: W. J. Coulter, Courant Office 1884. Online at Internet Archive.

See my post dated June 6, 2017 titled Mary (Kendall) Goss’s parents John and Mary _____Kendall of Lancaster.

The History of Woburn, Middlesex County, Mass. from the grant of its territory to Charlestown, in 1640, to the year 1860, By Samuel Dewall, M.A. pg. 619-623 and pg. 621, for John Kendall, Samuel, Boston, Wiggin and Lunt, 1868.pg. 620 lists the 4 sons of Francis Kendall and their descendants – John, Thomas, Samuel and Jacob.  page 620: John 2d, b. 8 July 1699. 

How did the John Kendall that is the father of Mary (Kendall) Goss and who died in Lancaster in 1740 obtain the land that was featured in his estate. Finding that land deed or gift would be a very good thing. I will need to do more research regarding land records in Lancaster it might be an interesting piece of information:

pg. 286: The widow Eunice married John Kendall of Woburn, who, with his brother Samuel, were the progenitors of numerous descendants bearing the name of Kendall in Lancaster, Leominster and Sterling. John Kendall received a forty acre grant from the town, January 26, 1714 “on the easterly side of Wecapeket Brook.” The Widow was Eunice Brooks widow of Samuel Carter son of the Rev. Thomas Carter of Woburn – see page 285.  Early Records of Lancaster, Nourse. 

Here is more description of the land grant:

easterly side of Wecapeket Brook (West side of George Hill, Lancaster) Northside of the North Row Road, between Pratts Junction and Heywood Road.

So Mr. Henry Nourse is giving the impression that John Kendall husband of Eunice was a progenitor of descendants in Lancaster etc. but he didn’t say he went there. Samuel is mentioned and we know he went there. This land is probably in what was called the additional grant for Lancaster of 1701? Something is going on here.

After Elizabeth’s death, John married, for his 3rd wife, Eunice, widow of Mr. Samuel Carter, and daughter of John Brooks. She was living in 1706 and that is why she is mentioned in his will rather than Elizabeth.

The Tracks We Leave, Kendall Family Genealogy of New England http://www.newenglandkendalls.com/

I am including this website, because if you do a Google search it will come up. This website has some good information but is a little thin on sources and that concerns me. They also have mistakes especially with Mary (Kendall) Goss’ and her birthdate and place of birth and the children. The page for Mary is very incorrect. Please be cautious.

38. Francis Kendall and Mary Tidd, m. 24 December 1644 in Woburn: Children: John, Thomas, Mary, Elizabeth, Hannah, Rebekah, Samuel, Jacob, Abigail.

56. John Kendall was born on 2 July 1646 in Woburn, died 10 April 1731. Married Hannah Bartlett, then married Elizabeth Comey/Comee their children are listed as: Francis, John b. 1684, David, Elizabeth, Jonathan, Rebekah, Nathaniel, Hannah and John.

91. John Kendall born 8 July 1699 twin of Hannah, born in Woburn. Died in Lancaster in 1740. Married Mary surname unknown, children: John, Mary, Experience.  This is the line to Mary (Kendall) Goss.

234 Mary Sarah (Kendall) Goss.  This page is not correct.  You need to read this blog’s posts about Philip Goss and Mary for the correct information. Even the children are incomplete and incorrect.  Philip Goss was not in Hartford in 1746 he was living in Brookfield and it would have been very difficult for him to be there. He is also number IV not III.  

146 Lt. John Kendall born 10 January 1698 in Woburn, died 17 July 1759 in Dunstable. He married Deborah Richardson b. 8 March 1693 and died in 1739. They had Deborah, Mary, John, Zebedee, Sary, Temple, Esther, Edward and Lucy. This has him marrying a Susanna Wyman in 1740 and having John, Zebedee, Sarah, Jacob, Lt. Temple, Edward. 

FIND A GRAVE: Please be careful FAG can be incorrect in the information presented. 

John Kendall b. 1646 #96488143 Find A Grave memorial burial unknown. This memorial has lots of links to parents and all three wives, some children and siblings. This lists most of the children: however, it skips Hannah and jumps to John born 8 July 1699. He is linked to John Kendall born 1697 but it is believed this man is a son of Jacob Kendall.

Mrs. Hannah Bartlett Kendall b. 1642, died 1681, Find A Grave Memorial #96488361 no photo of the tombstone but does list her marriage to John Kendall and their children together.  Burial is unknown.

Mrs. Elizabeth Comey Kendall b. 1661 died Dec. 1701, Find A Grave Memorial #96488465 no tombstone photo, burial is unknown. Lists her parents, marriage to John Kendall and their children skipping Hannah and adding John Kendall born 8 July 1699.  It also links her son as John Kendall b. 1697 but this man may well be a son of Jacob Kendall.

Eunice Brooks Kendall, b. 1655, died about 1730, Find A Grave Memorial #51731893. No tombstone photo burial is unknown. This states she was married 3 times and the last was to John Kendall b. 1647?

SUMMARY I have presented a variety of sources of various quality and placed them under a series of seven theories of WHO IS JOHN KENDALL.  I did this to emphasize the confusion that is going on out their on the internet and in books about the lines of the Frances and Mary (Tidd) Kendall children of son especially John Kendall and Jacob Kendall.  Just because it is published does not mean  it is correct.

I really lean toward the belief that the John Kendall born in 1684 is not the one that married Deborah. I believe that the John Kendall born 1696/7 was the one that married Deborah Richardson and migrated to Dunstable because of the grave marker stating his age and his will. Also the evidence that the daughter Mary born in 1721 married John Wright is strong and tends to make me realize that it is not working for John Kendall b. 1696 and d. 1759 and Deborah Richardson being the parents of Mary (Kendall) Goss b. 1721 and married about 1744 to Philip Goss. Also the name of the wife of the John Kendall that died in 1740 in Lancaster is Mary not Deborah.

If he, John Kendall d. 1740 and was a twin of Hannah and a son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey born 1699 seems more reasonable but still I am not convinced. He would have been 20 when his son was born in 1719. I have not found a marriage at this time.

In the last few days, I have been mulling over all this and fretting about it all. I have decided that the only way to figure this out is to go back to John Kendall of Lancaster who died in 1740 and review and study all the documents that I have found and seek out more in court records and land records: grants and deeds.  I touched on Ebenezer Kendall and maybe a further study of him would be in order to see if there are other relationships that come up along with any other Kendall’s in the Lancaster area.  So please understand that this is not my final report on the parents of Mary (Kendall) Goss.  It is time to move on and follow the migrations of Philip Goss and Mary Kendall Goss west.

For additional information on the Kendall family go to my PAGE at the top of this blog titled “Polydactyly in the Kendall Family.”  My cousin Ken gave me permission to repost his article. It is under the page: DNA Can it help with my Genealogical Research. 

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A great many of the sources that I have featured in Part I and II are secondary so it is really important to seek out primary sources in order to make sure we have the correct facts. I have also noticed that some authors are interpreting the records and forcing them to fit into their theories, ages, location and more need to be factored in. We need to get serious about the quality of the sources presented.

We also need to realize that we may not be able to solve these riddles of genealogy in the Kendall family because of the lack of vital records and more.  That means we need to carefully qualify our statements and that we are speculating.

Here are definitions of sources:

PRIMARY SOURCES: provides direct or firsthand evidence about an event, or person. These can be vital records, like birth, death, marriage; however, you do have to seek original documents.  There are lots of published vital records and they are a good place to start but at some point the original town journal or documents should be obtained if possible.

SECONDARY SOURCES:  A record created later by someone who did not experience the time period or events. Most histories are secondary sources. This means that the quality of the source is also of importance.  Like this blog is a secondary source and a compilation.  The following are secondary sources.

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The Kendall Family – Mary (Kendall) Goss’s ancestry…PART I

The question now is: who are the grandparents of Mary (Kendall) Goss?  We know that her father is John Kendall who died in 1740 in Lancaster and was married to Mary __________(surname unknown).

Well, there is no easy answer.

I have attempted to make sense out of all the confusion in the Kendall lines and this is so complicated that I have divided into two parts. This means that you must read both posts. This one you are reading now PART I and the next one PART II, otherwise, it will not make sense. They will be published on the same day.

Let us review.  I refer you to my post, on this blog, dated June 6, 2017 titled Mary (Kendall) Goss’s parents John and Mary _____Kendall of Lancaster.

Here is a review of that post:

In my post, I wrote about the family of John Kendall and his wife Mary whose maiden name is unknown. These are the real parents of our Mary (Kendall) Goss.  Please go back and review what I wrote.  You will learn that this John died in 1740 in Lancaster. His estate consisted of only a Distribution/Settlement record of his Real Estate. There were also two guardianship records for his daughters Mary and Experience in 1740. His son John, of the same name, signed the guardianship papers of his sisters, along with the mother Mary who got custody of the two girls. These sources are all listed in the Worcester Co., Probate files and are online at FamilySearch. Mary and her siblings were all born in Lancaster: John in 1719, Mary in 1721 and Experience in 1723.

Please note I misread the baptismal record of Mary and it should read 24 September, 1721 Lancaster, MA, not April.  I have since made the correction. Mary’s tombstone in Pennsylvania has a birthdate of April 18, 1721 because of the 100 years of her age. It is possible that she was born in April and baptized in September, a bit of a gap but then Philip was very busy at the time and he lived in Brookfield 57 miles from Lancaster. I believe Mary was born in Lancaster because her brother was born there in 1719 so this means the family was in Lancaster by that time. Woburn is 40 miles from Lancaster and by horseback it would take 10 hours. If you walked it that would take a whole day and going back and forth from Brookfield to Lancaster would also take a lot of time. 

I also featured several deeds from the Worcester Co., Registrar for Massachusetts that featured a Mary Kendall/Kindall widow of John, John Kendall, Experience Kendall and Mary Goss and Philip Goss of Brookfield, either all together or in different groupings, in the deeds. Those deeds are also featured in the post.

I believe that the above is the correct family for our Mary (Kendall) Goss who married in 1744 in Lancaster to Philip Goss b. 1724 in Brookfield. The question now is who are John Kendall’s parents. How does he fit into the Kendall family. 

I have been studying the records online and ones I have collected in my travels, and I am finding a great deal of confusion with the lineages of the various Kendall lines that come down from Francis Kendall and Mary Tidd, especially John Kendall b. 1646 and younger brother Jacob Kendall born 1660/1.

The Kendalls:

Francis and Mary (Tidd) Kendall had the  following children, I am assuming the information is correct for these children.

  • John b. 1646 married 3xs;
  • Thomas b. 1648;
  • Mary 1650, m. Isaac Reed;
  • Elizabeth b 1652 m. James Pierce;
  • Hannah b. 1654, m. Wm. Green;
  • Rebecca, b. 1657 m. Joshua Eaton;
  • Samuel b. 1660,
  • Jacob b. 1661 married 2x,
  • Abigail born 1666 m. Wm. Reed.  All born in Woburn, MA.

Samuel Kendall was the father of Ebenezer Kendall who witnessed a deed of the John Kendall heirs in Lancaster.  I wrote about him in my post titled: Ebenezer Kendall: A Witness to a deed of the heirs of John Kendall late of Lancaster d. 1740, published 6/19, 2017.  This implies some sort of relationship that is close to the above families. These two men died in Lancaster and left wills in the records.

The Theories: The John Kendall Confusion

Below are presented SEVEN (7) theories about JOHN KENDALL. These are taken from my survey of books, family histories, websites, and town/county histories. These are what have been proposed by current and past researchers of the Kendall lines of John Kendall b. 1646 and Jacob Kendall b. 1660/1. I am going to try to make sense out of all this confusion, but in the end we may yet need to do a lot more research to figure it all out.

The sources are provided because I am trying to show all the different theories given. This will hopefully encourage you to do your own research. Most of the sources are easy to find online.

THEORY 1.) The John Kendall born 1684, the son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey is said to be the man who married Deborah Richardson in 1718.

There is definitely a birth, listed in the vital records, of a John to John Kendall in Woburn, Vol. I. Births, pg. 138.

John s. of John, Oct. 7, 1684

The marriage of Deborah to John, appears in the Woburn Marriages Vol. III, pg. 152

Kendall, John and Deborah Richardson, Mar. 25, 1718.

The birth of Deborah was in 1695 in Births, Woburn, Vol. I, pg. 211

Deborah, d. of John and Deborah, March 8, 1695

A man born 1684 would be 18 in 1702 and 20 in 1704 in 1718 he would be 34 years old and still unmarried?  Deborah would be 18 in 1714 and 25 in 1718. Why would she marry a man 10 years older than her and why would he wait to marry her?

The John Kendall who married Deborah Richardson in 1718 also married again to a Susannah who appears in his will in 1759 in Dunstable.

He would be 55 years old in 1739 when Deborah passes, Woburn Deaths Vol. II, pg. 220.

Deborah, w. John, Mar. 3, 1739. N.R. [a. 45 y. GR 5]

Again, my Legacy age calculator has her birth 3 March, 1694 close to the birth record listed above.

Sources to check and study and decide if the information is correct?

Woburn Records of births, Deaths and marriages. Edward F. Johnson (Woburn, Massachusetts: Andrews, Cutler & Co., 1890-1919. There are three volumes Vol. I covers births pages 138 to 142, Vol. II is deaths page 1o4 to 105 and Vol. III is marriages pages 151 to 154. Ancestry.com has all three volumes to search at once. Internet Archive also has the 3 volumes but you need to read the title page to know which one you are accessing.  I am focusing on the years 1620-1873. This is a published version of the vital records and therefore a secondary source (interpreted by someone else)  and at some point one would need to study the original records to be sure the information was correctly recorded.

Memorial of Samuel Reed and Matilda (Thomas) Kendall and of Some of Their Ancestors and of Their Descendants, by Ralph R. Kendall, Worcester, MA, 1936. Francis Kendall on page 10. John Kendall page 10. Elizabeth Comey and John Kendall page 11 at the top: 5. John b. October 7, 1684; died young.  You will have to use Worldcat to find a copy, Family History Library has one but now that they will be discontinuing the ordering of film you will have to seek out a copy elsewhere so try using Worldcat to do a search. This book is a secondary source.

Kendall Family of Woburn, Mass.” by William R. Cutter, Librarian of the Public Library, Woburn, MA. [Supplement to Sewall’s History of Woburn] NEHGR, Vol. 39 [1885] pg. 17 to 23.  Page 18 identified the John Kendall who married Deborah Richardson as the son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey b. 7 Oct. 1684.  Google Books has a copy for viewing. Again we are looking at a secondary source.

This birth date of 1684 does not agree with the inscription on John Kendall’s tombstone in Dunstable which said he was 63 years 6 mos and 8 days from 1759. That man was born 1696/7.

Find A Grave memorial with photo of tombstone and inscription of Lieut John Kendall, b. 1696/7 d. 1759 #30594918  (same as written in the History of the Town of Dunstable). Sources are Vital Records of Woburn and Dunstable and Nason, Elias’ History of Woburn.

This Find A Grave Memorial  #30594918 for John Kendall born Jan. 19, 1696/7 has John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey as his parents. Once again, the tombstone is a primary source but the other information is secondary and the interpretation of the author of the memorial.  Please be careful Find A Grave is not always correct.

Deborah Richardson Kendall, Find A Grave memorial #25829936 with photo of the tombstone and inscription, at the Old Dunstable Cemetery (Little’s Station).  This memorial is correct. The History of the Town of Dunstable by Elias Nason has the inscription on page 232.  Again this is a secondary source.

THEORY 2.) The John Kendall born 1684, son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey, died young.  I refer you to Theory 1 for more information and to really think carefully about this possibility. Does it work?

I have not found a death for this John in the Woburn records. A death of a baby is not always recorded.

I checked the Dunstable deaths, I found two references for a John Kendall’s death.

  • Kendall, Lt., July 27, 1759 a. 63 y. 6 m. 8 d. GR1, Dunstable Deaths, pg. 221
  • Kendall, John, Feb. 13, 1809, [85 y. 9 m. 8 d. GR2] Dunstable Deaths, pg. 221

If I put this information into my Legacy Family History Software date calculator I get the following:

  • Kendall John 1759 was born 19 January 1696.  This man has promise.
  • Kendall John 1809 was born 5 May 1723. This man is too young for our study here.

Sources to consider, study for clues:

Woburn Records of births, Deaths and marriages. Edward F. Johnson (Woburn, Massachusetts: Andrews, Cutler & Co., 1890-1919. There are three volumes Vol. I covers births pages 138 to 142, Vol. II is deaths page 1o4 to 105 and Vol. III is marriages pages 151 to 154. See Theory one for more information on this source.

The History of Woburn, Middlesex County, Mass. from the grant of its territory to Charlestown, in 1640, to the year 1860, By Samuel Sewall, M.A. pg. 619-623 and pg. 621, for John Kendall, Samuel, Boston, Wiggin and Lunt, 1868.pg. 620 lists the 4 sons of Francis Kendall and their descendants – John, Thomas, Samuel and Jacob. Regarding John it reads: John born 7 Oct. 1684 died young, page 620.  This again is a secondary source written by Mr. Sewall who was considered a historian.

History of the Town of Dunstable, Massachusetts: from its Earliest Settlement to the year of our Lord, 1873, Elias Nason, pages 228 to 268 Inscriptions from the cemeteries of Dunstable. Lt. John Kendall page 228 Meeting House Hill Cemetery. and Deborah on page 323. This book is online at Internet Archive for searching and downloading.

John, Lt, July 27, 1759, a. 63 y. 6 m. 8. d. G.R.1

THEORY 3.) That John Kendall born 1696/7 and who died in 1759 in Dunstable, married Deborah Richardson in 1718 and he was the son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey.

The age of this man born in 1696 would make him 22 in 1718. She would be a little older at 23/24 years of age at her marriage.  This John Kendall would be more of a contemporary for Deborah.  So I can see why others would think he was a son of John Kendall, but maybe not! Some believe he was too young to marry?

There is no record in Woburn or Dunstable for the birth of this child born 1696/7 to John Kendall born 1646.  That John Kendall married to Elizabeth Comey m. 1681. If she was born about 1661 she would be 35 years old so she can still have children.

Let’s study John Kendall and Deborah Richardson’s children for clues:

Their children were. I have  not studied all of these children at this time to make sure the information is accurate and I have found differences so keep that in mind.

  1. Deborah Kendall born 9 February, 1719 in Woburn, died 1799
  2. Mary Kendall was born 4th of March 1721 in Woburn, MA and married 19 March 1747 in Westford, MA to John Wright b. 7 September, 1723, a son of Jacob Wright and Abigail Adams. This is the Mary that has been very confused with our Mary (Kendall) Goss baptized 24 Sept, 1721 in Lancaster and probably born 24 April 1721. 

There are Find A Grave memorials with pictures of the tombstones #50498403 for Mary Kendall Wright and her husband John Wright #50498499 and his lineage is very well documented.  They are in the Old Dunstable Cemetery, Nashua, Hillsborough Co., New Hampshire. So it seems that this Mary took a very different path going east and did not come west to Lancaster, MA.

  1. John Kendall b. 1723 and d. 13 February, 1809 m. 16 Apr, 1747 to Hannah Whitman in Pepperell. He has a probate file in Middlesex Probate Court, #13085.
  2. Zebedee b. 30 March 1725 in Woburn d. 14 April 1749. See Thorton Graveyard in Merrimack NH Find A Grave.
  3. Sarah Kendall b. 23 May, 1727 Dunstable, died 20 Oct. 1794 in Hebron, NH. Married about 1746 to Daniel Pike. 
  4. Temple Kendall b. 10 August, 1731 ir August 21, 1732 in Dunstable and d. 6 March, 1822 in Dunstable. He married to Abigail Cummings on 23 March, 1746. They had 10 children.
  5. Esther Kendall b. 17 March, 1732/33 in Dunstable, d. 28 June, 1767 in Amherst, NH. Married to Ebenezer Weston/Wesson 16 Nov. 1758.
  6. Edward Kendall b. 15 February, 1735 in Dunstable and d. 26 May 1813 in Dunstable. Married Sarah Thompson on 28 Jan. 1762.
  7. Lucy Kendall b. 13 February, 1737 in Dunstable, d. 1 July 1814 in New Ipswich, NH. Married Reuben Taylor, 20 January, 1761 in Dunstable.
  8. Jacob Kendall b. 9 August, 1729 Dunstable, d. 25 Feb. 1809 in Dunstable. Married 7 Apr 1761 to Elizabeth Cutler in Lexington, MA.

John remarried to Susanna after the death of Deborah in 1729. Here is her death information: Susanna, wid. Lt. John, June 17, 1766, in her 66th y. GR1, Dunstable Deaths pg. 221. This means she was born in 1700 and she would have been 39 years old in 1739 when Deborah died.  She is getting a little old to have children?

Let’s take a look at a summary of John Kendall’s (d. 1759) will in the Dunstable, Middlesex Co., Probate Records:

JOHN’S WILL:

  •  Will of “John Kendall of Dunstable … Gentleman”, dated 2 Feb 1759, proved 27 Aug 1759, names wife Susanah; son John and his son Zebedee; son Pelatiah Whitemore & his wife and their children; son John Wright & Wife; son Daniel Pike & his wife; son Ebenezer Wesson & his wife; daughter Lucy; sons John Jacob, Temple & Edward; Grand Daughter Susanna Whitemore “provided she Lives with Her Grandmother my Wife Susanah untill She is eighteen Years of Age”; brother Abram Kendall and son Jacob executors.
  • 14 Aug 1759: Petition of heirs consenting to will: Susanna Kendall, John Kendall, John Wright, Daniel Pike, Edward Kendall, Temple Kendall, Deborah Whittemore, Lucy Kendall, Ebenez’r Weston, Pelatiah Whittemor.
  • 27 Aug 1759: Bond of Abraham Kendall Husbandman and Jacob Kendall Husbandman all of Dunstable as executors of John Kendall late of Dunstable.

Take the names of the children in the will summary and compare them to the children I listed above for John and Deborah Kendall. The names make sense for the John Kendall born 1696/7 and died 1759. Also, do you see any signs of the surname Goss in this will? I don’t think so.

Sources to consider, ponder and study:

Woburn Records of births, Deaths and marriages. Edward F. Johnson (Woburn, Massachusetts: Andrews, Cutler & Co., 1890-1919. There are three volumes Vol. I cover births pages 138 to 142, Vol. II is deaths page 1o4 to 105 and Vol. III is marriages pages 151 to 154.

Dunstable, Middlesex, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Dunstable, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA.: Essex Institute, 1913). Here is an online version of this source:  http://ma-vitalrecords.org/

History of the Town of Dunstable, Massachusetts: from its Earliest Settlement to the year of our Lord, Rev. Elias Nason, 1873, p. 77, identifies John as the son of John Kendall of Woburn, b. 19 Jan. 1696.

Will of John Kendall of Dunstable, Middlesex Probate Records, Massachusetts, File #13082, John Kendall 1759. Or the FHL Film 416783 Files 13005-13100 in Massachusetts Probate Court (Middlesex County) Probate Records 1648-1924, Salt Lake City, Utah. Middlesex probate records are all online at FamilySearch for viewing and downloading.

THEORY 4.) John Kendall born 1696/97 to Jacob and Abigail (Hassell) Temple did not die. Some believe that the clerk made a mistake and put John’s name rather than his older brother Ebenezer as the one that died.  This means that John, son of Jacob, lived and is the man who married Deborah Richardson in 1718.

Here is the death information for John in the Woburn Deaths Vol. II, pg. 104.

John s. of Jacob and Alice, Oct. 17, 1697

I cannot find a death date for Ebenezer in either the Woburn or Dunstable records. So this means that a lot of people believe that the John born 1697 died.

Let’s take a look at Jacob Kendall’s family:

Jacob Kendall was born 25 Jan, 1660/1 in Woburn.  He married his 1st wife Persis Haywood on 2 January, 1683 in Woburn. Persis was born 1664 and died 19 October, 1694 in Woburn. Jacob Kendall then remarried to Alice (Hassell) Temple. Remember, I mentioned that he was 14 years younger than his older brother John.  So what you see if you study Jacob’s children versus John’s children.  Jacob continues to have children into the 1700’s while John stops because of his age and his wife’s ages. Remember there is a 14 year difference in their ages.

Jacob and Persis Kendall 1664-1691 had these children:

  • Persis b. 24 August 1685 died 1748 Woburn,
  • Jacob b. 12 January 1686/7 may have died 20 Jan, 1686 or lived to 22 April, 1714.
  • Joseph b. 17 Dec. 1688 d. 3 October 1743 in Woburn,
  • Jonathan born 2 November and died 11 November 1690 in Woburn,
  • Daniel b. 23 October 1691 in Woburn.

Jacob Kendall and his 2nd wife Alice (Hassell) Temple had the following children.

  • Ebenezer b. 9 November 1695, died October 1697 or sometime before 1710.
  • John b. 16 January 1696/7 and died 27 July 1759 in Dunstable and he married Deborah Richardson and migrated to Dunstable. His death was a mistake by the clerk.  His age at death works with the birth date. 
  • Sarah Kendall b. 18 July 1698, m. Benjamin Whitmore of Boston 10 Dec. 1723 in Woburn.
  • Esther b. 20 November, 1699,
  • Hezekiah b. 26 May 1701,
  • Nathan b. 12 December 1702,
  • Susanna b. 27 October 1704,
  • Phebe b. 19 Dec. 1705/6,
  • David 28 September 1708,
  • 2nd son named Ebenezer b. 5 April 1710, m. Hannah Hasey about 1734 and had 10 children, the youngest Abraham b. April 12, 1756.
  • Alice b. 31 January 1711/2,
  • Abraham b. 26 April 1712/3, all born in Woburn.
  • Jacob Kendall 22 April 1714
  • Persis Kendall 23 August 1715

Sources to consider and ponder:

Memorial of Samuel Reed and Matilda (Thomas) Kendall and of Some of Their Ancestors and of Their Descendants, by Ralph R. Kendall, Worcester, MA, 1936. Francis Kendall on page 10. John Kendall page 10. page 13 Jacob Kendall and 2nd wife Alice Temple – 6. Ebenezer b. Nov. 9, 1695; died October, 1697. 7. John b. January 19, 1696-7; died October 17, 1697.  Based on this source the dates are very close.  This is a secondary source.

Colonial Families of the United State of America in which is given the History, Genealogy and Armorial Bearing, etc. Jamestown to 19 April 1775, edited by George Norbury MacKenzie, LL.B., 1912, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1966, 1995. Jacob Kendall b. 25 Jan 1660-1661 pages 328 through 329.  This is a series of seven volumes with an index of each volume in the back of the books. Ancestry has all the volumes. Kendall Family starts on page 326-332. It is also at Internet Archive and HathiTrust has copies. This is a secondary source.

Jacob Kendall, 2nd marriage: Issue by 2nd marriage: II John b. 9th January 1696-1697; d. 1759…m. Deborah Richardson 1718. page 329. 

THEORY 5.) John Kendall, son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey, b. 1697 in Woburn.  Married Susannah in 1722 and had six children with her: John 1723, Zebedee, 1725, Sarah 1727, Jacob 1729, Temple 1731 and Edward 1736.  Susanna was born 1700 and died June 17, 1766.

I cannot find any children in Dunstable or Woburn born to this Susannah and John Kendall. I checked all the children’s births and I refer you the list of John and Deborah’s children listed above.  Above I figure out that she was born about 1700 and that would make her 39 in 1739 at the death of Deborah a little old for having children.  Also I cannot find any evidence that she did have children with John. I also did not find a marriage for the two.

Sources to consider and ponder.

Woburn Records of births, Deaths and marriages. Edward F. Johnson (Woburn, Massachusetts: Andrews, Cutler & Co., 1890-1919. There are three volumes Vol. I are births pages 138 to 142, Vol. II is deaths page 1o4 to 105 and Vol. III is marriages pages 151 to 154.

Dunstable, Middlesex, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Dunstable, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA.: Essex Institute, 1913). Here is an online version of this source:  http://ma-vitalrecords.org/

Kendall Family in America, by Charles E. Kendall, 1937 Vancouver, B.C. page 3.  You may find this PDF online and I want to warn you that it makes interesting claims about what happened to various Kendall lines. It is especially interesting his version of John Kendall who married Susannah on page 3. This man thought they had the children and doesn’t even mention Deborah Richardson. So please be very careful.

The next two theories I will discuss in the PART II post. 

THEORY 6.) John Kendall, born 8 July 1699 was the one that married Deborah Richardson in 1718 and was a son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey.

THEORY 7.) John Kendall born 8 July 1699, son of John Kendall and Elizabeth Comey and a twin of sister Hannah Kendall born 8 July 1699 who married T. Lippenwell, was the one who married Mary __________maiden name unknown and migrated to Lancaster and settled there dying in 1740. He and Mary had three children – John, Mary and Experience.

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Additional Information:

A great many of the sources that have been used are secondary so it is really important to seek out primary sources in order to make sure we have the correct facts.

PRIMARY SOURCES: provides direct or firsthand evidence about an event, or person. These can be vital records, like birth, death, marriage; however, you do have to seek original documents.  There are lots of published vital records and they are a good place to start but at some point the original town journal or documents should be obtained if possible.

SECONDARY SOURCES:  A record created later by someone who did not experience the time period or events. Most histories are secondary sources. This means that the quality of the source is also of importance.  Like this blog is a secondary source and a compilation.  The following are secondary sources.

Possible sources but not yet studied or found.

Kendall Papers are mentioned in various sources but no description of where this source is housed is given.  So I do not know where these are kept or if they are referring to specific Kendall papers of a certain person. Does anyone know what is being referred to.

Eliphalet Barker Genealogy (Kendall Appendix) page 11, burial of John and Deborah – great-granddaughter of Ezekiel Richardson 7 commissioners who founded Woburn – I have not found a copy of this genealogy.

Early Generations of the Kendall Family of Massachusetts: Especially in the Line of Lt. Samuel Kendall, Gentlemen, 1682-1764 of Woburn, Lancaster, and Athol, 1939, pg. 57. Frederick Lewis Weiss, p. 58, points out the fact that John named a son “Temple” strongly suggest these are the correct parents.  The explanation for the misleading death record may be that the town clerk recorded his brother Ebenezer’s death under John’s name in error. When I was in Lancaster my focus was on the Prescotts not the Kendalls, perhaps I need to go back and find this information. I am assuming it is in the Lancaster library but do not know for sure.

Secondary Sources – WEBSITES of interest. These are free so you can take a look but please be careful and do you own research. 

Werelate.org: Below are various pages on Kendall Family that are of importance to this discussion.  This site does give sources and quotations of the sources and I think it is close to a good example of what the controversy is about with the John Kendalls. Again be careful.

Jacob Kendall and Alice (Hassell) Temple parents of John Kendall born 1696/7, died 1759. He married Deborah Richardson. On the pages for John Kendall number 3 below you will find a discussion about the Controversy over Parents.  Study them carefully and cautiously.

WikiTree, Where genealogists collaborate. This site gives some sources. I am using the link to Deborah and from there you can follow out the tree.  This is based on the idea that Jacob Kendall is the father of John Kendall born 1696/97 and died 1759.  This site is not necessarily complete but it will come up so you need to know about it.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you have any information about any of the theories above, please leave a comment so everyone can learn of the information but if that is not what you want to do contact me at bjmcdonell@gmail.com. Please realize that I will query you and ask you to be clear about what you are referring to and also ask for specific sources and copies so that I can seek them out and verify their information. Most importantly, please be kind, I am sure we are all passionate about the Kendall Family connections.  Part II will be published shortly.

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