Francis Kendall (c1620-1708)

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Francis Kendall was born circa 1620 in England, United Kingdom and died 1708 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States of unspecified causes. He married Mary Tidd (-1705) 24 December 1644 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States.
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There are conflicting reports regarding the "alias Miles" in Francis's marriage record. Sewall, 1868 reports "a family tradition, communicated many years ago by Rev. Dr. Kendall, of Weston, that in order to conceal from his parents his intentions to emigrate to this country, he embarked in England under a feigned name." In contrast, the footnote to the published marriage record in Woburn Records (1890) says "there is a well authenticated tradition in the Kendall family that Francis Kendall was stolen from a Ralph Miles in England and brought to this country."

Francis was in Cambridge, Massachusetts by December 1640 when he signed the orders establishing the town of Woburn, Massachusetts (e.g., Cutter, 1885). He became a prominent member of the latter community, serving as selectman for 18 years between 1659 and 1688, and serving on a committee to lay out common lands when the town expanded from its initial 4 square mile grant (Cutter, 1885; more details in Sewall, 1868).

In his will, he left his house and half of his mill to his eldest son John; the remaining share of the mill was divided between his sons Thomas and Samuel (Cutter, 1885).


Offspring of Francis Kendall and Mary Tidd (-1705)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Kendall (1646-1732)
Thomas Kendall (1649-1730) 10 January 1649 Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States 25 May 1730 Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States Ruth Blogget (1656-1695)
Abigail Broughton (-1716)

Mary Kendall (1651-1722)
Elizabeth Kendall (1653-1715)
Hannah Kendall (1655-)
Rebecca Kendall (1657-)
Samuel Kendall (1659-1749)
Jacob Kendall (1661-)
Abigail Kendall (1666-1734) 6 April 1666 Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States 1734 Lexington, Massachusetts, United States William Reed (1662-1718)

Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
Ω Birth
  • There are no records of Francis from England. Sewall, 1868 (p. 619), gives his birthplace as England, and reports that in 1700 he gave court testimony that he was 80 years old. In 1658 he testified in court that he was about 38 years old ( Woburn Records, Part III, p. 284 ).
₪ Wedding
  • "Francis Kendall, alias Miles, and Mary Tidd, Dec. 24, 1644" ( Woburn Records, Part III, p. 151 )
¶ Death
  • "Francis, Sen., s. of ----, ----, 1708" ( Woburn Records, Part II, p. 104 )


  Bruce Kendall

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