William John & Elizabeth Kendall

My Paternal 3rd Great-Grandparents

1871 England Census record of the Kendall family at 41 Martin St., Southwark.

My father's father's family has been very difficult to research due to my paternal grandfather being born illegitimately in a London workhouse infirmary; he was handed over to his "adoptive" mother at approximately 14 months of age and brought to Canada to be raised.

I was able to track his mother, Annie Bird (week #3), starting with his birth certificate and working through census documents and workhouse records; a consistent family address for several decades was a big help in tracing her family, particularly on her mother's side.  They lived at a number of addresses on Martin St. in Southwark, London which later changed to Miniver St., but no longer exists today.  Annie's father was William Bird (week #27) and her mother was Elizabeth Kendall (week #28).

Elizabeth was born to William John Kendall (most often recorded as John Kendall) and Elizabeth (no luck thus far in uncovering her maiden name which poses yet another roadblock in this line of research).

William John Kendall and Elizabeth were both born around 1825 and married sometime in the 1840's; they had 10 children between 1845 and 1871.  William John worked as a carman, dustman and scavenger (typically labour jobs for the Borough cleaning the streets).

The England Census (with some transcription errors) records them as such:

1851 England Census - @ 15 Martin St. John Kendal, Carman, (25), Elizabeth Kendal (25), with children: Sarah (6), John (3),Thomas (3 mos).

1861 England Census - @ 15 Martin Street. John Kendall, Dustman, (35), Betsy Kendall (36), Sarah (16), John (13), William (7), Betsy (7), Mary (1).

1871 England Census - @ 41 Martin Street. Wm. J. Kendall, Scavenger, (63? - should read 45), Elizabeth Kendall (42), John (22), Elizabeth (16), Henry (10), Caroline (5), Robert (2).

On January 14, 1873 my great, great, great grandfather, William John Kendall, dust collector, died at the age of 46 of bronchitis at his home at 40 Martin St. in Southwark, London.

Elizabeth lived as a widow for another 18 years and is further recorded in the census:

1881 Census - Elizabeth Kendall (42 - should read 52), widow, living @ 10 Martin St. with children: Henry (19), Robert (14), Caroline (16), Clara (10).

1891 Census - Elizabeth Kendall (66- should read 62) @ 10 Martin St. (lodger).

On May 9, 1891 Elizabeth Kendall (61) widow of John Kendall, carman, died from Apoplexy at home at 10 Martin St.; her daughter in law, Ann Kendall, of 15 Martin St. was present at the death.

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Sylvia Harrison | Reply 16.01.2015 02.35

You have written your stories so well and I have found them all very interesting and it has been great to read the ones about our joint family tree.

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09.10 | 13:33

Hello Peter - please email me at grannykba@gmail.com

23.08 | 15:28

Hi Karen, If you are still maintaining this page, please drop me a line. William and Mary were my great, great, grandparents. Best Regards,

29.08 | 18:46

John. Can you email me at grannykba@gmail.com - then we can connect directly. ..

16.08 | 11:58

Hi Karen, if you are interested, please visit my facebook page
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