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Francis "Miles" Kendall

Also Known As: "Francis /Kendall/"
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Woburn, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Kendall, Jr. and Elizabeth Kendall
Husband of Mary Kendall
Father of John Kendall; Thomas Kendall; Mary Kendall; Elizabeth Kendall; Hannah Green and 5 others
Brother of Mabel Somers; Thomas Kendall, III, Deacon; Mary Whitney; Elizabeth Somes; John Kendall, III and 4 others

Occupation: the miles nickname was one to conceal his intentions of immigrating, Miller, selectman (Woburn)
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About Francis Kendall (immigrant)

owned and operated a mill on one of the streams in woburn


Originating in England, then Charlestown, he later moved to Woburn; where, on December 18, 1640, with thirty others, signed the Woburn town orders.


Francis Kendall

     Sex: M

AKA: Francis Miles

Individual Information

         Birth: 1612 - Kendall, England
         Death: 1708 - Woburn, Massachusetts 11


• Alt Birth, 1612 in Norfolk, England

Spouses and Children

1. *Mary Tidd (23 Nov 1620 - 20 May 1676)

      Marriage: 24 Dec 1644 - Woburn, Massachusetts Bay 12 13
               1. John Kendall (1646-1732)
               2. Thomas Kendall (1649-1730)
               3. Mary Kendall (1651-1721)
               4. Elizabeth Kendall (1653-1715)
               5. Hannah Kendall (1655-1719)
               6. Rebecca Kendall (1657-1692)
               7. Samuel Kendall (1659-1743)
               8. Jacob Kendall (1661-1742)
               9. Abigail Kendall (1666-1734)



"Kendall Family from "Colonial Families of the United States of America", Vol VI, pages 327 and 328, by George MacKenzie

"Francis, b. in England 1620 [incorrect birthdate] came to America and was living in Charlestown, Mass in 1640; he emigrated under the name of Miles to conceal his intentions from his family. At Charlestown he signed the town order for the new town of Woburn and was one of its first and most prominent inhabitants, serving for 18 years on the Board of Selectmen and on various town committees. He owned and operated a mill on one of the streams of Woburn and is described by Sewall as "a gentleman of great respectability and influence in the place of his residence." In a strict Puritan community he had the courage to differ slightly in faith from the majority for which he was duly fined."

"In 1657, Francis Kendall is released from all 'Ordinary Traynings.' Middlesex County Court records, Vol. 1, p 143. 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." Woburn VR 14



Emigrated from Cambridgeshire, England to Massachusetts in 1640

Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Vice President Charles Warren Fairbanks, First Lady Barbara Bush, poet/essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, horticulturist Luther Burbank, and inventor Elias Howe are descendants.

George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush are, in fact, distant cousins; both sharing ancestry with Francis and Mary Kendall.


The KENDALL family, which is very old in England, derives its name from the town of Kendall on the Kent River in Westmoreland County; among the best known of its early representatives was John KENDALL, Sheriff of Nottingham, who was killed at the Battle of Bosworth 1485, while fighting in the army of Richard III. Branches of the family are found in many parts of England and America.

JOHN KENDALL, ancestor of the New England family, was living in Cambridgeshire, England, in 1646, and d. there in 1660.

I. FRANCIS, b. circa 1620, of whom later. (this terminology means that he is profiled later in this manuscript.)

II. Thomas, emigrated to Reading, Massachusetts, where he was one of the most influential of the early settlers; a Deacon of the church and for many years a Selectman; his only son d. an infant, but, through his eight daughters, he has a large posterity.

FRANCIS KENDALL, b. in England, circa 1620; came to America and was living at Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1640; he emigrated under the name of MILES in order, it is said, to conceal his intentions from his family. At Charlestown he signed the town orders for the new town of Woburn and was one of its first and most prominent inhabitants, serving for eighteen years on the Board of Selectmen and on various town Committees. He owned and operated a mill on one of the streams at Woburn and is described by Sewell, as “a gentleman of great respectability and influence in the place of his residence.” In a strict Puritan community, he had the courage to differ slightly in faith from the majority for which he was duly fined. He m. 24th December, 1644; Mary, dau. of Sergt. John TIDD, the first man in Woburn to bear a military title. Francis KENDALL d. in 1708, at the age of 88. His wife d. in 1705 (from Savage)

Source: Colonial Families of the United States/ also Framingham, Mass. Genealogies, published 1887, J.H. Temple

Kendall, Francis, Woburn 1640, m. 24 Dec. 1644, Mary Tidd, had John, b. 2 July 1646; Thomas, 10 Jan. 1649; Mary, 20 Jan. 1651; Eliz. 15 Jan. 1653; Hannah, 26 Jan. 1655; Rebecca, 2 Mar. 1657; Samuel, 8 Mar. 1659; Jacob, 25 Jan. 1661; and Abigail, Apr. 1666; was freem. 1647; in 1700 sw. he was a. fourscore yrs. old. His w. d. 1705, and his will was pro. soon aft. his d. 1708. Mary m. Israel Read; Eliz. m. James Pierce; Hannah m. William Green, as his sec. w.; Rebecca m. Joshua Eaton; and Abigail m.24 May 1686, William Read. JACOB, Woburn, s. of the preced. m. 2 Jan

Francis Kendall. Born ca 1618 at Cambridge, England. Francis died at Woburn, MA in 1708.38

Francis was freeman 1647. In 1700 he swore he was aged fourscore years old.2

"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." When he married Mary Tidd, he was listed as Francis Kendall alias Miles.38

Francis served the town, at different times, 18 years on the Board of Selectmen.37

On 24 Dec 1644 Francis married Mary Tidd, daughter of John Tidd (ca 1589-24 Apr 1657) & Margaret Greenleaf (-1651), at Woburn, MA.38 Mary died at Woburn, MA in 1705.38


5738 i. John (1646-1731)

5739 ii. Thomas (1649-1730)

5740 iii. Mary (1651-1722)

5741 iv. Elizabeth (1653-1715)

5742 v. Hannah (1655-1719)

5743 vi. Rebecca (1657-1690)

5744 vii. Samuel (1659-ca1749)

5745 viii. Jacob (1661-1737)

5746 ix. Abigail (1666-1734)

!Records- Charleston Genealogy Vol 2 SAVAGE Boston and Eastern Mass Vol I -171 Genealogy of Mass Vol 3 Page 1810 -------------------- First Generation in America ~1640 arrival

From ""

Narrative of Francis Kendall...

"Francis Kendall, born about 1620, in Norfolk, England and his brother Thomas were the first of this Kendall line to sail to the New Colony. They arrived on the shores of Massachusetts about 1640, settling in the town of Woburn (Charlestown). Thomas later removed to the town of Reading, MA.

Francis Kendall married Mary Tidd on December 24, 1644. Together they had some nine children. These children in their adult years spread out across the New England landscape creating families of their own.

According to old town records, Francis Kendall, was by trade a miller. These records indicate that upon his death his dwelling house and half the interest in his corn mill passed to the eldest son John. The remaining interest appears to have already been given to sons Thomas, Samuel and Jacob.

Francis was also civic minded. Records tell us that he held the position of selectman for 18 years [1659-1688] and subscribed the town orders. Francis was fined for being late to one such selectmen's meeting in 1674. He was also on the committee to lay out common lands in 1667.

The Kendall genealogy found in these pages mark the direct descendant line of Francis Kendall to the present day. Efforts have been made to be as accurate as time and history will allow, but as with any large undertaking by imperfect humans, mistakes are bound to happen. This is a true labor of love for generations yet to come so please feel free to contact me with any corrections or additional facts you'd like to add."

(38.) Francis KENDALL was born in 1620 in Norfolk, Cty., England. He died in 1708 in Woburn, Middlesex Cty., Ma.. He was buried in 1708 in Woburn, Ma. (Burial Site Unknown). Francis was baptized Unknown.

Francis KENDALL and Mary TIDD were married on 24 December 1644 in Woburn, Middlesex Cty., Ma.. Mary TIDD was born on 23 November 1620 in Hertfordshire, England. She died in 1705 in Woburn, Middlesex Cty., Ma.. She was buried in 1705 in Woburn, Ma. (Burial Site Unknown).

Francis KENDALL and Mary TIDD had the following children:

(+56) i. John KENDALL. (+57) ii. Thomas KENDALL Sr. (+58) iii. Mary KENDALL. (+59) iv. Elizabeth KENDALL. (+60) v. Hannah KENDALL. (+61) vi. Rebekah KENDALL. (+62) vii. Samuel KENDALL. (+63) viii. Jacob KENDALL Sr. (+64) ix. Abigail KENDALL."

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  • *'The Kendall family in America (1919)
  • The ancestor of the American Kendall family was John Kendall, who was born in 1608 and died in County Cambridge in 1660. Two of his sons, Francis and Thomas came to New England before 1640.
    • Deacon Thomas Kendall who was a proprietor of Reading, Mass., in 1644; was admitted freeman 10 May 1648. He married Rebecca ___ and had ten daughters: Elizabeth Dendall born 1642, married John Eaton in Waterown, 8 March 1658; Rebecca born 1644, married 1661, James Boutwell; Mary born 1647, married 1664 Abraham Bryant; Hannah born 1650, married 1667, John Parker; Sarah born and died 1650; Sarah, second, born 1653, married Samuel Dunton; Abigail born 1655, married John Nichols; Susanna born 1658, married Nathaniel Goodwin; Tabitha born 1660, married John Pearson; and Thomas born 1663, died 1664. Deacon Kendall had no son who lived to adult age.
    • ' Francis Kendall, son of John, and brother of Thomas, deposed in December, 1658, that his age was about 38 years, making him born in 1620. In 1662 he made affidavit that his age was bout 48 years which would place the date of his birth at 1614. He settled first in Charlestown, but soon after removed to Woburn, where with 31 others he signed the town orders 18 December, 1640. In the old registry of the town of Woburn reads the entry:
    • '"Francis Kendall, alias Miles, and Mary Tedd (Tidd) maryed 24th of 10th mo. (24 Dec. D-S) 1644."
    • ' Mary Tidd was a daughter of John Tidd. It is claimed that Francis left England against the wishes of his family, using the name of Miles, until he was settled in this country. Francis was admitted freeman 10 May, 1648. He served the town as selectman, held numerous other offices and was looked upon as "a gentleman of great respectability and influence." He owned and operated a corn mill in Woburn, being a miller by trade. The mill now on the old Kendall homestead was built by Samuel Kendall in 1700 and is near the location of the first mill built by Francis.
    • 'Francis Kendall died in the year 1708 at the age of 89. His wife Mary Tidd died in 1705. The will of Francis, dated 9 May, 1706, named his sons, Thomas and John, as executors. The son Thomas had a son Samuel who was a very active, public spirited man, engaged in promoting the civil and religious prosperity of Woburn. In 1732 he received a commission as Lieutenant from Governor Belcher and was widely known as Lieutenant Kendall.
  • '1. FRANCIS KENDALL married 24 December, 1644, Mary Tidd. He died Woburn, 1708. She died 1705.
  • Children :
    • 2. John, born 2 May, 1646 ; m. three times.
    • 3. Thomas, born 10 Jan., 1648; m. twice.
    • 4. Mary, born 20 Jan., 1650; m. Isaac Reed.
    • 5. Elizabeth, born 15 Jan., 1652; m. James Pierce.
    • 6. Hannah, born 26 Jan., 1654; m. William Green, Jr.
    • 7. Rebecca, born 21 March, 1657 ; m. Joshua Eaton.
    • 8. Samuel, born 8 j\Iarch, 1659 ; m. twice.
    • 9. Jacob, born 25 Jan., 1660; m. twice.
    • 10. Abigail, born 6 Aitril, 1666; m. William Reed.
    • 2. JOHN KENDALL, born 1646, married (1) Hannah Barlett 1668. (2) Eliz. Comy, 29 March, 1681. (3) Eunice (Birooks) Carter.
    • 3. THOMAS KENDALL, born 1648, married (1) Ruth Blodgett 1673. (2) Abigail Broughton 1696. He died 25 May, 1730.
    • 8. SAMUEL KENDALL, born 1659, married (1) Rebecca Mixer, 13 Nov., 1683; (2) Marv Locke, 30 March, 1692.
    • 9. JACOB KENDALL, born 1660; m. (1) Persia
    • Haywood, 2 Jan., 1683; (2) Alice Temple 10 Jan., 1694.
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  • 'Francis (Miles) Kendall
  • 'M, b. 1620, d. 9 May 1708
  • Father John Kendall b. c 1580, d. 21 Mar 1661
  • Mother Elizabeth Sackville b. c 1585, d. 1640
  • ' Francis (Miles) Kendall was born in 1620 at Norfolk, Norfolk, England; Age 88 in 1708; age 65 in 1684. He married Mary Tidd, daughter of John Tidd and Alice Clayton, on 24 December 1644 at Woburn, Middlesex, MA. Francis (Miles) Kendall died on 9 May 1708 at Woburn, Middlesex, MA.
  • 'Family Mary Tidd b. 23 Nov 1620, d. 20 May 1676
  • Child
    • Samuel Kendall+ b. 8 Mar 1659, d. 1749
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Francis Kendall (immigrant)'s Timeline

Norwich, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
Age 21
December 24, 1644
Age 26
Woburn, Middx., Mass.
July 2, 1646
Age 28
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 29
Made a "Freeman"
January 10, 1648
Age 30
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
January 20, 1651
Age 33
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
January 15, 1652
Age 34
Woburn, Middlesex, MA, USA
January 15, 1653
Age 35
January 26, 1654
Age 36
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts