William Kendall (a son of Revolutionary War Patriot Jeremiah Kendall and Rhoda McIntire) was born 23 November 1783 in Fauquier County, Virginia; removed to Scioto County in 1805, having come from Pennsylvania. According to “A History of Scioto County, Ohio”, Vol. 1, by Nelson W. Evans, written in 1903: Kendall fought in the War of 1812 serving as a “Captain in Brigadier General Robert Lucas’ Company in the Troop of Horse in the Brigade of Militia” for the Scioto County, State of Ohio. “Following the war, he acquired the title of Major General of Militia by joint resolution of the Legislature.”
Much has been written regarding William Kendall. Included in the obituary of his son, Milton, the “Portsmouth Times” stated that “William Kendall served for many years as Postmaster of this city. He represented Scioto County in the House of Representatives for three terms. He was also elected to the Ohio Senate in 1822, and was returned to that body six times…” “General William Kendall was the contractor for and built the present Court House on Sixth Street in 1832.” A very prominent man in Scioto County, much more can be found in the “History of Scioto County” regarding his many notable contributions during the 1800’s.
William Kendall married Rachel Brown on 29 May 1806; she died 16 November 1820; William married a second time to Christina Lawson on 12 October 1821, who died 2 August 1840. Thirdly, he married Mrs. Ruth Claypool of Chillicothe, OH. Children believed to have been born to William Kendall and Rachel Brown are:
Jefferson, born 1 May 1807, married Elizabeth Fenton
Rhoda, born 9 December 1808
Stephen, born 27 February 1800, married Rebecca Riggs
Milton, born 16 June 1812, Ruth Lawson
Thomas, born 16 July 1814, married Ann Glover
Eliza, born 16 September 1816
William, born 2 January 1819
Rachel, born 21 September 1820
*Rhoda, or Rachel, may have married Conrad Overturf
Children believed to have been born to William Kendall and second wife Christina Lawson were:
John, born 5 January 1823
Jeremiah, born 12 February 1825
Susannah, born 6 June 1827, married Samuel Baldridge
Maria, born 23 November 1829, married James Salsbury
Joseph, born 20 October 1832
Franklin, born 31 December 1834, married Marietta Hall
Lavinia, born 24 February 1837, married Louis Denit Adair
Captain William Kendall died on August 2, 1849; he is buried in the Portsmouth, Greenlawn Cemetery.
Gail Cropper Swick, past-President of the United States Daughters of the War of 1812, Scioto Valley Volunteers (SVV) Chapter, completed the process of making application to the U.S.D. 1812 Ohio Society. She received approval for the SVV Chapter to place a War of 1812 bronze marker on Kendall’s gravesite in honor and memory of his valiant service to our country. The marker has been purchased by the SVV Chapter through fundraising and donations.
Living descendants of Captain William Kendall are being sought for the purpose of recognizing them at an upcoming grave marking commemoration ceremony. If you are a descendant, or if you know of any living descendants, of William Kendall, SVV President Beth Normand urges you to contact the chapter at [email protected], or SVV Chapter, P.O. Box 22,
Lucasville, Ohio 45648.