COLONIAL FAMILIES OF THE UNITED STATES p. 327
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 Kendalls 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.
1. Francis b. in England circa 1620; came to America and was living at Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1640. He owned and operated a mill on one of the streams at Woburn. He m. 24th December 1644; Mary, dau of Sergt John Tidd. He died 1708 at the age of 88.
2. 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.
A sworn inventory of the estate of JOHN KENDALL of Cambridge who departed 21 Ma 1660/61. Inventory was taken & entered and recorded April 2, 1662 at Cambridge.
Thomas Kendall came to America from England. He was an original settler removed here from Lynn. He was the brother of Francis of Woburn.
Although several of the Boston Transcripts show Thomas, Francis, and a sister Mable were possibly the children of Henry Kendall b. 1588 d. 1627 and Gabriel Armstrong d. 1640 of Smitherly, this is believed to be incorrect. It is said that Thomas was a Grandson of Henry Sacherelle of Radcliffe--that would not be possible if his mother's name was Armstrong.