Historical Reference

Genealogy, Siblings, Kendall Family Tree

Frederick Wilson Kendall (4th generation)

(Alonzo Burnham (A.B.) 3, Young Ichabod 2, Alphens 1)

Frederick Wilson Kendall was born to Alonzo Burnham (A.B.) and Martha Helen (Blake) Kendall in Alexander Valley (Boonville), Mendocino County, California, on May 9, 1865. He was the middle child of five. His older siblings were Diana M. (1861/2-1884) and Lon B. (1863-1929) and the youngsters were Courtney Leon (1865-1934) and Edith Mabel (1878-1971). Fred's mother passed in 1884 and his father remarried in 1888. This union between A.B. and Mary James (Sears) Kendall gave Fred three step-siblings; Lowell Elwood (1889-1972), Edna (1892-1985) and Thelma (1895-1991).

The family moved to Manchester, California, around 1860 and Fred was schooled there. There he met and later married Bertha Adeline Walker on May 19, 1886. They would have nine children together; Alfred Alonzo (1887-1953), Roy Raymond (1888-1968), Ethel (1890-1987), Courtney Clare (1892-1967), Doris (1894-1964), Lee Russell (1897-1968), Merle (1898-1991) and LaVerna (1907-still living as of 1992). Fred and Bertha lost one male child as an infant born in 1900.

Bertha and Fred moved from Manchester in 1908 to the San Joaquin Valley, in California. All but Alfred, who was already married and a father himself, made the move by boat to San Francisco and then by train to Laton. Fred and the boys farmed and dairied, with the exception of Russell who would go on to make his name in rodeo. Prior to the move, Fred, Roy, Clare and Russell herded their cattle to Cazadero where they were put on a narrow gauge railroad to Tiburon, crossed the San Francisco Bay by ferry, and completed their journey by train to Laton. Once settled, Fred sent for the rest of the family.

Map of the journey to Laton. Courtesy of www.mapquest.com

Pictured is a depiction of the area covered during the family's journey. It begins in the northwest corner near Albion, to San Francisco by sea, to the valley by train (indicated by the red star). The cattle's route varied slightly as they went by land to Cazadero (northeast of Sebastopol), by train to Tiburon (just south of San Rafael), by ferry across San Francisco Bay and finally to Laton by train.

When ill health forced Fred to retire and sell off his land, he first settled in Monterey, California, with his son, Russell, and later moved to Santa Rosa, California. Fred died on May 18, 1934 in Santa Rosa. Bertha died in Costa Mesa, California, at LaVerna's home on December 14, 1952. Both are buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetary in Sebastopol, California.

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The Kendall family tree begins with Alphens (Alpheus?) Kendall and continues down to my maternal grandfather, Calvin Wells Kendall. Asterisks mark the generations in my direct family line. I am a 8th-generation member of the Kendall family, whose line dates back to the mid-1800's. Some family members names are are underlined. These are links to their biographical information (including siblings), and when available, photos.

  • Frederick Wilson Kendall (4th generation) *
    • Born: May 9, 1865 in Alexander Valley, Mendocino County, California
    • Married: May 19, 1886 in Manchester, California
      • Spouse: Bertha Adeline Walker
        • Born: July 20, 1868 in Redwood City, California
        • Died: December 14, 1952 in Costa Mesa, California
      • Child: Alfred Alonzo (Born: March 8, 1887 in Manchester, California)
      • Child: Roy Raymond (Born: October 30, 1888 in Manchester, California)
      • Child: Ethel (Born: June 8, 1890 in Manchester, California)
      • Child: Courtney Clare * (Born: June 23, 1892 in Pt. Arena, California )
      • Child: Doris (Born: June 16, 1894 in Manchester, California)
      • Child: Lee Russell (Born: June 22, 1897 in Gualala, California)
      • Child: Merle (Born: November 4, 1898 in Manchester, California)
      • Child: unnamed male child (Born: 1900, died in infancy)
      • Child: LaVerna (Born: January 25, 1907 in Manchester, California)
    • Died: May 18, 1934 in Santa Rosa, California

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  • Diana M. Kendall
    • Born: March 14, 1861 in Boonville, California
    • Married: November 1, 1882, to Ethelbert Saunders, location unknown
    • Children: Etta
    • Died: March, 1884, location unknown
  • Lon Burnham Kendall
    • Born: February 15, 1863 in Boonville, California
    • Married: about 1888, to Helen Rice McLaughlin, location unknown
    • Children: Walter Lon, Diana, Phillip Rice
    • Died: October 25, 1929 in Auberry, California
  • Courtney Leon Kendall
    • Born: September 21, 1870 in Manchester, California
    • Married: March 16, 1905, to Ada Washburn Cain in Manchester, California
    • Children: Alonzo Frederick
    • Died: August 23, 1953 in Santa Rosa, California
  • Edith Mabel Kendall
    • Born: October 1, 1880 in Manchester, California
    • Married: August 1, 1905, to James Lochridge Dinwiddie in San Francisco, California
    • Children: James Kendall, Keith Burnham
    • Died: March 10, 1970 in Mountain View, California
  • Lon Elwood Kendall
    • Born: March 28, 1889 in Manchester, California
    • Married: January 4, 1919, to Mabel Bishop Inman in Manchester, California
    • Children: John Dennis Inman, Wilbur
    • Died: February 11, 1972 in Napa, California
  • Edna Kendall
    • Born: September 17, 1892 in Manchester, California
    • Married: December 25, 1918, to Glen Oren Smith in Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Children: Elden Burton, Derrell, Merlin Claire, Milton Elwood, Duane Lamar
    • Died: March 28, 1985 in Walla Walla, Washington
  • Thelma K. Kendall
    • Born: March 11, 1895 in Manchester, California
    • Married: December 24, 1917, to Clyde Clinton Brewer, location unknown
    • Children: Annabel
    • Died: August 20, 1991 in Ukiah, California

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Kendall Family Tree

Kendall family tree

Graphic displays my maternal grandfather's (Calvin Wells Kendall) genealogy, tracing his lineage back to Alphens (Alpheus?) Kendall, our 'founding' father.

Information derived from 'The History of the Kendalls - 1992' (Dorothy A. Wight Kendall).

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