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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Kendall



Estate of James
of St. John's
Butcher, dec.d.


Admin granted
August 11, 1845 to
Richard Kendall, Son
of deceased.

Estate £120

Volume 2
Folio 432


To the Honorable
      The Judges of the Supreme Court

The petition of Richard Kendall of St. John's wheelwright

Humbly Sheweth     

That petitioner's father James Kendall of St. John's Butcher is lately deceased leaving him surviving his widow Elizabeth one son besides petitioner ????? his oldest son and three daughters and being possessed at the time of his decease of some personal property. That petitioners said father left no will and his family being desirous that administration to his estate would be taken by petitioner and the widow of the said deceased, petitioner for himself and on her behalf of the said prays that administration may be granted to them of the said estate accordingly and as in duty bound he will ever pray.

Richard Kendall

Note: James Kendall, butcher may have possibly come from Westmoreland in England. At this time I suspect that he was the father to Anne Kendall who married John Coaker from Widdicombe, Devonshire, England. Anne was born about 1814 and died 03 Apr 1883 on Brookfield Farm on Torbay Road. Another child may have been John Kendall. Richard, the petitioner for the estate of James, was definitely a son.

We know from other sources that James widow Elizabeth died about February 1858 at the age of 71. This made her birth circa 1787 so James was probably born the same time.

In January 1844, Richard married Elizabeth Agnes Carnell, a daughter of John Carnell and Hannah Gill Harris. 

John Carnell came from Torquay, Devon. He was a master wheelwright, and came to St. John's in 1812 to build a waterwheel for a baker named Vail, at Riverhead. The bakery was later bought by Brownings, and afterwards became Browning and Harveys. He died in 1840 at Riverhead mill leaving a wife and 10 children.

Hannah Gill Harris was the daughter of John Harris and Sarah Gill. Sarah Gill was a daughter of Nicholas Gill. Nicholas was one of the three sons of Captain Michael Gill, who traded from Charlestown , Massachusetts. Capt. Michael had fought an historic battle against the French at Bonavista in 1704. Nicholas served as a Justice of the Peace from 1771. He was a naval officer, notary public and a judge of the vice-admiralty court. In his later years he was Chief Magistrate of St. John's.

Elizabeth Agnes Carnell was a sister to Sarah Anne Carnell, who married Charles Frederick Collier, my maternal great great grandfather. Several of the Carnell girls had the genes for long life. Sarah COLLIER, living to be 87, her sister, Elizabeth KENDALL living to see her 91st year; and Mary Jane OKE, the last member of the Carnell family living to see her 93rd year.



Page Contributed by Geoff Martin

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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