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CHARLES W. KENDALL, deceased, was one of the early settlers of Monticello, who materially assisted in the growth and welfare of the place. This gentleman was descended from English and German ancestors; his parents were John and Sarah (Miller) Kendall, and he was born February 15, 1815, in Reading, Penn. When twelve years old, he went to Philadelphia to live with an uncle, and during his residence there attended the public schools of the city and assisted in his uncle's store, afterward returning to his old home at Reading, where he remained until twenty-two years of age. In 1837, he emigrated to Indiana, located at Delphi, where for three years he was employed as clerk in a brother's store, but in 1840 he came to-what was then a very small village, but is now the county seat of White County. He purchased a general store from William Sill, the first settler of the place, and for seven years remained in Monticello, merchandising. From 1847 to 1856, he and two brothers, Francis G. and Robert C., were in partnership at Norway, in carrying on a general store and operating a flouring and saw mill, but in 1856, he sold out and returned to Monticello, where he afterward re-embarked in merchandising. During the war, he was Postmaster at Monticello, being the first Republican appointed to that office. For about two years succeeding his resignation as Postmaster, he served as Deputy Revenue Collector for White County. He died in the faith of the Presbyterian religion, August 29, 1875. He was twice married, first on the 29th of September, 1841, to Maria M. Spencer, who was born in Perry County, Ohio, August 24, 1822. This lady died January 1, 1843, leaving one son, George S., now a resident of Covington, Ky. May 1, 1845, Mr. Kendall married Mary Eliza Spencer, who is yet living in Monticello, To their union were born six children-Walter R., Howard C., Maria (Mrs. Hull) Sallie (Mrs. A. W. Loughry), Charles and May. The mother was born in Perry County, Ohio, August 2, 1821, and came with her parents to White County in 1830.

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