From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 612-613, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
John G. Kendrick, of Elkhorn township, was born in Lebanon, New
Hampshire, February 18, 1828. He is a son of Stephen and Martha
(Gerrish) Kendrick. Stephen came to Illinois in 1841 with his wife and
two children, his possessions being an ox team and $50 in cash. He
first rented in this county and bought forty acres of land, where he
died when eighty-four years of age. Stephen's father was a merchant of
Lebanon, New Hampshire, and died there a very old man. Stephen's wife
was named Thankful Howe, and she died when on old woman. The father of
our subject was one of eight children, and his mother one of seven
children. She was born in New Hampshire, and died at the home of her
son, aged sixty-one years.
John remained at home until married, and went to the district
school with James A. Garfield. He learned the trade of a blacksmith and
wagon maker. After he married he rented a farm near his father, and
there lived until 1872, when he moved into his own house, and now owns
300 acres. He carries on mixed farming and has been very successful. He
is a Republican in politics.
He was married in 1850 to Mary Jaques, born in Allegany county,
New York, April 14, 1843, daughter of Samuel and Effie (Fagort) Jaques.
They were New Yorkers, who came to Illinois in 1841. Mrs. Kendrick is
one of twelve children. Mr. and Mrs. Kendrick have three living
children: Edward R., Fred W. and Emma. The boys are on the land their
father owned. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and
Mr. Kendrick is a Class-leader, and the whole family are very active in
Sunday-school work; in fact Mr. Kendrick is active in every good work,
especially temperance societies. No man in the county has been more
active than Mr. Kendrick in placing it in the position it now enjoys.
He has a grand record for local temperance and church work, and is
highly esteemed throughout the county.