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George Kendall, Spy and a founder of Jamestown, Virginia

6.10.1607 – Grant to Edw. Kendall, Deputy Clerk of the Hanaper, of the goods, etc., of John and Chas. Markham, outlaws, indebted to him. (I have not found the date of this appointment, which was in Chancery and involved collecting fees for the sealing of documents.) As mentioned above, George Kendall sought to claim for the lands of Roos of Routh, as distinguished from Roos of Ingmanthorpe that Peter Roos was also making application for. Peter Roos’ daughter Anne married Griffin Markham. He (and presumably his above relations) were charged with treason for involvement in Catholic plots, and their goods and property forefeit. I assume therefore that some financial settlement had been reached between the Roos and Markham families and George Kendall, and that this had not been honoured.

10.11.1607 – Grant to Edw. Kendall and Edm. Bostock, in fee-farm, of rectories and tithes, value 46l 13s 4d per annum. (Son Thomas Bostock was in the Middle Temple and his son Edmond was, with Samuel Vincent, a ‘Farmer of the Excise’ in 1674)

1612 – three farms in Penkhull, Stafford were granted to Edward Kendall of Lincoln’s Inn, but this grant seems to have been ineffective. (From this and his position as Deputy Clerk of the Hanaper, it is clear that Edward had legal training)

27.7.1613 (Cal of Sessions Records) – John Cooke of Edmonton, shoemaker and John Foord of the same, smith, for William Saer of the same, yeoman, for taking away certain goods belonging to Edward Kendall of Lincoln’s Inn, Gentleman, out of his house called Cockfosters, in the parish of Enfield.

On 29th May 1616 The Diary of Anne Clifford shows ‘Kendall came and brought me the heavy news of my mother’s death (Margaret Russell), which I held as the greatest and most lamentable cross that could befall me. Also he brought her Will along with him, wherein she appointed her body should be buried in the parish church of Anwick…’.

And on 28th June 1616 – ‘came Kendall with letters from Lord William so as my Lord determined I should go presently into the North’. Lord William is probably the brother of Thomas Howard, Suffolk.

 
 

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