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.