There are records of the Kendalls living in Clerkenwell and the City of London as far back as the 1550s. So far we have only traced the family back to Joseph (c. 1726-1771) and his wife Mary. Joseph was a watchmaker but his namesake son was a smith and bell-hanger. He was followed by six generations named Thomas who were all smiths. His great-grandson, Thomas Richard (1833-1886), moved across the river to Peckham between 1871 and 1881. His namesake son (1861-1914) moved to Earlsfield between 1895 and 1899 which was where his daughter Elizabeth Hannah (“Lilah”) met and married Alfred George Keatch.
Lilah’s mother, Mary Elizabeth Littlewood (1864-1944) was born in Wolverhampton. Her parents moved to Peckham between 1871 and 1881 to the same street as the Kendall family.
With local iron ore and coal deposits, Wolverhampton was one of the centres of the industrial revolution. As one might expect, the family’s occupations during the 18th and 19th centuries reflect this, including for example, bricklayer, hingemaker, japanner, latchmaker, locksmith, tin plate worker, etc.
Some branches of the family have been traced back to the 17th century, before the industrial revolution started.
Ancestors of Mary Elizabeth Littlewood; 249 individuals including children and their spouses
Featured: James Littlewood (c. 1780-1839), Corporal, 7th Dragoon Guards