Shopping & Family History, a great mix!

For our p-day this week, Gene and I spent the day with Roy and Libby, our cousins. The guys hung out at their home and Libby and I went shopping at the town center in Worcester. What a fun day! ‘So nice of Libby and Roy to make such a special day for us! They are so thoughtful! On the way back Libby and I stopped at the church at St. John’s Bedwardine where my great grandparents John Kendrick and Caroline Philpotts Pritchard were married in 1876. It was so wonderful that they found each other! They both had so much sadness just two years before! In one year period, 1873-1874, both had lost their first spouse, and both had lost babies! John had three children left and Caroline had one son left (Roy’s grandfather). They married each other, (John at age 34 and Caroline at age 25), and went on to have six children together, the youngest my grandpa, George Kendrick, born in Worcester a few years before the family left for America. First, some family photos, not the clearest, but might give a little feel for the people):

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John Kendrick, (1842-1917) in front of the Alden Estate in Worcester, where he worked as the head gardener.

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John Kendrick in a much later photo

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Caroline Philpotts in a much earlier photo, when she was a young girl, with her parents and grandmother.

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John and Caroline Kendrick as much older people, with their youngest son, my grandpa, George Kendrick. Also added are some facts about John Kendrick’s life.

Now, the photos of the church where John and Caroline were married.

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What a great friend Libby is here, taking pictures!

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Imagine John and Caroline walking down this aisle!

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Imagine the family seated, feeling joy for these two widowed young people, who found love again!

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Then Libby and I went to a place in Malvern, pretty close to their home. She had ordered the death certificate of John Kendrick’s oldest son William Kendrick from his first marriage and it had his residence listed at Beaconfields. We decided to go find it. Libby thought it was at a dental place down the street from where she had lived many years ago. Imagine our surprise when we found out it was the exact place she had lived! What an amazing coincidence! Little did she know then, that ten years before, her future husbands’ great grandma’s husband’s child lived and died in the same place she was living! (So if you followed all that, you are amazing too!) 🙂

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Libby’s residence many years ago, and the residence of William Kendrick, son of John Kendrick.

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Small world! Cheerio!

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