Portrait of Eleanor Kendall

Name: Eleanor Kendall

Burial Number: 0348

Gender: Female

Born: 25/03/1832

Died: 30/12/1900

Buried: 31/01/1901

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Eleanor was born on the 25th March 1832 in Liverpool Lancs, to Thomas and Eleanor ‘Ellen’ Pierce Kendall (nee Jones). Eleanor was one of 5 children born to Thomas and Eleanor-

Walter William Kendall born 1825 Liverpool Lancs died 1881

Anne Elizabeth Kendall born 1828 Liverpool Lancs died 1861

George Kendall born 1830 Liverpool Lancs died 1831

John Henry Kendall born 1833 Liverpool died 1834

Eleanor’s Father worked as a Merchant with offices at 12 Suffolk Street, Liverpool. He died in 1836 aged just 38.  In 1841 Eleanor’s Mother worked as a School mistress and the family lived at Chatham School, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, Lancashire.

Eleanor lived with her brother Walter William Kendall around the 1870’s, he was the reverend of St. Mary’s Church, Birch, Hopwood, Lancashire.   He suffered with frequent attacks of Illness and Eleanor persuaded him to retire from the church and move to Llandudno, Wales and she moved with him.

He died on 4th April 1881 in Llandudno but was buried in St Mary’s Churchyard, Birch, Hopwood, Lancashire, a large granite cross marks his resting place. (Newspaper obituary in Miscellaneous)


After her Brother’s death Eleanor presented Birch church with 3 stained glass windows in memory of her Brother and other family members. After her Brother’s death Eleanor moved to London.

Walter Henry Horatio Day (born 1855 Streatham, died 1896 British Columbia Canada) was the son of Edwin Day and Annie Elizabeth Day (nee Kendall, Eleanor’s Sister), he was one of 6 children born to Edwin and Annie. The family lived in Toronto after Annie’s death in 1861 in Surrey. Annie’s Husband Rev. Edwin Day was an assistant at the Holy Trinity Church in Toronto.   One Sunday Morning in 1874 Mary Eleanor (Edwin & Annie’s eldest Daughter aged 20) was attending to her eldest Brother, Walter Henry who was ill in bed, she moved him into her own bedroom while she made up his bed helped by her younger Brother Charles. Charles started playing with a gun that Walter kept in his room, the gun was never loaded but a friend had called round the day before and had secretly loaded it with the intention of playing with it the next day. Charles accidently shot her dead. This crushed the family and they ended up returning to England. Charles became a bachelor of science from Edinburgh University. He was a clever but lonely man, and lost all his money that he had inherited in the copper mines in Lancashire. He died in 1930 in the USA.

Eleanor was a devoted aunt to Walter, and Eleanor ‘adopted’ him after the tragedies in Canada, he took her name of Kendall and helped her manage her affairs.  They went out to Vancouver around the 1890’s and built up the family house on Seton street.  One day Walter went up to the mines above the mountains around Vancouver.  There they had Chinese labour and in some tragic way he completely disappeared.  He was never found and it was thought at the time that the Chinese labour had killed him.  Eleanor spent a fortune trying to find him or clues to his disappearance. She finally had to admit he would never be found and she rented out the house in Vancouver and returned back to England.

She lived in Worthing on her return to England, and lived at Sussex House, Rowlands Road, Worthing, Sussex. She died on 30th December 1900. Her estate was valued at £17781 11s 4d. (£1,389,979 in 2020) she left her household effects and £4000 to her Nephew Charles Edwin Day. To Alice Ursula Greenwood £4000, to Mrs Greenwood’s children £100 each. To Walter Kendall Greenwood and Walter George Raikes £100 each. The Rev. Edwin Day £100. She left the residue of her property in trust to Charles Edwin Day and Alice Ursula Greenwood


Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Eleanor Kendall

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 6 Plot: 4

Exact Location (what3words): into.envy.cube

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of Eleanor Jane Kendall who died December 30th 1900 aged 68 years "I know that my Redeemer liveth"

Further Information


Name: Eleanor Jane Kendall

Gender: Female

Born: 25/03/1832

Town: Liverpool

County: Lancashire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 30/12/1900

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: 107 Marine Parade

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £17781 11 s 4 d

Current value of effects: £1389979

Census Information


Chatham school, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool Lancs

Eleanor Kendall, age 35, Anne Kendall age 13, Eleanor Kendall age 9


Park Lodge, Great Malvern Worcestershire

Maria Roberts (Head) age 50, Susan Roberts (Daughter) age 25, Maria Roberts (Daughter)age 24, Margarita Roberts (Daughter) age 22, Louisa Roberts (Daughter) age 20, Eliza Roberts (Daughter) age 17, Eleanor Kendall (Cousin) age 29, Ann Powell age 52, Mary Martin age 22


Birch Vicarage, Hopwood, Lancashire

William W Kendall (Head) age 45, Eleanor Kendall (Sister) age 39. Margaret Jones (Aunt) age 75, Elizabeth Butler (Cousin) age 33, plus 2 servants


Ormes Hey, Caernarvonshire, Wales

Walter William Kendall (Head) age 54m Eleanor J Kendall (Sister) age 49, Walter H Day (Nephew) age 25, plus 3 servants

Miscellaneous Information

Grave Stone photograph taken 11/6/2019

Toronto Mail – 23rd April 1874

Fatal Gun Accident – We have received an extract from the Toronto Mail, in which a sad occurrence is recorded – a young lady, Miss Mary Eleanor Day, daughter of the Rev. Edwin Day, of Holy Trinity Church, having been accidentally shot by her brother. Mr Day recently resided in Reading, and frequently preached in the parish churches here. Previous to his departure for Canada, he undertook temporary duty at St Peter’s Church, Erleigh. The melancholy event which has suddenly plunged his home into a house of mourning, occurred on Sunday evening, the 23rd ult. Walter Day, and elder son, was lying ill in his room, and on his sister going in to see him, he suggested to her that she should move him into her room, which she did. The brother and sister, with a younger brother, Charles, sat talking for about an hour, when Mary and Charles left to make the elder brother’s bed. In this room there was a gun, which had always been left in the corner unloaded, and with which the younger brother was often in the habit of playing, and while the sister was making her brother’s bed the younger brother took up the gun, and saying to her in jest “Do you want to see me shoot you?” cocked it without look, and having put it up to his shoulder, fired it off, “thinking the hammer would only just click.” Unfortunately the gun had been loaded only that very morning, by a young man, named Eddis, a friend of Walter Day’s, for mere amusement it seems, and it was not then discharged for fear of making a noise, so that it was lying loaded when taken up by the younger brother. The poor young lady fell, and the horror of the lad may be imagined. The invalid brother, who did not take much notice of the report, was soon aroused by the cries of his brother Charles, and rushing in found his sister lying in a pool of blood, quite dead. A Medical man, Dr. Berryman was instantly called in, and he stated at the Coroner’s inquest that he found the deceased lying on the floor, having been shot away. He thought the charge must have entered the back of the ear and passed out through the eye, death being instantaneous. the Coroner’s jury returned a verdict of “Accidentally shot”. The deceased young lady, who was in her 21st year, was of a very affectionate and amiable disposition, and her tragic death will be mourned by a large circle of friends in this town and neighbourhood, as well as in Toronto.

Winnipeg Free Press – 4th Sept. 1874

Lamentable Occurrence, From the Toronto Leader – A most unfortunate accident occurred on Sunday night, on Isabella street, whereby Miss Mary E Day, daughter of the Rev E Day, at Holy Trinity Church, lost her life. Not so much blame attaches to the poor boy who unconsciously killed his sister; but we think the young man who wantonly loaded the gun, for no earthly purpose, deserves the deepest censure. Though it could not be discharged, the charge could have been drawn, and no excuse can be found for leaving the cap on. We learn that the jury were disposed to bring in a verdict conveying censure, but the one returned is, perhaps the only one that could reasonably found.

An inquest was held yesterday afternoon at the Gardiner’s Arms, Young street, and the following evidence taken by Dr De La Hooke:-

Walter Henry Day, sworn:- The deceased is my sister; I was lying ill in my own room last evening; my sister came to my room about seven o’clock, and I asked her to move me over into her room; she did so; she and I and my little brother Charles sat there talking for about an hour, then she said and he went over to my room to make my bed; after they had been there a few minutes I heard a bang which I did not take much notice of, as it was not at all loud, and I was more than half asleep; after a few seconds my brother Charley made some move which attracted my attention; I asked him what was the matter; he said he fired off the gun and hit Mary; I then entered the room and found her lying in a pool of blood; I raised up her head and found no life left; I then rushed down stairs after my brother Charley, and we both came back to the room together; I and my brother Charley both went down stairs, closing the doors after us; a crowd gathered round the door; I went with one of them up to Eddis house on Huntley street, and told them what had happened; I then came straight back and found no one in the house, but several standing outside the fence, amongst them Dr Berryman, whom I asked if he had been upstairs, and he reported she was dead. I brought the gun to the house on Tuesday last, and have never loaded it since it has been in the house; the gun was loaded yesterday before dinner by Harry Eddis, who placed in the same corner of the room in which it was before it was loaded, after asking me if he should fire it off; my brother had often been in the room and snapped it off before it was loaded.
The jury, after a short deliberation, returned a verdict that the deceased “came to her death through being accidentally shot”.

North Wales Chronicle – 21st May 1881

The Reverend Walter William Kendall, deceased – Pursuant to an Act of Parliament made and passed in the 22nd and 23rd years of the reign of Her present Majesty, intituled “An Act to further amend the Law of Property, and to relieve Trustees”

Notice is hereby given that all Creditors and other persons having any debts, claims of demands upon or against the Estate of Walter William Kendall, late of Orme’s Stag, Llandudno, in the County of Carnarvon, Clerk in Holy Orders, deceased (who died on the 4th day of April 1881, and Letters of Administration to whose personal estate and effects were granted to Eleanor Jane Kendall, of the Pleasance, Great Malvern, spinster, by the Principal Registry of the Probate Division of Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice, on the 4th day of May, 1881, are requested to send the particulars of such debts, claims, or demands, in writing, to us the undersigned, Solicitors to the Administrator, at our Office in St Mildred’s Court, in the City of London, on or before the 1st day of July, 1881, after which date the said Administratrix will proceed to deal with and distribute the effects of the said Deceased amongst the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the debts, claims, or demands of which she shall then have notice, and that she will not afterwards be liable for the assets, or ant part thereof, so distributed to any person of whose debt, claim or demand shall not then have had notice. Dated this 12th day of May 1881 – Young, Jones, Roberts, & Heale, 2 St Mildred’s Court, Poultry, London, E.C., Solicitors

Worthing Gazette, April 24th 1901

Local Will – By her will of May 14th 1900, Miss Eleanor Jane Kendall, of Sussex House, Rowlands road, who died on December 30th last, bequeathed to her nephew, Charles Edwin Day, of Barrow-in-Furness, and executor of her will, her household effects and £4000; to Alice Ursula Greenwood £4000; to Mrs Greenwood’s children £100 each; to Walter Kendall Greenswood and Walter George Raikes £1000 each; to George Raikes £200; to the Rev. Edwin Day £100; and some other legacies; and Miss Kendall left the residue of her property in trust in equal shares to the said Charles Edwin Day and Alice Ursula Greenwood. Miss Kendall’s estate has been valued at £17,781.11s.4d. gross, including personally of the net value of £13,106.14s.11d.

Heywood Advertiser – 25 March 1904
The Rev. Walker William Kendall, who in 1861 was presented with the living, was M.A. of Brasenose College, Oxford. Before coming to Birch he held curacies at Rhodes, Middleton, and Heworth, near Gateshead. He never married, but had two sisters, one of whom, Miss E.J. Kendall, lived with him. He was a good preacher, diligent in pastoral visitation, and exceedingly good natured and kind to the poor. There is reason to believe that his charitable gifts were oftentimes beyond his means. Though somewhat corpulent and to all appearances healthy looking he was subject to frequent attacks of illness, but he never suffered these to interfere to any appreciable extent with his work and usefulness. He and his sisters were liberal benefactors to the church. During his incumbency he was able by his own efforts and the aid of friends to raise funds for adding to the church the apsidal and south porch. A new pulpit and choir seats were also given by him and his sister. A brass plate on the pulpit bears this inscription:- “The pulpit and choir seats are an offering to this church for the glory of God by the late vicar, the Rev. W.W. Kendall, and his sister, E.J. Kendall, A.D. 1881.”

As prior to that time Mr Kendall had shown signs of failing health, acting on the advice of his sister, he went to reside at Llandudno, and he died there somewhat suddenly on April 4th 1881. He was buried in Birch churchyard, and over his last resting place there is a handsome granite cross. The tombstone bears the following inscription:- In memoriam of Walker William Kendall, for twenty years vicar of this parish. Died April 4th, 1881, aged 55 years. Also his mother Eleanor Pierce Kendall, who died October 21st 1864, aged 66 years. “Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him” After his death three stained glass windows (Lancets) were presented to the church by Miss Kendall in memory of her brother and other members of the family. The teachers and scholars of the Sunday school also gave a new font of Caen stone with granite pillars to the church in memory of Mr Kendall. On the decease of her brother Miss Kendall went to reside in the neighbourhood of London, where she died about three years ago. Of her it is recorded in the bazaar handbook: “This lady, until her death a short time ago, had always been a generous supporter both of church and school. Indeed, the whole parish has lost a good friend and a kind benefactress.” Some few months before his death Mr Kendall inherited a handsome fortune from an uncle at Liverpool, and it is no small tribute to the generosity of Mr Kendall’s disposition, it should be remarked, as it has been by one of his oldest parishioners, that it was greatly to be regretted he should have died so soon after coming into his fortune, as she felt sure that had he lived the poor of the parish would have had a share of his wealth.

Excerpts from C M Dowell story on Ancestry

Excerpt from the memoir of Eleanor Ursula (Greenwood) McConkey, which is a transcription taken from an audio recording made in 1966, telling of the lives of her maternal grandparents, Edwin Day & Anne “Annie” Elizabeth Kendall. “Ellen” must refer to Annie’s sister, Eleanor Jane Kendall (1932-1900), who adopted Edwin & Annie’s son, Walter. Mary Eleanor Day was accidentally shot by her brother, Charles Edwin Day, who ended his days in a mental hospital.

“Annie Elizabeth Kendall, my grandmother, married the Rev. Edwin Day. The most wonderful one of our group was Ellen, who was born in 1832 and died in 1900… She was our “Good angel aunt” from whom we all benefitted so much. Annie Elizabeth and the Rev Edwin Day had five children. in many ways theirs was a sad family experiencing several tragedies. When Grandfather Day was assistant at Holy Trinity Church in Toronto, one Sunday morning Mary Eleanor, aged 20, came to the door at the moment when her two young brothers and a friend were playing with a gun and she was shot. This tragedy absolutely crushed the whole family. She was a very beloved sister. That meant that Grandfather just couldn’t take it and they all went back to England. So Mother’s short period of five years in Canada at Bishop Strachan School, while all the boys were at Upper Canada School, came to an end.

Excerpt from the memoirs of Eleanor Ursula (Greenwood) McConkey, concerning her mother’s brother, Walter Henry Horatio Day. Walter was adopted by his maternal aunt, Eleanor Jane Kendall, and took her name, becoming Walter Henry Kendall.

Walter Henry Kendall born 1855 Streatham was a doctor, with medical degrees from both Edinburgh and Toronto. He became the devoted nephew of Aunt Eleanor Kendall. He took her name and helped her manage her affairs. They went out to Vancouver, B.C. and built the family house on Seton Street, as it was called then. At one period he went up to the mines somewhere above the mountains around Vancouver. There they had all Chinese labour and in some tragic way he disappeared completely. He was never found and it was taken that the Chinese labour had killed him. Poor distraught Aunt Eleanor spent a fortune trying to find his or clues to his disappearance. She finally rented the house in Vancouver and went back to England.