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Nancy Kendig of Switzerland 1600 to Arizona 2004

Updated September 5, 2004

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Fortunately for me, My mother has a very complete History of her side of the Family and the ledgends and stories are very amusing. There were scandals but not too bad. My Fathers side is a great mystery for me to explore. My father was George Kendig and He was born 1921 I believe in California. His parents were Mary Sorrell? and Samuel Kendig and we do not know much at all about where Sam was born abound the 1900 year mark and very little about my Grandmother Mary Kendigs back ground...her father was an attorney and they were French, her mother died in childbirth. She went away to boarding schools. I think the idea of "family" was a foreign concept. Other people have them..? Sam says he came from England. There is a Scotish branch of Kendigs but Most Kendig (Kundig with 2 dots above the u ) came from Switzerland, Zurlich to be exact. There is a Swiss History I must look up in the 1600's that caused are forefathers to be exiled from Switzerland. They went to Germany to live and became involved in the Martin Luther protestant reformation. William Penn offered the Head of the Swiss/ German group a land grant near Lancaster PA. There still are many Kendigs in that area. They hold a reunion every year. Martin Kendig was quite prominent in Lancaster history and we celebrate the Kendigs for sticking it out. They were probably anabaptist and lived like Amish people. The Kendigs arived here in 1704 and some remained in Europe. I will continue to update my findings.

 
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