The only confirmed information I have about William C. Kendall is the following:
Name: William Chauney Kendall
Father of 2 children
Born: Shelbyville, Indiana (1900 or 1901)
I have two birth certificates that each list him as the father. Both certificates indicate that he was from Shelbyville, Indiana. One of them has his "usual occupation" listed as a farmer; the other one has him listed as a U.S. Marine.
Aside from the above details, the only other information I have about him is unconfirmed. So far, I have been unable to locate any other official documents about him.
I contacted the Shelby County Health Department (Indiana) and discovered that they have a record of a male Kendall born on 2 Nov 1900. This could be the right Kendall, but I'm still uncertain. His father's name is listed as George; the mother is only listed as "Unknown Williams" (odd, isn't it?).
The research that I have since uncovered (census records, mostly) about various George Kendall's from Indiana (during the right time period) indicate that none of them appear to be a match as the father of William C. Kendall. I'm basing this on the names of family members listed on census records (not one William C. among them).
Information on this man is scarce, at best, but every little scrap that I find just leads to another dead end. My next step is the NC State Archives to see if any marriage records turn up. I know that at least two of his children were born in NC, so the odds are at least halfway decent that he was married here (I know; he could have gotten married on an island somewhere, but I'm allowed to hope).
This elusive man is driving me nuts.