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Place of Burial: Richmond, Cache, Utah Territory
Birthplace: Log cabin in the old "Fort Row", Springville, Utah, Utah Territory, United States
Death: Died in Lake Shore, Utah, Utah, United States
Cause of death: heart disease; age; overweight
Managed by: David Younce
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Immediate Family

    • husband
    • Harvey
      son
    • Marian
      daughter
    • Wells
      son
    • John
      son
    • Thomas
      son
    • Sarah
      daughter
    • Byron
      son
    • Aaron
      son
    • Joseph
      son
    • Deseret
      daughter

About Eliza Rebecca Mendenhall (Tew)

Eliza Rebecca Tew, daughter of Thomas John Tew (1833 - 1904) and Rebecca Bird Tew (1828 - 1922), was born 23 March 1857 in a log cabin in the old "Fort Row" at Springville, Utah County, which was built in early days to protect settlers from Indian attacks. She lived in Springville until six years old, then moved to Paris, Idaho, where she lived five years. Then she returned to Sprinville and resided there until her marriage. She married John Mendenhall (1847 - 1920) on 24 April 1879 in the Salt Lake Endowment House. In 1886, she and her husband moved to Mapleton Bench.

Eliza Mendenhall was a charter member of the old Retrenchment Society organized by Brigham Young, which later became the Mutual Improvement Association. Four of her sons served missions for the LDS Church and 21 of her grandsons are World War II veterans, three of whom were killed in service. Eliza Rebecca Tew Mendenhall died 17 December 1853 at Lake Shore, Utah County, Utah, and is buried at Mapleton, Utah County, Utah, United States.

Children

  1. Marian Mendenhall (1880 - 1965)
  2. John William Mendenhall (1881 - 1971)
  3. Thomas Tew Mendenhall (born c.1883)
  4. Jesse Mendenhall (1884 - 1922)
  5. Sarah Rebecca Mendenhall (born c.1885)
  6. Joseph Mendenhall (1887 - 1966)
  7. Byron Mendenhall (1889 - 1975)
  8. Deseret Mendenhall (1890 - 1971)
  9. Aaron Bruce Mendenhall (1893 - 1966)
  10. Harvey Henry Mendenhall (1896 - 1971)
  11. Wells Barney Mendenhall (1901 - 1991)

Life History of Eliza Rebecca Tew

Written by herself; Copied by Marian Mendenhall Tuckett

[I am] the daughter of Thomas Tew and Rebecca Bird born 23rd of March 1857 at Springville, Utah in a log cabin in the middle of the street just east of the bridge in the old fort row, built to protect the settlers from the Indians. When I was 8 years old my father and mother moved to Paris, Bear lake. We had 2 wagons that held all our possessions pulled by oxen. My brother Will drove the cows barefoot. When we got to Bear river we crossed on a raft and at Mink Creek the water was high, it being May and the top bed of the wagon nearly went over. I knew my father's prayers had saved us.

Frost Every Month of the Year

When we reached Paris we lived in a house belonging to William Bird for one year until my father built one of our own. William Bird’s daughter Amanda and I were great friends and it was there that our mothers taught us to knit. We would measure off some yarn and see who could knit it first. The school house was a log one and slabs with pegs in for seats. The winters were very long and cold. Snow so deep we children had to sit on the table to see out of the top light and the drifts were so high my father would dig steps so we could get on top to go to school. There was frost every month of the year and wheat was frozen and bread was black and sticky no matter how long it was in the oven.

We had slates and pencils in school and Ben E. Rich was in the class. The first year we had dirt floors and the next - wild hay. My father had two yoke of oxen, Turk and Sop and Dick and Darb. I have watched my father make ox bows and yokes also snow shoes. He would go over the mountains to Richmond and build houses and stay all summer. At the end of 3 ½ years we moved over to Richmond where it wasn't so cold and the wheat wouldn't freeze. The Indians were numerous and troublesome and a little girl Annie Thurston was stolen and never was found.

When I was 14 my mother taught me how to spin. She had a good wheel and we girls would take our wheels on our hip and go to spinning bees. We could spin 4 skeins a day. I have helped mother spin, and dye yarn for stockings and clothing, also make candles and use them and we were as proud of our dresses as girls are now with their silk ones.

A Life of Hard Work

After 7 years my father moved back to Springville. He bought 7 acres of land up East of Springville and built an adobe house 5 rooms. He made the adobes himself and mixed the mud with his feet then he built the house and traded work with a carpenter to do the carpenter work. I was 15 when we came back to Springville and I had to work out from then till I was married as father had to start all over again. I received $1.50 per week and 50 cents for a washing. I worked for Sculptor Dallons' mother for 6 weeks and got $8.00 for which I bought a shawl and for Eddie Brown and he made me a pair of shoes.

We would go on our pleasure trips to the canyon and elsewhere in a wagon with 3 spring seats and my husband to be, took me to a circus to Provo in a wagon and when we went to Salt Lake to get married we went in a covered wagon with mules Jack and Kit and mother went with us. We were married in the endowment house by Daniel H. Wells. The Temple was up to the first windows at this time 24 April 1879. We lived in a one log room that William Mendenhall had built when he first came to Springville in Sept. 1852, for 5 years. Here we had 4 lovely babies, 3 boys and a girl. Then we needed more room, so we moved to Mapleton where Grandfather Mendenhall had taken up 160 acres and father had built a 4 room adobe house on it. Grandfather Mendenhall, Grandfather Tew, George Matson and James Galiup helped to build it and they are all gone on that long journey.

Eleven Splendid Children

Eleven splendid children have come to bless our home, 8 sons and 3 daughters. I am proud of our family, thankful that I have had the privilege of being the mother of a large family. I believe I have tried to do my duty by them always made their clothing, knit their stockings in winter, made home made soap all my married life, made candles, painted and white-washed our house, milked cows and made butter to sell until father died. We moved to Union Bench as it was called Feb, 1885. There were a few families there at the time. Soon after Bishop Packard and Councilors came from Springville and organized a Sunday School with Brother Lucious Whiting, superintendent and William T. Tew and John Mendenhall, councilors. It was decided to name the town Mapleton on account of Maple Canyon east of it.

Then in 1888 Aug. 21, another meeting was called to organize a Ward. Apostle F. M. Lyman and A. 0. Smoot of Provo came. Lucious Whiting was chosen Bishop and William T. Tew first and John Mendenhall, councilors. We had only 20 acres of land at first, more later. We paid cows to James Holley to help grub sage brush, and John worked hard to level the land as it is today.

We Were All Poor Alike

It was hard to make a living, no beets and water scarce and we were all poor alike, all young married people sociable and had a good time. All came to meeting on hay racks and wagon sleighs in winter. I would go to Springville on a hay rack to visit my folks and come home on a load of hay. No buggies for years.

My people are nearly all gone and my family are scattered from Cedar City to Canada. I am thankful for my family, They are working in the Church, all keep the Word of Wisdom not users of tobacco. I am proud of my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. My husband was always a true and clean Latter Day Saint loved and respected by all who knew him. I have been first councilor in Relief Society under two presidents and Relief Society teacher for years. I have worked in the Salt Lake and Logan Temples for the dead for years. I am thankful for the gospel. I know it is true and my desire is to be faithful as long as I live. This I wrote April 14,1938.

Mrs. Eliza Rebecca Tew Mendenhall died at Lake Shore, Utah at the home of her daughter Mrs. Marian Tuckett, 17 Dec. 1953, She had 198 living descendants; 11 children, 63 grandchildren, 110 great grandchildren and 16 great great grandchildren. She died true and faithful to the end. She was buried 20 Dec. 1953, in the evergreen Cemetery, Springville, Utah beside her husband John Mendenhall.

Eliza Mendenhall, Pioneer Mapleton Woman, Dies at 96

The Daily Herald - Provo, Utah, United States - Dec 18 1953 Eliza Rebecca Tew Mendenhall, 96, died Thursday at Lake Shore of causes incident to age. She was born March 23, 1857 at Springville, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Bird Tew. She married John Mendenhall April 24, 1879 in the Salt Lake Endowment House. She lived in Springville until six years old, then moved to Paris, Idaho, where she lived five years. Then she returned to Sprinville and resided there until 1886 after which she and her husband moved to Mapleton Bench. Surviving are seven sons and two daughters...

Rites Set Today for 96-Year-Old Mapleton Woman

The Herald - Provo, Utah, United States - Dec 20 1953 Funeral services for Mrs. Eliza Rebecca Tew Mendenhall, 96, one of Utah County's oldest native-born residents, will be conducted today at 2 p.m. in the Mapleton LDS Ward chapel. She was born March 23, 1857, in a log cabin in the old "Fort Row" at Springville, which was built in early days to protect settlers from Indian attacks. She was a daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Bird Tew, first English imigrants to settle in Springville. Mrs. Mendenhall, mother of 11 children, was a charter member of the old Retrenchment Society organized by Brigham Young which later became the Mutual Improvement Association. Four of her sons filled missions for the LDS Church and 21 of her grandsons are World War II veterans, three of whom were killed. She is survived by seven sons and two daughters, a sister, 63 grandchildren, 110 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the home of Aaron Mendenhall in Maplton today prior to services. Burial will be in Springville Evergreen Cemetery under direction of Valley Mortuary.

Sources

  • 1870 United States Federal Census. Name: Eliza Tew; Age in 1870: 13; Birth Year: abt 1857; Birthplace: Utah; Home in 1870: Richmond, Cache, Utah Territory; Race: White; Gender: Female; Post Office: Richmond; Household Members: Thomas Tew 37; Rebecca Tew 31; Eliza Tew 13; William Tew 11; Lorenda Tew 9; Annie B Tew 5; John H Tew 2. Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Richmond, Cache, Utah Territory; Roll: M593_1610; Page: 177B; Image: 359; Family History Library Film: 553109. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • 1880 United States Federal Census. Name: Eliza R. Mendenhall; Age: 23; Birth Year: abt 1857; Birthplace: Utah Territory; Home in 1880: Springville, Utah, Utah; Race: White; Gender: Female; Relation to Head of House: Wife; Marital Status: Married; Spouse's Name: John Mendenhall; Father's Birthplace: England; Mother's Birthplace: England; Occupation: Keeping House; Household Members: John Mendenhall 32; Eliza R. Mendenhall 23; Marion Mendenhall 1m. Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Springville, Utah, Utah; Roll: 1338; Family History Film: 1255338; Page: 171C; Enumeration District: 082. Source Information: Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • 1900 United States Federal Census. Name: Eliza R Mendenhall; Age: 43; Birth Date: Mar 1857; Birthplace: Utah; Home in 1900: Mapleton, Utah, Utah; Race: White; Gender: Female; Relation to Head of House: Wife; Marital Status: Married; Spouse's Name: John Mendenhall; Marriage Year: 1879 Years Married: 21; Father's Birthplace: England; Mother's Birthplace: England; Mother: number of living children: 10; Mother: How many children: 10; Household Members: John Mendenhall 52; Eliza R Mendenhall 43; Marian Mendenhall 20; John W Mendenhall 18; Thomas T Mendenhall 17; Jesse Mendenhall 16; Sarah R Mendenhall 14; Joseph Mendenhall 12; Byron Mendenhall 11; Deseret Mendenhall 9; Aaron B Mendenhall 6; Harry H Mendenhall 4. Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Mapleton, Utah, Utah; Roll: 1687; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0157; FHL microfilm: 1241687. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
  • 1910 United States Federal Census. Name: Eliza R Mendenhall; Age in 1910: 53; Birth Year: abt 1857; Birthplace: Utah; Home in 1910: Mapleton, Utah, Utah; Race: White Gender: Female; Relation to Head of House: Wife; Marital Status: Married; Spouse's Name: John Mendenhall; Father's Birthplace: England; Mother's Birthplace: England; Household Members: John Mendenhall 62; Eliza R Mendenhall 53; John W Mendenhall 27; Sarah R Mendenhall 24 [34]; Joseph Mendenhall 22; Bryon Mendenhall 21; Deseret Mendenhall 19; Aaron Mendenhall 16; Harvey H Mendenhall 14; Barney Mendenhall 8. Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Mapleton, Utah, Utah; Roll: T624_1609; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0187; FHL microfilm: 1375622. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • 1920 United States Federal Census. Name: Eliza R Mendenhall; Age: 62; Birth Year: abt 1858; Birthplace: Utah; Home in 1920: Mapleton, Utah, Utah; Race: White; Gender: Female; Relation to Head of House: Wife; Marital Status: Married; Spouse's Name: John Mendenhall; Father's Birthplace: England; Mother's Birthplace: England; Able to Read: Yes; Able to Write: Yes; Household Members: John Mendenhall 71; Eliza R Mendenhall 62; Aarron B Mendenhall 26; Wells B Mendenhall 18; Arthur Berry 33; Retta Berry 30. Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Mapleton, Utah, Utah; Roll: T625_1868; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 197; Image: 476. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • 1930 United States Federal Census. Name: Eliza Mendenhall; Gender: Female; Birth Year: abt 1857; Birthplace: Utah; Race: White; Home in 1930: Lake Shore, Utah, Utah; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Mother-in-law; Father's Birthplace: England; Mother's Birthplace: England; Household Members: John Tuckett 56; Marian Tuckett 49; Eugene Tuckett 22; Lawrence Tuckett 20; Ruby E Tuckett 18; Ray L Tuckett 16; John W Tuckett 13; Thomas E Tuckett 11; John Tuckett 95; Eliza Mendenhall 73. Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Lake Shore, Utah, Utah; Roll: 2423; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 19; Image: 181.0; FHL microfilm: 2342157. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
  • 1940 United States Federal Census. Name: Eliza R Mendenhall; Respondent: Yes; Age: 83; Estimated Birth Year: abt 1857; Gender: Female; Race: White; Birthplace: Utah; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Head; Home in 1940: Lake Shore, Utah, Utah; Farm: YES; Inferred Residence in 1935: Springville, Utah, Utah; Residence in 1935: Springville, Utah, Utah; Resident on farm in 1935: No; Sheet Number: 1B; Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 19; House Owned or Rented: Owned; Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 1000; Attended School or College: No; Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 8th grade; Weeks Worked in 1939: 0; Income: 0; Income Other Sources: No; Household Members: Eliza R Mendenhall 83. Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Lake Shore, Utah, Utah; Roll: T627_4219; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 25-19. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.
  • Utah Cemetery Inventory. Name: Eliza Rebecca Mendenhall; Cemetery: Springville Evergreen Cemetery; Source: Sexton / Grant; Grave Location: Sec. D Lot 83 Pos. 8. Source Information: Utah State Historical Society, comp.. Utah Cemetery Inventory [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Utah State Historical Society. Utah Cemetery Inventory. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: 2000.
  • Utah County, Utah Cemetery Index. Name: Eliza Rebecca Mendenhall; Birth Date: 23 Mar 1857; Death Date: 17 Dec 1953; Cemetery: Egreen. Source Information: Utah Valley Regional Family History Center. Utah County, Utah Cemetery Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1998. Original data: Utah Valley Regional Family History Center. Utah County (UT) Cemetery Index. Provo, UT, USA: Utah Valley Regional Family History Center, 1997.
  • Millennium File. Name: Eliza Rebecca Tew; Gender: Female; Birth Date: 23 Mar 1857; Birth Place: Springville, Utah, Utah, USA; Death Date: 17 Dec 1953; Death Place: Lake Shore, Utah, Utah, USA; Father: Thomas Tew; Mother: Rebecca Bird; Spouse: John Mendenhall; Children: Thomas Tew Mendenhall. Source Information: Heritage Consulting. Millennium File [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003. Original data: Heritage Consulting. The Millennium File. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Heritage Consulting.
  • [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm/search/collection/UCOI/field/title!date!news/mode/all!all!all/conn/and!and!and/searchterm/eliza%20rebecca%20tew%20mendenhall!! Utah County Obituary Index].
    • Name MENDENHALL, Eliza Rebecca Tew; Newspaper Date 1953-12-24; Newspaper Springville Herald; BYU Microfilm Number Sp84; Collection Name Utah County Obituary Index; Genre Obituaries.
    • Name MENDENHALL, Eliza Rebecca Tew; Newspaper Date 1953-12-20; Newspaper Provo Herald; BYU Microfilm Number P94; Collection Name Utah County Obituary Index; Genre Obituaries.
    • Name MENDENHALL, Eliza Rebecca Tew; Newspaper Date 1953-12-18; Newspaper Provo Herald; BYU Microfilm Number P94; Collection Name Utah County Obituary Index; Genre Obituaries.
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Eliza Rebecca Tew Mendenhall's Timeline

1857
March 23, 1857
Springville, Utah, Utah Territory, United States
1865
May, 1865
- October, 1868
Age 8
Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States

When I was 8 years old my father and mother moved [us] to Paris, Bear Lake. We had 2 wagons that held all our possessions pulled by oxen. My brother Will drove the cows barefoot. When we got to Bear river we crossed on a raft and at Mink Creek the water was high, it being May and the top bed of the wagon nearly went over. I knew my father's prayers had saved us.

When we reached Paris we lived in a house belonging to William Bird for one year until my father built one of our own. William Bird’s daughter Amanda and I were great friends and it was there that our mothers taught us to knit. We would measure off some yarn and see who could knit it first. The school house was a log one and slabs with pegs in for seats. The winters were very long and cold. Snow so deep we children had to sit on the table to see out of the top light and the drifts were so high my father would dig steps so we could get on top to go to school. There was frost every month of the year and wheat was frozen and bread was black and sticky no matter how long it was in the oven.

We had slates and pencils in school and Ben E. Rich was in the class. The first year we had dirt floors and the next - wild hay. My father had two yoke of oxen, Turk and Sop and Dick and Darb. I have watched my father make ox bows and yokes also snow shoes. He would go over the mountains to Richmond and build houses and stay all summer. At the end of 3 ½ years we moved over to Richmond where it wasn't so cold and the wheat wouldn't freeze.

1868
October, 1868
- 1873
Age 11
Richmond, Cache, Utah Territory, United States

We moved over to Richmond where it wasn't so cold and the wheat wouldn't freeze. The Indians were numerous and troublesome and a little girl Annie Thurston was stolen and never was found.

1872
1872
Age 14

When I was 14 my mother taught me how to spin. She had a good wheel and we girls would take our wheels on our hip and go to spinning bees. We could spin 4 skeins a day. I have helped mother spin, and dye yarn for stockings and clothing, also make candles and use them and we were as proud of our dresses as girls are now with their silk ones.

1873
1873
- 1879
Age 15
Springville, Utah, Utah, United States

...my father moved [us] back to Springville. He bought 7 acres of land up east of Springville and built an adobe house - 5 rooms. He made the adobes himself and mixed the mud with his feet then he built the house and traded work with a carpenter to do the carpenter work.

I was 15 when we came back to Springville and I had to work out from then till I was married as father had to start all over again. I received $1.50 per week and 50 cents for a washing. I worked for Sculptor Dallons' mother for 6 weeks and got $8.00 for which I bought a shawl and for Eddie Brown and he made me a pair of shoes.

We would go on our pleasure trips to the canyon and elsewhere in a wagon with 3 spring seats and my husband-to-be took me to a circus to Provo in a wagon...

1879
April 24, 1879
Age 22
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

When we went to Salt Lake to get married we went in a covered wagon with mules (Jack and Kit) and mother went with us. We were married in the endowment house by Daniel H. Wells. The Temple was up to the first windows at this time, 24 April 1879.

April 24, 1879
Age 22
April 24, 1879
Age 22
April 25, 1879
- February, 1885
Age 22
Springville, Utah, Utah, United States

We lived in a one log room that William Mendenhall had built when he first came to Springville in Sept. 1852, for 5 years. Here we had 4 lovely babies, 3 boys and a girl.