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John Mendenhall

Birthplace: East Cain, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Berkeley County, Province of Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of John M. Mendenhall, II and Susannah Mendenhall (Pearson)
Husband of Martha Mendenhall (Wright) and Ruth Gilpin
Father of Anne Moon (Mendenhall); James Mendenhall; Mordecai Mendenhall; Moses Mendenhall and Stephen Mendenhall
Brother of Mary Matthews; Mordecai Mendenhall, Sr.; Martha Beeson; Stephen Mendenhall; Sarah Langley (Mendenhall) and 1 other

Managed by: Glenda Elizabeth Chandler
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About John Mendenhall

In Johns will, Probated Aug. 6, 1771 in Berkeley County, (present day) West Virginia he bequests that he makes to his wife, Martha, are for her to have " as long as sun shines and water runs and wood grows."


Our search for our past in America begins with Concordville, PA. where John, Mary and Benjamin Mendenhall all settled upon their arrival with William Penn in 1682. Fortunately for us, people who live in the East are prone to restore old buildings these days and the house which John Mendenhall built on his land, the Concord Quaker Meeting House built in 1728, Benjamin Mendenhall's house built in 1773 and Nathaniel Newlin's 1704 mill ( he married Mary Mendenhall) are still standing and have been restored. The Newlin family preserved and protected the Old Mill and have opened it to the public. The wood frame home that John Mendenhall built was located off Route at the intersection of Route 322 in Concordyville. It was donated to the Chester County Historical Society and reconstructed, piece by piece, off Route 401 in Birch Run Village. Of vital interest to us as descendants of John Mendenhall is Volume 1, Concord Township, by Robert P. Case, 1983. The section on John Mendenhall reports that he was " accorded high status in Concord. He was the township's first constable, appointed by the Chester Court on June 26, 1683." After the death of his first wife, Elizabeth Maris, he remarried and in 1719 requested a certificate of transfer to Chester Meeting. Ginny DeNenno, president of Concord Township Historical Society, knows aconsiderable amount of the early history of Concord, but she says we don't know where John Mendenhall was buried. Chester Meeting may have the records we need. Quaker records in Pennsylvania are kept in the library at Swarthmore Colle, but the library was closed the day I drove through. Of further interest to my family was the record of property owned by Martin Mendenhall consisting of 120 acres on the south side of the town he and a neighbor founded as Jmestown, Ohio court records indicate that upon his death, the property was devided among his eight children, most of whom moved out of the area, as was common in those days. Large families sold their land to purchase land at lower prices futher west, of the Westering and Manifest Destiny that historians have recorded. My Mendenhall ancestors were pioneers in the literal land-owning sense for seven generations, including grandfather, Jasper Newton Mendenhall, who moved his family to Taney County, MO, by covered wagon and built the log cabin that Dad remembered. Dad and I drove over to Taney County one day and he thought that site of the cabin was now under the waters of Lake Taneycomo. The land deal fell through ( Grandfather was to recieve the land that the cabin was built on for helping the owner clear the land of timber) and he moved his family back to Jerico Springs, MO.

Written and submitted by Helen Mendenhall, Sugarland, TX.

John Mendenhall, Jr. born 14 Apr 1713 in East

Cain, Chester County, PA; died 06 Aug 1771 in Frederick County, VA.

married Martha Wright, 1731; (born 14 Feb 1712/13 in Monocacy, Prince George County, MD; died 28 Oct

1794 in Berkeley County, VA; )

Notes for Martha Wright:

She was a Quaker Minister for 62 years

More About John Mendenhall, Jr.:

Burial: 1771, Berkeley County, VA

More About John Mendenhall and Martha Wright:

Marriage: 1731

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John Mendenhall's Timeline

April 14, 1713
East Cain, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
April 4, 1731
Age 17
Frederick, VA
June 13, 1732
Age 19
Kennett, Frederick, Virginia, USA
Age 24
Guilford, North Carolina, USA
October 12, 1751
Age 38
Berkeley, West Virginia, USA
December 10, 1751
Age 38
Frederick, Virginia, USA
Age 40
Guilford, North Carolina, USA
August 6, 1771
Age 58
Berkeley County, Province of Virginia