Thursday, October 23, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 24: Joseph Mildenhall (1801-1875)

Joseph Mildenhall- my 4th cousin, 8x removed

b. 25 Nov 1801 in Berkshire, England
d. 11 Jun 1875 in Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Parents: Jonathan Mildenhall Jr (1764- ?) & Mary (1770-?)


1. Daniel (b. 1793)
2. George (b. 1795)
3. Susan (b. 1797)
4. Sarah (b. 1799)
5. Ann Maria (b. 1806)
6. James (b. 1808)
7. Thomas (b. 1811)


Joseph moved to South Africa and married Rebecca Hinton on 29 Jun 1837.

Rebecca Hinton
b. 14 Jan 1810 in Wilton, Wiltshire, England
d. 31 Dec 1877 in Cape, South Africa

~Daughter of Richard Hinton (1780-1822) & Sarah Viney (1787-1841).

Joseph and Rebecca had 8 children:

1. Mary Maria (1840-1919) ~ Read more about Mary  Here 
2. Joseph Jr. (1843-1928)
3. Jessie Susannah (1845-1884)
4. Henry Josiah (1847-1901)
5. Emily Rebecca (1850-1852)
6. Letitia Emily (1852-1920)
7. Emma Rebecca (1854-1961)
8. Edwin George (1856-1882)

I found a little excerpt of Joseph's life on

~Joseph immigrated to South Africa in the Thornhill party on the ship Zoraster. He died on the Klu Klu Farm. Joseph and his wife Rebecca spent the early part of their lives in Alice, as Joseph had a contract to supply food to the soldiers. They lived on the banks of the Tyumie near the present bridge. Their eldest son, Joseph, attended Mr. Templeton's school at Lovedale, which he ran for a time. Later, Joseph went into partnership with Mr. Simpson and a Mr. Stanton and they bought three farms- one near Alice, another Alph Aytoun near Fort Beaufort and the third- Klu Klu- named after the chief from whom they bought it from. They bought it for a wagon and a span of oxen. 

Joseph built a two story house. Having no glass, the windows were covered with calico. At one of the windows  he had a gun mounted on a stand; the muzzle is now in the Fort Beaufort museum. One night, when Rebecca was alone with her children, she heard the Kaffirs among the cattle, so she fired off a few shots which dispersed them. In times of danger, the Klu Klu farm was a meeting point for soldiers and settlers. 

Joseph and his sons took part in all the fighting in the Fort Beaufort area. Once he narrowly escaped wiht his life near the Warden's farm. He was being attacked by a party of Xhosa with assegais, but escaped down the river, slipped off his horse and hid in the reeds. The Xhosa rushed up and down jabbing their assegais into the rushes. Finally, he got home.

The Mildenhall home at Klu Klu was built of stone, with beams and flooring of yellow-wood cut in the Katberg. The walls are two feet thick, the windows heavily barred and the front door, made in two sections so that the bottom portion only can be closed, is of amazing thickness and is locked with a huge heavy key. 

Behind the homestead lies Tower Hill, on the top of which was built a stone fort from which a distant view could be obtained. In those days, Fort Beaufort was just a military post, consisting of the Fort, barracks, a shop and a few houses. Below the homestead lies the grave of the Hottentot whose arm was chopped off by the Xhosas to release the man who was manacled to him- in the incident which sparked the War of the Axe in 1846. The Xhosa had stolen an axe from Holiday's Store in Fort Beaufort, and was being taken to Grahamstown for trial. The body of the Hottentot was pulled out of the river and buried by Joseph Mildenhall. Later, a stone was erected on which was written: "War of the Axe" with a carving of an axe. 

Joseph Mildenhall died at the age of 73 on 11 Jun 1875 in Fort Beaufort, South Africa. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday's Portrait: Earl Dwight Mendenhall

Today's Portrait: 
Earl Dwight Mendenhall- my great grandfather
b. 21 Feb 1894 in North Star, Ohio
d. 26 Nov 1972 in Dayton, Ohio

I got this picture from my mom. She said this is a picture of her grandfather- Earl Mendenhall- who she said was a chiropractor, although, I couldn't find this information in any census records. I don't know what year this was either. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One Person at a Time...Elizabeth (Continued...)

~Even though I have a lot of people in my family tree, I also have a lot of "holes" that need more research. Over the next few months, I am going to attempt to patch up those holes by doing research one person at a time- starting at the beginning of the list~

Today's name: Elizabeth (continued...)

17. Elizabeth
Before Research:
Elizabeth married Godwin Walter. Their son William (1707-1781) married Rachel Newlin (1712-1802)- my 2nd cousin, 10x removed.

After Research:
Elizabeth Sanghurst was born in 1679 in Concord, Chester, Pennsylvania and died in 1732 in Chester County. Her parents were John Sanghurst (1639-1688) & Mary (1640-1660). 
I read that she was born in Concord, yet found her name on a passenger list from England at age 3...don't know if this is the same Elizabeth or not...
Elizabeth married Goodwin Walter (1675-1769) on 02 Sep 1696 in Concord. They had 8 children:

1. Elizabeth
2. James 
3. Lydia
4. John (b. 1696)
5. Sarah (b. 1701)
6. William (b. 1707)
7. Rachel (b. 1709)
8. Joseph (b. 1711)

18. Elizabeth
Before Research:
Elizabeth married James Quick. Their son Warren Thomas (1834-1905) married Henrietta Hyman (1840-1918)- my 2nd great grand aunt.

After Research:
Elizabeth McClure was born on 29 Jul 1806 and died in 1881 in Brookville, Franklin, Indiana. Her parents were James McClure (1778-1840) & Phoebe Eads (1782-1839). Elizabeth had 9 siblings:

1. Samuel (1799-1809)
2. William (1802-1882)
3. Mary Ann (1804-1860)
4. Lucinda (1808-1839)
5. Jane (1810-1828)
6. James E. (1811- ?)
7. Lewis Deweese (1813-1901)
8. David (1819-1819)
9. Gibson Henry (1821-1821)

Elizabeth married James QUick (1803-1869) in 1829 in Brookville. They had 13 children:

1. Lydia Ann (1824-1893)
2. Infant son (1826-1826)
3. Mary Jane (1827-1914)
4. David Oliver (1829-1910)
5. William Allen (1831-1915)
6. Harrison (1833-1834)
7. Warren Thomas (1934-1905)
8. John (1837-1922)
9. Phoebe (1839-1842)
10. James Madison (1842-1897)
11. Sarah Elizabeth (1844-1904)
12. Carrie (1846-1876)
13. Infant Son (1852-1852)

19. Elizabeth
Before Research:
Elizabeth was born about 1725. She married Willoughby Broughton (1725-1804) about 1748 in Virginia. They had 5 children: Catherine, Jesse, John, Job, and Winnifred.

After Research:
Elizabeth Christman was born in 1730 in Virginia and died in 1776 in Macon, North Carolina. Her parents were Jacob Christman (1706-1778) & Magdalena Hite (1713-1771). 
Elizabeth married Willoughby Broughton (1725-1804) in 1740 in Virginia. They had 5 children: 

1. Nancy Catherine (1746- ?)
2. Jesse (1748-1778)
3. John (1750-1820)
4. Job (1755-1837)
5. Winnifred (1761-1843)

Before Research:
Elizabeth married J.F. Wall (b. 1824). Their daughter was Artie Pricilla Wall (1856-1917).

After Research:

21. Elizabeth
Before Research:
Elizabeth was born in 1578 in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts and died in Apr 1671 in Boston, Massachusetts. She married Charles Turner (1574-1600) in 1599 in Taunton. They had one son- John (1600-1691).

After Research:
I wasn't able to find much on this woman...unfortunately.

22. Elizabeth Ellen
Before Research:
Elizabeth Ellen was born in 1896 and died in 1955. She married Edwin Minall (1891-1967) and they had 2 kids- Lily Ada (b. 1924) and unknown (b. 1919). 

After Research:
Elizabeth Ellen was actually Nellie LIvesey. Nellie was born in 1896 and died in 1955 in England. She married Edwin Minall (1891-1967) in 1914 in Clutton, England and they had 2 children: 

1. Edwin James (1917-1979) 
2. Lily Ada (1923-1981)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mappy Monday- Jamestown, North Carolina

My 6th great grandfather Joseph Mendenhall was born on 18 Dec 1770 in Jamestown, Guilford, North Carolina. 

Jamestown, NC

Jamestown was actually named after my 1st cousin, 10x removed- James Joseph Mendenhall (1718-1782). The town was settled in 1752 and his son George named the town in honor of his father in 1816. 

There are several historical landmarks that you can see when you visit Jamestown: 

~The Old School- which is now the Jamestown Public Library

~The Madison-Lindsay House (built in 1817)- notable for being home to a series of medical schools.

~The Mendenhall Plantation- the home of my ancestors! 

~The Oakdale Cotton Mill- began operation after the Civil War

~Oakdale Church- built in 1915

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Surname Saturday- Messier

My 6th great grandmother was Sarah Messier (1702-1782). Her grandfather- Pieter Jansen Mesier (1640-?) came to America from Holland, Netherlands. I was surprised because this name sounds French to me. 


~All U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index:
There are 23 names with the last name Messier; here are a few:

Name                              Birth            Arrival year and place

Marie-Anne Messier                                                      Canada
Jacque Messier                                    1606-1706          Quebec
Jacques Messier               1797             1827                  New York
Aug D. Messier                                    1886                  Illinois
Richard J. Messier                                1900                  Colorado
Joseph Messier                                      1910                  Montana

There are 1,182 results for Messier as a surname.

The name Messier can be traced to the Old French word Messier- which means harvester. It reached England during the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It means someone who is employed in reaping or harvesting. 

Spelling Variations: 
Messer, Mesher, Messor, Mersser, Masar, Messier, Meisser, Measure and more.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Funny

Happy Friday!

This is one of my favorites because it's SO true for me! :)